Author Archives: Dawn Arkell

Dates for the diary

Easter break coming up, so no classes Mon 15th – Fri 26th April incl.calender

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Joan’s journey…..

“Over the past 4 years I have had 2 hip replacements where Dawn has given me much encouragement for a full recovery. She adapted some of the exercises to my specific needs at the time. Both pre and post operative, I’ve had to use a chair to enable me to reach the floor which has been frustrating. However Dawn gave me a beneficial  one to one session followed up later by class situations. The once temporary inconvenience, has now resorted in full mobility! Thanks Dawn.” (JT)

Pilates history

Tonight I was invited to give a talk and slideshow on Pilates and its history, to the lovely ladies of Staunton on arrow WI.  I love the opportunity to talk about this inspiring man..it gives my work context, roots, foundations and connection to a movement system 100 years old.

It’s possible these days to qualify to teach pilates  in just 2 weekends, without having to learn ANYTHING of the man who invented it or his philosophies on the human mind, body and spirit. However, having some wider knowledge , gives meaning and depth to teaching and makes pilates more than just a series of exercises but part of a continual , evolving, movement experience rooted in time.

My next talk is to Eye WI on April 18th maybe see you there.

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On the ball….

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This week we’re adding the small balls into our Pilates routine . They can add flow to movement, increase the strength element of certain exercises,  challenge our balance, enhance stretches and improve spine mobility. They are SO versatile, and can really help us move better.

Some of the moves can be downloaded here:  small ball routine

June diary……

  • 3rd June – Race for life, “Team Pilates” , Hereford 11am
  • 6th June – Presentation to Kinnerton WI on history of Pilates. 8pm
  • 11th June – 4 week pilates beginners course starts at Weobley.
  • 30th June – Back Health Workshop Pembridge 10am
  • All weekly classes continue as normal.

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