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Complementary Fitness 20 February newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

A much appreciated and lovely comment that we received after our Friday 9.30am fitness

“If you want to feel great and re-energised, come and join us.”

Thanks NM for allowing me to share her comment with you.


Thanks to ES who saw an article in a recent newspaper article about Pilates and I thought I’d read and quote from some of it and remind you what Pilates/fitness Pilates is all about:

Pilates concentrates on strengthening the deep postural muscles, raising awareness of how we stand and the general alignment of hips, spine and head.


Having this awareness can go a long way to improving posture but the strength built with targeted, specific exercises, supports the spinal column, in effect future-proofing the body.


Here’s a quote by Joseph Pilates himself:  “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”


Pilates works on supporting the muscles around the spine, including core abdominal and back muscles and glutes (buttock muscles), as well as ensuring the other joints are supported by strong muscles, reducing the chance of injury and relieving pain, especially back pain.


As well as developing core strength and improving strength, flexibility, posture and mobility, Pilates also helps with recovery from injury as well as injury prevention.

A regular Pilates practice can reduce the risk of injury in other sports or activities too by strengthening the local muscles around the joints, so less likelihood of injury.


Fitness Pilates and fitness yoga can be done into old age without any negative impact on the body and joints.

As in all of our classes, fitness Pilates sessions can be as hard or easy as you want them to be because there are options for all levels.

Regular classes/exercise helps maintain cognitive ability, balance, bone density (all those squats and lunges!) as well as spinal health.

What’s not to love?  Your body and mind will thank you for the practice.

At the end of our fitness Pilates or fitness yoga classes, ie at the end of all that ‘hard work’ and a lot of stretching, we usually focus on taking a few slow, deep breaths which allows our body to relax as we gently exhale.

Breathing in this way, allows us to slow down our heart rate and get us into a relaxed and calm state.

I recently read that taking a few deep, slow, relaxed and full breaths stimulates our vagus nerve which stretches from our brain stem down to the colon.

I didn’t know but it connects to the middle ear, vocal cords, heart, lungs and intestines along the way.

The vagus nerve is the longest and most complicated of the body’s 12 cranial nerves – each connects the brain to other parts of the body – and this nerve plays many roles which affect our emotional states, heart rate, inflammation levels, blood pressure and digestion (I did know about the vagus nerve and digestion because it’s involved in gut health).

There’s so much to learn about the vagus nerve and how it impacts us and our health but this is just to let you know that, or why, we focus on breathing deeply.


You can imagine what effect a short, even 2 or 5 minutes of meditation would have on our mind and body!  Helping us to relax, be focussed, calm, feel safe, help to stabilise our blood pressure, relieve tension, helps to improve sleep and much more.

Ah …. and breathe.


There are so many apps if you’re interested in meditation.

If you want to go to a meditation class, I’d recommend Dhammapadipa Centre on a Sunday at 5.15pm.  It’s a 45 min session in the Buddhist Temple, 199 Slateford Road.

Info at The Dhammapadipa Temple – Edinburgh, Scotland   and

Meditation Tuition – The Dhammapadipa Temple


I like this quote and thought I’d share it with you:

‘Self control is strength.

Calmness is mastery.

You have to get to a point where your mood doesn’t shift based on the insignificant actions of someone else.

Don’t allow others to control the direction of your life.

Don’t allow your emotions to overpower your intelligence’.


Let’s continue to challenge ourselves in many different ways.

Let’s keep ourselves fit and stay active, flexible and strong.

I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness, flexibility, strength, togetherness and fun.


Reminder that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class
  • Directly into my bank account
  • Using my SumUp card machine.

Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.

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