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New Year, new start, new you!

Happy New Year to everyone out there.  I hope all those of you who were poorly over the festive season are all better  now.  All the decorations are down (even if not packed away)  and we are all ready for a positive January.   All those choccies and mince pies are eaten and  looking forward to new start with an exercise regime ready for a post Christmas body and a new you!

On a personal note,  my own 2016  had a negative start this week!!!.  Another vendor pulling out in exchange week……how unlucky can we be on the moving house front.  What did we do to deserve all this hassle with trying to buy a new home!  We are doing our best to keep busy and stay focused in the hope that this will all turn out for the best……eventually, but quite hard at the moment to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  So, only one thing for it, forget it, line myself up with more work, throw ourselves back out there and start having some fun.  We have been so long in limbo, we have foregone our social life somewhat.  We are now on house 3, so fingers crossed 3rd time lucky!

Pink mat with Jackie Brealey

And, throwing myself into work I am looking at running some more Pilates sessions in January, in Bagshot, Ascot, and Bisley.  Had some great holiday cover sessions at Pennyhill and the Berystede and and going to use my spare time to do a massive leaflet drop in Bisley, West End, Chobham and Lightwater, and the surrounding area to encourage those people who have thought about Pilates but not quite got around to actually doing it, to pick up the phone and join a class.  Good exercise for me amd hopefully bring some more bodies to the Pilates “table”.  Everyone needs a fresh, new start at this time of the year and what better way to kick off your 2016 fitness regime with a Pilates session or classes.  I know I am not alone in this as I have already had a lot of enquiries about assessements and class timeables.  We all need a little help to get motivated and what better way to do that than with a PIlates class.

Eagle radio had a successful Advent competition, with some great advertising for local business, me being one of them, offering classes or one-to-one Pilates as one of the prizes.  I am looking forward to meeting the lady who won all 24 advent day prizes.  Congratualations Claire.

Lets do it people, new year, new start, new you!!

Just want to wish my gorgeous hubby a very happy 7th Wedding anniversary.  Love you more than ever x

Endings and fresh starts!

Well, it has sure been a rollercoaster year with highs and lows, excitement and dissapointment!  Hopefully coming up to the festive season we can we can forget about all the crap and stress ONE woman caused us for nearly nine months over our hopes to move house and truely move on!

It has been like a year in limbo, waiting for something that we eventually realised was never going to happen.  Why put your house on the market, spend 8 months going through the motions and then going to ground at the last hurdle!  Finally 4 days after our supposed exchange date she emailed to say she was withdrawing……no reason, no apology, no consience and no manners.  There really should be a change of law and practice in this country with house sales.  I guess I am naive enough to believe there is some good in everyone, I have amazing family, friends and clients and they all have the same values and morals as me and therefore I was shocked she could have been so aweful.  And so………

We have found another house, resold ours, everything is moving forward (hopefuly with no hiccups this time!)  Endings and fresh starts!

Pilates classes are all going fabulously……..that is mostly due to my great and lovely hardworking clients.  There have been some pretty horrible things going on in other people’s lives and my problems pale by comparison.  I am humbled by the strength and determination of some of my peeps to keep going when things appear so hopeless…..they know who they are and I I hope they are out of the worst and moving forward on more posotive notes.   It is very difficult not to be moved by other people’s plght’s knowing what they face and I hope in some tiny part I have been able to help with a shoulder, an ear and an exercise or two!  Love you guys, you do inspire me……..Endings and fresh starts!  Keep possitive!

Floating Arms with Jackie Brealey

It has been a pleasure to teach not only my own classes but so many cover classes at the Berystede and Penyhill Park.   And now due to a moving on of one of the instructors at the Berystede I am very privaliged to now have one of my own classes to teach there on a Friday morning.  I will still be available for cover here and elsewhere but it is great to be a permanant part of the team there.  Best of luck Gary for your future classes.  Endings and fresh starts!

And finally some Pilates news…….. I have had a suprise call from a certain local radio station about being part of their Christmas promotion.  Very excited about that, great advertising for me and I love the music they play!  Will let you know more soon……….Watch this space…….No endings but could be some fresh starts!!!

Keep up the good work Pilates peeps!!


Gently does it……..

Well, we eased back into the Pilates swing of things slowly.  Very slowly on my part after mislaying the key to the hall of my first class!  That is one of the problems of having a partly packed up house for moving!  Will this this house move ever, well…..MOVE!

My classes were all back to normal though some of my venues were swapped about a bit!  August is always a funny month,  both with clients and the school children on holidays.  School holidays always affect my lovely people with children as they sometimes can’t make daytime classes, and affects some of my Pilates venues as one is in  a Children’s Club hall and another does maintenance ALL August!  Very inconvenient!  I do try and remind my ladies and gents of the venue changes, however I still have people occasionally turning up in the wrong place!  Always sorted by a quick text or phonecall.  Brains always go on holiday in August too, and sometimes mine!!

I did say I would be lenient with them all and ease them in gently with slightly easier exercises, however I didn’t make it too easy.  Gotta keep them on their toes, and I did get a few text’s saying certain ‘things’ ached.  However One or two this morning said they felt fine after last week’s class…….so I soon fixed that.  Had them surrepticiously clock watching and wishing for after class coffee ‘rewards’.   That’ll teach you!!

It wasn’t all tough stuff though, this week.  I have been doing some foot and leg alignment work with the therabands, which I also ‘took’ with me to the classes I covered at the Berystede.  I like covering the Berystede,  the ladies and gents are so welcoming and always open to the challenges set by a slightly different set of exercises from a different teacher.  I have a lot of cover classes there this week and a lot more for the rest of the month.  I love my own clients but it is always great to meet new Pilates people and help with their particular body problems too.  Re-align, re-shape, repair really does apply to everyone in one form or another.  As tough or as gentle as you need it to be with your body.

high spine curl with arms extended and single leg extension

And……..Gently does it, doesn’t really apply to the rest of the week, hey people, you have had enough time for “gently”, so from now on, for those who want the challenge, it’s gonna be hard!

See you soon!

Happy Tapping


Another Pilates week down.

Had more cover classes at the Berystede this week and al lot of hard work from everyone,  my own clients and my ‘borrowed’ ones at my cover classes!  My ladies and gents really do put a lot into their pilates, makes me very proud that they keep coming back and enjoy it (well they say they do to so i guess that’s good!) What they say behind my back when they are nursing ‘ouchy’ tummy muscles and glutes is anyone’s guess!!

Very glad to see my lady who was thrown off her horse, back again. Was a tad worried about her, but bruised and battered she returned with renewed vigour albeit it tenderely!!
I have two new ladies for assessements next week so hope to be joing them to future classes. And if I ever get a spare hour or two I have a pile of flyers to deliver round and about…….been a little lax on that front!  Hey ho, need more hours in the week!!

Exercise for the weekend!!

back stretch with Jackie Brealey

How about some toe taps?

Lying on your back, in nuetral (or with a small ball just tucked under your tailbone and all your spine into the mat if you are feeling less strong) lifting one leg at a time, so both legs are up as your start position.  Then one leg at a time, with ‘loose’ feet tap the toes down onto the mat and lift back to the start position breathing in for a tap on each foot and out for a tap on each foot.  Keep the lower abdominals scooped to the backbone, and keep going for 20 reps.  Have a little break and repeat 4 times more.  Don’t let your ribcage arch off the mat, anchor it back, and keep the neck relaxed with or without  a small pillow.  Repeat the whole thing again on Sunday and Monday, and you can feel very righteous!

Happy tapping folks!

Enjoy your Bank holiday weekend


Something old, something new…….

Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue!

Something old……me……no not really, though I have to admit i feel that way sometimes!!  No the something old this week means my regular weekly classes.  No not my clients ages, the fact that they have been going for a while.  I have been teaching 10 years now and some of my clients have been with me that long!  So pleased that the still get as much out of their pilates with me now as they did when they started.  Monday class was pushed a little and then were a little put out that  I couldn’t do coffee after class this week, sorry ladies, can’t do next week either,  but back to normal in June.  Tuesday classes all went marvellously, had a few missing due to illnes and injury!  Hope my lady who was thrown from her horse is feeling less bruised now!  Wednesday’s ladies did a great job as always.  Thursday’s classes had a few comments about how mean i was to do double reps of some of the ab work, you know you love it ladies!!  And today’s class?…..well, good Lord, I struggled to get them to pay attention.  Yes, they do work but their chatter was incessant today, I have threatened gaffa tape next week it they keep THAT up!!  Next week I may have to sit on them…..metaphorically speaking of course.

Something new…………faboulous new session at Pennyhill Park Spa as a relief instructor.  What a lovely studio.  A lot of my classes are taught in village halls which are quite adequate, but always lovely to teach in a dedicated studio!  Think I will enjoy my teaching sessions there, happy to cover classe’s anytime!

Toning circle by Jackie Brealey

Something borrowed………Also covering classes at the Berystede for their regular intructor.  She and I have been covering classes for a few years now on a Tuesday, great to be able to ‘borrow’ more of her clients while she is away.

Something blue………hmphhhh!!  Our house move is not exactly going as we planned it!  Our vendors have only one speed….slow!  To be more precise,  STOP!  How on earth can it take 13 weeks to instruct your solicitor, yes it is making me feel very blue!  Lets hope next week will bring better news on that front.

It’s a good thing I have such a great bunch of clients to help me take my mind off the blue!  They are fun and hardworking and I couldn’t ask for more than that.