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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pilates: 10, 20, 30....really?

When I signed up for Pilates at the Pilates Room, after my first session, I did some web-searching on "the man" himself, Joseph Pilates.

I came across this quote, which I sort of smirked at with an, "Oh, yeah, sure":

You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.

I figured my body had been messed up since childhood by assorted diseases, too many steroids and Rx drugs, and a wacky immune system; and it had been misshapen for so long by excess adipose that, for me, it might be more appropriate to rack up the milestone numbers this way: 100, 200, 300 sessions.

Well, I've only had 6 sessions and I feel better.

Color me a bright shocked fuchsia.

I feel my body. I feel it. I'm aware of it.

I notice how I'm sitting and change posture. I notice what my tummy is doing when I wash dishes. I find myself body conscious. Not self-conscious (that's the lot of most of us big gals, our constant companion in public), but body conscious. What is my body doing, how is it aligned, am I balanced, what's my pelvis doing down there in relation to my hip bones.

Kinda cool.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how I feel and look after the 20 and 30 session benchmarks. I still suspect that for a "new body", 30 is just not gonna cut it. I'll need to see it to believe it. I doubt Joseph P. had a morbidly obese, middle-aged woman in mind when he chose that two-digit numeral. But if I can have a whole new body in 300 sessions, then I've got 294 to go.

It's an adventure now!


Kate said...

:) Keep us updated. There are so many programs out there, and pilates has been around for a while. That's gotta say something right there!

Heather said...

so true! I have heard that as well. I am on session #19 and definitely feel amazing. cant wait until I hit #30 and hopefully have a new body!

Lynda Lippin said...

I am following this with awe and appreciation for both you and for the work of Joseph Pilates. Even after 19 years of teaching and 21 years of doing Pilates I am still amazed and impressed by how well it works and I wish more people would try it.

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every gym's nightmare said...

keep us posted!

do you use a pilates reformer or is equipmentless? those reformers scare me. seems like a lot of places i could get stuck in it or ways to hurt myself.


Anonymous said...

That is so awesome. Not only are you seeing a physical change, but a mental one too! I think that might be the most important change. If we can change the way we think, our bodies will have no choice but to follow! =)