In my Pilates class a few months ago, I met a new client who inspired me. A busy professional and mother; she came to my class at the start of a programme of creating time for herself.
This lovely lady said simply: “it’s time for me”. Her idea was to spend the following 12 weeks exercising and re-shaping her body. She had chosen to join a gym and take up weights and Pilates exercises to help her on her way.
Pilates class as an adventure
I could hear the determination in her voice as she spoke about how she was carving out time to do things for herself. I was so excited for her. She was at the start of an adventure; self discovery, discipline and self-care. As you can imagine, it pleased me she had chosen to make regular Pilates classes one of the ways in which she was going about her “re-shape” project.
Making the Pilates class more accessible
I was so impressed with her that I really wanted to help. I wanted to do anything that I could to encourage her in our classes and keep her coming back. In that first session I took care to keep an eye on her. Making sure that she stuck with the beginner’s Pilates exercises (people are often tempted to try intermediate work far too early on in their Pilates practice). At the start of the class she had told me about her old injuries. This conversation allowed me to create modifications on some exercises and to stop her from doing others that have exacerbated her condition. Had she done herself more injury, I doubt that she would have fancied coming back to Pilates.
Big Pilates class get’s the personal touch
Whenever I have new clients, particularly in a big class, I make sure to stay nearby and keep a watch on them. Once I know what their strengths are and I’m comfortable that they have got the “feel” of the exercises (this might happen in their first class, it might happen in their third) then I leave them to it and to push as hard as they need.
Wonderfully, she has been coming back to class; she’s been finding that the exercises get more manageable, understandable and the movement flows more with each class that she attends. My lovely client is so keen that I’ve got her doing homework, with my online exercise videos.
What do you do for as part of your “self care” are you like my client and taking Pilates classes?