This was a special Easter for me. My brother and his wife came from Germany to stay with me for 10 days with their two daughters, aged 1 ½ and 3 ½. It was a wonderful and yet incredibly exhausting time during which I found little opportunity to focus on my usual practice sessions.
I did however feel much better for a morning at Gambado,, the indoor softplay park at Fountainpark, as it gave me a chance to be physically active as well as play with the children.
Not having children myself I was secretly excited to see the huge installation, inviting even adults to climb, crawl and slide. I did not hesitate to have a go, encouraging my slightly fearful niece to explore all the tunnels and bridges.
It did not take long for me to break into quite a sweat and feel the unusual, physical challenge. Suddenly moving around like a toddler again on an indoor playground really proofed to me that the gym does not challenge me in a functional way like that all. It also isn’t much fun in comparison. For me the gym is about pushing myself to maintain or improve a certain fitness level. Practicing Pilates for me is about conscious movement study and experimentation. Climbing around in an indoor playground on the other hand was about nothing but fun, yet it seemed to give me so much more.
I believe it is a shame that there are so few adult playgrounds in comparison to the number of gyms and health clubs that exist. If we never had stopped playing, perhaps we would not feel too old for it now? Perhaps our creativity would be much more alive still and we could sustain an active lifestyle because it would not feel like a chore we have to do to.
After all what do we go to the gym or our fitness classes for if it does not enable us to play with our children, or our friends and partners? We want to be able to move effortlessly. We want to feel effortless and pain free when we work, go on holiday, play sports and play with the kids. We want to move effortlessly at any age during all of our lives.
We do not have to put up with “Oh well, we are too old for that now.”
If you feel, you are not able to enjoy effortless movement when you do these things, perhaps I can help you. Creative, somatic movement practice combined with Pilates can help you make a start towards more healthy, dynamic , comfortable movements. If you are interested to find out how I can help you find more freedom, comfort and playfulness in your movements visit my website or get in touch.