Did you know what makes a Pilates Studio a ‘studio’?
Neither did I. But Sarah informed me at my last visit (the sun tan one) that a studio is considered a studio when it has the large equipment in it like the Cadillac or Trapeze or Reformers. At Pilates-Train-Me they have these.
At PTM they have also recently been awarded Pilates School status as they have reached the advantageous position of being qualified and authorised to teach, mentor and support new and upcoming Pilates instructors. This is a great coup for Rachel and Sarah and they are working with several instructors at various stages of their Pilates education. They are one of the few Classic Pilates Schools outside of London.
Today was another mat class, this time with Liz.
Liz is the size of my left leg. Much more likeable and twice as bendy.
I positioned myself by the sunny window again (see what I mean about ‘spaces’ in the class!) and she asked us to get a Pilates circle each.
It’s like a stiff hoop (with a little bit of give) with soft handle bits to place your hands and feet on and we used it to focus on and feel our abs more (well that’s what I got out of it!). Imagine holding a football in front of you and pushing the flats of both hands against it — you’d feel your abs contract. We did a lot of stuff like this. We worked with it overhead, in front of us, behind us and curling over it. It was tricky and once again I noticed that I was working much more slowly than the other participants (Note to self: speed the hell up!)
Liz was much more hands on and made sure I was working on doing the moves better. It was kind of easier with her help, but not something I could easily replicate without her. Despite knowing from the last 3 sessions that there is a lot to remember, I still got cross with myself that I forgot a lot of things. However the moves were challenging and tested my spacial awareness, body awareness and symmetry. All of which need more work.
We also used a Pilates bar / pole today to do something funky with it behind our thighs and rolling back. I don’t have a particularly balance-y-bum or strong enough abs to make that work and ended up like the weeble from session 2 with Maddy.
Liz mentioned to me at the end that it’s been said that Pilates attracts perfectionists – this could explain why I have never done it before. I am not a perfectionist. I want to do things well, but not to the point of perfection. I like making progress and being better but not like a ballet dancer or acrobat would want to make it beautiful. I am more about the ‘done’ rather than the ‘do’.
Back on Friday for a group equipment session.