Feed back forms for my class members, available at classes next week . Let me know your thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions so I can make sure you get the best from your pilates experience. No need to add your name, just put in the box next week at class.
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!
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.
This week we’re focusing on the last of the 8 principles-Routine. The more we practise pilates the more we feel the benefit. People tell me they’d like to practise at home but 1. they forget the moves 2. not sure they are doing it right and 3. not enough time. So we’ve been learning a 10 minute balanced, low level ,work out, which is available here to down load 10-minute-routine Let’s see if we can work it into our busy daily lives and make it a routine like brushing our teeth. Good luck, I’m doing it too!
Thanks for all your feedback about this site. It’s a work in progress and I’m hoping it will be a useful means of keeping in touch. There have been requests for more photos along with options for downloading the handouts, which I’m working on. My thanks to Alan for volunteering to be photographer and taking some great shots to add to the gallery.
This week we’ve been focusing on the principle CONTROL -making movements a slow and consistent speed. One class member likened it to being on the London Eye which apparently is a very smooth, continual, circling motion.