Five Tips for a Healthy Fall

Have you gotten out of your routine over the summer? Here are five tips to help you adjust to the fall:

1. Get enough sleep

The shifting sunrises and sunsets can be confusing for our internal clocks, especially after long summer nights when many of us stay up later than we usually would. Whether you’re heading back to work, school, or just looking to ease back into a regular sleeping pattern, setting yourself a regular bedtime and wake up alarm can be a great way to plan for your optimal amount of sleep. Most adults require between 7-9 hours per night! (We understand that those who work shifts may not be able to have a regular sleep schedule, but can hopefully still find their 7-9hours of sleep each day!)

2. Stay active and/or spend time outdoors

It’s easy to be outside during the pleasant summer months, but we all know that the grey skies and rains start to arrive in Victoria by mid-September (or October, if we’re lucky!). When the weather begins to shift, it’s important to remember to keep up with your exercise regime and to continue to spend time outdoors in the fresh air. However, make sure you listen to your body and what it needs – some people may benefit from simply sitting on a balcony to enjoy fresh air (especially those who have mobility concerns), while others may benefit from a walk, and others may need a high-intensity sport.

3. Eat regular meals and snacks

Whether you’re a morning or evening person, or someone who despises breakfast, establishing an eating pattern that works for you can be beneficial. In the chaos of summer, we may neglect hunger pangs during the day when we are out and about, but the fall is a great time to settle into a routine and find a meal schedule that works.

4.  Keep a day planner

Whether you are proficient with electronics or prefer a physical agenda, keeping track of your appointments and dates can be a great way to help you feel more organized, especially when you’ve booked something that is not in your regular routine. Many experts believe that the more organized we are, the less prone we are to stress.

5. Maintain your mind and body health through regular Pilates classes

Whether your goal is to be a professional athlete, to rehabilitate from a surgery or injury, to work with a neurological condition, or to maintain a balanced lifestyle, Pilates is a great enhancement. Pilates helps you reinforce healthy movement and breathing patterns that you can utilize in other areas of your life. By learning functional movement patterns, you will become more resilient to injuries from your every-day life.

How to keep a healthy routine over the summer!

Summer_PilatesWhile the summer months tend to keep us busy and outdoors, many of us lose track of our functional movement patterns when participating in repetitive activities such as golfing, gardening, or sitting for long periods in planes or cars while traveling.

To avoid vacation or travel injuries, it’s helpful to have a routine that keeps your movement patterns in check. Here are some helpful tips for keeping a healthy routine over the summer months:

  1. Attend your regular Pilates Class(es) if you’re in town!
  2. Check in with your instructor if you’ll be away and let them know what types of activities you’ll be doing. They can give you some tips to help keep you injury free while you’re away.
  3. If you’re going on a long trip, try to book a 1-hr private session with an instructor prior to your departure to have a short “home & travel” program custom built to your needs and activities.
  4. If you already have a home program or regularly do mat Pilates exercises, keep up with your routine while traveling. (*Make sure you have access to a good quality camping mat if you’re working on mat exercises to avoid joint pain).
  5. If you’re traveling near cities, check in with our instructors about Pilates studios where you’ll be traveling. Depending on the length and location of your vacation, Susan may be able to recommend local studios to attend!
  6. Regardless of the activities you end up doing, remember to listen to your body. Keep active when you’re feeling up for it, but also remember to rest and not to push past your limit.

If you have any questions about keeping healthy over the summer months, all of the instructors are happy to chat!

Pilates Day Open House – Sunday, May 6 2018!

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Our annual Pilates Day Open House will be held on Sunday, May 6th from 10am-4pm.

Stop by with your family and friends for equipment demonstrations and trials, refreshments/treats, and door prizes. Everyone (all ages) welcome! We are located in Cordova Bay, in the beautiful Mattick’s Farm complex.

In other news, throughout the month of May, we are also raising awareness and funds for neurological disorders through a coin drive. All proceeds will be donated to the Neurological Wellness Association.

Mat Pilates Books Available at Victoria Pilates

PilatesBookThese Pilates books are a perfect compliment to your studio practice – Through deepening your Pilates sessions and practicing at home in addition to your classes, you may just notice some positive benefits! These two books will guide you through your at home practice with full exercise and movement descriptions alongside vivid images displaying each movement.

Pilates Fundamental Mat Movement is great for those starting out, or returning to the basics, while Pilates Mat Repertoire is a more in depth book, with a complete list of exercises and variations. Both of these books were researched and written by Susan VanCadsand.

Pop by the studio or contact us to get your book(s)!

Victoria Pilates Welcomes Back Nicole & Welcomes Jessica!

As many of you know, Nicole Runcie has been away for the past two years, studying for her master’s degree in physical therapy at UBC. She is back with us as a Pilates instructor, as well as completing her interim physiotherapy hours at a local practice in Victoria. For those of you who have not yet met Nicole, she looks forward to meeting and working with you.
Jessica Vitrouk is new to our studio and we look forward to having her on our team. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but has lived in many countries around the world. Originally a tax consultant with a degree in Russian studies, Jessica eventually decided to further her education in Pilates. She began her teacher training with Balanced Body in Boston, and continued her training in Brussels, Belgium. She looks forward to learning and growing with our team at Victoria Pilates!

Keeping a Healthy Lifestyle Over the Holidays

As the holidays approach, we tend to become relaxed on our health, wellness and fitness routines. With holiday gatherings, events and shopping (& those tasty treats), it can be tempting to skip your Pilates and other exercise classes.

While it’s important to enjoy the holiday festivities, it’s also important to remember to take care of yourself. Here are some great ways to take care of your mind and body during the busy holiday season:

  • Make your plans in advance. If you know when your big events are, it may be easier to plan around them and make sure you make it to your fitness commitments as well.
  • Try to get outside once a day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, rain or shine!
  • Plan a health & wellness activity with a friend. Whether it’s a Pilates or other fitness class, a day at the spa, or a simple visit over tea, a visit with a friend is a great way to relax.
  • Plan outdoor holiday activities with your family when possible. Fresh air and light exercise (depending on yours and your family’s mobility level) is a great way to bond over the holidays. Whether it’s a trip to Butchart Gardens, or a walk through Sidney or Victoria to look at the lights, there are lots of outdoor winter activities to take part in.
  • Don’t overdo it! If you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed, remember that it’s okay to spend some time alone. Curl up with a book, have a nap, or head out for a walk alone.

 

If you’re looking for other ways to keep up with a healthy lifestyle over the holidays, join us for our De-Stress Workshop in November! Details in our Workshops & Specialty Class section!

Getting Back to a Pilates and Fitness Routine After Summer Holidays

After summer holidays, it can be difficult to get back into your routine. Even if you are active during your holidays, your regular exercise (and Pilates!) regime may slip. Old movement patterns may return and they might be accompanied by some bad habits. Now that fall is around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking of ways to ease back into your Pilates and fitness routine.

When returning to your classes, it’s important to remember to listen to your body and assess how you are feeling. If you had any injuries, or noticed any discomfort during your holiday break, it’s important that you let your instructor know so that they can offer suggestions and feedback. If you’ve been away from Pilates for more than four weeks, we strongly encourage you to book a a private appointment to review your program.

In addition to resuming your exercise and Pilates classes, it’s also a good idea to make sure that you have a healthy and balanced diet and are getting enough sleep. All of our body systems are connected, and staying nourished and rested will help both physically and mentally when returning to work or school in the fall.

We are offering some great workshops and specialty classes this fall that will be a great addition to your existing equipment or mat Pilates classes. Our Back to Routine – “Core, Fascia and more” series will run for four weeks, starting mid-September. Heather will be returning this October to instruct two MELT workshops, and we also have plenty of space in our Yoga and FIT Camp classes.

Contact us at the Victoria Pilates studio for more information or to register for a workshop or specialty class!

Studio Member Gerry Poultin Takes Championship in Squash at World Masters Games!

Gerry Poulton Victoria PilatesStudio member Gerry Poulton recently returned from Auckland, New Zealand as squash champion in the 70+ open category. Winning all of his matches, Gerry remains a repeating champion in this category.

The World Masters Games occurs every four years, and is hosted in a different country each time. This global event is the largest multi-sport competition in the world, with contestants ranging from 35-80+ years old, competing in a variety of categories and sports.

The next games will occur in 2021, in Kansai, Japan. The previous competition was held in Turin, in 2013.

Congratulations Gerry!

Benefits of Pilates for Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders affect the central nervous system (i.e. brain, spine, nerves, neuromuscular system, & muscles). Some of the most common neurological disorders are Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Lupus. However, neurological disorders can also arise from brain damage, severe injury or trauma, autoimmune disorders, cancers, viral, bacterial or parasitic infections and more.

Though each person with a neurological disorder may experience different symptoms or severity levels, Pilates can help improve a wide range of these symptoms. Alongside prescribed medication, Pilates is a great form of exercise to help combat some of the symptoms and side effects of neurological disorders. Though scientific research is limited, many studies are now showing that Pilates has a positive effect on those with MS and Parkinson’s. The MS Society is currently funding more studies and recommending more people diagnosed with MS to start a Pilates practice.

Working with a qualified Pilates instructor to create a program specific to your needs can help improve coordination, balance, range of motion and core strength, while also helping alleviate pain and discomfort. Victoria Pilates specializes in Pilates exercise programing for neurological conditions, and incorporate the latest research in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation into Pilates programs. Studio owner, Susan VanCadsand along with the team of instructors at Victoria Pilates, have completed advanced training for MS & other neurological conditions, as well as Traumatic Brain Injury, Ataxia, Parkinsonism, stroke and other neurological disorders.

Their studies have helped them create programming to overcome the most common symptoms of neurological disorders including balance difficulties, weakness, muscle spasticity, gait abnormalities, as well as the principles and applications of neuromuscular rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.

It can be hard for some people living with neurological disorders to participate in regular physical activities. Due to the uniqueness of Pilates and specialized equipment, programs and exercises are tailored to the exact needs of the participant. It is also important to remember that a sedentary lifestyle can further complicate the progression of many disorders, so maintaining movement is an important part of a complete health and wellness regime.

Victoria Pilates has created an exercise and rehabilitation approach that can provide positive relief to individuals who are experiencing conditions that affect their neurological system. It is a wonderful tool for individuals for the purpose of neurological rehabilitation. This specialized programing can be used to help relieve the challenges of neurological disorders at any stage of the injury or disease process but is especially promising in the early stages of the condition or injury.

Since little research has been done on the use of exercise for neurological conditions, Victoria Pilates has incorporated their own personal research on exercise and physical therapy for other neurological conditions and injuries, including stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Ataxia, and traumatic brain injury. The core program focuses on movement issues such as poor balance, muscle imbalances, and compensatory patterns. Susan’s personal experience working with the Parkinson and Epileptic Association, along with extensive experience working with other MS clients, she believes there to be significant potential for treating other conditions to positively impact those suffering from other neurological conditions.

During the Month of May, we will be raising awareness and funds for those with neurological disorders. All funds will be donated to the Neurological Wellness Association. We will also be offering complimentary 15 minute consultations, in person or over the phone, with studio owner and director, Susan VanCadsand, for anyone who is living with a neurological disorder and is interested in exploring Pilates.

For more information on Pilates and Neurological Wellness, take a peek at these resources:

https://mssociety.ca/research-news/article/ms-society-funds-three-new-studies-that-seek-to-provide-more-options-for-accessing-physical-activity-for-people-living-with-ms

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/3354927/Parkinsons-Can-Pilates-help.html

http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/pilates/library/articles/pilates-for-people-with-parkinsons-disease.html

Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Conference & Recent Instructor Training

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As many of you know, this fall session was a busy one for Susan and the instructors!
Susan attended the 16th annual meeting of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s conference featured research into efficacy of the Pilates Method. They were able to bring the highest qualified and talented Pilates educators available covering a wide spectrum of essential topics.
The four-day conference ran two four-hour workshops each day along with two mat classes to keep everyone moving! It was very exciting to see the development of the organization and how much they have improved their standards.
Immediately following this conference, Susan, Lisa and Krista went off to New York for The Female Pelvis Cycle of life conference where they attended presentations and workshops taught by experts in the industry, Tom Myers and Dr. Eden Fromberg. They each gained a new certification and learned more about the assessment and treatment of both female and male pelvic health.While they were there, they decided to forgo sleep and enjoy Central Park, a Broadway show, sightseeing, and even a trip to the original Joseph Pilates Studio!
November was a fun month filled with traveling, workshops, and discussions, and our instructors are very excited to share what they’ve learned with you.
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