I have been practicing Pilates on my own for years, but it wasn’t until the teacher training that I understood how marvelous this system of physical conditioning truly was. During the intense period of study, I delved deeply into the method—both physically and mentally—and experienced the profound benefits of Pilates.
Firstly, Pilates has the power to transform your body—to build substantial strength, increase flexibility, and greatly improve posture and alignment.
Secondly, Pilates teaches you about your body—it makes you aware of your strong and weak parts, your flexible and tight areas, bad habits (i.e.- slouching, tensing up shoulders); the way in which you sit, stand, and walk; your posture and alignment; basically, everything to do with your body and its movement.
One of the greatest rewards in practicing Pilates, however, goes beyond the physical, and that is the significant growth in mind-body awareness. Personally, Pilates has taught me to be fully conscious of how I move throughout the day. “Am I sitting tall? Are my shoulders relaxed? Am I leaning too far forward and gripping into my hip flexors as I walk?” Ultimately, Pilates is an entire system for intelligent and healthy movement, and truly knowing one’s body.
When people are greatly connected to their bodies, it positively affects other core parts of their being, and I genuinely believe that people feel their best both physically and mentally. It is thus my goal through Pilates Chiang Mai to help individuals discover a deep awareness of their bodies, all while vastly improving their strength, flexibility, and alignment.