Today I finally got around to doing something that's been on my agenda for a very long time: I went to my first proper Pilates class at UP Pilates Studio along Pasong Tamo Extension, just outside the Dasmarinas Village gate.
She's been teaching the Fletcher method of Pilates, by the way, since 2004.
When I met Brenda today, she asked me: "Have you done Pilates before?"
I was almost embarassed to admit that I was one of these "Pilates hobbyists," meaning I've done Pilates but always only at some resort or spa.
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I'd never done consecutive formal lessons.
But each time I've been at the Chiva Som spa in Thailand, I've signed up for the Pilates class. That doesn't really amount to anything real, but I couldn't say that I'd never experienced Pilates either.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE ROOM
The UP Pilates studio is compact but complete, easy on the eyes, and quiet.
I think most people come for private lessons so you basically have the whole studio to yourself.
I said to Brenda today, before my first session: "I've always been meaning to do this. But you know what it's like with inertia."
Brenda then replied: "You really should. We have a complete Pilates studio and it's so near you."
A MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WORKOUT
I don't know if Brenda was just being easy on me today, because the exercises she made me do were not at all difficult. Perhaps she thought I'd quit after one session if she made me huff and puff a bit more.
But what surprised me the most was the mental aspect of it all.
The entire session, which takes an hour, was so calming that it was like a session of meditation. It really was an energizing, stress-relieving mind-body workout.
It was really nice to be able to get some bodywork done -- I hesitate to call it exercise at this point, as I haven't broken a sweat yet -- and also to be able to calm my mind. For one blissful hour, I didn't think of anything else but my breathing and my exercises.
Imagine that. I didn't even think of my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
UP PILATES STUDIO
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