a long stretch



Last night I went to my evening Pilates class. I do pilates every Monday and Thursday evenings now that I’m working. My best friend and I used to go to gym everyday and either do Pilates or play squash, and now that work has started I find it impossible to keep the gym thing going. So I found out that my pilates teacher does private classes ( 🙂 ) so I could go in the evenings.

I love the way pilates moves my body. I did ballet for 13 years and had to make a very hard decision that it was time time to stop a few years ago. I had 2 injuries and being at varsity demanded more time than I could handle. So the ballet era of my life ended and since then I have missed it very much.

However, the one thing that keeps me going is the pilates. For the hour that I am there I can completely forget about what’s going on outside the room, and I can stretch my body and work the muscles which always feels so great afterwards.

Anyhoo… last night we did a stretch class. We did about 15 min of warm up with the ball, then began the long stretch class. It was so great… my teacher is also an ex-ballet girl so she does all the stretching we used to do. I struggle a little with some stretches because my injured hamstrings still give me some hassles (even though it was years ago since I hurt them). But the pilates is helping alot with taking the pain away. Anyway, we do this once strange stretch (that I absolutely cannot explain in words, I would need a diagram! 😉 ) then while I’m doing it, Paula says “for those who feel like it, you can move into a full split”. hmmmmm I think, I wonder if I could do it? Well surprise, surprise… I got so close!!! I was so so proud of by body and my legs to even remotely try and do a full split! I was so happy!

So now I’m going to keep pushing the boundaries until I can get flat in the slits again. It felt so good after the class, I really felt like I had accomplished something! I know it may seem silly to you, but being able to that is a huge improvement for my damaged hamstrings and I feel like I haven’t completely lost my ballet training all together!



4 Responses to “a long stretch”

  1. 1 Kathy
    July 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Thats fantastic Elaine. Pilate is really great, and as you say for that hour you only concentrate on yourself and the benefits are fantastic. I have also started belly dancing!!! My goodness that is also a fantastic workout and Pilate helps me with belly dancing as you have to use all your core muscles which is used so much in belly dancing. Excercising is a vital part in ones life now. I cant function well if I have not excercised for a few days.

  2. July 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Wish I had the time to do things like that

  3. 3 pilatesburien
    July 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    You deserve this time for yourself. It’s like a savings account with HUGE interest and benefits!

  4. 4 Hazel R
    December 12, 2009 at 3:55 am

    thank you for doing all you do.

    please do it all the time.

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