Summer's officially here! (Or winter if you're from the Southern Hemisphere) For me, June has always meant one thing: Holidays! June has always held that special significance for me. It's a relief point. All the assignments have been turned in and all the exams have been taken. A new season awaits. A new chapter. A new adventure. And even years after school is done, June still leaves me with that tingling feeling I know so well. 

So this June, go on an adventure! Go out there, live it. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Discover. Dream big. And make it all come true.  
 


Studio News!
  • Our dearest Moran will be away for her wedding and honeymoon from mid-June to mid-July. Do give her your congratulations when you see her! In the meantime, the rest of the Breathe Pilates team will take over her existing classes and appointments        
  • You might have noticed Sandra drinking juice from them in the studio awhile back. We are please to announce SANA cleanse as our official juicing partner (which means great discounts and awesome talks for you guys!) We will be kickstarting our partnership with a talk sometime end of June on detox and juicing. More details below!   

 

New Classes

 

Wednesday 10am - Mat class

We have added a new mat class at 10am on Wednesdays at Novena. Mat classes provide an additional dimension of challenge to your body awareness and control. The exercises can be easily performed at home or while traveling as well! Come and try it out!

 

Saturday 3pm - Preggie Bellies

Due to popular demand, we have added an extra Preggie Bellies class at 3pm at Novena on Saturday. See you there!  

 

Talk on juicing and detox with Rochelle from SANA cleanse

 

Juice cleansing is a natural and effective way to detoxify your body, and restore your health and well-being. On the 29th of June, Saturday at 1pm, we will have Rochelle from SANA cleanse come down to the Novena studio to tell us more about what juicing is and what exactly a juice detox is and how it can benefit you. 

 

It's a great opportunity to have any of your questions on nutrition, juicing and detoxing answered. Grab a friend and come down on the 29th for the free talk!  Do register early as spaces are limited. We'll see you there! 

 

30 Days Pilates Challenge

 

 

We spoke about the 30 Day Pilates Challenge in our last newsletter. For those interested, we've got the details for you! It will be happening from mid Aug to mid Sept. If you wanted to get in shape before the year-end festivities, there's no better opportunity! Priced at $680, it will include 24 group Pilates classes, anatomy workshops with our various instructors and a nutritional talk with Dana Heather from Balanced Living. 

 

Whether it is to kickstart your current fitness regime, or to take it to a new level, the challenge is suitable for seasoned Pilates practitioner or new beginners alike. With great support from the Breathe Team and other challengers, it will be a fun and rewarding 30 days!

 

Registration opens this month.

 

Physio Assessment for children
 
Our instructor, Jon is offering a free physio assessment for children of our clients age 1 mth - 8 years! This will be done by him and an expert in the field of Paediatric Neurophysiotherapy.
 
Components of the test are:
Neuro sensory motor development assessment
Assessment of posture, movement and motor function in developing infants and children
- Gross Motor
- Fine Motor
- Neurological 
- Infant primitive patterns of movement
- Postural
- Sensory Motor (tactile, oculomotor, proprioceptive, vestibular)
 
You will also get a video of the assessment that you can keep for future reference! Do contact Jon at 98161882 if you are keen. 
 

Travel-friendly Exercises
 
We know many of you have very exciting travel plans this June.  As some of you have commented, even a week away off your regular routine can leave your muscles trembling on the first session back, so in this issue of The Breather, we have compiled some travel-friendly exercises to keep you in good shape while you're on vacation! 
 
While enjoyable, taking a trip often poses several challenges to the body. Simply getting to a vacation destination - whether by plane, train, bus or car-often involves extended periods of immobility. Add that to changes in timezone and uncomfortable beds, it is no wonder that sometimes we feel like we need a holiday after our travels just to recover. 
 
Here are some Pilates Exercises that can be done on the go, to help you keep in good physical shape so you can enjoy your holiday better. 
 


In your hotel room, you can find some space on the floor and lay a bath towel down. If you need more cushioning, simply double it over! 
 
Here are some great mat exercises that you can incorporate in the morning before you head out that will rejuvenate you and keep your body going. 

1. Bridging

Lay on your back with your knees bent, maintain length at the back of the neck, and always avoid lifting the head or neck during movements.

 

Inhale, and then exhale to tilt the pelvis towards you and continue to articulate the spine one vertebra at a time until it rests between the shoulder blades

 

Inhale at the top of the bridge, exhale to articulate the spine back down. Repeat 10-15 times.

 

2. Quadruped



Position yourself on your hands and knees with you knees directly under your hips and your hands directly under your shoulders. Keep your back straight, avoid arching your back like a cat.

 

Inhale to prepare. Exhale and raise one arm out to the front taking care to keep your pelvis from rocking. Inhale to lower your arm back to the mat and repeat on the other side.

 

Inhale to prepare and exhale as you life one leg of the mat and straighten it behind you. Take care to keep the back straight by not lifting the leg too high. Inhale to lower the leg back to the mat and repeat on the other side.

 

Maintain a stable position as you exhale and float the arm and opposite leg up. Inhale to lower back to the mat and repeat on the other side. Repeat 10-15 times each side.

 


3. Leg Pull Front
 
 

Start at the Quadraped position first, knees underneath hips and wrists beneath shoulders.

  

Extend one leg at a time to a plank position, maintaining width across the shoulders and deep abdominals drawing in to stabilize the spine and pelvis

  

Exhale to extend and lift one leg with your toes pressing towards the back. Inhale to lower the leg and repeat on the other leg. Keep length in your lower back by drawing in abdominals and avoiding arching your back.

 
4. Spine Twist
 
 
 

Be seated with legs outstretched infront slightly spaced apart, back straight. Arms outstretched wide. Inhale tall.

  

Exhale to spiral body in a twist, like a corkscrew being wound to the ceiling while keeping even weight on both sit bones. Inhale back to centre, then exhale to the other side. Repeat 10-12 times each side.

 
 
Ask any of our instructors if you need a quick demo for any of the exercises! We will be glad to show and teach you.
 

 

Wishing you well,

Deborah, Dennis and the Breathe Pilates Team

 

 

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