I’m just into week 3 of my 10 week beginner Body Control Pilates courses in Brighton, Rottingdean, Lewes and Winchester and have spaces available in all apart from the Lewes option. I still plan to start courses in Shoreham too. Do come and give it a try – people report changes in their bodies even in the first 10 weeks with aches and pains disappearing and a general better connection with their bodies and how to use the muscles more effectively and for the correct purposes. So many find the initial beginner course just the start of a long term journey with pilates and continue for years. I have some clients who have been with me nearly as long as my 12 years of teaching to date. For so many of us it’s the means to manage a back problem, least of all the absolute enjoyment of the exercises and the feel good factor following classes. It is great for all people of all ages and it’s never too late to start. My eldest client is 92! If you haven’t watched the Channel 4 programme last week on tuesday called Fashionisters then do look at it! no direct mention of pilates but how inspirational are those ladies. That provokes me to add that Mr Pilates was a man and pilates has the same great effects for men as well as women. Being in the “over 50s” group myself, I often attract and provide confidence for this age group of people who may have not done any exercise to speak of for years whilst bringing up the family, work etc to give this technique a go. It’s so gentle to start with, it has long lasting multiple benefits for health and efficient muscles use, general fitness, flexibility and balance – all the perfect means to deal with the body aches and stiffnes which creeps in as we reach this young age!
Bowen Therapy is a totally passive event for the client who relaxes on the couch whilst I practice gentle rolling moves over muscles in specific places. The body is provoked very gently to release, realign and rebalance through the stimulation of the autonomic nervous system resulting in complete sensation of relaxation and the start of the healing process. Virtually any body issue can be addressed on a physical, physiological and emotional/spiritual level with very profound results. There is a very good article in this months issue of the Saga maagazine where Julian Baker (head of the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS) where I trained) is interviewed and explains the technique. In the sept/oct Choice, Health &Wellbeing magazine there is an article by Janie Godfrey of the same school. She reviews the benefits of Bowen Technique to help keep mature people healthy and often thee use of the therapy can remove the need for some medication that is prescribed beyond a certain age! That has to be a great thing – manage our bodies naturally and holistically without too many drugs to support us – preferably none.
The combination of Bowen therapy and good muscle use in pilates classes provides the perfect way for us to manage our bodies effectively and efficiently and maintain good general health of all our joints, organs and muscles.