I’ve been teaching Pilates long enough that I have clients that have been seeing me for years which quite frankly I find pretty amazing! I adore that clients have found a love for Pilates and incorporate it into their life and am super honored that they continue to choose me as their instructor throughout their journey.
Recently I had a client come back in after being away for awhile. This is a client I knew quite well and who I knew had been battling some health complications over the years I’ve worked with her. When she came back in we had a pretty honest talk about why she hadn’t been back in sooner and I really appreciated what she told me.
She mentioned that she kept telling herself that she needed to get in better condition before she came in. She said she was embarrassed at how far out of shape she had gotten and quite honestly didn’t want to disappoint me. I can tell you she’s not the only one who has thought something like this or told me this.
My heart kind of sank when she said these things. All I could think of is that just like I tell my kids, “I’ll love you, support you and will be there for you no matter what”…..I have the same sense of non judgmental support for my clients. Part of what I love about my job is being part of people’s health and wellness journey no matter where they are in their bodies or their life.
Mindful movement can be so healing, energizing and life changing in so many ways. Movement can help you from a physical and spiritual stand point when you are going through “stuff” ( you know… the stuff that happens to everyone at some time like injuries, illness, family problems, life problems, etc).
As an instructor I love showing people that you don’t have to be doing the hardest, most grueling exercise for it to be an effective tool in your life. Learning to move safely in your body where you are at any given day is a gift that can change your life. Learning to listen to your body and find movement that feels good and is effective can change your health and your happiness.
So I have to tell you some amazing things happened within just a week of this client starting Pilates again. First of all the second time I saw her, she was moving amazingly better and was already feeling a difference in her body (and I could see the difference!). By the second week it was a dramatic enough difference that she sent me this note:
WE received a compliment tonight! My husband has been really busy the last couple of weeks. He has been going to work really early and coming home super late. The first thing he said to me tonight when he arrived home was, “Wow, you are moving so much better since you started Pilates.” Yeah for us!
(I love those type of notes by the way!) You might be wondering what kind of amazing exercises and sessions we did to get such great results? Well, we had done three 25 minute sessions( which included some talk and discussion time) over 2 weeks.(Yep…that’s it!) We did a lot of breathing, fundamental Pilates movements and some exercises using the Pilates equipment. We started with the basics and did exercises that helped her body find a sense of ease of movement while working in a space she was comfortable. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary…but the difference it made in her body and her life was pretty amazing.
So if you’re feeling like you need or want to get back to your Pilates practice but maybe you have some similar thoughts going through your head about why you’re not coming back in……know that I would love nothing more than to help you get started again wherever you are in life and in your body!
P.S. If you’re reading this and I’m not your Pilates instructor I can tell you that your Pilates instructor feels the same way I do!