It’s tough to create change until we have an epiphany. We need to know what’s contributing to our health and how we would like to see ourselves grow. Whether Your goal is better wellbeing or healing discomfort it’s natural to distract ourselves or be so afflicted by discomfort that we struggle to pin point how to help ourselves.
As movement practitioners or people who just love movement, we certainly owe it to ourselves and our clients to recognize what the body is telling us through patterns, and carefully consider their presence. Helping clients achieve their goals is a result of allowing them the space and opportunity to be aware and then empower them to work with their body puzzle.
I use a sensory and emotional energy gage with my own body when dealing with discomfort and even on my best days when deciding how to move. I especially use this approach when teaching clients. My goal is always to grow a clients senses and control by training their sensibilities and body awareness. We all have our areas where muscles are contributing to structural postural patterns. And at first glance, these holding patterns may present a skeletal misalignment that is actively increasing a lack of alignment or in the case of Scoliosisrotations and lateral deviations. I’m always amazed at how gentle releasing areas of tension reveals a new and typically healthier person.
My own body has taught me that while there are harder days than others, by increasing my sensing abilities I am able to create change and increase the number of great days! Observing this in my clients has encouraged me in this lesson. I always learn so much from each of my clients.
I think empowering clients to sense their bodies well being and grow their ability to care for themselves brings them an immense amount of joy to their workout. And that’s what I hope to keep sharing! So whether your training as an athlete or an average guy or gal give yourself a chance to tune in to your mind while your working out in the Pilates studio.
When it comes to Scoliosis I think this mentality is so useful because it reignites a positive relationship with the body. To me Scoliosis might be described as an intuitive condition. Not only does it respond to movements, tension, and physical stress, at the risk of sounding too “woo woo” for some people, I am going to suggest that my mental state and emotions highly effect my scoliosis. And if this is true for those of us with scoliosis on a more readily visible level, then I would say it is just as present for everyone walking on this planet. Let’s embrace it , I mean at this point in our very evolved history there is no need to ignore emotional stress while working with our muscles and movement of the human body. I’m no doctor, so I will leave the major points of psychological study to the professionals, but I can speak on behalf of the people I have worked with, and mostly my own experience that learning to observe where Im holding tension in my body due has been a game changer for my bodies well being.
I would suggest that when body scans are apart of our pre-pilates workout we are more likely to create the needed physical changes and receive the emotional freedom that presents itself when we alter our typical movement feedback loop. You don’t have to talk about it or say anything, but let those shoulder melt into the reformer !! 🤗Pilates movement is a time to tune in and take care of yourself, and this is a priceless gift. The focus it takes to train in Pilates offers confidence, stress relief, strength, coordination, balance and much more.
The self awareness I have cultivated in my quite home studio has come from learning to use body scanning techniques like this, They usually include:
simply acknowledging each part of my musculature, alignment, sensing where it is and it’s heaviness to the floor, and affirming each area as I breath and relax. Next, I access my comfort level by asking myself how I feel, and taking long deep breaths. Then ideas flow to my mind for what my body wants to move or experience. This creates a gentle plan for movement and stretching tailored to my body that are safe and comforting.
If you listen , you’ll know what you need…
This gentle approach is my suggestion for reaching the emotive aspect of the muscles and cultivating your own Mind-Body work.
For my Scoliosis, It provides an opportunity to work with passive positions that allow release in tight areas of the body that need to relax out of their typically tightness patterns that I mentioned are contributing extra stress to the hypertonic muscles of a body of a person with Scoliosis.
Body scanning meditations are very common, you can easily find one to enjoy online.
Give it a try !