As we enter into our 10th year as a studio, I’ve found myself reflecting on various clients, body issues, exercises, etc… It really does make you realize how much you don’t know. Romana’s words when people pass their final “test” for their certification were often, “And now your learning can begin.” I know that after a year and a half of studying I felt pretty confident at the time. “What is she talking about?” I thought. I am CERTIFIED! Wow. Each body, each day brings forth a new challenge which is what keeps the work so interesting. So what if at one conference “count 4 for rowing is here” and another year it is somewhere else! The work is the SAME! Once that realization happens, then you can really start to look at the important stuff. It took me a long time to get over that- trust me. (Coming from someone who perfectly aligns magic circles and hangs leg spring straps perfectly.) Don’t sweat the small stuff.
When a student has a “light bulb moment,” I’m not sure who’s more excited, him/her or me! Re-training our bodies to move efficiently is not an easy task. Pilates is simple. That is, the actual exercises are very clear and straight forward. If you’ve been moving evenly and efficiently your whole life, they are also no problem to execute. (So that would go for about %2 of the population.) Seeing a student’s progress through their Pilates journey is quite amazing. When certain “land mark” exercises are achieved (i.e. Teaser on their own) it makes the changes that have occurred in his/her body more evident for the student and teacher. Little steps do take us a long way over time, it’s just nice to see the mile markers every once in a while.