by Jamie Miller
Ever feel like you’re not quite “getting” a particular exercise in your Pilates session? Whether you’re on the mat, reformer, chair or other equipment, you know you have certain exercises that are just a little off. You hear your instructor’s guiding words and cues, but for some reason that Swan, Short Spine Massage, Knee Stretch or (insert your exercise here!) doesn’t come naturally.
Well, we all have that feeling – even Pilates instructors. That’s why it is so important to bring mindfulness and attention to your Pilates sessions. With any given lesson, you may hear the cues a different way or feel the exercise differently in your body. Suddenly that exercise you may have done dozens of times clicks, and you know you’ve done it well. Sometimes this happens when you have a session with a different teacher, sometimes when you had a good night’s sleep, and sometimes just because it’s a Tuesday.
When I manage to get that aha moment, I remember what one instructor said: “Pilates is a practice, not a performance.” Every session is a chance to try again, challenging your body and trying to get the most out of each exercise. It may take a while, but it is possible to have a breakthrough – if you are willing to keep listening and keep trying.