Archive for February, 2012

Roll Up with a Smile

Friday, February 24th, 2012

“Everything is possible for him who believes.” – Mark 9:23

Seven months ago, a prospective client named Kathy came to Studio A wondering if she was capable of practicing Pilates given her current physical condition and fitness level. Her goal was to strengthen her core, live with less pain, and improve her ability to move. In our first sessions, she did not yet have the strength or muscle awareness to lift her head when lying on her back. She was unable to stand or walk for more than 15 minutes at a time without pain.

The first time she saw someone in the studio practicing the Roll Up, she said, “I want to be able to do that!” She was determined that one day she would be able to do a Roll Up herself. More than a dream, it became her goal, her daily practice.

Last weekend, she attended a Franklin Method® “Dynamic Imagery and Pelvic Power” workshop at Studio A, in which we learned about imagery as a tool for learning, moving and enjoying life, and about the anatomy and bone rhythms of the pelvis. During the workshop she made a personal commitment to hold positive thoughts along with images that supported her goal of performing a Roll Up.

Kathy came in for her private session the very next day, and began warming up on the floor. In a quiet, but very excited voice, she said, “Aida, come here. I want to show you something.” As I watched her roll up, I was speechless; her smile and the delight in her face made me want to cry tears of joy. When I asked her what she did differently, she said, “I changed my attitude and I pictured how the bones move.”

Thank you, Kathy, for reminding us that

when our dreams become goals,

through faithful and consistent practice,

through the power of imagery,

and with a true understanding and appreciation

of how the body is designed,

our dreams do become our reality.

Kathy’s success so clearly captures the devotion, work and joy in every story like hers. I am blessed to be a witness to the intentions that our clients set and the daily steps taken toward realizing their goals. I am honored to celebrate each and every achievement with them. And I am grateful to be reminded daily why I do what I do every day.