Of course, our big news is the arrival of Jie's baby boy, Kol Francis Kelly, on Sunday November 6th, safe and well. Many congratulations to Jie and Nick.
Last year, we changed our Christmas party to a birthday party in February and I plan to do the same again this year. It is a quieter time of year, the schools are back, perhaps Jie will be back, Carla won't be organising a ballet show and Val's parents will have returned to Italy and I will have some time to breathe ! Plus it's always fun to have a birthday party.
ZIPS MEAN RIPS.
This is not the first time I have kindly requested you do not wear clothing with zips . They have no place in a Pilates studio. Please check your clothing. There are excellent and inexpensive Yoga and Pilates pants around in Cotton On, The Warehouse and K Mart if you don't want to spend a lot on new workout gear but please, NO ZIPS.
From time to time, no matter how fit we are or how well we look after our bodies, we strain or pull something and end up with sore bits. For some of us, it's a regular occurrence especially at this time of year. When the weather improves, so does our time spent outdoors having fun, being on the water or doing a lot of gardening and home projects. Injuries from this sort of activity often respond well to massage and pressure techniques. You don't necessarily have to go to a massage therapist as there are a range of self massage tools you can use that we carry in the studio. The variety is endless, foam rollers, massage balls with or without spikes, soft or hard, purple green or blue ; it's just a case of picking the right one for you and getting one of us to show you how to use it. These are all small and easy to carry and you can use them anywhere at any time you need them. Please talk to us if you feel it might be helpful for you.
At the end of the year, it's always good to recap on the benefits of Pilates which are many and well researched and documented.
Pilates gives you an overall increase in strength and flexibility while targeting your core . It therefore helps rehabilitate injuries of any nature and the pain associated with them. As it is an endurance workout, it improves stamina. It can be done by anyone regardless of fitness level or age so is suitable for both the elite athlete to compliment their programme to the very deconditioned person. The basic Pilate's programme structure can be modified to suit injuries or restrictions while still working the rest of the body. It also has a positive cardiovascular effect. Regular Pilates practice has been shown to reduce back pain and improve function in arthritic conditions. The mindful element reduces stress and helps improve brain function. Also, with summer coming, it gives you a great summer body, if that matters to you as much as me!
There are many reasons for coming to Pilates both for mind and body but the benefits all remain the same. I hope this renews your enthusiasm as the year comes to an end and the busy season starts to take over. And remember, Pilates is also fun!
Our 24 hour's notice is even more important now with Jie away and a lot of people moving from class to class and time slot to time slot. I don't mind getting texts on a Sunday to change a Monday class but if you contact me after 8 pm, assume I won't get it till the following morning. Please contact me rather than your instructor directly as I am the keeper of the diary and so only I know if someone is looking for another class.
My contact information is home, 438 8289 or text 021 036 0448 or e mail.
There is a lot of research on the negative impact of all our devices on our lives so please leave yours switched off and forget about it while you give yourself up to 50 minutes of fun with us.
Traffic can be unpredictable so make sure you allow enough time to get to class before it has started. Arriving late means you miss all the warm up work and you disturb the whole class.
All concession cards have an expiry date. A 10 session card has an expiry date of 4 months from the first session and a 4 session card has an expiry date of 2 months from the first session. Let us know if you will be away and we will make sure we accommodate it on your card but regular attendance will easily use up your card within the time frames and make sure you get all the benefits of Pilates too.
So we need to keep up the Pilates even if life gets very busy or especially if life gets really busy ! See you in your next class.