What’s on this week: 30 January – 4 February



  What’s on this week:
30 January – 4 February

Let’s Dance!
Dear <<First Name>>,

We’re still enjoying our latest themed program for our Reformer Plus Classes and we’re noticing amazing progress – in range of movement, balanceproprioception and confidence in our ability.

We’re also getting great feedback on improvements in everyday life.  In particular, clients have told us about the greater freedom they’re finding when walking, or running.  They’re no longer experiencing lower back pain or tightness in their hip flexors.  That’s so encouraging to hear – and great testament to the effort that everyone is making in their sessions – thank you!

This week in Community Corner we’re taking a closer look at Arabesque to understand a little more about the movement and its benefits in everyday life.

We know that, for some of us, when it’s cold and dark, it’s a real challenge to join the early morning online classes – on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30am.  Congratulations and thank you to those of you who’ve made it!  The classes are full of energy and a great way to start the day – you can book your place below.

A reminder that we are offering a First Aid Training Course on Sunday 26 February.  It will be delivered by Saving Lives at Work (who are specialists in this area) and will be held in the studio.  There are still some places available, so if you’re interested, please see below for more details.

Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you in the studio or online soon!

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 First Aid Course

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where someone has been injured and you’re not sure what to do?  Would you like to be able to perform CPR or use a defibrillator (or even know how to find one)?

If that sounds like you, then you may be interested in joining our First Aid Course at the studio on Sunday 26 February from 10am to 4pm.

The course will be facilitated by Saving Lives at Work, who are experts in this area and will lead to a Level 3 Certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work, valid for 3 years.

As well as covering CPR, you’ll also learn how to treat minor injuries and what to do – and not to do – while you’re waiting for paramedics to arrive.  Of course, it’s not limited to work situations and covers accidents at home too, including accidents involving children.

All of our team will be attending and from past experience, the course will be delivered in a highly professional, but very relaxed manner.

The course is priced at £125 (highly competitive rate benchmarked against other providers) and we think, offers great value for money.

You can now book your place below!

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All Things Pilates Community Corner!

This week we thought we’d take a look at ‘Arabesque’ – one of the exercises in our new Find your Flow® program.

As most of you will know, Arabesque is a traditional ballet movement.  It reflects the fact that Joseph Pilates worked with a lot of dancers, including ballerinas at the New York School of Ballet.  But don’t worry, you don’t need a tutu to practise Arabesque!

As you’ll see from the pictures above, Arabesque clearly has its origins in the traditional ballet movement but with the benefits of the Reformer, we get a range of different challenges, or if we need it, support.

As always, we offer a range of progressions over the course of the program.  We’ll all start with our feet on the floor to get a feel of the movement and get used to using our arms and standing leg as a tripod.  One of the challenges with this movement is to keep our hips level (unless we’re doing the rotation in progression 4).  Some of us will feel our pelvis wanting to lean into the standing leg – which is why we encourage everyone to start small!

This is also a great variation to practise at home.

On the reformer, we’ll be working much more into muscles at the back of our shoulderscore muscles and leg muscles as we work to send the carriage out and in again, while using quadriceps (muscles at the front of our legs) to hold the raised leg still.

We’ll also be challenging our balance and improving our proprioception (awareness of where our body is and how it’s moving).

Arabesque is a challenging whole body movement, but unless we’re dancers, we’ll rarely find ourselves in this position.  So why do we do it?

It’s a great hip-opening movement – that’s so important for all of us sit for long periods.  It helps strengthen gluteal and hamstring muscles (at the back of our legs) and our quadricep muscles).  It also helps strengthen muscles at the back of our shoulders and in our lower back.  By challenging our ability to stabilise our pelvis, we’ll also be improving our posture.

So, this is a lovely exercise to help keep us upright and improve how we walk or run, freeing us from lower back pain.  It’s also great for any sports where you might need to find  balance on one leg – football for example.

Quite apart from all of these benefits, it’s also a fun exercise to do,  bringing that ‘feel good’ factor – we’d love to know what benefits it’s bringing to your everyday life!

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Class Timetable: January

Best Wishes,

Gemma and the All Things Pilates team

Tel: 0208 549 2892
Email: admin@allthingspilates.co.uk
Website: www.allthingspilates.co.uk
Address: All Things Pilates, Unit 03 Princess Court, Horace Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2SL

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