|Summit of Mt. Adams, Presidential Range|
White Mountain National Forest, NH
Over the years, I have found that pilates has helped me to understand how my body works. While Yoga introduces us to the presence of our body parts, Pilates can show us how these parts function during movements. Variations of a single movement have exposed me to the minute adpations which my body can perform and the ability to control these movements. This awareness has helped me to make preventative rather than reactionary movements while skiing, biking & trail running. I can understand how to use core muscles to maintain stability of the upper body, can adjust the flex and angles of my ankles to account for variances in terrain, make minute lateral movements of the femur in the hip socket to adjust my turn radius on demand. Control over both big and small muscles in the body have provided me with a more stable platform from which to approach the mountain, and have given the opportunity for increased grace of movement. If we truly wish to become great skiers, we must turn away from this dependency upon external sources and instead focus on our ability to perform through the control of our own bodies.