If you’ve had a chance to pop by the studio, you may have noticed a series of colourful decals on the big blue wall. Each represents a piece of the philosophy behind Body Mason and are largely adopted from the original building blocks identified by Joseph Pilates in his book ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’ although I’ve expanded on his points just a bit
Today, I want to talk to you about balance.
This is one of pieces that I’ve added and one that is really important to me personally — and something I frankly struggle with. Balance is everything. It’s physical, it’s emotional, it’s psychological. How many times a week do you hear people talk about work-life balance? If you’re not balanced then a part of you or your life is lacking or unsupported.
When it comes to your body, we need to find balance within our own structure. Remember when I was talking about “building a house” (you’re the house). If the house is going to be strong, I have to give equal attention to each part of the construction. I need a strong foundation and core to support four-dutifully built walls.
Humans are naturally predisposed to favour one side. We may feel stronger or more flexible using the dominant half and therefore, tend to give it more attention, because we feel more confident using it. But actually, what we should be doing is building up our weaker half to create, yep, balance. Without this, your body twists itself and compensates in weird ways that can create aches and pains.
Take that same idea now and imagine your broader life. If you’re working too much, or not sleeping enough, or neglecting exercise, doesn’t everything sort of, well, feel off?
Pilates is built around this philosophy and if you’ve taken a class you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, what are you waiting for?! Sometimes it can feel challenging to find time to do something for you, to take that hour and focus on your health when you’ve got deadlines and groceries, and cleaning, and meals and kids and appointments, but make the time. Because balance is the key to everything.