We all know we have to watch our cholesterol, keeping the good cholesterol high and lowering the bad stuff. As part of a programme to improve our good cholesterol, moderate to vigorous exercise is recommended. Researchers in Korea have found out that Pilates is vigorous enough to have a beneficial effect on cholesterol. In the trial, the participants did their Pilates three times a week for eight weeks and all improved their good cholesterol. The researchers surmised these results would have improved further if they had continued. So keep coming, as consistency is key to getting the health benefits of Pilates.
The latest buzz word for fitness and health is myofascial release, everyone seems to be offering some form of it and we highly recommend it as a do it yourself option. What is it you ask ? Basically it is a form of firm pressure or massage applied to a painful or injured part until there is some reduction in pain or muscle tension in that part.
There is no class on our extensive timetable in which everyone is injury free, quite the opposite, in some classes no one is injury free. Hardly surprising as we specialise in rehabilitation. This means we are always offering ways to deal with injury and myo fascial release is very helpful. Foam rollers and small massage balls are a great way of giving your self a mini massage whenever and wherever you need it. If you feel it might help you, talk to us and we will advise you whether it is suitable for you and how to do it.
Cramp is very common during class, often in the feet and worse at this time of year when your feet get cold.
If you do get cold feet , we have non slip socks for sale. They are specially designed for Pilates and yoga and are very nice to work in. Let us know if you would like a pair.
School holidays have started and we hope everyone enjoys them especially if you are going away. As soon as school goes back, on July 20th, I will be away for two weeks and none of my classes will run.