This newsletter usually announces the date of our Christmas party but we will not be having one this year. Instead we will be having a tenth birthday party in February next year. Christmas is such a busy time of year, it is hard to fit in all the festive events but by February, once all the schools are back and life returns to normal, we will be ready to party again. I will let you know the date of the birthday party in the new year.
With Christmas in mind, we have gift vouchers available for all our services from a single class to ten personal sessions for anyone you feel might want one (including yourselves). We have small equipment for sale as well if you know anyone who likes a power circle , resistance band, a set of weights or a Triad ball as a present.
At this time of year, it is always good to reflect on the benefits of Pilates and how it helps your health, fitness and wellness. There is a vast body of research and evidence about this topic showing how good it is for your body and for your mind.
There are six elements to fitness
Cardiovascular (stamina and endurance)
Mindfulness ( this is a recent addition to the list)
Even though Pilates isn’t considered a cardio workout, you do get breathless and your heart rate goes up and most people find they have more stamina and endurance for all other activities because of their Pilates practice.
Think of how hard your body works throughout class against gravity and using your body weight as a resistance at the more advanced levels, all those push up positions ! Our small equipment increases the strength work too. Pilates is well known as being the ultimate core strengthening workout and most people notice the increased toning around the tummy even without weight loss.
During class, you continuously put your body through full range of movement in all positions. Every joint and every muscle gets attention so there is no chance of becoming stiff if you are doing Pilates.
You will notice changes in your body shape with regular Pilates even if you don't lose weight, as you gain lean muscle. Pilates is about lengthening and toning .
Obviously Pilates doesn't affect your nutrition but it has a value in calorific expenditure that increases with the level of the class so can help you maintain or lose weight .
This is a recent addition to the list of fitness requirements. As I mentioned in my last newsletter, exercise with a mindful focus is more effective than any without. Pilates is a powerful mind/ body discipline with a strong focus on being present, aware and centred.
Pilates helps rectify the imbalances that life causes whether they are from your work or your hobbies and other activities. To get all the benefits though, it requires a regular commitment. If it is difficult to come regularly to class , there is loads of good stuff on line you can follow or we have class exercise lists for you to use at home. However, nothing beats having one of us guiding and correcting you so a class is the way to get the most out of your Pilates.
There are now four of us teaching, each of us with our different styles which may or may not suit you. None of your instructors mind in the least if their style doesn't work for you and you prefer to work with someone different, just let me know ( I am very discreet !)
Holiday Dates - We will close for Christmas from Wednesday December 23rd and reopen for business as usual on Monday January 11th. Over the holiday period, you may like to take a total break from Pilates and just enjoy all the other activities that you will have time to do. If you feel you will go too far backwards over a twenty day break, ask for a class list and you can keep going at home. I will send out a letter reminding you of these dates closer to the time.
For those of you who wear glasses, please be aware that your instructor is not looking out for them on the floor while she is teaching class, she is busy looking at the bodies in front of her . If you don't need glasses to do class, leave them by the water or the diary. If you do, put them close by your head on the mat, no one wants anything bad to happen to your glasses !
As there have been a couple of changes to the timetable, here is the latest one. The single biggest change is to Fridays with a new intermediate class at 10.45 am.
When we return in January, we will be trialling a 12.30 pm intermediate lunchtime class on Fridays for a few weeks to see how it works so put that in your diaries.