It was a Monday night at the end of March when I unexpectedly received an email from a journalist from Vogue, Kate Guadagnino, asking me if she could meet me, ask me a few questions and have a session. The email opened with “I’m working on a round-up of Pilates instructors for our special Met issue, tied to the gala, and have you at the top of my list”.
Kate knew that I regularly work with a couple of celebrities but it was a surprise when she came to know that 3 of my clients were actually going to be at the Met Gala 2015.
Thanks to private school spring break my schedule had a few openings and I was able to see her the following day.
Kate is a runner and she was preparing for the half marathon taking place in Brooklyn in mid May. She had done Pilates previously but not recently. She was quite good and we addressed her runner’s needs in preparation for the half marathon. Between the exercises we were sometimes talking about the Met Gala but I kept getting back to working on what her body was telling me it needed. That’s an occupational hazard… I’m so used to looking at the body and how it moves. That’s also the “bad” but very appreciated habit of the “one to one” training that I believe in. Only towards the end of the class did I show her some excesses that I do when my clients will be on the red carpet, with their arms on display and wearing sky high heels for an extended period of time.
The Pilates arm chair is exquisite for toning, defining and lengthening the muscles of the arms and back. Even the strongest person gets an effective workout and great results with this “magic” chair. I’ll never forget a lesson that Romana Kryzanowska gave me for a whole hour on the baby chair when I went to see her in Texas. The day after I was flying back to NYC and my arms were so sore that I had a hard time carrying my bag.
When I showed Kate the foot corrector and toe corrector that can be used to get one ready for a night in high heels or to recover from it, she asked “do you have a prop for the feet as well? That is a question that I often get when I pull these devices out for the first time. Oh yes! the feet are the foundations, the feet support us and carry us around. Everywhere! And if you are wearing heels the toll your feet pay is even higher, so they deserve some preparation and some extra care.
What else do you need to be red carpet ready? Glutes, abs, posture…. that’s already worked on in the Pilates method, and since my clients are devoted and train regularly with me, Pilates has become part of their lives and not just a quick fix before an event.
I believe that posture tells a lot about us and if you carry yourself in an upright but not rigid or stiff posture, that tells others that you are confident and open to communicate. The way we carry ourselves is the best tool we have in the relationship with the world, whether we walk on the red carpet or simply down the block to the grocery store.