There are many disciplines of movement which make you feel good inside and out. Each one chooses the one that suits them the best, or the one that makes them feel better. The important thing is to move. Currently we spend much of our time sitting: we eat, we drive, we work, we even go to the bathroom in a sitting position. Therefore, it is important to compensate for the rest of the day to bring our body back into balance. Pilates is a good antidote to a sedentary lifestyle. Through Pilates exercises we regain balance in our bone structure, we create space between the vertebrae thanks to the concept of elongation, we seek congruency in the joints and, above all, we move the spine in all possible planes.
Pilates also awakens our muscles. When we align our body, the musculature follows the bones and we recover the muscles that were lagging behind, somewhat asleep, making others work for them. Again, we balance the work of the muscles and the functioning of our body.
The Pilates vision is holistic, the body as a whole. And within this holistic concept, we cannot forget about fascia. The layer that envelops and holds us also needs flexibility and movement. The word movement sounds like a mantra in Pilates. “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
Stabilization is the first stone in building the movement. First we stabilize and then we mobilize. And in that architecture of movement we cannot forget about breathing, another key piece when it comes to stabilizing and moving.
All Pilates work is done by becoming aware of our body, reconnecting with us. The mind, like a good conductor, takes the reins of movement. Although, as one of my teachers said, it’s about thinking less and feeling more. Pilates recovers what we were one day, and it reconnects us with the essence of movement so that we never forget it again.
Laura Ortiz Orense
Pilates Instructor trained and certified by Balanced Body
Trained with Polestar Pilates
Certified in the PMA as National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)
Low Pressure Fitness Certified Trainer (LPF-CT)