Smoothies are not only refreshing but can be a great way to obtain some essential nutrients. Let’s face it, I’m probably not going to eat a cup of kale but throw it in a smoothie and I’ll scoff it down fast.
The act of blending – or in my case – pulverising the fruit and veggies allows for all the goodness to be released and absorbed into the body more easily.
If you are a ‘snacker’ the smoothie can be a great option as the fibre of the fruit and veg helps to satiate the appetite. You can also add a scoop of your favourite protein powder as another hunger buster but my fav addition is avocado. The good ol’ avo is one of the good fats we should be eating and also adds a creamy texture to the smoothie.
Tailoring your smoothie to your desired goal is so easy as well. Want to improve your digestion? Make a delicious green smoothie using fresh, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery and some collard greens. As these foods are alkaline foods they can assist to counteract the discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn.
ANTIOXIDANTS!! How great are these little gems? So much has been said about antioxidants in recent years. It is said that they can help our bodies to prevent heart disease, some cancers and a bunch of other diseases. Matcha green tea, blueberries, raspberries etc are all full of these disease fearing antioxidants and they are so easy to add to a smoothie.
The variety….oh my goodness…the variety. Your imagination is your only limit here!
Every smoothie can be different, and if you’re like me you won’t be measuring accurately so you can give yourself a little surprise on that very first sip! You can purchase frozen fruits as well so you don’t have to worry about the fruit spoiling before you get to use it, plus, it adds the chill rather than adding ice which can dilute the smoothie. Some of my favourites are mango, pineapple, mixed berries, strawberries, banana (don’t use fresh ones unless you like slimy textures. Peel a banana and pop in in the freezer in a zip lock bag ready to use), celery, carrot, passionfruit, broccoli, spinach and kale.
I am not a big fan of creamy or milky drinks so I always use coconut water as a base but you can just as easily use coconut or almond milk if that’s the taste that you prefer. I am, however, a major fan of spinach so that remains as my other staple ingredient in all my smoothies but the combinations are limitless.
Why not try;
1 cup of coconut water, mango, blueberries, raspberries, avocado and a huge handful of spinach? Whack it all in a blender (the faster the better so it breaks up all the nutrients) and poor into a glass or jar with a re-usable straw.
How did THAT happen? Wasn’t it Christmas just last week?
We will be closed on Good Friday but will have our usual 9am and 10am sessions running on Saturday. We will also have our usual classes on Easter Monday as these are evening sessions and may still be convenient for some people.
However, we do have minimum numbers to proceed, so if there are cancellations throughout the day we will let all those left in the booking know if the session will not continue.
Many of you have met Jade over the last couple of months as she has been shadowing me in the studio and taking some classes. Jade will now be taking over the Wednesday evening sessions and she and I will be sharing the Saturdays; alternating each week.
We also have a new Instructor, Murilo. He is a very talented and informed Pilates instructor and I am sure that you will all love working with him on both Mat and Reformer sessions.
Pilates is most effective when done consistently. So, with this in mind we have decided to lay down a challenge to all of you to attend the studio 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Doesn’t sound too hard does it?
All you need to do is register with Kari that you want to challenge yourself and makes sure you book your sessions! Booking ahead and locking in the times will definitely give you the boost you need. Everyone who completes the challenge successfully will get a prize! Part of the prize will be the first week off our weekly membership should you wish to sign up.
Well our new booking system went live on March 5th. As expected we have had a couple of teething problems…nothing too major, thank goodness! Some of the emails don’t seem to be received by our members with hotmail.com or live.com addresses, so if that you make sure you get in contact with me as we will need to set you up with a new password for the booking system.
New Sessions Added
With the addition of Murilo to our team we are now in a position to offer new and different classes to our schedule. The back room has been freed up to allow for Mat Pilates sessions. Both Murilo and I will be taking these sessions, starting with Tuesday evenings for now and expanding as the demand increases. Being able to run Mat and Reformer sessions simultaneously has been something I have been working towards for a while now. So, I am very excited! Tuesday 10th of April is the expected start date for the Mat classes. If you haven’t tried Mat Pilates before I encourage you to do so. Additional to the Mat classes on a Tuesday, Murilo will be running Monday morning sessions at 6am and 7am ….so you can get your week started right!
We have also been asked to add a Mums and Bubs group to our list so this will be starting next Wednesday 4th April at 12pm. All babies will be in a pram next to mums reformer and still remain the responsibility of mum.
PLUS… we are adding a Sunday afternoon session on a fortnightly basis. These sessions will alternate between stretch, reformer, mat and meditation. All your usual packages will be able to purchase these session.
Cupping is a physical therapy which can help with many physical and emotional ailments. A flame is used to create a vacuum inside the glass cup prior to it being placed on the skin. The skin is then drawn up into the cup drawing out the toxins, releasing the fascia and tension.
Some of the benefits of Cupping are –
*High blood pressure
*Coughs, colds and allergy symptoms
*Toxins in the bloodstream
*Blood flow (circulation)
*Muscle and joint movement
*Improves conditions such as cellulite and stretch marks
*Overall feeling of wellbeing
Cupping appointments are available by calling the studio and are able to be booked during the day, Wednesday evenings and weekends.
We are an open book!
If there is a session day or time that you would like to see on the schedule then please do not hesitate to let us know. We are always open to suggestions and you never know, someone else may have asked for the same time etc. Please also make sure you have a chat to us if you have any concerns, newly acquired injuries or have found out that you are pregnant as we will need to modify your sessions to suit.
Thinking forward to next month…..MOTHER’S DAY! Not everyone’s mum wants to do Pilates (although we think they should!) so we are going to extend our offer to your partners and friends – bring mum or a friend and if they purchase a 5 class pack then you get a 5 class pack to use for yourself (one month’s expiry). Stand by for more details when the time comes.
Hoping everyone enjoys their Easter break but most of all; stay safe!
As I was growing up my mother worked in Aged Care – she still does, and we lived next door to the nursing home. After school and during school holidays I spent a lot of time with the residents. At first, I was visiting and keeping them company but as I got older
Actually the question I hear more often is ‘Why do YOU do Pilates?’
Everyone has their own “WHY”, or at least they should. My ‘why’ started when I was seeking treatment for bad hips. Really bad. I’m talking dislocated bad. After an injury at about 6 years of age both my hips would dislocate at any given moment. Was quite a party trick for a while as the head of the femur could actually been seen bulging forward from where it should have been. Years of well meaning therapy later and I was left with arthritis, pain and minimal range of movement.
When I was in my twenties a friend suggested Pilates and we went together to the local gym for a group class. I had never heard of it before and had no preconceptions of what to expect. However, I also did NOT expect to be asked to leave the class midway through!! My friend and I found the exercises quite difficult