It is also holiday time again, how quickly has that come around ? So we have school holidays, easter holidays and Anzac day all happening this month.
We will close for Good Friday April 14th and Monday April 17th and also on Tuesday April 25th. With the school holidays as well, there will be a lot of you wanting to change or cancel classes so please give us plenty of notice, at least 24 hours if you need to cancel so that we can accommodate all those who want to change.
In the last newsletter, I had trawled through the significant amount of research into Pilates to give you accurate information about its many benefits and the list goes on and on but I will focus on low back pain and the impact that core training has on it. Low back pain is significantly improved if core strength and stability are improved. Your core is not just your abdominal muscles, it is the whole of your trunk from your armpits to hip bones, front back and sides and all the bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons that are part of it.
If you have back pain, the muscles and structures of the core forget how to work properly and in sync with each other and need retraining . This retraining needs to be in all different positions and needs to be dynamic and constantly moving. This is why Pilates is the ideal core training programme, especially with us at NPF as we have such small classes and such well trained instructors and we can always modify for bad backs.
Not everyone has back pain of course but improving core stability is a great way to ensure you never do.
I must just add that walking is one of the best ways to reduce back pain and it will give you the cardio workout that Pilates doesn't. A great exercise combination would be regular walking on at least 5 days a week and at least 2 Pilate's sessions per week. Ideal !
At the other end of the spectrum for the fit and pain free, increased core strength gives dancers and athletes improved jumping and leaping ability. Ask Carla.
We have fabulous news that Val is pregnant and her baby is due in August. We are thrilled for her though we will be so sorry to lose her after 6 years. It seems to be an occupational hazard amongst our instructors !! Jie is hoping to come back and do some teaching soon so we'll look forward to having her as Val moves on to other things.