Our wonderful tenth birthday party was held on February 25th and was a great night. The cake made by Kim Donker was amazing. Pictures of the cake and of the evening are on our Facebook page and will accompany this newsletter on our website. I made a small speech (which I hate doing) thanking everyone for their loyalty and attendance at Northland Pilates and I must say it again to everyone who wasn't there that night. If you didn't keep coming, there would be no Northland Pilates so thank you all so very much and we are looking forward to the next ten years with you.
I acknowledged some hardy clients who have been around since the very beginning, Rangi Price, Jackie Leech and Jo van de Walt were my original three in March 2006 closely followed by Julie Dakers, Teresa Pickering and Tim Baker. The others who are celebrating ten years with us this year are Sonia Mulligan, Kim Morris, Deb Abel and Judy Burch . Well done to you all. I'm sure you all remember the tiny original home studio then the various works to enlarge it then finally the move to our lovely studios at Hatea Drive six years ago. How things have changed.
How to tell if you are receiving good Pilates instruction.
This is good to know if you ever go and train elsewhere. To start with, your instructor should have trained with a recognised institution. This will mean that they have completed hundreds of hours of personal practice, observation and instruction at each of the levels of Pilates and passed both theory and practical exams. All of your instructors at Northland Pilates have done this. We do not fill our limited wall space with our certificates but we all have plenty of them!
You should never be in a mat class with more than ten people in it. These are our industry guidelines for safe and effective instruction and supervision. Your instructor should be teaching, correcting and looking at you throughout the class, not down on the mat doing the class with you ( except if they are demonstrating a challenging exercise) . We are very lucky to have such well qualified instructors and we keep ourselves updated regularly so you can always have the latest and best Pilates on offer. Beware of imitations !!!
We will continue to offer our special deal on personal training till Easter. This is $35 for either a half hour personal session or a shared session of one hour. Please let me know if you would like to try this and we will organise it for you. It's a great way to get a flavour of how Pilates on the machines feels.
As our classes are small to allow the requisite supervision you should be receiving, we have a strict cancellation policy requiring twenty four hours' notice if you need to cancel a class. Please bear this in mind when booking.
Having had a deserted Hatea Drive over winter when the Mill Rd intersection was being restructured, we now have quite the opposite. Both Western Hills Drive and Kamo Rd have major roadworks on them and this is pushing a huge volume of traffic onto Hatea Drive. Please do not turn right onto Hatea Drive from our car park. It is much too busy, not safe and blocks others from both leaving and entering the car park. You may also have to allow more time to get to us at peak rush hour, morning and evening.
Our car park has generous space for ten cars if all are parked correctly. There is space directly outside on Hatea Drive and both side streets, Mair St and Parahaki St if the car park is full. Monday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday evenings are the very busy times when both studios are in use.