Saturday, September 11, 2010
Pilates for the dressage rider
I got my DVD in the mail this week - it's by Janice Dulak who has worked with Linda Parelli. I got it for a couple of reasons... my sacroiliac joint has been sore for quite a few months now (from back when I started doing the core balancing exercises from the Balance Mastery Manual).. it was back then I realised I couldn't straddle a barrel and lift my left leg (it's my left sacroiliac that's sore).
So months passed and the pain deferred to other areas - mainly my hip. Coupled with no riding due to my HORSE having his sore sacroiliac too (go figure - what's that about mirroring I hear you say?), for the last 4 months - my physio said I need to strengthen my core muscles to support the flexibility I have in my joints. I am one of those people that sit with my legs up all the time, or crossed legged on the floor.
The specialist wants to give me a joint injection but I am going to try this instead for a bit and kill two birds with one DVD.... hopefully improve my riding position too.
Just off to learn the into exercises now.... boy this stomach in and up; ribs together; bum tight; legs wrapping - makes you forget to breathe - let alone ride as well! I feel a steep learning curve ahead I think...