Back in the room!

From Wednesday 2/12/2020 we are back to a village hall near you!

You couldn’t write a better panto script – oh yes you can/oh no you can’t/oh yes you can!! That’s how return to exercise discussions have progressed this weekend!! 
If you’re in England, I am doing a little happy dance as we have the go-ahead to return to our COVID secure village halls. I plan to pack in as much pilates as possible for you, the last class will be Friday 18th December in Titley. Book Here.

If you’re in Wales, it’s pilates business as usual in the Assembly Rooms – Presteigne every Thursday 9.30-10.30am until our last class on Thursday 17th December. Book Here.

I will continue to offer one to one mat pilates lessons in my studio, all are welcome (including family bubbles) please email to book your lesson. I can help with rehabilitation, strengthening, balance, motivation and general fitness. I have a great piece of equipment called a pilates reformer which uses spring based resistance. I am in the final stages of training on the reformer and looking for willing clients who want to ‘bag a bargain’  – let me teach you my exam routine for just £7.75 for a one hour private lesson. 

If you would rather exercise at home, then join in with my Facebook teaching group. You just need to buy a pass from Gymcatch which is £20 for a month. Once you have purchased a pass, join my Facebook teaching group here. You need to request to become a member and I will approve your membership. Join in live classes or look in the “Units” section of my Facebook teaching page to choose a class from your preferred level from any date in last 6 months. 
If you are unsure about anything please do get in touch. There are still lots of previously recorded, short and free classes available, here are the links to my freebies on Facebook and YouTube

So – we have to pack a lot of pilates in to December. How many classes can you make?
Let’s see if we can all set ourselves the target to do something everyday before Christmas. A walk, go cycling, get back to running, go for a swim, put your PJ’s on and come and do pilates with me – that’s a no brainer!! We have set our family challenge to walk at least a mile a day after school, the miles soon add up.
 
Don’t forget, it is the season to be jolly 🤶 Let’s relish the joy movement, it’s one of life’s simple pleasures. We can all be grateful for that. Helen x

25% Off Online Class Pass

Can you make these words your exercise mantra for November “don’t sit still and definitely do stay stretchy”? Let me help you make movement easier. For this week only, there is 25% off my online Facebook class membership. It is usually £20 for one month. Until Saturday 14th November you can get 25% off my online pass, which will get you moving online until 2nd December.
To book, click this link and enter code NOV25. Share the pilates love, and get your friends involved. 

A few updates:
1. A new online timetable with two new classes added. See below. 
2. Presteigne class resumes this Thursday 12th November for Welsh residents. Book here
3. If you have a pass due to expire before 2nd December, I will be extending passes later this week (just waiting for an IT update to Gymcatch). Any questions on passes please let me know. All 5 or 10 class pass validity will be extended to February 2021. Access all areas passes will be extended by 4 weeks. 

Once you have purchased a pass, join me in my Facebook teaching group HERE. You need to request to become a member and I will approve your membership. All you need to do for more pilates is join a class live on Facebook, or look in the “Units” section of my Facebook teaching page, to choose a class from your preferred level from any date in last 6 months. 
If I haven’t seen you recently, I strongly encourage you to book a 15-30minute one-to-one with me via Zoom or Skype. This is completely free and will give you and me the re-assurance that you need to master the basic pilates techniques. You can also ask me whatever you need to know about pilates and health.  

If you are unsure about anything please do get in touch. There are still lots of previously recorded, short and free classes available, here are the links to my freebies onFacebookand YouTube

Finish 2020 in a strong and positive way – move it to mend it! 

Pilates class lockdown changes for November

We have made it to November and not stopped moving yet – don’t give up now. If anything, it is more important than ever to keep to routines and keep fit and well. A healthy body really does help maintain a healthy mind. 

Current lockdown news has thrown a small spanner in the works, but do not panic – keep doing pilates. So to confirm what will and won’t be happening in our world of pilates, read below carefully. 

Class News
Lyonshall Monday 2nd November class 6.30pm is going ahead. No further classes until Monday 7th December. Classes will continue on 14th & 21st December subject to demand & regulations. 
Titley Wednesday 4th November 6.30pm is going ahead. No further classes until Wednesday 2nd December 6.30pm. Classes will continue on 9th and 16th December subject to demand and regulations. 
Titley Friday 6th November 9am & 10.30am is cancelled. No further classes until Friday 4th December 9am Fitness and 10.30am All Levels. Classes will continue on 11th and 18th December subject to demand and regulations. 
Presteigne Thursday 5th November class is cancelled. Classes will resume from Thursday 12th November subject to regulation updates and class demand.  
Online Facebook Classes  All online classes continue as advertised. I will schedule in more classes if people are keen to participate on line, please let me know. 
One to One Lessons All private lessons will be cancelled unless I am working with you in rehab or for long term illness recovery/management. 
Zoom Lessons Zoom lessons for teaching one to one or in small groups can continue. If you would like to book a Zoom lesson, it is £10 for 30 minutes. Email info@helenbpilates.com
🎄Christmas holiday 🎄 I plan to stop teaching from 22nd December and return on Monday 4th January. 

Payments
All 5 or 10 class pass validity will be extended to February 2021. 
All access all areas passes will be extended by 4 weeks. 
I will manually update class passes from wc 9th November.

To join my Online Facebook Classes  and keep moving, it is £20 for one month and payment is made via Gymcatch  or https://gymcatch.com  just search for helenbpilates (all one word).
Payment for November classes is due NOW. Click HERE to go to the Gymcatch payment page. Set your payment to auto-renew and don’t worry about missing a payment again. Once you have purchased a pass, join me in my Facebook teaching group HERE. If I haven’t seen you recently, I strongly encourage you to book a 15-30minute one-to-one with me via Zoom or Skype. This is completely free and will give you and me the reassurance that you need to master the basic pilates techniques. You can also ask me whatever you need to know about pilates and health.  

If you are unsure about anything please do get in touch. There are still lots of previously recorded, short and free classes available, here are the links to my freebies onFacebookand YouTube, because whatever you decide to do, change happens through movement and movement heals. 

Thanks as always for your continued support. 

Stay safe and stay stretchy 😍 

Helen

Face-to-face classes get the go-ahead 👏

Boris has confirmed that as long as we socially distance, we can continue with face to face classes. Here is the link for more information.

Boris’s update

My class plans are all built around making you COVID Secure. Please ask any questions you may have before, during or after class. It’s new to all of us to work in this way, but we can and should continue to exercise.

Here are some class basics and all of those who sign up will get an email nearer the time.

  • Wash hands when leaving home and sanitise before entering the community hall.
  • Wear a face covering on entering and leaving the community space, but not while exercising, unless you choose to.
  • Maintain social distancing on arrival and departure at the community space.
  • I have a socially distanced floor plan. Only exercise in your allocated space, which allows for social distancing. Do not cross into someone else’s space.

Enjoy your exercise time. The great Joseph Pilates said “Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase“, it’s a commitment we willfully choose to make, so come and get involved to stay fit and healthy. I can’t wait to see you!

BIG PILATES NEWS!

Back to community classes and a new booking system.

Exciting news updates….here we go, there is a lot to take in!! Please read all for important pilates information.

From Monday 28th September I will return to teaching face-to-face classes in Lyonshall and Titley village halls as well as a new class at The Assembly Rooms in Presteigne. One to one classes are also available in my garden studio. Group exercise is exempt from the rule of 6, but we will maintain social distancing, have reduced class sizes and work in a COVID Secure way. Masks are not required while exercising, but should be used on entering and exiting the community buildings. I do appreciate the ever changing Government advice may alter my plans!

To facilitate simpler payment process and keep everything cash and paper free, you will need to use a website called Gymcatch https://gymcatch.com/ To book and pay for any class, including my online classes, you will need to go to the website or download the app to your mobile phone or tablet and search for helenbpilates (all one word). Payment for October classes is due next week.

How much does it cost for more pilates?
After the initial super-bargain months of online teaching, it’s back to reality with a new pricing structure.

Access all areas pass.
£35 for as much pilates as you can do each month. It will auto renew each month, unless you opt out. This pass gives you access to all online and unlimited face-to-face classes.

Online classes pass – monthly.
£20 for as much online Facebook pilates as you can manage. It will auto renew each month, unless you opt out. Replays are always available if you can’t make a live class. During the first month, I strongly encourage you to book a 15-30minute one-to-one with me via Zoom or Skype. This is completely free and will give you and me the re-assurance that you need to master the basic pilates techniques. You can also ask me whatever you need to know about pilates and health. Join me in my Facebook teaching group here. You do not need to book a place for Facebook live classes. It is only payment for online classes required via Gymcatch.

10 class pass – community halls.
£65 for 10 face-to-face group classes, come to as many classes as you like each week! This package must be used within 3 months.

5 class pass – community halls.
£35 for 5 face-to-face group classes, come to as many classes as you like each week! This package must be used within 2 months.

1 class pass – community halls.
£7.75 for one group class pass. This is the same as paying outright with a debit/credit card, but this could also be bought as a gift for someone.

One to One Lesson – my studio.
From £25 per hour. Private lessons are available in my garden studio or in your home. Please contact me for more details.

In these uncertain times, there are many variables which could alter my best laid plans. If nothing changes this teaching class block will run from 28th September to 11th December. If we have to stop group exercise, I will move each class online to Zoom as well as extend all passes and packages so they can be used next year if needed.
Some people do have a small amount of credit remaining from March. If I have a record of your credit, I will credit the class or classes to your account on Gymcatch when you have registered.
If you attend group classes you will need to bring your own mat and wear socks, ideally grip socks such as these socks. I have mats and socks that you can buy at very good prices. Please get in touch for details before classes start. For each person that registers for a class, there will be a separate reminder email with all of these details on.

To help get you started on Gymcatch follow these basic steps.

You will need 10-15 minutes to complete the initial registration process and buy your appropriate package to pay for classes.

Register on the Gymcatch website and search for helenbpilates. Make sure you complete the Google.docs health questionnaire. The questionnaire must be completed by everyone for ALL classes including online.
Packages. Choose the package you want to pay for – buy your package, this is your class payment. Please read the package details carefully, they do expire within a time period and no refunds can be provided. You can also pay for individual classes using a debit/credit card if you do not want to buy a package.
Schedule. Review my schedule (online classes are not shown, you do not need to book a space for Facebook classes). Choose the community hall class you want to book in to. Book the class and pay using a package or a credit/debit card.
You will only need to register and complete your details once. The system will save your information for all future bookings.

If you are unsure about anything please do get in touch. There are still lots of previously recorded, short and free classes available, here are the links to my freebies on Facebook and YouTube, because whatever you decide to do, change happens through movement and movement heals.

I look forward to seeing you very soon, in real life or online.

Stay stretchy!

Helen

@helenbpilates schedule autumn 2020

FREE PILATES!! 🤩

On Saturday 19th September I will be teaching a free one hour pilates class for all levels at The Recreation Ground in Kington from 10.30-11.30am. Class size is limited to 25 and we will be following full social distancing guidelines to make this a COVID-Secure outdoor exercise class.

If you would like to book, click on this link and follow the booking instructions. You will need to register using the app Gymcatch, but all future online bookings for my classes will be through this website. So you need to only sign up once to participate in all future classes. Click here for the link to Gymcatch and search for Helen B Pilates.

To understand what you need to bring, I will be sending joining instructions to all of those who have booked a place on Friday 18th September. I look forward to seeing you at a class soon.

If you would like more information, please email me info@helenbpilates.com.

September Pilates

Hello All,  

It is going to be a great month of movement in September.

Can you promise yourself some more time to move this month? Reduce the tension in those aching shoulders. Ease your lower back pain. Increase your steps goal. Get outside more, even when it’s a bit cooler. Can you find 30 minutes just 5 days a week to move? This can be anything from walking the dog, weeding the garden, cleaning the house or doing MORE pilates!! When my online classes are only £10 for the whole month, there are no excuses for lack movement, after all, movement really is the best medicine.

I can absolutely vouch for what I say……after a long wet day in August standing in an empty cow shed entertaining children, wearing not very practical footwear, followed by a day in a canoe, I had terrible hip pain. I am (luckily) unaccustomed to joint pain, after all I teach pilates for a living, surely I don’t get aches and pains!! So, my home remedy was pilates everyday for the whole week. Specifically focusing on mobilising my lower back and hips, and yes by the end of the week I had forgotten the pain ever existed. I can’t tell you how much movement really helps. You need to find out for yourself!! And it’s not just me that recommends exercise, NICE are currently consulting on the inclusion of exercise programmes to treat chronic pain. Movement really is medicine. Join me online here

💥Super exciting news…..💥 From 28th September we will be moving some classes back to local village halls. Titley and Lyonshall village halls are both ready to re-open, I am also looking for a space in Presteigne. More details will follow later in September. It will be a book and pay online system to help make the process easier for all. This will involve some initial admin for you all, but it will speed up my administration in the long run. Online classes will also continue, as your feedback has been brilliant and a lot of people love the flexibility online teaching offers. 
 
So let’s make September a super stretchy month, if you don’t join me live on Facebook, here are the links to my freebies onFacebook and YouTube

Enjoy this beautiful month of movement while the sun continues to shine and bring us energy. 

Don’t forget…..keep your eyes out for my next newsletter.

Helen

🌞 Keep pilates fit for summer 💪

Hello Lovely Pilates People,


 The summer is well and truly here – yeah! Some of us have been enjoying weekends in the garden and some of us have been lucky enough to get away for a few days. Team Boley are desperate to see the seaside, even though I really do not love the sand between my toes and in my sandwiches!! 

We should all be feeling full of sun-filled energy, but I completely appreciate that is not always the case. The best way to re-charge your batteries is to fill them full of healthy energy. There is a pilates class to help with that re-charge. Easy or hard, fast or slow, I offer pilates classes for absolutely everybody on every level. I promise you will feel better after joining in a class. Live class times vary from 7am to 7pm or catch up at any time to suit you. For August we are continuing online teaching only, although I am more than happy to come and teach in your garden on a sunny day (if you’re living in Herefordshire!!).

So, this brings me on to the big question of when can we get back to village hall classes for those in Herefordshire? From September I would love to start a small number of classes, although the constantly changing guidelines make it a challenge to be certain this could go ahead. The certainty is that I am able to create a one way system in both village halls and ensure small class sizes to maintain social distancing of 2 meters, as well and provide plenty of sanitiser and ask that you bring your own mats (I can order these for you). Masks will not be required. To help me form a plan for September can you answer this quick poll for me:

Pilates class votes here please 👍

Private lessons will also be available from September and I can also teach you on a one-to-one basis using Skype or Zoom, just get in touch to book a lesson. 

So, while I busy myself behind the scenes forming a plan for September, you can all keep fit, strong and healthy during August with more pilates. Click these links to see more of my classes, some of which are available free on Facebook and YouTube

Online teaching membership is due this week. If you haven’t joined my online group yet, don’t wait just click here. It is an absolute bargain at just £10 per calendar month. Prices go up from September, so make the most of bargain summer pilates while you can. 

If you do no other pilates in August – make one promise to yourself (and me!!) do these two exercises when you wake up in the morning: Open book/shut book and Shoulder Bridge. Don’t forget that deep connection from your core to your spine in both of these exercises 😍 (click here for a link to show you what to do). 

Happy stretchy, sunny summer days. 

Helen

Is it July already?!

Welcome to another busy month of pilates.

If you ask yourself “how much exercise did I do in June”, I am sure for many of you, the answer to that question is “not as much as I had hoped!” I too am guilty of saying that, missing training sessions because well, in all honesty, the weather has been glorious and I had just one more thing to do! But I know that if I don’t catch up, I will miss out on the benefits of pilates and the next class will be even harder.

Luckily one of the big advantages of our new technology fuelled world, is that you can catch up on classes at anytime to suit you. Click these links to see more of my classes, which are available on Facebook and YouTube

All classes are going to continue online only for the next two months, until I have full guidance on returning to villages halls. I also plan to keep some classes online from September, look out for more details in August. 

Online teaching membership is due. If you haven’t joined my online group yet, don’t wait just click here. It is an absolute bargain at just £10 per calendar month. Please note one change to class times from July onwards; my Friday fast & fit class moves to 7am Friday morning from 3rd July. Start your day the strong & stretchy way. 

I can also teach you on a one-to-one basis using Skype or Zoom, just get in touch to book a lesson. 

So, don’t let anything get in the way of joining in with pilates. As Joseph Pilates, the great founder of pilates said,

“In 10 sessions you will feel better, in 20 sessions you will look better and in 30 sessions you will have a new body.” 

Read this article, it might also ring true for many of you! 

Happy strong and stretchy month. 
Helen