pilates for breast cancer survivors

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, toContinue reading “pilates for breast cancer survivors”

Feedback results…..

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 wereContinue reading “Feedback results…..”

New pilates class starting in Leominster..

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.

Dust down those Stability balls ready for action…

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 bringContinue reading “Dust down those Stability balls ready for action…”

Completely potty!

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 standingContinue reading “Completely potty!”

How balanced are you?

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 oneContinue reading “How balanced are you?”

11th July . More rolling…

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 generalContinue reading “11th July . More rolling…”