Two years ago I got injured while on one of my runs, which left me unable to run for over a year.
It was a rather minor injury which healed itself in about two weeks. But because my muscles had been so worn down from the amount of distance I was covering and I hadn't bothered to do any strengthening exercises for them that minor injury caused a chain reaction of responses in the muscles of my right leg which led to them overcompensating and getting out of proper alignment. This sounds like nonsense but what it really boils down to is that my IT Band, a muscle that connects from the outside of the hip to the outside of the knee, was super tight and whenever I tried to run it would put pressure on the side of knee which felt like someone taking a knife and jabbing it on my knee repeatedly. Not exactly pleasant.
Now I have been running for the majority of my life and had no intentions of calling it quits at 21. So I started looking for ways to help give my body a helping hand in the whole healing process. And this is where Pilates came into play. It was low impact and the whole focus of pilates is to strengthen and balance out your body. So no knee pain and all my muscles would be marched back into place. Check and check!
I didn't expect that I would fall in love with it as I did. If you ask any of my friends I'm pretty sure they will half-jokingly say I have been brainwashed and maybe joined some kind of exercise cult. Perhaps it's true, but I just like to think that I have learned to see a whole new way and am fascinated by that perspective. Lets put it this way, I loved it so much I went and got certified as an instructor with the very studio that introduced me to the wonders of pilates: New York Pilates.
My goal now is to impart the wisdom that I have learned, and will continue learning as I complete my comprehensive training and beyond, about the body and how to facilitate movement in your own. In this section you can expect to read tips and exercises for stretching, strengthening, and lengthening. Maybe one day you might see some videos. Maybe I'll occasionally include some delicious recipes that everyone, especially picky eaters like me, will enjoy.
Until then welcome and thank you for stopping by!