Sensory Soul “Balancing your senses”
Becoming a parent has heightened my sense of curiosity. I look at my children’s experiences and wonder how is this shaping their lives? My daughter was a late talker which ended up in additional assessments to find out why her speech was delayed. When she got assessed by a specialised physio, her joints where so hyper-mobile. The physio said it was like she was walking around on marshmallows. Imagine what type of mover/communicator you become if you feel your body is so vulnerable, weak and unstable like you’re walking on a ground of marshmallows?
Movement is an important form of non-verbal communication. Making up 93% of how we communicate. If my daughter was feeling vulnerable and unstable while moving, then she wasn’t having a great sensory experience. So, our homework was to teach her nursery rhythms while playing movement games, such as jumping on the bed or rocking up and down etc. Amazingly this unlocked the door to her speech (and now she is 7 years and never stops talking)
As a movement teacher, I feel it an important part of our training to understand and bring the dots of movement & communication together! I have had many conversations with colleagues about how I could find out more about this fascinating world of movement and communication. John Sharkey the director of the NTC and clinical anatomist (who is creating groundbreaking research in the world of fascia) was one such person. I thought that maybe fascia may have something to do with her hypermobility and that was indirectly affecting her communication process. He told me that movement was a key aspect of development and recalled in his early day’s teachers using expressions such as “if you cannot move correctly you will not find your voice.” So true. So, for me, my intention is not to teach you how to do Pilates, but you teach you how to feel Pilates.
Sensing our body and sensing our own vibrations is a huge part of Pilates that can sometimes get lost. The current world of online Pilates & Yoga teaching has created a silver lining of heightening your sensory system. Investigating and observing how you are moving by using your sense to guide you. Are you in neutral? Do you have even weight through your feet? Watch your knees are not knocking together? These are the kinds of cues the teacher is giving you but now that you are all alone in your living room you are solely responsible for sensing these in your body and creating realignment according to your own unique vibrations. Oiling your sensory system improves your movement and communication with yourself and others. Feeling the feelings enhances your overall wellbeing.
I love to work with people with injuries or restrictions teaching you how to sense joint alignment and muscle connection. Get in touch if you are a beginner or newcomer to pilates or you are looking for a clinical pilates teacher online.