Wellness Matters Magazine May/June 2013 Issue www.wellnessmattersmagazine.com
You've Got to Move It, Move It!
Pilates for a Symbiotic Mind and Body
by Monique Molino
These days, life is loaded with demands on your personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you risk reaching beyond your capacity to function effectively. Like a hard drive filled with too much information, people can crash due to physical and mental imbalances. Pilates helps to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium.
The Pilates Breath Takes Guts
Deep breathing is an important part of any exercise regime. Pilates breathing techniques help you maximize your physical strength by conditioning your abdominals, pelvic floor, back muscles – and even internal organs. For instance, the Pilates breath uses your diaphragm to tone your bladder by pulling it up and down so it won’t drop into the body part often referred to as the “gut.” The Pilates breath also assists in releasing tension by getting oxygen into the blood, which can stimulate and revitalize a drained brain. This in turn can allow for the complete mental focus needed when faced with the physical demands of any form of exercise, as well as the challenges of daily life, career, and family.
Prepping for the Next Level
“Give me a stronger back and abs, toned buns, defined shoulders, and more flexibility.” This is a frequent request by Pilates students and a goal that aligns with that of a Pilates instructor: to build a balanced body. Pilates is tailored to each student’s abilities, enabling strength and flexibility gains while minimizing the chance for injury. A happy Pilates body and mind can be consistently challenged and healed to reach the next level of fitness and harmony.
Pilates offers a symbiotic relationship between mind and body, evolving your approach toward a more balanced, stronger, and happier you.
Monique Molino is a Pilates Instructor at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Mills College in Oakland.