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more rolling this week…

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

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 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

Pilates in Herefordshire this week..

therabandimageWe used the Therabands in my mixed level pilates classes this week, focusing on upper body strength and shoulder stabiising.

My Kington class for gardeners had fun with the foam rollers and from the feedback I received afterwards,  felt the postural benefits of using this great piece of equipment. Next week is our last class at Hergest Croft for this year (and my birthday!), so coffee and cake afterwards for all who can make it. The gardens at Hergest are looking stunning with the autumn colours, well worth a visit before it closes for the winter next Sunday (2nd Nov). (www.hergest.co.uk)hergesttrees

My 2 new beginners classes in Leominster are making good progress and starting to master the pilates technique. Both classes are full at present.

Dust down those Stability balls ready for action…

The stability bstabilityballall 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!

Routine-how to fit pilates into our busy lives

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 forgbusy_bee-399x411et 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!

May 19th

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 mlondon eyeovements 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.