.Are you a Pilates fanatic?
Would you like to learn the original 34 Pilates exercises, in the correct order so they flow together to create a seamless whole body Pilates practice?
Do you want to gain a deep understanding of each exercise and develop a new life-long Pilates practice that will help keep you strong, mobile and flexible for life?
Did you know that a regular Pilates practice can reduce or remove pain caused by imbalances in the body or poor posture?
Do you want to challenge your mind and body in a safe, nurturing environment, with 1-2-1 support included?
Would you like to join a tribe of like minded Pilates fans: to share ideas, share your successes, cheer each other on?
Pilates 34 Tribe is coming soon!!
If you want to be part of the tribe, it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or more advanced level, click below to register your interest ... you will receive updates about the launch and there will also be a special time-limited introductory offer.
Click 'I'm interested!' to sign up & make sure you don't miss out!
Todays LIVE streamed Pilates can be viewed here:
It's a mixed ability one hour session - please take part to help maintain mobility, flexibility and strength during this coronavirus social distancing/self isolating time. Share it about and enjoy!
Also featuring my cheeky cat BoyBoy ... such a primadonna
Todays Pilates session is a seated/standing 45 minutes - aimed at those who find it difficult to get up and down off the floor. The focus is to maintain flexibility, mobility and strength rather than improve at this stage. Hope you enjoy it .. please share it with those who might find it helpful.
Click the link to watch and keep an eye out for my embarrassing cat!!
Tomorrow is a 9.30am Mixed Ability mat class ... hope to see you there.
I will be trying something different tomorrow so the above is the link to the LIVE stream on youtube which will be available from 9.25am tomorrow morning (saturday 28th March)
Today's LIVE facebook stream was the second in a Beginners - Learn 'the method' series that I'm videoing for those in lockdown!
You can watch the video here:
You do not need to be a member of Facebook to watch it!
I hope it will help you during this strange time of the Covid-19 virus lockdown. I went to my local supermarket today and was shocked to see everyone lining up around the outside of the car park. They were letting you in a few at a time ... it didn't take that long actually to get in - but it was another example of how careful we all have to be.
Stay safe, stay supple and stay sane!!
Feel free to add your comments to here or on the facebook video itself. I'm not sure the quality of the video is that great but I don't know if it's me, or just a restriction being made due to amount of traffic on the internet superhighway!!
So far, i have gone LIVE 3 times this week and you can watch and take part in these videos by clicking the relevant link below (you can access these videos, regardless of whether you are on facebook or not so go on, give it a go!!):
Pre-Pilates session chat: please watch for H&S stuff
23-3-2020 - Mixed Ability Pilates
24-3-2020 - Beginners - Learn 'the method' part 1
25-3-2020 - Mixed Ability Pilates (tight shoulders)
Stay safe, stay supple and stay sane!!
This is just a quick blog update - we all know about the coronavirus pandemic that is currently raging across the globe ... many countries are in lockdown as we pretty much are. We are advised to stay in, work from home unless a keyworker, keep the kids off school and socially distance ourselves from all that we don't live with. These are unprecedented times ...
Clearly Pilates classes in local village halls are out of the question now ...
BUT that doesn't mean you can't continue to join me and take a Pilates class online, in your own sitting room!
I am currently doing LIVE weekday sessions on Facebook but am looking to move over to YouTube live sessions as I think this makes it more accessible... just need to sort out the technicalities of it all.
Whether you are on Facebook or not, you can still watch my videos after they've live streamed and I will be posting up the links here, daily, on my blog.
Please drop in whenever you need a Pilates Fix from me ... share me about, tell your friends, leave me feedback ... lets keep communicating and stick the V's up to the virus!!
BTW these classes are all about maintaining flexibility, mobility and strength ... don't over-do it, we don't want any silly injuries at this time .. so think about it as a way to just maintain, move and stay a bit more sane!
Keep safe people! xxx
I'm sure you've heard of them .... perhaps you've been told that you ought to be doing them ... but do you actually know what they are???
Kegel exercises will help to keep your pelvic floor healthy and fit for purpose. If you have a pelvic floor that's not 'fit for purpose', you will soon know about it!
The Pelvic Floor is basically a hammock of muscles that hold your 'gubbins' up ... by that, I mean your internal organs in the pelvic/abdominal cavity - womb, bladder, intestines, bowel etc etc. Faulty or weak pelvic floor can lead to prolapses and continence issues and it's especially important to pay some attention to your PF after you've had a baby! It's never too late to start ...
Here's a little rundown on how to do them. You can practice your Kegels, up to 3 times a day
You can do these standing or sitting but please make sure you have good posture, Take a few breaths to relax through the body before starting:
Type 1 (slow for stability)
Slowly draw up the muscles around the back passage and then bring that drawing up sensation to the front passage muscles.
You will draw both these muscle groups up, to the top of the contraction and then hold for a count of 6-10 .. make sure you are still breathing throughout.
Release the pelvic floor (PF) muscles, take a breath or two and repeat another 4-9 times. (build up your repetitions so you don’t ‘overwork’ your PF to start with)
Type 2 (fast for continence issues)
Draw up both front and back passage PF muscles at the same time – quickly to the top of the contraction in one go!
Hold for a single breath and then release both gently.
Again, repeat this 4-9 times, building up your repetitions over time.
Sometimes it's a good idea to create a habit based on an existing habit. So, for example, you could do a set of Kegel exercises while you're waiting for the kettle to boil every morning .... or do them whilst brushing your teeth ... or whilst waiting for the bus .... the best thing is, no one will be able to tell you're doing them .... unless you grimace as you do them!!
Hi all - just a quick blog post to announce a new class for the New Year 2019!!
Due to popular demand, I've decided to extend my Wednesday evenings in Bodicote and offer a second mixed ability Pilates class at 6.35pm for an hour.
This class, like all my others, is suitable for any level as the exercises are offered in layers - you can work at the level that suits you.
It should be noted that with Pilates, it's really important that you maintain good alignment: you don’t want to work at too high a level so you lose good form.
By keeping class sizes to 12 max, I can help you with the finer elements of Pilates. I will be there to demo the exercises and help you with your alignment.
Anyway, back to the point - NEW CLASS for 2019!!! yay!
Please get in touch if you need any more info or if you want to sign up!
hope to see you in 2019
Here it is ... your 40 minute whole body Pilates workout to tide you over the summer weeks while classes aren't running ...
Click the picture below to go to youtube to see the video ... enjoy!!!
Oh BTW, the location is my lovely Garden Pilates Studio that is now available for 1-2-1 and duet sessions (starting September) - great for beginners & improvers alike. Please get in touch for more info ... pre and post natal also due to start in September!!
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