Pilatesglossy introduces you to Chelsea Streifeneder. Chelsea Streifeneder is the proud owner of Body Be Well Pilates in Red Hook and Catskill NY, located in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Chelsea is a Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Teacher and holds a B.A. in Writing and Dance from Bard College. Chelsea became a Pilates believer by experiencing it transform her own body. Being able to move free of pain, with ease and confidence changed her life. This transformation fueled her desire to learn and share this method with others. She continues her Pilates studies and related movement therapies monthly in continuing education workshops and courses. She is a strong believer in that you are never done learning! Be ready for A Life Style Change through Pilates!
Why can’t we commit to new habits?
Everyday people come into the studios and tell us how they have given up drinking and chocolate, adopted a diet, will exercise 7 days a week and be in bed by 10pm every night! There’s nothing like a couple of weeks of summer vacation overindulgences to convince us that it’s time to turn over a new leaf, and become better, fitter, slimmer people. But within a week or two we’re stumbling back into our old habits! Why can’t we commit to new habits that we will love for years to come, such as Pilates?
Pilates is an overall conditioning routine
Focusing on the body’s core, Pilates is an overall conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It also improves balance and coordination, making you more graceful and the breathing techniques will even help you relieve stress and feel more relaxed. How many other habits can say that?
A life long endeavor or life change
I like to consider fitness and health as a life long endeavor or life change. Think of fitness and health as a way to survive the stresses of life as well as to look younger and feel more alive. There are some very basic tools, which Joseph Pilates used in his technique for life long health. Joseph Pilates did not consider Pilates to be just another form of exercise. He considered Pilates to be a way of life. He believed thru Pilates you could achieve your highest potential physically, mentally, and emotionally. A strong body representing a strong mind, a stronger mind creating a stronger body… all of this transferring into ultimate happiness and a better world to live in. (Pilates, J. (1945). “Return to Life Through Contrology).”
The benefits of doing Pilates are life changing
Pilates is a lifestyle that any person young or old, weak or strong can incorporate into their life. The benefits of doing Pilates are life changing. Pilates promises more than a toned physique … Pilates is a mind-set, a more positive outlook on the body, and an overall lifestyle change. It trains the brain to focus on each movement and muscle, a concentration that later translates into everyday relationships and work. Precision, mind control, and posture are just a few of these benefits. In particular, our breath synchronization used in Pilates slows us down and makes us much more aware of the present moment. This is where the real lifestyle change happens – commitment to each moment in class as another opportunity to better ourselves and the bodies we’ve been given. After spending a day at the office, this concentration allows us to slow down and re-organize our priorities, whether toward your husband’s birthday, making time for your daughter’s school play, or allowing yourself a night in free of distractions.
More energy, no more pain
I recently asked my clients how Pilates has improved their quality of life. Their answers were all similar in saying they felt stronger, taller, had more energy, no more pain, and couldn’t wait until their next session. I always warn them when they start how addicting Pilates can be!
Pilates was developed to improve performance of the physical activities
As an instructor I can tell you, when done correctly, the movements result in strength, flexibility, coordination, improved posture and more efficient movement. Pilates was developed to improve performance of the physical activities we love and prevent injury. I appreciate Pilates as a mindful activity in which we shut off our minds and explore our bodies. I appreciate the relaxation/stress reduction benefits, the improvements in mental focus, concentration, memory, and creativity.
If you commit to Pilates, Pilates will commit to you.
Joseph Pilates was quoted to say “I’m fifty years ahead of my time”, and “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”. He was right on both accounts. He would be astounded to see what his method of exercise has developed into, but he might also be thrilled and surprised to see how well Pilates has been accepted and all of the lives and lifestyle changes that have been made through Pilates! Why not make all your friends, family, and loved ones jealous by not only getting the body and mind Pilates can give you, but also actually committing to your new habit? If you commit to Pilates, Pilates will commit to you. I promise!Chelsea Streifeneder Pilates Studio Body Be Well Pilates New York, US.