Pilates Resumes at The Wellbeing Studio

I’ve just arrived back in Clevedon after 16 days teaching Pilates on retreat on the beautiful island of Skyros, Greece.  I’ve managed to remain tan-free and goth-white, which is a bit of a result given the weather was hot and sunny most of the time.

Here’s where my classes took place – the Magic Circle overlooking the sea and Atsitsa Island…

magic-circle

And here is my hut where I slept under a mosquito net to the sound of ticking crickets, lapping waves, rutting neighbours (!) and the occasional braying donkey…I won’t mention the cockerel…

hut-atsitsa

Normal service resumes from tomorrow at The Wellbeing Studio with the usual weekly timetable of Pilates classes back in play as follows…

  • Mondays: 12.30-13.30 and 19.00-20.00
  • Tuesdays: 18.15-19.15 and 19.15-20.15
  • Wednesdays: 11.15-12.15
  • Thursdays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
  • Fridays: 09.30-10.30
  • Saturdays: 10.00-11.00

hammock-sunset

Aside from teaching Pilates, I did manage plenty of hammock time.  Lisa Hannigan’s Passenger was one of the albums I listened to a lot while swaying in the breeze…

 

NB. Who knew getting into and out of a hammock would need so much core strength! Pilates for Hammock Users, a specialist class just crying out to be developed.  You read it here first…

 

Gait Biometrics

how-we-walk

Here at EP HQ we’re fascinated by the human body, how it moves, how people hold themselves, how the shape of the body over time reflects the kind of life we’ve led.

An interesting feature on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science last week got our attention.   It was about the way we walk. Our gait like the iris, fingerprint and voice is unique to each one of us, but unlike those other biometrics, you don’t need to be directly in front of a scanner, camera or microphone to be able to identify someone.  It can now be done at a distance and with great accuracy thanks to new 3D, super high resolution technology. Ideal for confirming the identity of criminals from CCTV footage, for example.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University has developed a facility called the Gait Tunnel – a red carpet passing through a brightly coloured, vividly patterned three to four metre-long corridor lined with 12 cameras.  The gait, i.e. the motion of the legs, is analysed using mathematical equations programmed into computers which process the images from the cameras.  It is three-dimensional, the views from each camera intersected to provide a solid, 360 degree reconstruction of the person as they’re walking.  Two or three strides of a person walking provides a set or pattern of numbers, a statistical footprint of their gait if you like, which can then be used to recognise them.

Fascinating stuff.

To close, a classic Monty Python sketch…