What’s on this week: 6 – 11 February


  What’s on this week:
6 – 11 February

Doing the splits!
Dear <<First Name>>,

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into February and Week 4 of our latest themed Reformer Plus program.  Fuelled by the progress you’ve made, we’re moving into the more challenging progressions now – you’ve got this!

But don’t worry if you’re new to Pilates, or if you’re not ready yet to move on with the progressions.  We’ll help you work at the pace that’s right for you – and challenge you (in a very supportive way!) when we can see that your body is ready, even if your confidence level hasn’t quite caught up!

This week in Community Corner we’re taking a closer look at Russian Splits to understand a little more about the movement and its benefits in everyday life.  We’ll also be talking a little more about our proprioceptive system and how Pilates can help!

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.

The course will cover important issues such as:- How to help an unresponsive casualty, including step by step CPR

– How to help someone who’s choking or in shock

– How to treat minor burns/scalds and bleeding

– What to do/not to do while waiting for paramedics.

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 ‘Russian Splits’ – one of the exercises in our new Find your Flow® program.

(We tried to find out why they’re called ‘Russian’ splits but our google search only managed to take us on a journey through political splits in Russian history – enough of that already!!)

Russian Splits is the final exercise in Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer exercises, so some may consider it to be the most challenging – but not the way we break it down!

As you’ll see from the pictures above, this movement is primarily about hip mobility.  That’s been our focus in the early weeks of the program.  As we progress to standing on the reformer, we need to use our core strength and muscles in both legs to slide the carriage out and in.  At this point, we’re also challenging the balance centres in our brain and proprioceptive (sensory nervous) system.

Balance and proprioception are all about our ability to stay safely upright.  To achieve that, the brain needs constant input from our muscles and joints so that it can make adjustments.  These messages are sent to the brain through our proprioceptive system.  Our proprioception can decrease if we’ve been sedentary for a while or if we’ve been injured, so it’s important to challenge our proprioceptive system in a controlled and safe way.  (Many Pilates exercises will help improve our proprioception – ask your teacher if you’d like to know more.)

As with many of the movements in this program (and the Pilates repertoire generally) Russian Splits will help improve our hip stability and mobility.  This in turn will help to relieve lower back pain – when our hips are tight, we tend to pull on muscles in the lower back for support.  It will also help strengthen and lengthen core and leg muscles.

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 will also help in any movement that challenges our balance (eg. standing on a stool to reach something from a high shelf; cycling; dancing).

Quite apart from all of these benefits, it’s also a fun exercise to do! 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

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