I know. With that title you’re expecting a Western, or a Cop story. Instead, you’ll be getting a blog about exercise.
Reformer is a form of Pilates, which is (per dictionary.com) a “system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.”
Now, in layman’s terms, if you’re a devotee of the Fifty Shades stuff, you’re going to love Pilates. You are laying on a rack, with your feet and arms in various types of straps, pushing your body to do things that will probably cause you to scream out “Oh God”, and thoroughly understand the concept of pleasure and pain. There’s a Rihanna song that totally plays in your head when you’re on the table, feet in straps, and moving your legs side to side and up and down.
I am stretching muscles that I didn’t know existed. My inner thighs burn from leg movement. And my core (more commonly known as abs)- I understand how someone can have a “6 pack” because I actually feel the muscle movement in at least 6 stomach areas.
So, what’s the verdict?
I feel better after class. I have gone to 3 classes so far (I’m going once a week, every Friday). I have better movement in my joints- I feel my hips opening up. I have/had planters fasciitis in one foot and tendonitis in the other, and the series of stretches I do is actually relieving my foot pain. My abs are stronger, which in turn is making my back stronger. But I feel every area of my body getting a little stronger, a little looser, a little more flexible. Though I do ache and “need” to take a hot bath with lavender and Epsom salts (candle and soft music also essential), it is a good ache. I feel like my muscles have been exercised, but not hurt.
My body feels good.
But my mind also feels good. I am sleeping better. Don’t get me wrong- I’m still a crazy type A lunatic, but I’m a little tiny bit calmer. it’s a start.
I will also say that the teacher I have is probably the best teacher ever. No lie. She is patient, explains what the exercise is, what it will work, and why it’s important. She walks around the class to make sure we are all doing things properly. She is calm and laid back, and while those are not qualities I normally look for in others, it is totally welcome, wanted and needed during this class. I feel like her presence is a good warm hug.
Trying Pilates was one of my goals for 2018. I’m glad I was able to fit it into my weekly routine. My other goal was to work out at least 5 days a week, which I exceeded by exercising every day this month. (though I may not go to the gym today because I have a stupidly packed schedule- Tuesday is my crazy day)
Onward and upward….