Let’s talk props
Every class you hear me talk about optional props.. Should you get some?
We can all use a little propping up from time to time. Props such as blocks, straps, foam rollers, and bolsters can help us no matter our experience level. Bodies and abilities come in all types, and require different types of support. Let’s adjust the urge to feel ashamed for needing help to recognizing and respecting our own needs. Props allow us to really focus on ourselves and our bodies- instead of worrying about forcing our bodies to do something that doesn’t feel right. We’re doing this work to feel good, right? So let’s feel good!
Props allow us to tailor our movements to our unique bodies; they encourage weak parts to strengthen, stiff areas to stretch, and tired muscles to relax. They allow us to progress naturally by not only taking unnecessary pressure off of our bodies but off our need-to-be-perfect mindsets as well. Props are a tool to really take charge. Personally, I love blocks. Blocks are inexpensive, easy to come by, and when you have more than two you can really use them to deepen your stretches, or you can use them to help your body ease into a new stretch!
When we aren’t stressing about doing everything right, by forcing our bodies into uncomfortable positions we are able to truly focus on our bodies. We can breathe, keep steady, and focus. Props can help eliminate the negative chatter in our minds and provide an opportunity to strengthen our relationships with our bodies. We can become aware of how our body moves, how we use space, and how each part of our body works together with the other.
So don’t be shy and give yourself some much-deserved props!