Each sport, each hobby, each passion, puts a unique strain upon the body. Our bodies are highly responsive entities and will do (as well as they can) what we ask of them.
If we tell our bodies we need deep turnout in the leg, it will get there. But without guidance on how to do it, it may choose the path of least resistance, torquing in the ankle and in the knee. With guidance we can teach it to use our hips instead, to get a natural, deep turnout from where it needs to come from.
If we tell our bodies that we need to hold a slightly twisted and somewhat bent position because that is the best way to play the guitar, our bodies will do that as well. We will repeatedly put ourselves into this position and then work from it and so our bodies adapt, strengthening certain muscles, weakening others, stretching or shortening our fascia, whatever it needs to so that we can play that song, just the way we want.
Our bodies will do what we ask, within its capacity to do so. What we can do for it is to increase its capacity, to balance out the impact of our passions with the needs of the body to be uniformly developed.
Why uniformly developed?
Because from a centered, grounded, all movements are possible place, we can then apply ourselves to whatever we want. Realistically few of us will ever be fully uniformly developed, especially if we continue on in a passion that lends itself specifically to non-uniformity. Yet by working towards that balance we delay or avert the structural instabilities caused by our passions and thus keep ourselves strong and capable of embracing our passions far into the future.
Pilates is not the end goal, it is the tool we use to get to the end goal: healthy movement for life.
Today’s piece inspired by this article on tips for dancers.
Love your body, love your life.