Class Timetable Changes – June/July 2017

Surf’s up!  Summer 2017 is here, which means holidays, outdoor gigs and festivals.  There’s even a literature festival in Bradford.  Yes, we can read!  We’re that cultured! For this reason the following Pilates classes at The Wellbeing Studio will NOT take place:

  • the 1800 and 1900 sessions on Thursday 15 June
  • the 1815 and 1915 sessions on Tuesday 20th June
  • the 1015 and 1115 sessions on Wednesday 21 June
  • the 1230, 1800 and 1900 sessions on Thursday 22nd June
  • the 0930 and 1030 sessions on Friday 23rd June
  • the 1000 session on Saturday 24th June
  • the 1000 session on Saturday 1st July

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  For those most affected by the cancellations – clients who normally come to the Thursday evening and Saturday morning classes – you’d be very welcome to join one of the other classes, if you’d rather not miss Pilates for two weeks.

To close and to get in the mood for a gig at Westonbirt Arboretum, here’s Mr GG…


Muddy Stilettos’ Awards 2017

The Wellbeing Studio – Embody Pilates’ home in Clevedon –  is looking for nominations in the Best Yoga/Pilates Studio category of the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017 – Somerset.

Muddy Stilettos is the UK’s leading regional lifestyle blog, with over 100,000 readers and a social following of 50,000 across 18 English counties. The blog is the ‘urban guide to the countryside’ for intelligent, fun-loving people who live outside the metropolis, but who want to be in the know for cool, quirky and unmissable things to do where they live.

If you’d like to support us and nominate The Wellbeing Studio for Best Yoga/Pilates Studio in Somerset, please follow this link.  Nominations close this Wednesday 24th May.

The five finalists (i.e. those receiving the most nominations) for Best Yoga/Pilates Studio will be announced on the Muddy Stilettos Awards site on Wednesday 7th June, when voting will reopen for another week.  The winner will be announced after voting closes again at 12pm on Wednesday 14th June.

To close, here’s Amy Winehouse with my favourite dirty footwear song…



Screen Neck – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

How much time do you spend looking at your phone, tablet, Kindle or some other hand-held mobile device?  It’s probably more than you think.  79% of the population between 18 and 44 years of age have their mobile phones with them almost all the time, with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their mobile to hand.

The infogram below (click on the image to view in more detail) indicates the increasing force placed on the neck from holding the head in a forwards and downward position.

Most of us do this too frequently and for too long every day.  Add to this the amount of time we spend with our heads pushed forward while driving or watching the television or working on the computer and you can see why the neck and upper back are so often overworked.

Symptoms associated with screen neck

  • a constant, nagging pain in the upper back, or a sharp pain resulting from the muscles of the upper back spasming;
  • shoulder pain and tightness;
  • pinched nerves in the neck, resulting in pain and perhaps neurological symptoms that radiate down the arm and into the hand;
  • compression and herniation of the discs in the neck;
  • tension headaches;
  • decreased respiratory muscle strength and a loss of lung capacity by as much as 30%.  This shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease;
  • early onset of arthritis in the neck.

How to avoid screen neck

To prevent the development or advancement of screen neck:

  • hold mobile devices at eye-level;
  • take a break from looking at a screen every 20-30 minutes;
  • have a Bowen treatment or for those with more masochistic tendencies, try a deep tissue massage focused on the neck, shoulder and upper back;
  • do Pilates on a regular basis:
    • to build strong and flexible muscles in the neck to minimize the strain on the cervical spine and help support the weight of the head;
    • to build strong core muscles, which help to support the upper body in alignment;

To close, Jack White’s acoustic performance of The Rose with the Broken Neck…

The Wellbeing Studio Open Day

Yey!  It’s the Clevedon Sunday Market this weekend with stalls celebrating locally produced food and drink, talented craft makers and vintage collectors from the South West.  It takes places on the 7th May between 1000 and 1400.

To coincide with the event, The Wellbeing Studio is having an open day.  Based at 6 Alexandra Road, the studio is perfectly situated in the heart of the market, so as you pass between the three sites in the hill and sea area, do drop by and pay a visit.

We’re opening our doors to anyone curious about The Wellbeing Studio and interested to learn more about the range of classes and treatments on offer.  Join us for a chat or just bob in and have a quick nosey round the studio and the facilities.

I’ll be there between 1000 and noon in case you’d like to talk to me specifically about Pilates and how it could help you.  We could even try a few moves if you like.

See you there.

May 2017 Bank Holiday Timetable Changes

Two bank holidays in May mean there will be no Pilates classes at The Wellbeing Studio, Clevedon on the following dates:

  • Monday 1st May
  • Monday 29th May

For those affected by the closures, why not book in on one of the other ten classes happening at the studio during the rest of the week, if you find you’re free.

To close, a stunning performance by Imelda May from her new album released this month, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.  Hankies at the ready, folks…



Pilates Inspiration – Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Finnish photographer, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen movement-based images are beautiful.

Most of the photographs below are from her Coal Coast series, a culmination of Konttinen’s three years spent documenting life on beaches between Seaham and Hartlepool.

Her Step by Step project from the eighties explored mother-daughter relationships through a dancing school in North Shields. The book of the same name is said to have inspired the film Billy Elliot.

The last image of the girl on the space hopper is from her Byker project, a seminal documentation of the community of terraced streets in Newcastle’s East End, which were demolished to make way for Ralph Erskine-designed Byker Wall Estate in the 1970s.

Only one album to play at this time of year, Patti Smith Group’s Easter.  Have a relaxing long weekend.  See you on the other side.