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My Brain is like Swiss Cheese ... full of holes

Cueing with images is one of the Pilates instructor’s tool to helping students further their precision and concentration in executing exercises.

During yesterday's session as a student, as the class was moving fluidly through many exercises, we arrived at 'Climb a Tree’ and ‘Hug a Tree’. That’s when I briefly wished to be walking in the woods where my tight hamstrings would not feel the stretch so much or my rhomboids would not be tugging at my spine.

When I heard the instructor’s cue open your arms and reach around one of those giant trees … hug and reach … imagine those huge, majestic trees’ my mind reached for the name of those trees. Are they called the Red Trees?

For hours after class I saw the trees but the names stayed hidden. The nameless trees even made an appearance in my dreams!

A strong cup of Morning Joe fortified my resolve to start a search party for the name of those red trees. Unfortunately, coffee alone cannot fill the holes in Swiss Cheese. Nothing brought me closer to the treasured prize, and internet searches lead me down a rabbit hole.

With a second cup of coffee, my brain synapses began to fire suggesting I consult AI. This readily offered ‘The Sequoia Tree’ as the correct answer and graciously added some bonus information, which would likely to get lost in the dark recesses of my brain as soon as I moved on to start my day.

The Sequoia tree and the Redwood tree are related but not the same. They are both massive and iconic tree species found in different regions of the United States.

The Sequoia tree refers specifically to the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which is native to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Gian

t sequoias are known for their enormous size and are considered the largest living trees by volume. They can grow to heights of over 250 feet (76 meters) and have massive trunks with diameters exceeding 30 feet (9 meters). Notable examples of giant sequoias include the General Sherman Tree, which is the largest tree in the world by volume.

On the other hand, the term "redwood" usually refers to the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), which is found along the coast of California and southwestern Oregon. Coastal redwoods are the tallest trees in the world, with some reaching heights of more than 350 feet (107 meters). While not as massive in trunk diameter as giant sequoias, coastal redwoods are still impressive in size and can live for thousands of years.

So there you have a little added knowledge coming from my instructor's cue of those majestic redwood or sequoia trees! And if the Swiss Cheese cooperates, I'll remember their names when we come to those 'Climb a Tree' and 'Hug a Tree" exercises.

But should I forget the names of trees, I may remember Romana Kryzanowska’s cue for ‘Hug a Tree’. As a dancer she was probably more inclined to musical images and was reported to cue her Pilates students with saying “Hug Pavarotti!”

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