As the nights get darker and the inevitable winter weather approaches, it can be hard to get motivated to exercise outdoors especially if it's dark when you finish work. Pilates is easy to continue as we are inside and well lit and still just as enthusiastic, whatever the season !
If you find your feet stay cold now while the rest of you gets hotter and hotter, we have specially designed socks for Pilates with non slip soles to keep your toes toasty warm.
With the ever growing emphasis on mindful and moderate health practice, Pilates continues to become more and more popular. Its focus on stretching, strengthening and balancing the body and mind is effective as a stand alone form of exercise or as part of a training or rehabilitation programme.
There are many health benefits to Pilates. In every newsletter, I share some of the latest research into it and most seems to come from Brazil where Pilates is very widely practiced.
Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo discovered that a group of women with high blood pressure who practiced regular, twice weekly Pilates over a period of four months managed to reduce their blood pressure significantly. They recommended that regular Pilates practice be incorporated into programmes for the control of blood pressure.
As always, the take home message is regular, consistent and persistent Pilates to reap the many benefits.
Many fun sports and activities are really enjoyable at the time but can result in a very sore body for a few days afterwards. There is a wide body of evidence showing that massaging the affected tissues both before and after activities reduces this soreness. We recommend a selection of self massage tools to use yourself at home whenever you need it, using foam rollers or balls of various sizes and firmness. Please discuss these with us if you think they might help you.
Here is a fantastic photo of our youngest Pilates participant doing his weights series. Given that Carla was doing Pilates till only a few days before Oliver was born, it's hardly any wonder he is a devotee. How great that Pilates is a form of exercise you can safely do right throughout your pregnancy with benefits both for you and your baby. On this note, we congratulate Meg who has just had a beautiful baby girl and who was also doing Pilates up till the last minute.
We are having some major building work done to the windows at the front of the house from 1 pm on Wednesday May 13th till the morning of Monday May 18th. The car parking along the front of the house will be affected. I think there will be a fair amount of noise and some mess and I apologise for any inconvenience it causes. After this date, we will have a new entry door to the house.
Monday June 1st is a public holiday and the studio will be closed that day, the last time for a number of months we hope.
We all know Val is away for a long time and the only classes adversely affected are Wednesday evenings but she will be back on June 8th
Then we hope that life returns to normal with no more changes to anything at all whatsoever !!
We strongly urge you not to wear clothes with any zips on them to class as it really damages the mats and walls. Check before you come ( or before you buy ) and change them if necessary.