Viva Pilates Updates

So I’ve been a little out of action with blogging and kept more quiet this last few weeks on social media. Needed to take a bit of a breather as my brain was overloading with new information from the second part of my Franklin Method course in London, also injuries and general tiredness was taking over. It was definitely time to take a step back but now it is time to get back into action and looking forward to 2017 — yes I’m already planning a really strong barefoot movement for Viva.

So the Franklin Method — so far we have gone through the 4 step Franklin Method, then workshops on the pelvis, knee and the shoulder girdle, with the spine in January, I think, and the foot in March to complete level 1.

I have to say that doing this course has been a bit of an eye opener to me at the potential power you have within yourself to help your body recover and to improve your movement.

When I did the pelvis element back in the summer, I found that my squatting technique completely changed and I found much greater range and depth of movement. This time I went to the course sadly with a knee injury through slipping and it was getting me down but over the five days, although yes I was resting my leg, the knee function changed dramatically and is almost fully recovered through the power of mental imagery of having a health body and understanding how the knee joint works.

I also found, and I wasn’t expecting to find any change, that my shoulders improved during this time. There are certain elements of Crossfit (which I do as my strength training) that are really demanding and new to my body, particularly the work where we hang or swing from the frame. My first session back after the course was all to do with shoulders so we did the usual kipping as they call it (swinging sort of from the frame) and I could actually do it this time without my shoulders getting in the way — it was really really surprising as before I’ve been rubbish at it and for some reason my body worked really effectively in the movement.

Sometimes a time out to consider how your body is actually moving is required.


Do you just go the same old, same old fitness classes week in week out?

Do you have any idea what the class is doing for you physically or is it always about trying to stay slim, keep the weight off?

Yes it’s good to keep your weight in check but are you coming away from your fitness classes feeling inspired, alive, refreshed, happy?

If more often than not, you are coming away feeling exhausted and done in, then maybe it is time to look more closely at what you are doing with that body of yours.

Our bodies need to last and function fully so let’s not stiffen them and become less mobile through exercise.


As I had such a great experience during my Franklin training and part of our ongoing education I am running two free workshops at Orsett Church, Orsett Village.

*******Tuesday, 8 November at 9am — Health knee workshop

*******Tuesday, 29 November at 9am — How to reduce neck and shoulder tension

Both workshops are well worth attending as I know many women who are suffering in these areas and a little bit more knowledge and understanding of how your body works is always a good thing.

You can book via the website here.

If you are interested in attending, please get back to me ASAP or book on the link above.

^^^^^^  Barefoot Training  ^^^^^^^^^^^

I’m attending the first Barefoot Training Specialist Course here in the UK this weekend and am really looking forward to gaining a better understanding about how our body moves in a more natural way.

I’m hoping from this course to bring a Barefoot Training Class onto our timetable into 2017 so keep a look out for further information.

November Timetable

Mondays    1pm Orsett Church starts 7th / 14 / 21 & 28 November

Mondays     7.15pm St John’s Hall 7th / 14 / 21 & 28 November

Wednesdays 7.15pm Orsett Church starts 2 / 9 / 16 / 23 & 30 November

Thursdays 12pm Orsett Church starts 3 / 10 / 17 / 24 November

Saturdays 9am Woodside Academy starts 5 / 12 / 19 & 26 November

December Timetable

Mondays    1pm Orsett Church starts 5 / 12 / 19 December

Mondays     7.15pm St John’s Hall 5 / 12 / 19 December

Wednesdays 7.15pm Orsett Church starts 7 / 14 / 21 December

Thursdays 12pm Orsett Church starts 1 / 8 / 15 December

Saturdays 9am Woodside Academy starts 3 / 10 / 17 December

Click here to book as places are going

AND don’t forget the Viva Christmas Party is Thursday, 22 December

From 7pm at my house – all Viva members welcome but please let me know you are coming. 🎅🎄

Thanks & See you all very soon xx