This holiday I stayed home in NYC (originally from LA, it took 3 years, but NYC now finally feels like home to me!) I did nothing. Absolutely NOTHING. I ate, drank and did nary a Pilates hundred. Which surprisingly, made some of my clients happy that I’m human, “if you cut me do I not bleed?” Despite my lack of actual workouts, Pilates seemed to be present everywhere around me. It’s the Pilates principle of precision that made me a student at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
My family was in town and we were doing “touristy” things. Normally being anywhere in the city with hundreds of clueless travelers makes me nauseous, but this was something I could get in-to. I had seen the show once before in LA but this was my first time seeing the actual Radio City Rockettes at the actual Radio City Music Hall. Let me tell you, they were AMAZING! Precision dance has never been my cup of tea. Sure, I was on high school dance team and we did our share, wearing sequins and kick ball changing on the football field to House of the Rising Sun, but I’d never entertained the thought of auditioning to be a Rockette. Too much rehearsal, too much pressure, too much precision! Sitting there in the mezzanine I finally got it. There is an art to precision.
In Pilates, there are 6 principles of movement: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. While each is equally important, I find it helpful to concentrate on one for a few workouts to really embody it. Precision is controlling the movement by initiating it from your powerhouse and lengthening one movement into the next. For me, precision is the delicate balance between hitting each position with strength and intention while releasing any tension in the movement. Mr. Pilates was insistent, “The benefits of Contrology (Pilates) depend solely upon your performing the exercises exactly according to instructions- and not otherwise.” There is a right way to do an exercise for a reason and if you focus on performing them that way you get results, plain and simple. What would happen if Rockette # 6 decided she would go her own way and stand out from the group? Chaos would ensue followed by mutiny in the Rockette ranks! Precision is what it means to be a Rockette, and they display a sort of freedom and comfort in it. Precision is what it means to do Pilates. I invite you to find both the challenge and freedom in it.
Want to learn more about the principles of Pilates? We can show you how at FORM. Book the first of your 3 Private sessions in our New Client Special today here. You’ll be flowing with precision, breath, centering, and control all with the concentration of an expert.