We have been very relaxed about enforcing our 24 hour cancellation policy over the school holiday period but things are back to normal with some very busy classes so we respectfully remind you to give us twenty four hours' notice if you can't make your session.
Core strength is still a huge focus for wellness and fitness. The stronger your core, the more stable your spine and this reduces load on the joints of the upper and lower body, the hips, knees and ankles. Your power house is your core and you exercise it throughout your Pilates class making it work through all directions and in all positions. Pilates mimics life in this aspect. We need to hold our centre strong whatever we are doing while our arms and legs do what they need to. It is truly a total body workout.
Pilates is also a powerful workout for the mind. It requires a huge amount of concentration and control. Your mind has to make your body do what your instructor tells you, you have to remember the exercises and do them with precision and you have to do that for 50 minutes. And breathe !
If you are coming to class to rehabilitate an injury, listen carefully to your instructor if she tells you to modify or reduce an exercise. Some injuries require you to do the least advanced form of the exercise. Please don't try to keep up with the whole class if you know you are hurt and please make sure we know if you have a new injury so we can look after you.
It seems the Brazilians are still busy with their research into Pilates, this time with regard to chronic back pain. A group of back pain sufferers who performed a 50 minute Pilates session twice a week for 3 months, experienced decreased pain, better function and improved quality of life. I think this is pretty impressive.
All this research indicates that a minimum of twice a week is needed to get the full benefits of your Pilates. If you find it hard to come to class more than once a week, ask us for homework ( and then do it ! ) or get a good DVD or have a look on line, there is a lot out there. We can advise you on which are the best ones to use though of course it doesn't give you the same attention and correction that we do.
We currently run a Monday lunchtime class at 12.30 pm at intermediate level and there has been some interest in us running a second one. This would be on either a Wednesday or Friday at the same time. Please let me know if you would be interested as it would require enough numbers to run.