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…

Pilates Inspiration – Balance Acrobatic Gymnastics

Below is a video of the Belgium women’s team winning gold in the group balance discipline at the 2015 Baku European Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.  A perfect example of all eight principles of Pilates in action

NB: I wonder if judges still dock points for the hem of your pants showing below your leotard…I need to get out more…

Summer Holiday 2017

As per the email I sent to clients and the news item I posted on the website at the beginning of June, I’m on holiday from Tuesday 20th-25th June inclusive.  Any messages received during this period I’ll answer on my return.

Pilates classes at The Wellbeing Studio will resume on Monday 26th June at 1230.

Enjoy the sun…responsibly 😉



PS. I love beach huts and I cannot lie…


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…