I'm often asked 'what's the difference between Pilates and Yoga?'
Or 'which would I recommend?' Or told - my doctor told me to do Pilates...
I'm also told 'I'm not flexible enough to do yoga' or 'I find yoga more relaxing than Pilates'...
and in Pilates - 'I want to work my core' (when they have shoulder or lower back pain they didn't mention at the beginning of class...)
This workshop explored both disciplines - the similarities and the differences and the benefits of each and both combined for differing needs at different times in our lives. I am now running this as a weekly zoom session as part of my monthly membership
You can find out more about the EVOLVE sessions on the Trigger Point Pilates page. This workshop will give you a chance to find out what its about before signing up for a 5 week course and to try out and choose the equipment you need.
Come and join me for a trigger point session focusing on self love - after all, you deserve it!
Have a go at trigger point massage - great for pelvic area health and digestion with some exercises and breathing techniques to release neck tension and generally make you feel relaxed. You can do some of the class seated, so come watch/have a go if you’re not quite sure about lying on a mat. Session £7.
This session will also run on Sunday 22nd March for Mothering Sunday 10-11am though men are welcome, they need self love too!
March 8th is International Women's Day and I'll be running a workshop focusing on womens health and taking control of your own wellbeing.
Karen from KR Fitness Education will be joining me to offer base level fitness testing and advice on goal setting, I'll be introducing the Shhh Pelvic health trigger point sessions and we'll talk healthy food, hydration and food diaries. This session is supported by A London Borough of Newham Lets Get the Party Started grant.
East London Gymnastics Centre, Beckton
Sunday March 8th.
Why struggle with back pain? Non- specific lower back pain affects many people and has many causes. Ofen the medical profession just suggest 'rest' or painkillers. This rarely result in long term improvements, only short term relief.
Trigger Point Pilates can help with nerve and chronic pain. Developed by a practising myofascial therapist, following years of research, this is getting real results for back issues - especially those caused by poor posture, weak stomach and pelvic floor muscles and tightness elsewhere in the body.
We'll look at exercises using spiky balls to combat trigger points in the body, plus traditional Pilates and standing phyiotherapy based exercises to both release and strengthen lower back, hips and shoulders which can cause referred pain.
Take back your power over your own health. Learn relaxation and visualisation techniques a well as exercises - stress and anxiety can lead to back pain.
Diet and hydration also play a key role. Explore simple ways to help you back. You'll get a goody bag to take away at the end of the session.
The first event back at Docklands Dojo, Beckton focused on 'Taking Back Your Power - over your mental and physical health and included a range of exercises for pelvic floor in particular. We'll be running another in September.
Fit2Relax and KR Fitness Education ran this free day of workshops and activities funded by a London Borough of Newham Let's Get the Party Started grant.
The day included a Fit2Relax gentle seated and standing workout - designed to help care for your spine as well as helping to detox mind and body.
The importance of keeping hydrated for health and fitness and ways to do this were discussed in an interactive workshop and samples of a range of herbal teas designed to help hydrate and detox your body. were available throughout the day and participants also took home a Fit2Relax reusable water bottle, to encourage them to drink more water and cut down on plastic.
What is healthy eating and a 'balanced diet'? Karen at KR Fitness Education looked at current recommendations and food labeling, as well as goal setting. In the afternoon we concentrated on food diaries and practical ways to change your eating habits.
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Fit2Relax.London is now working in collaboration with KR Fitness Education to offer a range of introductory level health and fitness courses including the YMCA Level 1 Award in Fitness and Physical Activity and the Level 1 Award in Lifestyle Management. More info can be found in the downloadable leaflets below.