Hello everyone, it’s about time for another update about Pilates at St. Finnian’s. Wednesday evening class has become a fixture in the church calendar and that’s also the case for a regular group of willing participants.

In a much earlier post I had mentioned some of the aims of Pilates – developing a strong core (abdominals, hips, lower back muscles) and a strong and flexible spine, and the benefits these bring to everyday life. To that I can add an improvement in posture and balance. In the case of the latter this has included such gems as the ‘balance beam’, ‘tree pose’ and the ‘star’. All I need say is the level of wobble has definitely decreased with time and practice! Joking aside though, this is something we all need to maintain and I would definitely encourage everyone to try standing on one leg. While it’s good to aim for and to progress from basic level to more complex and challenging ones, it’s also important to note that just because you could do an exercise at a certain level last week, this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to do the same the next week, and the key is to ensure that you can do the exercise correctly and safely – as I’ve mentioned before I don’t subscribe to the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy.

For those who are reading this and wondering if they should give it a go, I would say try it and see and you never know, you might end up enjoying getting fitter and healthier.

Until the next time …. keep moving!
We meet on Wednesday nights from 7-8pm in the Huston Hall. Everyone is very welcome and a small donation of £3 per class is requested to go towards church funds.

If you have any questions or want to find out more about Pilates, please contact John Waterworth by phone (+447941368546) or email at jcwworth@yahoo.co.uk

John Waterworth