What’s on this week: 28 November – 3 December
What’s on this week:
28 November – 3 December
We seem to be rushing headlong into December and the festive season. It’s a wonderful time of year, but we know it can become frantic and a bit stressful for many of us. During such times, it’s even more important to think about some ‘me’ time. Time to focus on your own wellbeing, to get away from the hustle and bustle and breathe! We know that many of you use your Pilates session – whether online, or in the Studio – to enjoy time to focus only on yourself. It’s so energising for us to watch clients leaving their session looking and feeling lighter – and stronger!
If you can, make time for your Pilates session – you know you want to!
There are still some places in our evening classes. If you’d like to join us:
on Mondays at 6.00pm, we have an online class;
on Tuesdays at 6pm and 7pm, we have Reformer Plus classes; and
on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, we have a Reformer Fundamentals class.
All of our classes are suitable for any level of ability. Our teachers are expert at offering different levels of challenge, so that you can work at the level that’s right for your body that day.
Want to join in? Reserve your place below.
Thank you to those of you who have already bought Gift Certificates – read on to buy yours!
Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you in the studio or online soon!
At Christmas time this year in particular, many of us are considering health and wellbeing – physical and emotional. So why not consider the gift of a healthy spine! Our gift certificates can be purchased for any value and can be used in payment for any of our services – whether 1:1 sessions, duet (2:1) sessions or classes.
We tend to see quite a lot of duet sessions after Christmas, with friends and family supporting each other in achieving their health goals in a new year. It’s always a real boost to have a cheer squad helping you reach your goals – and even better if they’re in the Studio working with you!
We have a great introductory offer of 2 (one hour long) duet sessions for £150 – that’s less than £40 per person per session!
You can buy your Gift Certificate below.
Buy your Gift Certificate
All Things Pilates Community Corner!
This week we thought we’re looking at Bridging – it’s one of the movements in our Side Sit Up repertoire.
Bridging is one of the first things we learn when practising Pilates and continue to focus on Bridging as our practice develops.
Variations of bridging can be done on the Mat, the Reformer, the ladder barrel, the trapeze table and the chair, so pretty much everywhere. Some of you will remember bridging with your feet on your sofa or a chair during lockdowns – and occasionally you may have done it with your feet balanced on a gym ball.
Why is it so important in the Pilates repertoire?
Bridging is great for those of us who sit for long periods of time – that probably applies to just about all of us! If we sit for long periods, our hip flexors (at the front of our hips) can shorten and weaken. This limits our ability to stand up fully straight. If our hip flexors are tight, they pull the pelvis out of alignment and can cause compression and pain in the lower back.
Bridging helps counter this by opening, lengthening and strengthening our hip flexors.
Bridging is also great for improving our hamstring strength (the big muscles at the back of our legs). Some of us find it hard to get our hamstrings to work effectively – with our quadriceps (the muscles at the front of our legs) taking the load. That can lead to imbalances when we move (walking, running, cycling etc). Bridging really helps isolate the hamstring muscles to get them working. (If you can’t feel your hamstrings working – have a word with your teacher!)
When we progress to single leg bridging, we’re increasing the challenge, but more importantly, we’re focused on keeping the hips and pelvis level throughout the movement. A stable, balanced pelvis is so important for our posture and in our daily movement (eg. walking). Misalignment in our pelvis can ‘travel’ downwards to cause problems in our knees, ankles or feet; and it can ‘travel’ upwards to cause problems in our spine, shoulders and neck.
That’s why Bridging is fundamental to the Pilates repertoire.
All of that said, Bridging is also just a ‘feel-good’ exercise. The feeling of the pelvis and spine floating and becoming weightless as they glide from and to the floor helps release tensions in the body as it finds length and space!
If you’d like to experience the joy of Bridging, reserve your place below!
Class Timetable: November
Gemma and the All Things Pilates team
Tel: 0208 549 2892
Address: All Things Pilates, Unit 03 Princess Court, Horace Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2SL
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