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….
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!!)
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
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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!