I like to start the year with a recap on all the benefits of Pilates in case you need reminding why you come to class.
Pilates is a powerful mind body exercise which aims to lengthen and strengthen your muscles particularly targeting your power house or core while putting all your joints through their full range of movement so you will become stronger and more flexible. It is also a prolonged stamina workout giving you improved endurance.
This gives you many advantages in your life and your work. If you are a keen sportsperson or competitor, you will improve your performance and help avoid injury. This is equally true if you only play a sport for fun. If you are already suffering from an injury or have a condition that needs help, Pilates is an excellent aid in the recovery process .
Perhaps your hobbies aren't so sporty but still require physical ability. If you are a keen gardener, all that bending, digging, pulling and pushing will be made easier by having a strong body and core. There are a number of quilters and sewers in our flock who spend hours in a bent over, seated position and having a strong power house, shoulder and neck muscles help avoid pain and stiffness.
Young children also require a lot of energy and stamina with lots of lifting and twisting and pushing and pulling and getting up and down from the floor. It is much easier to do this if you have Pilates as part of your life. This applies to parents and grandparents alike. Some recent research found that Pilates practice improved sleep quality in mothers of very new babies. Our very newest mum, Charli who practiced Pilates till a week before her little girl was due will be very glad to hear this as she returns to Pilates !
Working is a necessary evil and a lot of our work life involves prolonged sitting which is definitely not good for the body. Regularly getting up to standing and doing a couple of Pilates exercises will help you avoid the problems desk work brings about. Turning on your power house and buttoning up at regular intervals during the day keeps your posture good.
Back pain is significantly helped with Pilates practice, the latest research from Brazil ( they seem to do lots! ) reinforces this. A group of back pain sufferers who practiced Pilates for fifty minutes, twice a week, reported significant improvement in their pain.
Regular and consistent practice is the key to gaining all of the benefits of Pilates so we really encourage you all to come twice a week if you can or make sure you do your homework and home programme to really make the most of what Pilates can offer.
Even though we have returned to work, we know that this is still a holiday period so many of you will not really be back in harness till February. For the next few weeks , we may amalgamate classes or alternate instructors to accommodate all the absences.
There are also two more holidays to come. January 26th and February 6th are both public holidays and the studio will be shut on those days. Then we will finally all be back to normal.
Welcome back to all of you who are returning this week.
If you are still on holiday, we hope you continue to enjoy it but don't completely forget your power house or it will have a dreadful shock on your return to class !!