In the realm of fitness and well-being, a common phrase I often encounter is, “I am going to get in shape, then start with you.” Over my extensive journey in the world of Pilates, this sentiment has been echoed by many individuals, reflective of a wider misconception about what it truly means to be in shape. So, let's delve a little deeper into this concept and how it resonates within our Pilates community.
Being in shape often conjures images of chiselled bodies, washboard abs, and a body fat percentage that skims the lower end of the scale. However, this conventional yardstick, more often than not, tends to mislead rather than inform. The aesthetic appeal, though motivating for some, can become a deterrent for others, especially those who are on the brink of embarking on their Pilates journey.
In reality, being in shape transcends the physical appearance. It encapsulates a sense of holistic wellness, embodying not just a well-toned physique but also a harmonious synergy between mind, body, and spirit. And this is where the essence of Pilates shines through, nurturing an environment where individuals can evolve towards a state of total wellness, irrespective of age.
Pilates, with its inherent emphasis on controlled, precise movements and breath synchronization, fosters a unique pathway for individuals to explore their physical potential while nurturing mental tranquility. It’s a realm where being in shape is synonymous with feeling good, moving with ease, and fostering a rich sense of inner wellness.
The wonderful aspect of Pilates is its inclusivity. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or someone stepping into a studio for the first time, Pilates welcomes you with open arms, urging you to redefine what being in shape means to you. It’s not about conforming to societal standards of physicality, but about embracing a lifestyle that honours the body’s natural ability to move, adapt, and flourish.
I often find myself in awe of the transformative journey of many of our Pilates teachers and practitioners who, regardless of age or fitness level, continually redefine what being in shape means to them. It’s about the freedom of movement, the joy of breath, and the infinite possibilities that lie within the realm of self-discovery.
So, the next time someone shares their intent of getting in shape before stepping into your studio, remind them that in Pilates, everybody is a Pilates body. The journey towards being in-shape is not a destination but a continuous exploration, one that celebrates the uniqueness of every individual while fostering a community that thrives on mutual growth and shared experiences.
Let’s continue to inspire and be inspired, shattering the superficial moulds of being in-shape and delving deeper into a holistic understanding of wellness that resonates with the core principles of Pilates.