Pilates and Food – Restorative Pair

As an owner of several Pilates Studios, a mom, and major supporter to my husbands solo Physical Therapy Practice there is not much time in the day to feed oneself. I have made more than my fair share of jokes about being on the kind bar and cold coffee diet. (might be true from time to time). We all know how important feeding our body is; it works so hard teaching our clients, taking care of our family, and sneaking in some Pilates for ourselves in between sessions or after a long day.

I remember thinking using a slow cooker is not really cooking!  I realized my life was out of control and we needed to eat. The slow cooker had a healthy and savory meal that was ready when I got home. This recipe is one of my favorites to come home to after a long day; it truly nourishes me from the inside out. The mix of lentils and split peas are just so delicious it will warm you up and make your mindful Pilates body feel great. It can become a go-to for all busy wives, mommas, teachers, leaders and overall badasses! Enjoying this recipe and some time to restore in a roller release class this is the perfect way to end the day. Double back each friday for a foodie friday recipe.

Check out my take on the soup here.

This past Christmas Santa was nice enough to bring me an instant pot. It has been great! It solves a word of issues like when I forget to cook beans, make rice, or perfect quinoa.  Not to mention it turns out some quick meals for me when I need it to do that.

Check out my favorite pulled beef. I like to put it over a salad, on a sandwich, in a lettuce wrap or over roasted vegetables.

Why Restore?
Restorative movements in Pilates or any type of exercise are very important. They help us decompress and find our center and relax. They allow us to focus on our breath, our mobility, and our balance by slowing down and really feeling the movements. With restorative movement, you have time to think about how each movement feels in your muscles and in your bones. You become very aware if something feels tight or if it suddenly relaxes; ah, we love that feeling. One of the main reasons for this is because it is done at a slower pace.

While your crockpot is taking care of dinner, use these moves to take care of yourself. Shake off any holding patterns you may have picked up during the past few days.

My go-to restorative moves…
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing: Inhale and think about releasing your bottom and your pelvic floor muscles into the floor where you are comfortably sitting. Exhale and feel how the breath narrows your ribs and gently lifts your pelvic basket.

2. Foot Rollout: Grab a spiky ball, a tennis ball, a lacrosse ball or your child’s toy ball and roll out the bottom of your feet. You may find some sticky and painful spots – stay with that for a bit and then move the ball vigorously from toe to heel. Your feet work hard all day every day. Show them some love and watch how it improves your posture!

Foot Rolling Video

Hand Rolling Video

Neck and Face Rolling Video 

3. Neck and Shoulder Release: Lie on your back with your legs long. Reach both arms up to the ceiling and inhale to reach your fingertips long towards the ceiling – feel how your shoulder blades gently separate and open your upper back. Exhale and allow your shoulder blades to melt into the floor, narrowing towards each other – feel how this allows your collar bones to spread and your ribs to narrow. Even better done on the foam roller or half roller.