Pilatesology Instructor Andrea Maida (check out her Advanced Mat here or visit her in San Diego: www.pilatesandrea.com) has some wonderful things to say about hearts and Pilates. This is one thing you don’t have to buy today, you can simply appreciate how good Pilates is for your heart, no greeting cards required. Thanks Andrea, we [heart] you!
February. Valentine’s Day. HEARTS! The Hundred. Chocolates….ah, but I digress…
Pilates does wonderful things for your heart muscle.
There are also many individuals that express an extreme devotion,
a LOVE for the Pilates Method
…including moi of course!
The Heart is equated with:
COURAGE “You gotta have heart!”
ENTHUSIASM “Put your whole heart and soul into it”
A STRONG WILL
A SPIRIT TO SUCCEED
Helpful things to have when approaching your Pilates workout.
Deep in the heart of your Pilates workout:
(See! Another one… the vital part or essence of something.)
Perhaps one of the most ‘memorable’ of the Pilates exercises is the Hundred (100).
One of the first exercises one learns as a Pilates student, 100 is ever-present, lengthy and challenging to do well.
This exercise uses the vigorous pumping of the arms from your strong center and deep full breathing to warm up the body, getting the blood circulating (heart) and squeezing stale toxic air out of the lungs.
I like to refer to my workouts as
an internal shower followed by an external one
“Bodily House Keeping with Blood Circulation.”
or What’s not to love about quality House Keeping?
“This is the equivalent of an ‘internal shower.’ Your blood will flow with renewed vigor as the direct result of your faithfully performing the Contrology [Pilates] exercises.”
Translation: Just do it and trust that the exercises are working. Remember that Rome was not built in a day…
“These exercises induce the heart to pump strong and steadily.”
You are moving and hopefully sweating. Remember it is a workout!
“As a result, the bloodstream carries and discharges from your system more of the accumulated debris created by fatigue. [Pilates] exercises drive pure, fresh blood to every muscle fiber of our bodies, particularly to the very important capillaries which ordinarily are rarely ever fully stimulated once we reach adulthood.”
Capillaries fully stimulated…check!
“As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, [Pilates] exercises purify the bloodstream and whip it into instant action.”
Feelin’ like a stagnant stream? Then let’s see some action! Move, move, move…
“The result is that the organs of the body, including the important sweat glands, receive the benefit of clean fresh blood carried to them by this rejuvenated bloodstream.”
This is like porn for vampires…
“In addition…note that all the exercises are performed in a sitting or reclining position. This is done to relieve your heart from undue strain as well as to take advantage of the more normal, original position of the visceral organs of your body when in such positions.”
Pilates is NOT a heartbreaker 🙂
All quotes can be found in Joe Pilates’ book Return to Life Through Contrology
Contrology is Joe’s original name for his method.
Check out this NYT article for a play-by-play at the cellular level!