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…

 

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Christmas 2017 Class Timetable Changes

Oh to be free to dance in the snow in your pants!

So, yes, Christmas is coming and the nut roast is getting fat. Embody Pilates will be taking a break over the holiday season from Friday 22nd December to Tuesday 2nd January inclusive. This means the last class before I break up (not literally) is the 1900 session on Thursday 21st December and the first class back is the 1015 session on Wednesday 3rd January.

For those most affected by the changes to the timetable, you’re welcome to book into one of the other classes taking place in the week running up to Christmas and in the week after New Year.

To close, a track from one of my albums of the year, St Vincent’s Masseduction.  Ooh those boots!  I’ll pass on the rest of the outfit, mind…

Class Timetable Changes – November

I’m going overseas on holiday in November – yippee! – which means some changes to the Pilates class timetable at The Wellbeing Studio – boo!  The classes on the following dates will therefore NOT take place:

  • Friday 3rd November
  • Saturday 4th November
  • Monday 6th November
  • Tuesday 7th November
  • Wednesday 8th November
  • Thursday 9th November

I won’t be running the Pilates and Piloga classes at Strode Leisure Centre, Clevedon on Saturday 4th November, Wednesday 8th November and Thursday 9th November either of course.

The usual classes resume on Friday 10th November with the two morning sessions.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

To close, a dash of happy, Lisbon-style…

Pilates Inspiration – The Royal Ballet

Well I could write an article on the mighty psoas or the wonder that is Franklin Balls, or I could just post an extract from Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, featuring Laura Morera and Eric Underwood from The Royal Ballet.  They’re dancing to The Hardest Button to Button by The White Stripes.  For more information on Chroma, go here.

I’ll post articles on the psoas and Franklin Balls soon.  In the meantime, enjoy Morera and Underwood working their psoas off…

 

Summer Toe Socks

Find of the week!  Just when you thought you couldn’t be freaked out by toe socks enough, check out these beauties – the half-toe Bella grip socks by Toesox.  Perfect for those who can’t decide whether to do Pilates in bare feet or socks.  Useful tread on the sole for a firm grip, nice lace trim and lots of holes to keep your feet cool and show off your toes.

Cheapest source in the UK is here on eBay, where they’re available in three colours and two UK sizes (small – 3 to 5.5 – and medium – 6 to 8.5).  They cost £10.25 including postage and packing.

To close, here’s Jack Johnson with an appropriately themed track…