I have had many years experience of trying to work out how to cope with back pain, both as a sufferer myself and as a Pilates instructor and so thought I’d share some of what I’ve learnt with you below. What I think is key is self-education. That is generally […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 09-03-2017 in BLOG / REVIEWS tagged with back pain / exercise / Pilates / spine / surgery Posted by Family Affairs on 19-05-2013 in BLOG tagged with cat / exercise / mat / Pilates
Owing to the fact that I’m now working three days a week in town, my exercise classes have had to go on the back burner….I’m only managing to fit one group class in to my week – a pilates class for my friends basically – which is just as well because I don’t think they’d let me teach in a formal capacity anymore – I can no longer do the plank or any sit-ups and am beginning to look more and more unappealing at the front of the class as I attempt to speak and do a sit-up at the same time without shaking. I have had to change tactics. Instead of demonstrating the moves at the front, I wander round and readjust more – it’s just too hard and I’m too old and unfit but I still love seeing everyone and it is good to get some exercise even if it’s an awful class because I’m the one teaching it once a week.
It just goes to show how far removed from the world of proper exercise I have travelled, when this week in the middle of my class the resident cat wandered into the room with us and joined in with us.
Cat on the mat:-
Posted by Family Affairs on 10-11-2012 in BLOG tagged with Birthday / busy / Pilates / working Posted by Family Affairs on 25-05-2012 in BLOG tagged with acupuncture / exercise / fitness / Pilates
I am teaching a Pilates class this morning and am really going to have to try and sort myself out. It is entirely possible that I will soon be voted “worst fitness instructor ever”. Since the Pink Power Walk a couple of weeks ago I have turned into an 89 year old. My back hurts. I have got sciatic pain in my arse. My hips feel a little bit stiff.
I had some treatment for everything on Wednesday – a combination of massage, manipulation and acupuncture which really helped. Brilliant. It appears that I am a little unstable (in the spine you understand, not in the mind…at least I don’t think she meant that). Have you ever had acupuncture? It’s very strange. Works very well for many complaints and you can hardly feel the needles going in. I did make a big mistake by trying to take a photo of needles stuck in my arse for future reference. It made me nearly faint. Thankfully my trusty practitioner who must have thought I was mad took the photo for me so here you are….I am feeling the need to share:-
Then yesterday morning I twisted my ankle in the road and fell over. SO PAINFUL. Now, I am hobbling. I’ve done the whole RICE thing but it really hurts and the last thing I want to do is jump up and down on the spot – although thankfully you don’t have to do too much of that in Pilates.
Oh dear. I’m a mess. I seem to forget that I’m quite old now and increasing the number of classes I am teaching takes a toll on my body. Must remember to try harder to keep fit.
Ps – oh and in the unlikely event that you think you know a worse Pilates teacher I forgot to mention that I have pink tape running up my back (some sort of kinaesthetic muscle support I think she said) so I’ve got to tuck clothes in massively in the class so top doesn’t reveal strips and bottoms don’t reveal ankle support AND it’s suddenly BOILING hot and I haven’t sorted armpits out. Oh. Dear.
Posted by Family Affairs on 13-02-2012 in BLOG tagged with aerobic / ante natal / exercise / Pilates / post natal / pregnancy
I’ve just finished doing a really interesting course – learning about how to modify Pilates exercises specifically for ante natal and post natal pregnancy. Different exercises and considerations are required for each separate trimester and in the first few months after having a baby. If there is anyone out there […]
Posted by Family Affairs on 14-11-2008 in BLOG tagged with Pilates
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