Many people practice Pilates for pain conditions as the movement, strengthening and stretching help address the causes of the pain. Not everyone comes with injuries, some of you come to stay well for your sport.
Pilates is recommended for sports conditioning, improving core strength especially sports that are asymmetrical, using one side of the body more, such as golf and tennis.
With its focus on centre and equal use of both sides , it provides balance in the body. There is indeed a Pilates company called Balanced Body, for that very reason. Many Pilates moves significantly improve strength. The plank or Leg Pull recruit maximum use of the abdominals, even more when done on one of our balls and more than any other gym based abdominal exercise.
It also makes you feel good mentally and improves quality of life. A study from Rio de Janeiro followed a group of Pilates practitioners over a number of years (so they were pretty experienced ). They scored in the highest category for physical function, general health and mental well being. Really happy chappies. Of course, they must be quite a committed bunch but there are many of you who have been coming for years who would, hopefully, fall into that category. I wonder how the World Cup is affecting their mood. As I write, Brazil are still in.*
There are quite a few holiday dates during July. Firstly, school holidays start on Friday 4th and many of you will either be away or needing to change class over that time so please give us plenty of notice if you are. If you are getting away we hope you enjoy your break.
I will be taking a break in July too. Firstly, I am on a first aid course on Wednesday July 9th all day and I will be teaching no classes that day either morning or evening. Val will be teaching her usual evening classes that day. Let me know if you want to change class that week and I'll see if there is space anywhere. The twenty four hour notice period very much applies.
I will then be away for ten days from the afternoon of Thursday July 17th and return to work as normal on Monday July 28th. Basically, none of my classes will run while I'm away but all of Val and Carlas' will. If you need to change class that week contact Val or Carla directly. Their mobiles are, Carla 021 023 57440 and Val 021 230 0293.
It is getting to be the coldest time of year and you may find you need to wear socks during class to keep your toes cosy and avoid cramp. We have specially designed non slip socks for sale at $20 if you need them. We would ask that you wear socks anyway if you know you have a verruca or fungal infection of your foot to avoid any risk of cross infection from the mats.