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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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…

 

Happy Easteriness!

Easter is coming and the rabbit is getting fat…or something like that.

Here is our Easter 2018 Pilates class timetable…

  • Maundy Thursday
    • 1230-1330
    • 1800-1900
    • 1900-2000
  • Good Friday
    • no classes
  • Easter Saturday
    • no classes
  • Easter Sunday
    • no classes
  • Easter Monday
    • no classes
  • Tuesday 3rd April
    • 1815-1915
    • 1915-2015

To close, one of my favourite songs about chocolate…

 

Physics Meets Core Strength

Katya Jones and Joe McFadden performed an Argentine Tango on Strictly Come Dancing last night, which closed with an amazing dance move – Katya (wearing heels!) sank slowly backwards to the floor, supporting Joe’s entire body weight mid-way, before levering him to his feet.  Impressive core strength.  I’m not sure if either of them does Pilates, but as a professional dancer it wouldn’t surprise me if Katya Jones does.  Her colleague and fellow professional dancer on Strictly, Karen Clifton definitely does Pilates.

Here’s the whole dance, or just skip to 01:30 when the show-stopping dance move starts…