Wow, this was a great class! The mindfulness and gentleness of the movements is not something I would normally associate with Pilates. (Mindfulness yes, but not that gentleness.) I would say it was more like yoga and yet not yoga. I've been experiencing pain in my right arm and though it was in my elbow, but when doing the right arm open to the ceiling then down to the floor I realized that the pain initiated from the shoulder. Not only that, but it became really acute and shot all the way up and down the right side of my body to the point where I thought I would be unable to do the exercise. I modified it to the point of near comfort then found with each repetition I could go further until finally I was able to lower my arm and shoulder to the floor with no pain at all for the first time in weeks. Great class for releasing tension and restoring liquidity of movement to the joints.
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Wow, that was amazing. I did a class yesterday that was a level too much for me, and it left me hurting in my head, neck, and back. This loosened everything up and relaxed me so much. Thank you SO MUCH for such encouraging words as, breathe in the rhythm that feels natural to you, because I always find that my inhalation/exhalation wants to go in the opposite pattern to the instructor, and so I force it and create a lot of tension. I feel really connected to my body now, and that's a big deal for me.