Approach Pilates Like an Athlete
The most common question I receive about Houston Pilates is where to start. I am especially surprised when athletes ask me this.
I’ve noticed when I teach classes, beginners who happen to be athletes tend to fair better than others. I attribute this to how athletes have a heightened body awareness, a confidence about learning something new and an understanding of their physical & mental limitations.
The truth is, athletes have already developed a Pilates practice, they just don’t know it yet!
A large part of Pilates Houston TX involves understanding the body by knowing its current range of motion and setting goals to improve this range. For instance, I’m currently learning to play tennis. Which often times feels like I’m learning how to quickly chase and receive bright, bouncy balls all over the court! To improve, I make mental and physical goals. I think of how to angle my racket to deliver the perfect return. I remind myself to keep trying as I find the correct positioning of my body in each swing. This method of understanding my body, being kind to myself as I make mistakes and creating goals, is exactly how I approach my Pilates practice.
I’ll note where I am and set a goal of where I want to be. This process can be quick or can take years. For instance, one pose I’ve mastered is Badda Konasana. I first approached this pose when I was 16 years old. I was so tight through my hips and legs that my knees refused to budge, staying as erect as possible.
Over several years, I’ve been able to slowly master the pose, completely lowering my stubborn knees and face all the way to the floor. During this process I had to know my limits. I understood not to force the pose, but to visualize my end goal and remain patient. Now I can easily go into Baddha Konasana: This is an understood parameter of my current range of motion.
Athletic or not, we all find Pilates for various reasons Including Houston Prenatal Pilates, if you’re looking to improve your range of motion, first establish your current range, set goals and be patient.