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July 20, 2020

How are you coping during our second lockdown?  It is important that we all keep our spirits up as best we can so I hope that you are doing that.  Please remember that I am always here for a chat … we can talk about things other than Pilates too!


Online Mat Pilates is back!

I can hear you now….. “but it’s not reformer!”…I know, I know… I’m sorry….but it is the best I can do during this crazy time.  Mat Pilates is the foundation of the method, it sets up the body for the work on the reformer and other apparatus, so try not to discount the benefits that you’ll get from Mat Pilates classes.  Of course, it needs to be executed with the correct muscle intention, and there’s a lot of rolling around on the floor, but I think that you just may enjoy it, if you give it a chance.
So, I will be recommencing the online sessions starting this week.  To begin with, while we are testing the waters, I’ll start with Tuesday and Thursday at 9.15am and 12.45pm and Saturday at 9.15am.  I didn’t get much of a response for people wanting early morning or evening sessions but if I hear otherwise I’m happy to organise additional times.  Conversely, if the numbers drop off for a particular time or day I’ll look at removing it from the schedule.


How does it work?

Simple!  All you need to do is book in the same way as always.
REMEMBER – IF YOU HAVE NOT BOOKED IN DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

INSTRUCTIONS Part 1 – Website: –
1.  Go to the website www.richmondpilates.com.au or click here 
2.  Select BOOKINGS from the menu at the top (if on a laptop) or the three horizontal menu lines (if on a mobile)
3.  Click on LOGIN/REGISTER
4.  Scroll to where it says FORGOT PASSWORD? and click it
5. Follow instructions to create a new password.
(It does not matter if you had a password for the old system, it will NOT work)

Your packages and future bookings will all be there!  However, please double check your bookings and rectify if required.  All you need is a new password.  Each person requires their own account and email addresses cannot be shared.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS – all you need to do is book in as you always do.  Once you book you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the link required to join the online session.  Please click this link and follow any instructions.  If you have any difficulty you can call or text me on 0433 763 367 and we can work through it together.

The online video call is via GoToMeeting – it is similar to Zoom – and you will be directed to download the program if you have not used it before.  Please log in a little earlier on your first session to allow time for this to happen.


How much does it cost?

Well, here’s the thing…
For every 2 sessions booked you will get one class put back onto your account.  This is the only way that I can manage to put it through as HALF the cost of a studio session.  This will have to be done manually, so it wont be done instantly but I will collate them and process it twice a week.

Please do not hesitate to send me an email or text if you have any questions at all.

Remember, whether you are taking part in online sessions or not, take a short break from sitting at least every hour.  Stand up⬆️, do some pelvic tilts↔️, a standing roll down⤵️ and even hold the deep squat position🔽 for a little while.  Set your alarm if you need to…but don’t use the ‘I’m on the phone’ excuse, they wont even know!

📣Here’s a little riddle to help you pass some time in iso📣
I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I? 

See you online soon (hopefully),
Happy hundreds💯

 


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May 25, 2020

We finally have a date!!!
At this stage, it looks as though I can reopen the studio on Monday June 22nd.

Wooohoooo!!!!!  I’m doing my best daggy dancing right now!  C’mon, dance with me….you know you want to!! ?? ??

I was hoping for June 9th when the schools go back……but it is what it is, and we have to comply with the state guidelines.  Maybe it will be revised so we can get back a little earlier. ?? but right now I am ecstatic that we have a light at the end of the tunnel.

 Changes moving forward

As mentioned in a previous email, there will be some changes in the studio so that I can do all I can to keep you safe.
I was recently tested for COVID-19 and the results were negative.  Of course that only means what it does for THAT point in time.  However, I can read more….


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May 4, 2020
Hi everyone,
May the 4th be with you!
(Honestly, I have no idea why I said that….I have never seen a Star Wars movie in my life…GASP!!)

Anyhoo…

I have loved catching up with those of you who can make the online Pilates classes.  While it’s not the studio, we do seem to have fun…pets and all…. Check out FIFI joining in, isn’t she cute?! haha

After being closed for one week I decided that I was going to be productive and finalise some loose ends and commit to accomplishing SOMETHING during this time.  I had previously signed up for a course which was a certification in Pre & Post Natal fitness – yes, I know, I know…I am always studying hahaha.
So, I thought that this downtime would be a great opportunity to get a good chunk of this 12 month course out of the way.  Being an online delivery, and with assessments which included video submissions, I felt that 12 months was going to be a push to get it completed.  But with the COVID isolation I actually managed to smash it out in 5 days.  FIVE DAYS!!!  I completed a very comprehensive course in only 5 days!!!  How???  It was simple really, the content was fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable so it was very easy to just put my head down and get it done.

I then had to find something else to fill my days….so I wrote a course!  Some of you may know that I have a program of Home Visits for Post Natal ladies.  I visit them in their homes to help rehab their bodies after having a baby and get them back on track to where they feel strong enough to rejoin mainstream Pilates classes.
I have always wanted to convert this to an online video delivery over 6 weeks for those who are not within the local area.  So I did!  It definitely needs refining but it is there and I am excited about launching it later in the year.

My ‘spidey senses’ tell me that we will be back in the studio very soon. (yes, that is a reference to Spiderman – isolation has me going a little mad!)
I don’t assume that it’ll be next week of course, but I feel like we could re-open around the end of the month or early June.
I am sure none of us expect that we can just fling our doors open and have the social freedom we experienced back in February, so there will be some changes implemented to keep us all safe.
I plan on sanitising the studio as soon as I am aware that re-opening is a possibility.

Plus, to help reduce to spread of COVID-19 and to do MY part in keeping you all safe;

  • I will, personally, be getting tested for COVID-19 (which I expect to be negative)
  • I will continue with the 1.5 metre allowance between each reformer in the studio room which was implemented prior to closing (see photo above)
  • Remind all clients to remember social distancing while in the foyer and stairway etc (The studio room is actually permitted 24 people according to the 4 square metres per person rule)
  • Sanitiser will still be provided and each person is asked to use it on entering the foyer area.  The sink in the kitchen is also stocked with handwash etc if you prefer to wash your hands under running water.
  • Request that ALL clients wear the supplied gloves while on the reformer (while it is feasible that I can disinfect the carriage and the footbar between classes, the same cannot be said for the straps, which are material)
  • Request that ALL clients wear socks while on the reformer (we do sell toe socks for those who forget)
  • Encourage all clients to download and use the COVIDsafe app. Obviously this is not mandatory but as you will be spending approximately one hour in a room with 8 other people it would help greatly trace those who have been in contact should someone diagnose positive.

I also predict that I will be reopening on a reduced timetable but this will be confirmed at a later date.

Online Class Timetable
Click on the button below to sign up for the online sessions.
Book Online Classes Here
It wont be long now guys….hang in there.  I’ll be back with an update in a couple of weeks, but until then, stay safe, stay strong and stay home.

Happy Hundreds?
Kari xox


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November 16, 2018

 

Mmmmm…. I love a good smoothie!

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.