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Pilates with Reiki for Depression


Working It Out - Pilates with Reiki will help you handle every challenge life throws at you. Here's how it helps me handle my grief and hubby's depression.

Joseph Pilates had a very broad definition of fitness:

a developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure

Basically, he believed that we should be ready for anything we might want or need to do in life. Need to push your car when it breaks down? Check. Need to carry your kid home from the car? Check. Play in a weekend football game? Check. Swim in the ocean and walk the beach on holiday? Run a marathon? If you want to, check!

Mr. Pilates had a lot he had to deal with in his life, from childhood asthma to a detention camp for enemy aliens in England during WWI, to Germany between the wars, immigration to the US, and trying to patent his equipment, run his business, and market contrology.

I can only imagine his physical and emotional stress.

You cannot imagine how many people hurt themselves doing simple things like opening windows stuck closed after winter (torn rotator cuff, anyone?), skiing when they generally don't exercise (knee injuries), and picking things up - including children, heavy boxes, heavy grocery bags, heavy weights - (herniated discs).

Instead of dreading activity and the injury or pain that might result, I believe, as did Joseph Pilates, that we should regularly engage in exercises that require mental focus as they work your body in each plane of motion, focus on strength and stability as well as a healthy range of flexibility, and strengthen all the muscles of the body, as well as the mind, with coordinated, functional, mindful movement patterns.

Doing an exercise program like this, and Pilates mat is a great example, will keep your body and mind prepared for both the best and the worst. Pilates with Reiki together (not necessarily at the same time) helps even more.

Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that serves to focus the mind and balance the human bio-field. As a practitioner of traditional Usui Reiki (Mikao Usui founded Reiki) I practice self-Reiki every day, which like meditation, takes about 20 minutes and requires some mindful attention.

Today, for example, was very tough for me. In the past 6 months I have been through a crushed big toe and the deaths of both parents. My husband, who suffers from depression, has been great throughout my grief. Until last night.

Last night we fought over absolutely nothing. And it ended with him not speaking and going to bed. Now, when this happens I cannot talk to him, touch him, or in any way meaningfully interact with him. It makes living together in an alcove studio quite interesting. Do I know how long this episode will last?


So I am sitting here lost in uncertainty (this could last a day or two, but has gone several weeks in the not so distant past) and feeling angry, sad, and shut out. This, when added to my pre-existing grief, depression, and feelings of fatness, makes me want to crawl into a dark hole.

Today I elected to not leave the house. It is rainy and gross, so that's OK. Hubby gets out of bed unasked to walk the dog and make food, so I've been pretty free of responsibility. Basically, no excuse to skip my Pilates with Reiki for the day.

This morning I did my morning Reiki self treatment. And this afternoon I did my Pilates mat. A nice intermediate series that left me breathing hard, shaking, warm, flexible, and well worked out.

And now I feel a little better.

C'mon Life, throw me what you got.

I do Pilates with Reiki. I am ready!