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August 24, 2020

Over half way there….well, kinda…

Hello everyone,
I’m not gonna lie…I get a little excited when someone points out that we (potentially) are half way through the Stage 4 restrictions BUT… unfortunately, even once we progress to Stage 3, we still won’t be allowed to reopen.😫 I have joined the movement to get Pilates studios re-catagorised, as we are able to monitor temperatures, apply with social distancing and wear gloves and masks (if required).  We feel that we are able to provide a clean, safe environment for our patrons much more easily than, say, a cafe for example. So, I’ll let you know if we get any result from that.

How are you going?  Or should I say.. How is your body feeling?
Last email I chatted about how to walk using the more effective muscles of our hips and butt and how to allow your foot to follow through behind you, and to push off with that foot from there.  So, today, I want to chat to you about your choice in footwear.  To be honest, if you are at home, there really isn’t any need to wear shoes.  Shoes have become the cast or sling which inhibits the foot from moving and restricts it from doing what it was made to do.  Sure, its cold, so you may want to wear socks etc, but if you can choose to go bare foot as often as you can your feet will start to take control and do what they are supposed to do.

What ARE they supposed to do, I hear you ask? GOOD QUESTION!  You may not know that each foot is made up of 26 bones.  26 BONES!!  That means that a quarter of all the bones in the body are in your little foot!  These bones form 33 joints – joints are meant to MOVE.  Maybe not a lot, but they are meant to move….otherwise we would just have one big solid bone like a brick which clomps around.  Okay…enough of the anatomy lesson!  Before shoes were invented we were hunters and gatherers out in the bush and the foot was capable of maneuvering over rocks, sticks and uneven ground.  Somewhere along the line, we started to feel pain in our heels (for example) so rather than correcting the way we walk – working on our alignment- we (or should I say Nike/Adidas/New Balance etc) added more and more padding and cushioning, and restricted the foot from moving as it was meant to.  We, effectively, put it in sling and stopped it from working.  Very much like when you have a damaged shoulder, you wear a sling so to restrict it’s movement for a couple of weeks, but you wouldn’t wear it forever, would you?  Of course not!  So why have you put your foot in a sling forever?
When choosing shoes, aim for a shoe with ZERO heel lift.  They aren’t easy to find – your sneakers have a heel, trust me.  Also look for a wide toe box and a flexible sole so your feet can move.
So, what do feet and shoes have to do with Pilates?  🦶🏼Well, that’s another GOOD QUESTION!  To me, Pilates is not an activity you do while in the studio and then walk out and forget it.  It is a way of changing our habits and alignment to help us feel stronger, more capable and more energetic, not just today but tomorrow and beyond.
Thank you for indulging me on my foot tangent there….I’ll stop now.
#putyourbarefootforward #barefootbestfoot

Online Pilates
Don’t forget that we are still running our online Mat Pilates sessions.  Tuesday and Thursday 9.15am & 12.45pm and Saturday 9.15am
For every two sessions you attend, one session will be returned to your pack -making each session half the cost of an in-studio visit.

Happy Hundreds 100!!!

xxKari


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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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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.