How can Pilates help your skiing or snowboarding?
3 of the main fundamentals of Pilates are Alignment, Breathing and Centring. By incorporating these into your skiing/snowboarding you can help improve your ability and also prevent unnecessary injury.
In my Skilates class I will be focussing on using Pilates exercises to:
Increase your range of movement and flexibility in your joints – allowing your knees and hips to move freely and equally on both legs will improve your technique.
Ensure your alignment is correct – making skiing parallel so much easier when your ankles, knees and hips are correctly aligned.
Strengthen your core muscles – everything will work much better if all your deep muscles are working properly to protect your joints
Re-focus on your breathing – understanding how your breathing works to encourage good movement is fundamental to Pilates and once you have mastered this you will be amazed at how your breathing can help or hinder your movement whilst on the slopes.
My Skilates class will be held at LVF on Thursday 12h30 – 13h30. Open to all. Click here to book
As winter approaches the Autumn term has started with classes running in Chatillon and now a new one in Samoens which has proven to be very popular. Thanks to a wonderful space at LVF Alps I am now offering a lunchtime class on Tuesdays 12h30 – 13h30. There are 4 classes left in this block, with space for a couple of drop ins each week, just check availability before you turn up.
After the Toussaint holidays I will be running another block of 4 weeks, with classes in Chatillon and Samoens, with the run up to the ski season why not sign up for my Skilates course – a short sharp shock, where we will be focussing on strengthening your joints, stabilising your core and mobilising your body to help prevent injuries this winter – more information to come. For more information on any of my classes please feel free to contact me.
‘In order to be able to learn children need to be able to pay attention. In order to be able to pay attention our children need to be able to move’ a great quote I saw this weekend – unknown author.
I have just got back from a 3 day course studying Pilates and movement for children from 5 year olds all the way through to adolescents. We are luckily here in the Alps, where I live, that our kids do get to run around and move but there is a growing worldwide problem of obesity in children and these weight issues create a poverty of movement which in turn affect the way bones are growing. Children are moving less and less due to other factors such as lack of PE in schools, withdrawal of dance and drama from schools, health & safety issues restricting free play and lets face it a rather sedentary lifestyle – created by computer games, continuously being on phones and connected to social media. All of this is affecting their ability to move efficiently and this will be carried into adulthood if we are not careful. Whilst as a Pilates teacher I am all for having adults come to me with bad habits, but why not start with the kids and encourage them to adopt good habits so that later on in life they dont have to attempt to correct the bad habits.
Joe Pilates used his observations of flexibility, strength, ease of movement and natural sequences with which infants develop muscle control and trunk stability as a basis to design and sequence his exercise programs in a manner that mirrors childrens motor development. This underpins all the beginner, intermediate and advanced Pilates programs and routines that we do as adults.
The benefits of Pilates for children are plentiful including increase in body awareness and self esteem, increased strength and flexibility, maximise movement development, injury prevention, especially for those children who train in a specific sport, improved sleep and concentration, improving posture, spinal alignment, balance, mobility, stability, increasing brain function and also challenging the mind and body connection.
This course has inspired me to bring Pilates Classes for Kids to the Giffre Valley so watch this space – I have a few exams to do first and I will be looking for volunteers to be in my DVD assessment, of 5-8 kids aged 12-16 soon.
Remember to keep moving….
Get your day moving with a Pilates class followed by a delicious fresh juice.
After a very successful summer of workshops last year I have decided to do them again this year. The classes are all based on different aspects of Pilates from breathing and relaxation to strengthening your core muscles and re-balancing your body. Each of the workshops will be between 45-60 minutes and they will be repeated at least twice during the summer so if you cant make one date hopefully you will be around for a different one.
Click here for workshop information and booking