Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Restorative Pilates for Whole Body Healing

Ah autumn. I love this time of year. The change of colors, softness of light, freshness in the air and the feeling like a long exhale after a busy summer. 

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For some individuals however this time of year is very busy. The schedule ramps up with Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Multi Tasking Responsibilities leaving them feeling exhausted, stressed, tight and rigid in their body. I had a client comment today that she felt more like the “Tin Man” than a strong supple human being. For these folks the thought of going for a run or hitting the weight room sounds like a lot of hard work and pain they are not wanting to endure. What they need is permission to lay down, breathe deeply and move gently. Does that sound good to you?
A whole body mobility class using restorative or gentle Pilates is a great way to add energy and ease to ones body. Slow mindful stretches and spinal articulations improve joint circulation and mobility, stress is replaced by focus and calm, and the core, hips, back, legs and arms can be strengthened and toned without jarring impact, heavy weight or unsafe exercise methods.
3 of my favorite Restorative Exercises include:
Hip Glides
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Spinal Rotation
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Hip Rolls
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Give yourself permission to move instinctively and gently in your body. Do not rush, force or push through pain. Do breathe deeply, move your spine, hips and shoulders in their full ranges every day. Try a small group class with a certified Pilates Teacher or register for a series of one-on-one instructions to help you truly learn and feel your way back to easeful movement and improved health. Then go for a walk in the mid day sun and enjoy the beauty of this changing season.
To your Good Health!