It is the season of snuffles so please don't come to class if you are one of the poor people afflicted with a cold. Stay home, allow yourself time to recover and keep your germs close.
It has been a very chilly start to July so you might need some of our non slip socks to keep your toes warm and try to prevent any cramp. They are $20 a pair. Let us know if you would like some.
The latest thinking on wellness is that exercise is medicine and that mind and body health can be enhanced through fitness. There are some interesting facts about how exercise can help your brain.
School students who engaged in a dynamic morning exercise programme improved their reading and maths scores by up to 30 %. We offer morning classes every day of the week by the way.
Endurance training helps the brain maintain memory and cognitive skills and your 50 minutes of Pilates is definitely endurance work. Regular bouts of endurance exercise also helps the brain with verbal memory and learning.
Physically active people are better able to focus on the task in hand and ignore distractions.
For every flight of stairs or equivalent climbed, your brain age decreases by 0.58 years....Not sure I believe that one, I climb an average of 25 flights per day and can detect no beneficial effects on my brain!
There are also a number of techniques for improving physical and mental wellness and performance that you will do in every class.
Relaxation and tummy breathing which is where our breath focus is in class.
Concentration on the task in hand and quietening the mind. Sound familiar ?
Imagery and visualisation which is what we aim to give you with our cues.
Regular and repeated routines. Just like your class.
It is obvious from all of this that Pilates is a great exercise for the mind as well as the body so even more reason to come and enjoy yourself at the studio.
Pilates should not feel painful or awkward. If you are performing a move and it just doesn't feel right for your body, please stop. There is no point in having two minutes of struggle and ending up needing two weeks or more of rehabilitation. Your instructor can always give you an alternative move to do.