Pilates Principles – Flow

One of the eight principles of Pilates is flow.  We aim to perform Pilates exercises with grace, ease and fluidity.  Repeated movements performed smoothly with control help to build strength and stamina.

The following dance videos demonstrate the principle of flow beautifully…

 

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Autumn Holiday Timetable Changes

A short Autumn holiday means changes to the timetable of Pilates classes taking place at The Wellbeing Studio.  As mentioned to those attending class in the past fortnight, I’ll be away from the studio from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th November inclusive.

This means that the last class before my holiday is the 1000 session on Saturday 10th November.

The first class after I return from my Autumn break is on Monday 19th November at 1230.

To close, here’s an apt track from Mercury Prize 2018 nominee, Nadine Shah…

 

New Early Evening Pilates Class

To meet increasing demand for Pilates classes in the evening at The Wellbeing Studio, I’ve now added a new 1800 session on Mondays to the weekly schedule.

From today, the full timetable of thirteen classes is as follows:

Mondays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
Tuesdays: 18.15-19.15 and 19.15-20.15
Wednesdays: 10.15-11.15 and 11.15-12.15
Thursdays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
Fridays: 09.30-10.30 and 10.30-11.30
Saturdays: 10.00-11.00

The classes are small – no more than nine people in each session – so booking is essential.  If you’d like to secure a place, please contact me.

Look forward to seeing you in class.

To close, here’s Paul Buchanan with the title track of his album, Mid Air. I’m playing this a lot at the moment. Standing in mid-air, something to aim for with our Pilates…

August Bank Holiday 2018 Class Timetable

The August Bank Holiday is just around the corner so here’s how the Pilates class timetable at The Wellbeing Studio will be affected by the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas (I know, I said the C word in August.  Bad me)…

  • Two classes on Friday 24th August at 0930 and 1030
  • No classes on Saturday 25th August
  • No classes on Sunday 26th August
  • No classes on Monday 27th August

The usual timetable will resume on Tuesday 28th August with two Pilates classes at 1815 and 1915.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  If the class you normally attend is not running over the August Bank Holiday period, perhaps you’d like to book into another one instead.  Please contact me if you’d like to check availability.

Finally, we lost Aretha Franklin last week so to close, here’s how I like to remember her, rocking a mucky pinny and slippers in the cult classic movie, The Blues Brothers.  Think!  Take it away, Aretha…

 

UPDATED Natural Cleaning with Essential Oils

For a completely natural method of cleaning the mats, blocks and other equipment after each Pilates class, I’ve developed a spray using 100% pure essential oils.

I’ve consulted with an aromatherapist and chosen a blend of essential oils to produce a cleaning spray which is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-septic.  Unfortunately it isn’t anti-aging, but I’m working on it!

The full list of ingredients (UPDATED with quantities):

  • 230 ml of distilled water
  • 3 teaspoons of witch hazel
  • 5 drops of orange essential oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops of tea tree oil

We’ll be using the new non-toxic spray with extra large, super absorbent biodegradable paper towels, which can then be thrown away after use.

If you’d prefer not to clean your mat, blocks etc after use for whatever reason, no problem.  I’ll happily do that for you.

Summer Holidays

Summer means holidays and therefore changes to the Embody Pilates class timetable in June and July.  I’ve organised my leave into two short breaks rather than a long block of time away.  This ensures there will be some classes available on each of the affected weeks.

So, there will be no Pilates classes on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 20th to Monday 25th June inclusive
  • Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th July inclusive

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  If you’d like to come to one of the other classes running during the affected weeks, please let me know.

To close, a top tune from Bjork, who is performing at The Eden Project on Saturday 7th July…

 

New Pilates Socks in Stock

I am often asked what socks I recommend to do Pilates in.  My answer every time is toe socks, and not just when you come to class.  I wear them most days.  Why?  In the same way it’s hard to use your fingers when you wear mittens, it is also very difficult to use your toes properly in conventional socks.

Below is a slightly corny video highlighting the benefits of toe socks.  For those who like a corn-free, bulleted list, here you go…

Why Toe Socks Are Good For You

  • the separation of the toes brings greater awareness of the feet.  In other words, it helps your brain talk to your feet better and move them correctly;
  • using our toes and feet more effectively promotes good posture and improves balance;
  • being able to move the toes more freely improves the circulation in the feet and as a result, helps them keep warm better and naturally;
  • toe socks help prevent the growth of bacteria, which can lead to unpleasant odours, Athlete’s Foot and other fungus related problems;
  • separation of the toes helps to avoid friction between them and the blisters that can result.

 

Unfortunately, toe socks can be much more expensive than regular socks.  For this reason I’ve bought a stock of them, which are now available to buy at below the recommended retail price.  I’ve chosen the brand of socks I wear most days and have done for many years, so they’re well-tested.

I have stripy turquoise socks (see image of the actual sock at the top of the page) and plain black ones (actual sock shown in the photo below).

The toe socks are:

  • unisex;
  • very stretchy ensuring a good fit for sizes UK 4-11, EU 35-46;
  • made from 90% cotton and 10% elastane;
  • machine washable just like conventional socks (at 30°C with like colours);
  • thin enough to fit into all types of shoe;
  • easy to put on;
  • seam-free for greater comfort.

The cost per pair from me is £6.50.  The usual recommended retail price including postage would be £8.25 so a decent saving.

I’ve chosen toe socks without a grip sole because in class we do a lot of sliding of the feet along the mat.  I’ve found that grip soles tend to inhibit this movement and in some instances, make the socks come off.

For those that would like the benefit of toe socks but with extra grip for certain exercises, e.g. balances in standing, I have in stock Pilates cover socks available to buy too.  I sometimes wear these over my toe socks, for warmth as much as the extra grip.  Lots of people wear their Pilates cover socks on their own.  Here’s what they look like…

They normally retail at £12 per pair.  I have a limited stock of the slate grey ones (actual sock shown in the pictures above and below) available for £8. Deal!

The Pilates cover socks are:

  • one size;
  • made of a soft, sweat-wicking cotton blend;
  • grip panel on the sole;
  • low-cut heel and toe with cross strap across the foot;
  • machine washable (at 40°C with like colours).

Want to buy a pair?  Two easy options.  You can buy the socks from me when you come to class.  To secure a pair, you might want to contact me before the class and I will put the socks aside for you.  Alternatively, if you’re Clevedon-based, you can contact me to arrange to pay online and I’ll deliver the socks to your home within 24 hours of purchase.

To close, here’s Little Feat, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt…yes, I’m really spoiling you…