I did a check-in with PT Sarah today. I have been taking a group Pilates class from her every week, but haven’t been assessed in a while (bruises, Nationals, and more bruises got in the way).
My hips are looking pretty much aligned (hooray!). However, I still have some muscle imbalances. Sarah suggested that these may be due both to older patterns of movement when I was constantly compensating for the hip misalignment, and some adjustment issues since I am now getting used to what is a newly balanced chassis.
At any rate, I have a new set of exercises, some of which target my right side as well as my left. I really need to stretch the “hip capsule” on my left side as well as work on hip alignment and glute strength on both sides.
I also need to work to fire up certain right gluteal muscles in tandem with abdominal and adductor muscles on the left. Here’s the only video I could find of one key exercise that I did today. The video is of a very detailed teaching demonstration; the level of detail does show how hard it is to do these exercises correctly, and how many different muscle groups are involved.
I also did a “skater” exercise on the reformer with the left leg on the stationery part. (I don’t think I could get away with these tight white shorts, though.)
Boy, I can tell that I’m going to feel this tomorrow. Can’t wait to see if the skating improves!