Last weekend I went on a training course to learn how pilates can help women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Our tutor was an experienced Pilates Instructor and also a breast cancer survivor. We learned which exercises are of most benefit post surgery, to help restore full range of movements at the joints, to help stretch tight muscles and skin following surgery and radiation treatment, and to re balance the body. Often our posture changes when we have a vulnerable area in the body, in attempt to protect that area. Pilates helps to improve posture and importantly helps that person get in touch with their body again and regain a sense of control in their life after such trauma.
Thanks to everyone who took the opportunity to fill in a feedback form . It was very interesting and hugely useful to me for planning future classes. The thing that struck me most was just how different everyones’ experience of pilates is and how varied and specific the benefits to each. No 2 forms were the same. It reminds me that our pilates journey is absolutely unique to each of us, as no 2 bodies are the same! There were some good ideas of practical elements to add to the classes, and it’s given me plenty to think about. The feedback summaries for each class can be downloaded here if you’re interested : feedback weobley feedback kingsland feedback forbury 10am feedback forbury 11.30 feedback eardisland wed feedback eardisland fri
New pilates class will be starting at The Forbury Chapel in Leominster on Tuesdays, 11.30 -12.30 starting September 23rd. Suitable for beginners. More information is on website http://www.dawnarkellpilates.wordpress.com or phone Dawn 01568 615239 to book a place.
New pilates class starting in Leominster at The Community Centre from Thursday 25th September. 5.30 – 6.30pm. Suitable for beginners. Contact me to book a place. More information on website http://www.dawnarkellpilates.wordpress.com
The stability ball is a great piece of equipment to use in pilates. They challenge our bodies in a different way and are good fun too! I’m hoping we can use them in my mixed level classes at the end of August . It will be possible if most people have their own balls to bring along, I know some of you already have one. If you’re thinking of buying one, here are some tips to help choose the right one for you:
- SIZE is important . When you’re sat on the ball, the knees should be level or just below hips, with knees bent at 90 degrees. A general height guide is: under 5’2″ = 45cm ball , 5’3″ to 5′ 8″ = 55cm , 5’9″ to 6′ 3″ = 65cm, 6’4″ to 6’9″ = 75cm
- Make sure it is ANTI-BURST. Some of the cheaper balls are not so check that it states it in the product description. If it doesn’t, then assume it’s not.
- They can be bought in most sports shops or on-line. Amazon and ebay both sell them or www.pilates-mad.com , who specialise in pilates equipment. Some are sold complete with pump, so check if you need one first.
Looking forward to teaching some new moves on the ball soon!
We all went to pot in this weeks, pilates for gardeners at Hergest Croft! The small plastic pots, previously used to grow my tomatoes in, were used to balance on knees and backs, to help us focus on pelvic stability. Then came the Bill and Ben impressions, as we put them on our heads for the standing balance work. The sound of falling pots definitely got less as the session progressed!
Good fun and great for helping to focus! How about terracotta ones next week folks?! Have an enjoyable and safe gardening week.
My Pilates for Gardeners class today, focused on balance. Gardening often requires us to lean or reach, taking us off balance, so not surprising that most gardening injuries are caused by falls. We used the pilates poles for standing balance work and the Thera-Band to stretch tight muscles. Can you stand really tall, lift one knee, and turn your head from side to side? If not maybe you need to join us? Happy and safe gardening all.
My mixed level classes continued with the roller again this week. When it came to standing on them, most people looked much more confident and balanced. The feedback I’ve had is that although the rollers can be a bit uncomfortable to lie on, people feel the benefit afterwards in their backs , shoulders and general improved posture. Thanks Sally for taking some great photos of Kingsland- check out the photo gallery.