The Pilates Method is always developing and changing and this weekend is where us teachers get to catch up with the latest and learn lots!
A lecture given by Madeline Black (USA) about the latest science on pain, how the brain perceives and processes it, was really interesting and food for thought.
I so enjoyed a class on side flexion given by Anula Maiberg (New York). What happens when the matwork goes sideways?! Watch out classes this week!
How do you connect to your core? How do you find that abdominal connection?
Most people who attend pilates sessions want to strengthen their core. Using your core correctly and being able to move from a good core connection takes regular consistent practice. It’s not easy and many people give up and progress to exercises that are far too challenging for their core, far too soon. Without correct core control they may risk injury.
I sometimes call the core either trunk or torso control. Not sure about either of these terms, one reminds me of elephants and the other crime scenes! Your core control consists of pelvic floor support which leads to the connection to your transversus muscle. Your transversus muscle is like having your own natural corset to support your lumbar spine. When you feel this contract, it’s like sliding doors coming gently across your lower abdomen. Your core also consists of many other muscles, your upper abdominal muscles, obliques, gluteal muscles in your buttocks, and multifidus (muscles that run the length of your back).
What is also important is that your connection to your core needs to be relative to the movement your are doing. Subtle strength! Bracing your belly button in prevents correct breathing and movement.
Getting kinaesthetic feedback is important, which is why I teach clients using softballs, foam rollers and wobble boards. The pilates equipment such as the reformer and stability chair are brilliant for providing this connection and feedback.
Once you find this trunk stability, we then start connecting the arm and leg movements to your trunk. But that’s another story!
DRU YOGA CLASS AT VENTNOR BOTANIC GARDENS ON WEDNESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 6-7.30PM
After taking a break for the summer, so looking forward to this class. If you are not sure what Dru Yoga is, it’s basically gentle flowing yoga – nothing extreme. Taking time, slowing down, being in the moment. Knowing that it’s ok to be at home with yourself. Finding “stillness in motion”.
Numbers in class will be limited, so if you would like to come along please contact me to book. Price for the class is £10.
SUMMER MATCLASSES AT THE STUDIO IN LAKE, ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!
3 spaces left for the class on Monday 6th August 6.30 – 7.30pm – Pilates with the Triadball. Classes on 13th (Foam Roller) and 20th (Big Ball) are now full.
To book for the above class (price £10) please give me a call 07506 711774 or e email email@example.com
All welcome, but please note this is not for beginners.
News and Views from The Pilates Studio Isle of Wight
News and Views from The Pilates Studio Isle of Wight is written by me, Hilary Symmans.
In this blog, I hope to inspire, enthuse and encourage you to lead a happy healthy life. (And, if you haven’t already, come and join my classes!)
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THE NEXT DRU YOGA CLASS WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY 4 JULY FROM 6PM UNTIL 7.30PM. PRICE £10
Find stillness within through movement. Slow down, de-stress, re-energise.
The class will be held in the Echium Room overlooking the beautiful gardens.
Please contact me to book, either e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07506 711774
THE CAT – a well known exercise in Pilates and Yoga. Performing Cat on the Stability Chair is amazing. When you work with the resistance of the springs, it helps you realise that you need to use your gluts and your hamstrings in an all 4’s position. This takes a lot of the strain out of your wrists and arms. It also helps you to quite naturally use your core without bracing, and to feel this lovely wavelike movement through your spine.
This is just one of the movements I may teach if applicable to the client at 1:3 sessions in my studio in Lake. Sessions include matwork exercises as well as working on the pilates equipment.
THE NEXT DRU YOGA CLASS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE AT THE BEAUTIFUL VENTNOR BOTANIC GARDENS ON WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 6-7.30 PM
Cost £10 payable on the evening
Gentle activations and energy block sequence to re-energize. Rebalance your emotions with the amazing Tree of Transformation.
Please phone me or e mail to book your place. I look forward to seeing you there.
Hilary 07506 711774 email@example.com
LUNCHTIME STUDIO PILATES SESSIONS
Pilates studio sessions will be available every Wednesday from 12 midday until 2pm., starting on 6th June. Each session is an hour, price £22 per session, or if you pay for 4 in advance £80. Previous pilates experience is a must, or if you have no previous pilates experience or very little, then book in for some 1:1’s to get you going. Duets also possible, if you have a friend you would like to share the session with. During these sessions you will be getting bespoke Pilates tuition, using the pilates reformer or stability chair, as well as small equipment.
Please contact me by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07506 711774 to book.
Dru Yoga Class at Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Wednesday 9 May 6-7.30pm
A fun energising warm up to shake out the day, soft flowing movements to calm ground and re-energise, a deep relaxation to finish. I look forward to seeing you there.
Please contact me to book your place.