Day 11 – today I had a private studio session with Chael Hilton Stott Instructor Trainer and head of education at Live Pilates. I have had the privilege of having 5 one on one sessions with Chael in the last 2 months. Private sessions are just such a great way to improve your technique, increase your focus and enhance your body awareness.
Today I learnt that I have been using far too large shoulder range of motion when circling my arms on many exercises, something I have often been picked up on with my hips. A common fault in ‘floppy’ body types, I always try to remember the quote (is it Romana who says this?) “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
I also achieved better articulation in my thoracic spine, yay! This is something I find a constant battle but I always feel so great after I get it right.
I find private Pilates sessions just as fatiguing mentally as physically (not that they are aren’t fatiguing physically). Having someone with you to cue and correct you at all times forces you to concentrate and really focus on your movement strategy. The personal attention also means you often get to try new exercises or different variations.
Polestar describes Pilates as “intelligent movement.” Modern neuroscience tells us that the 3 things that promote plasticity in our brain are novelty, attention and exercises. So really what better way is there to get your neuroplastic brain in gear than a private Pilates session.