the studios is decidedly chilly at the moment. Wear plenty of layers and remove them
as the class progresses but also remember to take them home with you. We develop a
small wardrobe of left behind clothes at this time of year!
It is the season of holidays too. School holidays, Val's holidays and also my holidays so
this will affect the timetable. Val is away for a number of weeks from the end of July to
visit her family in Italy and we hope she has a fantastic time. Carla and I will be able to
cover most of her classes except Wednesday evenings. This means the Wednesday
evening clients are looking for spaces in other evening classes during that time.
What with school holidays and trying to manage fewer classes, we absolutely need at
least twenty four hour's notice of a class cancellation because there will surely be
someone on a waiting list hoping for a mat.
If we ran huge classes in a huge space, the cancellation policy would not be
necessary, however, we prefer to run small classes in quite an intimate space so we
can give you close supervision. I am sure you all prefer this but that sort of close
tuition means the need for our cancellation policy.
I am also away for a week in August and, nearer the time, will send out the timetable
for that week depending on how much Carla is able to cover.
Then there are the school holidays to consider, please let us know in the coming week
whether you will be able to make class or not, we might have to do some reorganising
of the timetable.
I seem to spend as much time rebooking classes as teaching them at the moment!
Now on to more general Pilates things, the beneficial aspects of Pilates are many and I
outlined them in the last newsletter which is also up on the web site.
None of us is getting any younger and the ageing process has a few detrimental
impacts on our bodies as you probably know or are even experiencing.
We experience a loss of muscle bulk, joint flexibility and bone density. Balance and
coordination become more of a challenge and the general wear and tear of our
lengthening lives may result in various types of arthritis. This all leads to increased risk
of injury. Then there is the age effect on our hearts and circulatory systems and the
fact that certain cancers are age related.
This may sound all doom and gloom but it's not.
We are all living a lot longer. In developed countries like New Zealand, we can expect
to live many years beyond the traditional three score and ten. Advances in health care
means that many diseases and conditions can be easily treated and become symptom
free. Some diseases that were previously killers are now erradicated. We eat more
healthily and, for those of you reading this newsletter, when we exercise
Pilates addresses many of the negative aspects of ageing. It increases muscular
strength and endurance. It improves joint flexilbility and bone density.All of the above help mitigate the onset and impacts of arthritis and help prevent injury. To exercise for a prolonged period positively challenges the heart and circulation. The challenges of balance and coordination we put in at the end of every class help prevent stumbles and falls and the very act of getting up and down off the floor is recognised as being an essential skill as we get older.
There are many other small things that are recommended by fitness and health
professionals that are part of a Pilates class, such as working in bare feet which
improves flexibility of the foot and ankle and therefore balance too. Being able to
reach your feet with your hands is also recognised as highly desirable. People who
can't do this tend to wear easy slip on shoes or slippers which contribute to stumbles
and falls. If you have weak bones, these falls can result in fractures and
Thanks goodness for Pilates and please remember that if you can't do all the exercises
in our classes, we can give you modifications so that you are still working effectively.
Even if you don't manage the whole class, you are still doing your body nothing
Then there is the concentration, control and sheer brain power of Pilates. I could go on but I think you get the picture. Keep coming!
Don't worry about getting old, the alternative doesn't bear thinking about !