Session 19 & 20

Neither of us like flexion at the neck. We have tried all modifications and Client A has chosen to support her head on a small inflated ball. I am fine during the, “ab series,” but find, “ab prep,” an exercise  where there are a series of very small crunch like movements, pulls in my traps (upper back) and neck. This is one of the many reasons a small Pilates class is much more beneficial if one is truly searching for change; as we can focus on flexibility as well as strengthening the neck muscles. In todays class, which was our 20th session, Client A, tried cervical flexion for the first time since early on in our trial. She also did side lying legs with upper body perfectly stabilized. At her first few classes she could barely stay still!

Last weekend Client A, hurt herself by twisting her ankle. I’m very proud of her as Pilates has  strengthened her ankles and thanks to her using ICE, she is recovering well and able to perform most exercises.

We are still along  way off from being able to complete the full repertoire but I feel these 20 sessions have been far more effective than if she had been taking a class for years without fully comprehending the movements.  There is a reason Pilates is called mind body movement. My lovely client has a fulltime job, a busy personal life and a very fast paced, goal oriented personality. To see her slow down and concentrate on the precise movements and want to understand why, has been extremely gratifying for me as an instructor.



One thought on “Session 19 & 20

  1. kBarberPilates Post author

    After 20 sessions:

    With Katharine off on vacation after the 10 sessions, I carried on with the mat exercises, although I must confess I probably was not doing them correctly, as I would finish 55-minute workouts in about 20-30 minutes. I really think it is better to do the exercises with an instructor to be able to do the exercises and the breathing correctly.

    We got back on track about 3 weeks ago and continued with our routine of doing mat exercises about 3 times a week. I am starting to see the difference in the way I carry myself. My daily schedule involves standing (and lecturing) every morning and sitting down on my computer every afternoon. I have noticed a change in my posture! And on stressful days, when I find myself with heavy shoulders and a tendency to slouch, I find myself sitting up and adjusting my posture. I must say Pilates has now become a part of my life!

    A few days ago, I sprained my ankle when I tripped on the curb. Immediately, I applied the exercises I have learned on the affected foot! I went to the doctor a day later and she was amazed that the swelling was not as bad as she expected. I have continued with the mat exercises inspite of the sprain (a bit careful not to hurt it further) but I am on my way to recovery a little bit quicker than expected! I am sure that having done Pilates for a bit now has contributed to the strengthening of my ankle! I am also happier that I am able to continue with the mat exercises even with the injury! That is not something I could have done when I used to exercise regularly at the gym!


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