Recently a client of mine showed up five minutes early to class, to show me her freshly broken wrist and explain her upcoming absence. I assured her that she’d be able to return to her Pilates practice just as soon as she recovered from the initial shock and swelling.
As we parted ways, I marveled yet again at how cool Pilates is. It truly is a complete system of exercise. I’m pretty sure that there’s no other sort of exercise out there that can get a person out of pain, into their once-too-tight clothes, performing better at just about everything else in their life, and not miss a beat when injuries or other situations occur.
Even more than that (and all the rest that doesn’t come to mind as I type quickly during my son’s shower), Pilates puts the practitioner in the power seat. Injuries do happen along with everything else that comes up in the course of a lifetime. How we respond it all is up to us. Injuries in particular can be an impetus either to diminish or enhance our body awareness. They can be a call to action or a reason to shut down. But that’s not Pilates, that’s us.
Pilates is always available. Pilates is tenacious by nature. That’s just one of the many reasons that I love it so and feel so grateful to have had Pilates as my primary form of fitness for the past decade or so.