Find your trainers, dust off your Pilates mats, classes start back again tomorrow. Looking forward to catching up with you all after our break, and doing some PILATES!
A second week with the foam rollers and I’ve received some very positive feedback from people who have felt the benefits of using them. Although they can be uncomfortable to lie on, it seems it’s worth it for most! People reported feeling taller, more open across the chest and more mobile around shoulders. I had 20 requests to order some , so good to know people want to practice at home. They arrived this week and I’ll be bringing them to classes next week for those who ordered one. There is a 10 minute roller routine which you can download here, which has 6 of the exercises we have done in class over the last fortnight Foam Roller 10 Minute routine
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
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!
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.