“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
When I was pregnant with Sophie, I gained a lot of weight. Teaching full time, first pregnancy and feeling hesitant to work out when pregnant, I packed on the pounds.
When Sophie was born and I realized she wasn’t a 60 pound baby, I immediately knew I was in for a long journey, one that would take a long time to get back to where I wanted to be, both physically snd emotionally.
It wasn’t easy and years later, I still felt stuck to the point where I didn’t want to have another baby until I was in proper shape…and then I rediscovered Pilates.
I had practiced mat Pilates in college, but stumbled back into practice a year before Elsa was born, discovering reformer Pilates at a local studio. I was hooked.
I became a diligent Pilates student, taking class three times a week, all the while feeling energized and ultimately getting into the best shape of my life. Beyond the physical, it was part of my life and something I loved which made me feel centered, less anxious and a better person.
I took Pilates throughout my pregnancies with Elsa, Soren and Ellinor, up until two weeks before delivery with all of them. I gained less weight and my pregnancies symptoms eased, ending in three fast deliveries and even better postpartum recoveries. Incidentally, after giving birth to Elsa, the nurses all marveled at my delivery and strong pelvic floor. I felt like a rockstar and happily gave them the name of my Pilates instructor.
Since moving to Canada, it’s been hard to practice Pilates. For one, it isn’t as prevalent and additionally, the few studios that do offer reformer classes don’t work well with my current four kid lifestyle. Add to that a pesky shoulder injury and I was desperately missing something that had been a part of my life for close to ten years.
When I do pilates, I’m happier.
It’s been over a year and aside from a few reformer classes, my in home mat classes have been all that has tethered me to my old physical self.
But, that all changed.
I cried when I ordered it, almost passed out when it was delivered and am forever grateful that I could purchase my own reformer.
With that being said, I want to give a shout out to all the Pilates instructors who have inspired me and helped transform my mind and body. I miss you all and hope one day to take another class in my travels back to California.
“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.“