Our current landscape is changing so fast it is hard to keep up. With the daily reports that bring us anxiety and confusion, hearing about sickness and loss, to dealing with our own financial uncertainty—life has never felt so out of whack. We are desperate for some balance. And this extrovert is here to help in some small way.
We are beginning week 2 of isolation (longer for others) and I’ve learned a lot in this week. We can’t just sit around and read the news; we need to take care of ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. Colds and flus can be less debilitating when your body and immune systems are healthy and strong. But exercise can also do so much more good for you beyond just the physical benefits. Consider this part of the Pilates Method history:
“In 1912 [Joseph Pilates] moved to England where he worked as a professional boxer and circus performer. But with the outbreak of World War I, his German background put him under suspicion and he was interned at Lancaster Castle with other German nationals. During his internment, he devoted himself to working on his exercise program. It was Pilates’ belief that bad posture and inefficient breathing habits were the root causes of a person’s ill health.
Joseph Pilates noticed that the other inmates struggled with depression. Seeking to help boost their morale, he began training his fellow inmates on his core method and mat exercises. The physical exertion not only lifted the spirits of the inmates, but also protected them from sickness. It is said that not one of the inmates he trained succumbed to the Spanish influenza that killed millions in 1918.” (source: The Pilates Swan)
And here’s how we can do it:
Keep in mind during these strange and uncertain times, that with all the things that are off-limits like hugs, kisses, handshakes, high-fives and fist bumps – let your smile be contagious.
Stay tuned. Stay informed. Stay healthy!
Life needs balance.
March 22, 2020 in Home Program, Online Studio, Pilates and tagged balance pilates and wellness, coronavirus, covid-19, good health, live streaming pilates classes, pilates method, private online training, self-quarantine, social distancing, telesessions, the pilates swan. Bookmark the permalink.