Just checked in, and getting really excited now about my adventures in Europe. I'm glad to go to colder weather, but I wouldn't mind if the temperature in Swedish Lapland gets a bit higher than the current -28C! I won't be checking my emails while I'm away, but promise to get back to you as soon as I am behind my desk again on March 2nd. Or 3rd if totally jet-lagged:-).
Classes will start on Monday March 4th. The mat timetable so far - could change if not enough or too many people- :
Wednesday 9.15-10.15 + 6.30-730 (men only) + 7.30 - 8.30 (this one is full already)
If you have a group and would like you a timeslot not mentioned here, contact me when I'm back.
Privates and Fascial Manipulations by appointment only.
See you in March!
Another year gone. Thank you to all of you who made me realise how much I enjoy my work. I hope to see you all back in 2019.
The studio is now closed until Monday January 14th when it will open for private classes and fascial manipulations. I have had some requests from keen 'matters' to run a couple of mat-classes between 14 January and February 8th (when I leave for Europe). I am keen to run some classes on either Mondays at 7.30pm or Wednesdays 7.30pm, but experience has taught me that most people are very keen before Christmas; after Christmas I have to compete with the weather and spontaneous days away. Therefore I will only run the classes if people pay me beforehand. For Mondays it would be from 14 Jan - 4 Feb with January 21st Wellington anniversary day, so just 3 classes. Same for Wednesday Jan 16th-30th. Let me know how many and which ones you can make and you only pay for these.
The studio will be closed from Februay 8th and reopens on Monday March 4th. I am planning to have the same mat-class hours: Monday 7.30 -8.30pm, Tuesday?wednesday 9.15-10.15am, 6.30 - 7.30pm, 7.30-8.30pm, thursday 6.30- 7.30pm 7.30-8.30pm. Other hours on request.
For now, enjoy your family and time off.
It took me a while to get out of my lazy 'make the most of this weather' mode, but all good things come to an end, so that another good thing can happen. And my next 'good thing' is my trip to Leipzig from February 1st - 22nd, where my anatomist friend will teach me how to -pre- dissect a human cadaver, allowing me to get a deeper, better understanding of the human body and specifically of the fascia. Exciting times.
For you this means that the group classes will not start until February 26th. I am planning to run classes on Monday at 7.30pm, Tuesday 9.15am, 6.30pm and 7.30pm, Wednesday 9.15am, 6.30pm, 7.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm. I am available for private classes (private group or individual) and Fascial Manipulation from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday between 10.30am - 5pm.
Was challenged to read a fascia article every day until november 2018. To keep myself 'honest' I decided to summarize every article and make a weekly post with little 'fascia facts'. But I have since discovered that reading isn't the hard part, it's the summarizing. I have therefore decided to only do 3 articles per week until I get better at it.
The first 3 articles, including a definition of fascia:
1. Definition: A fascia indicates a sheath, a sheet or any number of other dissectable aggregations of connective tussue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose, separate muscles and other internal organs. The fascial system is a bodyise network of interacting tissues, incorporating force-transmission, sensory functions and wound regulation.
2. Myofascial pain in nickel-sensitive women exposed to nickel alloy underwires in brassieres.
A retrospective chart review of 57 consecutive new female patients at least 14 years of age, treated at a New Jersey, USA, myofascial pain practice, showed that in 24 of the 57 women, fascial pulls were tracked from the site of pain to palpable and painful adhesions deep to underwire brassiere support wires.
Conclusion: wear nickel-free and/or underwire free brassieres.
3. Does subtle isometric contraction engage the fascial tissues and can this be help chronic pain.The human body is a tensegrity structure made of compressible and non-compressible parts, so if we stretch our fascia in one area, we must therefore compressing it somewhere else.
Conclusion: stretching and/or isometric contraction (compression) can help release chronic pain.
Hope 2016 ended well and 2017 started even better.
The studio is open for private classes and fascial manipulation. Matclasses will start up again on Monday January 31st. Same days, same times, same price. I am toying with the idea of a "classical Pilates' class. In this class we will only use Joseph Pilates' original exercises, always in the same sequence and with small variations. Let me know if you are interested in a class like that. Right now time and day are open for suggestions, only thing we know for sure is the place :-)
See you in a couple of weeks!
It's that time again....Christmas, which means 'summer' or at least 'summer-break'. Which is what we will do, from December 19th 2016 to January 16th, 2017. The studio will then be open for fascial manipulation and private pilates classes. I will also run some drop in classes -not sure which days yet - until the mat-class-blocks resume in the first week of the schoolterm. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Platypus Pilates facebook page for the "holiday sequence work-out' and updates on drop-in classes.
Have an amazing break and keep moving!
On Wednesday January 13th, 20th and 27th the drop-in classes are at 9.15am and 7.30pm. If you would like to come to the 9.15am class but have young children, as long as they don't mind sitting here and you don't mind them seeing you do the 100s, feel free to bring them along. For both times: please let me know if you are attending.
On February 1st, the 8-week block classes will start up again. Same place, same time, same price. The Tuesday 6.30 class, if there's enough interest, will be a Pilates based suspension class, using Rip 60, TRX and/or TRX Rip sticks. This class is physically a bit harder than a pure Pilates Mat-class and is therefor 50 minutes only.
Some people have asked about a circuit class. In these classes you use each of the 5 pieces of equipment for 10 minutes with matwork in between and warm-up/down at beginning/end. I can only have 3 people in these classes so the fee is slightly higher: $160 per 8-week block/pp.
Hope to see all of you soon.
Hurray! I am now a certified Rossiter coach. What is Rossiter? It is a way of manipulating your fascia. During a Rossiter work-out, you will be making slow, deliberate moves, while I stand on you. Yep, I stand on you. But don't worry. You are the 'person in charge', you can decide how much pressure you want. Part of the beauty of Rossiter is that you are fully clothed and it is quick, as each each move takes about 30 seconds and is repeated 2 or 3 times, with my foot changing position slightly each time. So, should you, say, during a Pilates session, find movements hurt, we can immediately apply some Rossiter and then move on with the session. Of course you can also have a pure Rossiter session, which can last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your needs. Come on, give it a try!
Happy New Year! Hope your break was as good as mine. I am all set to go, with the studio officially opening on Wednesday January 14th for drop-in classes at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Please email me or ring me when you want to 'drop-in'.
Then...the challenge... 30 Pilates exercises 4 times a week for 12 weeks.
Starting in the week of January 12th, you will have 3 x 30 minutes class (you have to do your 4th by yourself or with friends or whatever). Same for week 2. By now you should know the 30 exercises and the sequence. Week 3 and 4 you'll have 2 x 45 minutes classes . Week 5 to 12 (8 weeks during schoolterm) back to 1 hourly class per week. In this session we will be doing different exercises.
Depending on how many are keen to join me, I'm thinking of scheduling classes for week 1 & 2 tu/we/th between 9.30 - 11.30 and between 6.30pm - 8.30pm. For week 3 & 4 tu/we/th between 9.30 - 11.45 and between 6.30pm - 8.45pm. For week 5-12 tu/we/th 9.30, 10.30 and 6.30pm, 7.30pm.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!