Pilates clothing and equipment

If you’d like to start the New Year with some new clothes to wear to class or equipment for practising at home, read on.

Aldi in Brandon currently have a range of Pilates clothing and equipment, including mats, rollers, circles and weights – all at bargain prices.

Asquith of London have a 50% sale and 15% off your first order.

Football 0 : Pilates 1

No footballer wants to admit he’s over the hill, but in this article from the Telegraph one Sunday footballer learned to accept his physical limitations.

Having been injured, he tried Pilates because he had heard that it was recommended both to prevent injury and to enhance performance “I thought I was hard, but here – off the pitch – I was struggling”.

He notes “After eight weeks I was noticeably stronger. My posture straightened and I found that I could run more efficiently. More importantly, I got through a practice football game without injury”.

Pilates celebs: Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips, choreographer and ex-Strictly judge, had her 70th birthday earlier this year. In this article from the Express, she shares some of her top tips for staying ageless – and one of them is to “develop your core strength through exercise like Pilates”.

Fusion: Rumba and Paso Doble

Our new dance for December is a fusion of rumba and paso doble to Meat Loaf’s I’d Do Anything for Love (but I won’t do that).

This dance combines two contrasting styles and energies to give us a full body conditioning and toning work out.

By combining dance styles in this way, the variety that we can introduce to our classes is endless!

Stretching Techniques – Mobilise Those Joints!

Inside our joints we have synovial fluid that, once it is warm, works by lubricating the joints so they can move smoothly, effectively and comfortably. Just by moving our joints through their normal range of movement warms the fluid and prepares joints for exercise.

Before Exercise – Dynamic Stretching

This technique uses a controlled, soft bounce or swinging motion to move a body part to the limit of its range of movement.

You can increase the force of the movement but never allow it to become uncontrolled!  Examples of this type of stretching include; free standing squats, arm circles or practicing a resistance exercise without the weight. This type of stretching is also very valuable during exercise.

After Training – Static or PNF Stretching

Static Stretching

This is done by placing the body into a position in which the muscle or muscle groups are stretched under tension.  Move the body slowly and gently to increase the tension, then hold for 30 seconds.

PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) Stretching

This stretching is highly effective for increasing flexibility. It involves both stretching and contracting of a muscle or muscle group. As well as improving flexibility it develops muscular strength.

First you need a partner. Placing the muscle under tension at its maximum stretch, you then contract the muscle for 5 to 10 seconds while your partner applies enough resistance to inhibit movement. After you relax your partner applies a controlled stretch for 20 to 30 seconds before repeating the contraction phase. You can repeat this 2-4 times.
Mark Foster
Stretching Techniques – Mobilise Those Joints!
A Health Tip from Mark Foster

Viennese Waltz

Our new dance for November is the Viennese Waltz to Avril Lavigne’s I’m With You.

What is now called the Viennese Waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or “waltz” position. The dance that is popularly known as the waltz is actually the English or slow waltz, danced at roughly half the speed.

The Viennese Waltz is a circular moving dance, which spins around the dance floor. It has natural turns (to the right), reverse turns (to the left), the fleckerl (a stationary turn), and the classic contra check which allows the couple to stop and change direction.

Our FitSteps version is danced without all the turns, so you won’t get dizzy, but there is a lovely feeling of float and sway.

View Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon’s Viennese Waltz to Tulips from Amsterdam, which scored 38 on Strictly 2014.

Refer yourself for physiotherapy

Did you know that you can refer yourself for physiotherapy?

Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Suffolk provides an out-patient community  Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service (MSK) and Back and Neck Service (BaNS) across Suffolk. The company’s primary commissioner is NHS Suffolk and there are contracts for MSK services with neighbouring Primary Care Trusts NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Norfolk.

To refer yourself, complete the online form or phone 01483 770066.

New Pilates App

Lynne Robinson co-founder of Body Control Pilates has created a new Pilates App. It offers a programme of exercises that can make a real difference to the way you live your life, promoting better posture, balance, strength and flexibility. It is available on both Apple and Android platforms and you can get started for just £0.69! Highlights include:

• Over 60 mins of video, exercises and instruction
• Contains a 30 day core challenge via push notification
• Compare your own alignment and posture in app

It’s never too late to get fit

Lynne Robinson, co-founder of Body Control Pilates describes how Pilates helps her remain fit as she gets older. She is seeing the benefits in having plenty of strength and flexibility to meet the demands of looking after her new granddaughter. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Recycling Revolution

This is nothing to do with Pilates, but the news that you can now put glass bottles and jars in your black recycling bin, caused quite a stir at last night’s class!  In fact, from 1st October, Norfolk households have been able to recycle a much wider range of materials. See Your Norfolk magazine for more information or the Breckland Council website.