10 years – Couldn’t have done it without you

10 years – Couldn’t have done it without you

This autumn it will be 10 years since I started teaching Pilates. My very first clients were friends with children at the same primary school. None of the mums had ever done Pilates before and after the school run we rolled the mats out between the sofa and the tv in my living room and I taught them the basic Pilates exercises.

A few weeks later I decided to rent a space in the local area so I could grow the group. Ten years later I still run the classes at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Hampstead. But in the meantime most of those early clients & friends have moved away or went back to their home countries. Our kids – who we just walked to school every morning a minute ago – have completed their GCSEs and in some cases got their driver’s license…. time flies.

But let’s get back to my 10 Year Anniversary and celebrate with a special offer.

10 years Pilates experience, 10 years of continuous training & education, 10 years of constant grow – take advantage of 3 private sessions in your home for £200*.

Private sessions are great 

  • if you want to perfect your already existing Pilates practice.
  • if you want to get started, but joining a group feels a bit intimidating.
  • if you would like to give Pilates a try, but you are not sure if it’s the right thing for you.
  • if you are pressed for time and you’re not able to commit to a regular group class.
  • if you would like to share the session with your partner at a mutual convenient time.

3 one-to-one sessions for £200* and you get

  • private Pilates sessions in the comfort of your home
  • a programme tailored to your needs
  • to work in your own pace – no peer pressure
  • a written down programme after the third session to help you keep up your own practice

If you would like to sign up, please send me an email, so I can get in touch with you to arrange your three sessions and payment. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

* This offer runs from September to 30 November 2017 and is only available in the local area of Hampstead and West Hampstead (NW3 and NW6). The three sessions need to be booked in advance and are to be used within a period of 6 weeks after payment. Full payment in advance.

My new website is here – don’t miss the FREE offer!

My new website is here – don’t miss the FREE offer!


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I hope you like what you see and easily find the information you are looking for.

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Brush away merrily and heartily!

Brush away merrily and heartily!

I’ve come across dry body brushing quite frequently recently on the internet. I have done it religiously over a few months and absolutely love the effect it has on my skin. Plus, it really wakes you up and makes you feel refreshed.

When I read one of the many articles on body brushing on the internet, I suddenly remembered that I have read about it already some years ago. And yes, I was right – Joseph Pilates mentions it in his book ‘Return to Life through Contrology’.

He writes a whole section about “Bodily House-Cleaning with Blood Circulation’.

Joe Pilates is known for interrupting his client’s shower after the workout to instruct him on proper cleanliness as he believes “… only a small minority really achieve thorough cleanliness”.

Apart from thorough cleanliness, what I really like about dry body brushing

  • it gives you softer skin – exfoliates and cleans pores
  • stimulates the lymphatic system to help the body to detoxify itself naturally
  • stimulates circulation
  • increases energy due to increased blood flow

Now, what kind of brush should you use?

Here again, Joe Pilates is very specific

“… use only a good stiff brush (no handle) since this type of brush forces us to twist, squirm and contort ourselves in every conceivable way in our attempts to reach every portion of our body which is otherwise comparatively easy to reach with a handle brush.”

Makes sense, but I have to admit, I have a brush with a handle…

Here is my brushing routine. Generally, brush towards the heart and use about 7-10 strokes for each area. Start with the sole of the foot, then with long soft strokes up the leg and butt cheek. Change to other side.

Repeat the same on the arms. Start with your palm and then long strokes up the arm.

Move on to the abdomen and lower back, skip the boobs, and do a few very gentle strokes from the neck down to your shoulders and down the back. Try it and let me know how you get on!

The life-changing Magic of Tidying

The life-changing Magic of Tidying

Have you heard about the Japanese Queen of tidying? Marie Kondo?

About a year ago I read Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever’. I was curious; it sounded appealing and definitely something I needed.

And I was hooked immediately. Only about half-way through the book, I started sorting through my wardrobe and adopted Marie Kondo’s way of folding clothes. It just made a lot of sense to me. It kept me busy for quite a few weeks as I completely rearranged not only my clothes but also my husband’s and the wardrobes of my two daughters.

Space is always tight, you just can’t have enough drawers, shelves and wardrobes, but since the great sort-out à la KonMari, as Marie Kondo is also known, it’s not an issue any more. Every piece of clothing has found its place.

It is still an ongoing project as her method can be applied throughout the entire home. She recommends a certain order to get started and she also explains her thoughts behind it.

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Miscellaneous items
  5. Things with sentimental value

The latest book ‘Spark Joy’ by Marie Kondo is a very pretty book, with a bright green elastic band around it and with some pretty little drawings in each chapter. It repeats the basics of her first book, but then goes a bit deeper into each area.

I enjoyed reading both books of hers, even though some things were repeated over and over. Also, you need to keep in mind that she comes from a different culture and I found it difficult sometimes to relate to her advice or attitude.

Still a good read and I thoroughly recommend her books and videos on youtube. Who knows, it might change your life!

Mindful Pilates

Mindful Pilates

Mindful Pilates is a unique combination of Hanna Somatic movement technique with Pilates exercises.

Turn your awareness inside and experience your body from within. This class helps you to connect with your body even more than during a regular Pilates class.

In the first part of the class you will learn simple yet effective movements that can help manage chronic pain, improve flexibility and reduce muscular tension and stress. For the second half of the class we will transition into the Pilates repertoire.

If you suffer from chronic neck, shoulder and lower back pain have chronically tight muscles that cause pain and make you feel achy and tired after waking up in the morning or if you feel older than you actually are then you may be interested in exploring how your brain has ‘forgotten’ how to relax chronically tight muscles. Because the brain controls the muscles, it must also be involved in teaching them to relax, release and remember how to move easily and efficiently again.

The combination of Hanna Somatic movement education and Pilates exercises gives you a full body workout and helps to clear your mind. You’ll leave the class refreshed and more aware of your postural behaviours.

Give it try and book the class!

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

During a Pilates session we work with the Pilates principles and concentration is one of them (the others are control, precision, flow, breathing and centring). While focussing on the execution of a certain exercise, working through mind & body, our face can turn into a somewhat hard expression. Lips pressed together, jaws clenched, eyebrows slightly frowned.

As a Pilates teacher I see this expression often, for example during ‘The Hundred’. But as soon as I remind the group to smile during a tough exercise I notice that the facial tensions release and turn into smiles or even little giggles. It’s one of my favourite moments during class!

Remember, it takes 42 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile! (Scientifically not proven though).

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