Videos 3 & 4 – The Standing and Chair Routine & The Leg-work Routine

Hello Everybody!  I hope you are all keeping well; physically and mentally.  I don’t know how you are finding things at the moment but I have had some good days and some days when it’s been a little bit harder, but your lovely messages have really helped so thank you.

I’ve managed to finally get out on the garden and catch up with those jobs which were long overdue and I know that lots of you have been doing the same.  I’ve also found some jobs that I need to do in the house– I have cupboards to sort and sewing projects that I have been putting off doing so I am planning on getting on with those in the next few weeks.

I’ve added a couple of extra videos today which I hope you will enjoy.  All the videos that I am posting are only meant to maintain, rather than develop, your Pilates practice but I hope that you are enjoying them all the same.

As with all my exercises, remember the rules that apply – if anything hurts or is uncomfortable, stop doing it!  If there are any elements that you would normally modify or not do, then just skip through that part of the video.

Video 3 – ‘The Standing and Chair Routine’. This is another gentle routine that works from head to toe with some stretches, some joint mobilisation and a bit of standing and balancing work at the end.  All that you need for this routine is a chair, preferably one without any arms, and yourself – no fancy props required for this one.

Video 4 – ‘The Leg-work Routine’. This routine includes side lying leg-work that targets not only the hip and leg muscles but also the abdominal and back muscles as you work to keep the upper body stable and avoid any rotation.  If you want an extra challenge you can add in the leg circles that are included, but please do listen to those hips and knees and only do what is comfortable!

I hope you all enjoy the videos and I look forward to posting again very soon.

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Challenge 1 – Balance

Hello everybody.

Just a quickie from me this time in the form your first challenge!  As you know, we always try to finish off classes with some balancing exercises and I don’t want that practice to stop. I had a thought… we’re doing a lot of hand washing at the moment and we’re being encouraged to wash for 20 seconds, so let’s multitask and use that time we’re washing our hands to practice our balance as well.

So, the challenge is to practice your balancing, on each leg, for 20 seconds at least once every day. Of course, you can do it for longer, or do it EVERY TIME you wash your hands! As usual, safety is important so please remember – if anything hurts or is uncomfortable, then please don’t continue.

Keep well and stay in touch!

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Videos 1 & 2 – The Warm-up & The Matwork Quick Routine

Hello Everybody!  I hope you are all keeping well.

I want to use my website over this period as a way of staying in touch with everyone.  I will be posting some videos, perhaps setting you some challenges, and also I may just use it to post a few light-hearted pieces to hopefully raise a smile or two.  Please bear with me… …I’m not a wordsmith and being in front of a camera is not my preference so forgive the odd spelling mistake and the fact that my videos might not be highly polished.

These are what I hope to be the first of many videos that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks…

Video 1 – ‘The Warm-up’. This video is designed to warm up and loosen your muscles so is ideal as a short routine to start your day or a warm up for any of my other videos.  It is a slightly slower version of the warm-up routine and comprises a comprehensive description of what you should be doing. At a later date I shall release a faster run-through of this routine for those of you who like to work at a slightly quicker pace. Please remember, the rules that apply to classes also apply to these videos – if anything hurts or is uncomfortable, stop doing it!

Video 2 – ‘The Matwork Quick Routine’. The exercises in this video are suitable for everyone and there should be no surprises for any of you – these are the exercises from your group classes.  I would recommend that you do a warm-up routine first, such as Video 1 – ‘The Warm-Up’, before starting these exercises.

Please feel free to join in the discussions – with all this social distancing it would be nice to hear from you so please add your comments, email me some photos of you doing some Pilates, or just share whatever you are up to.

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COVID-19 coronavirus – Latest information relating to ALL Pilates classes

In line with the latest information from the Government to avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with others in an effort to slow the progression of the coronavirus I regret to inform you that all group Pilates classes are suspended until further notice.

In terms of refunds I can offer you two options; either a full refund for the remainder of this term’s classes or, (preferred) class credits for when classes resume hopefully later this year.

Despite these latest measures, the importance of continuing to take regular exercise was emphasised by the Government in today’s announcement. Until advice is given to the contrary, I will still be continuing all one-to-one and one-to-two (etc) classes as normal while taking all the necessary health and hygiene precautions. For my existing group clients I will be offering a discount from my current prices found here. If this is something that would interest you then please don’t hesitate to contact me. Places are subject to availability. In addition, I hope to release some online Pilates instruction videos which you could access during this time.

Please keep an eye on your emails, text messages and my website for any further updates.

Thank you for your continued support. Please look after yourselves and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Pilates classes – New evening classes in Ledbury starting 26 February 2019

I am very excited to be opening up a new time slot for Pilates classes in Ledbury on Tuesday evenings from 18:00 to 19:00 starting 26 February 2019. The classes are for anyone who has recent experience practicing Pilates.

If you’re new to Pilates and interested in getting started, you can still qualify to attend these sessions by attending my series of four one-to-one Beginner Classes. These teach the basic principles, the language and terminology and will allow you to learn how your body works and introduce you to a basic Pilates workout.

Prior booking is required. For further details including pricing please click the link <here> or Contact Me <here>.