Lugging around C-stands, hanging lights from grids, hunching down to see through viewfinders, sitting at a desk editing for hours on end. Videography can truly take a toll on one’s body if said person fails to move properly or has muscular imbalances throughout said body.
Over the course of my year and a half working at Balanced Body, I have slowly felt shoots becoming less physically demanding, needing less recovery time after hectic workweeks and developing a new energy to carry me through each day. I think you know where this is going… mindful movement!
As time goes on I find myself signing up for more and more classes. The more I go to class, the more I learn about my own movement and the more solid my body feels. I feel muscles working together, instead of in place of each other.
Behind the camera I have noticed that I have been shifting my weight less, saving my hip from hiking up. I now feel my core engaging as I lift equipment, which sounds like work but it in-fact makes lifting so much easier. I have become much more conscious when I begin to slip into “computer posture.” I am beginning to move the way I should.
I am not a gym person in the least bit. I find it strange to repeatedly lift heavy things and run on hamster wheels for the sake of health. Pilates and mindful movement class do not emit that sort of vibe at all for me. I find them challenging and fun yet non-strenuous nor mindless.
To me, Pilates and mindful movement are about listening to your body and helping make changes within it for the better. This is essential for someone like me whose wellbeing is essential for my career.