The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
To achieve the ideal results, Pilates is best practiced in an environment that stimulates the mind-body connection. At Synergy, a relaxing spa-like atmosphere was the main focus of the studio design. While practicing Pilates exercises, students should not be distracted, so they can learn the art of muscle isolation and flow of execution.
To better understand muscle isolation, try this little experiment on yourself.
– Lay on your back with your arms extended to the side, (out from your shoulders). Raise your legs off the floor a few inches and hold for 5 seconds. Do your shoulders and neck muscles tense up at all?
This exercise is done to strengthen the core muscles. It has nothing to do with using or tensing any of the muscles in your neck, shoulders and arms. Full concentration is needed to activate your core while breathing deeply into your powerhouse, your core. Always try to practice pilates in a calm, quite place so you can focus on your body, your mind and your spirit. You will be surprised at the results you will achieve. A focused and mindful workout done ten minutes a day can do far more for you than a much long workout that is not focused.
Julie Akin head instructor at Synergy Staying Fit Pilates in Surrey BC