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Keep Fit

Join Lynne every Tuesday and Thursday for an hour of fun and fitness.

There are a great variety of benefits from taking part in fitness classes, these include a strengthening of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, improved self-esteem, an assistance with maintaining bone and muscle strength, as well as helping to manage your weight, easing depression and helping to manage stress, and helping people to sleep better.

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Lynne Shepherdson

Tuesdays

9.15am and 10.30am (if first class is full)

Thursdays

1.30pm
(Lynne carries out 1-2-1 sessions on Thursday afternoons also - please ask at reception)

Lynne was diagnosed with MS in 2005. Because of this she chose to do a personal training course and various other courses specialising in disability from 2007 onwards.

Prior to this Lynne joined the Centre as a counselling practitioner in 2006.

Pilates

Pilates is a well-proven body conditioning and balancing method that works from the inside out.

Low impact, yet thoroughly effective, exercises and stretches target the deep postural muscles and help to re-balance the body with mindful movement in harmony with the breath. It promotes strength, tone, flexibility and relaxation and helps deal with postural pain.

As you achieve better alignment and posture, extend your range of movement and release tension and stress, the result is a happier body and mind. The gentle weight-bearing exercises in Pilates are also beneficial in maintaining, and even improving, bone density. Pilates is suitable for almost anyone, whatever age or level of fitness; whatever challenge is right for you.

The mat work, or seated exercises, tone and stretch the body, increasing strength and flexibility in all muscles and joints, resulting in ease of movement.

Pilates focuses on correct breathing and strengthens the deep core stabilizing muscles of the lower back and abdomen. Pilates exercises are low impact and work to balance the body through slow, controlled exercises that work on quality not quantity. Pilates methods are suitable for all ages and abilities providing an energising workout.

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Miki Floyd

Fridays online

3.00pm to 3.40pm

Micaela, known to all as Miki, has a Doctorate in Chemistry (Sardinia, Italy) and a MSc at Cambridge University but found her true vocation in helping people recover from injury and postural deficiencies through exercise.

Having had a successful sporting background herself, a third dan black belt in judo, she has qualifications in Pilates, Yoga, Activation and more recently massage.  Miki has been teaching Pilates since 2003 and is a recognised Level 4 Instructor.

Miki was one of our first class leaders to teach by Zoom over lockdown in 2020 and has continued since but is no longer teaching live classes as she has moved back to Italy!

To join the class go each time to https://tinyurl.com/yc5ts3yz NB there is no password

 

Mondays Online Pilates class 11.45am

To join the class go each week go to https://tinyurl.com/2x2wy4v8 then type the password: pilates (if prompted)

 

 

Mondays Live Pilates class with Lou Williams

Live Class at the Centre - Pilates (mixed level)
Mondays 10.30 am – 11.30 am

 

 

Seated Yoga

Seated yoga offers simple warm-up stretches, breathing exercises, yoga postures, and a relaxation exercise, all done sitting down.

All sitting yoga poses bring elasticity to the knees, hips, ankles, and muscles of the groin. Seated yoga removes tension and hardness in the diaphragm and throat, which makes breathing smoother and easier. It keeps the spine steady, pacifies the mind, and stretches the muscles of the heart. It also causes blood circulation to increase to all parts of the body.

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Louise Windsor

Online Tuesdays

Chair Yoga for Every Body with Louise Windsor
Tuesdays 10.30 am – 11.30 am
To join the class go each time to https://tinyurl.com/ycvq85zs then type the password: 968415

Thursday Live Chair Yoga Class

11.45am-12.45pm

Louise has been studying and practicing Yoga and Meditation for over 12 years.

She took her first teacher training in India in 2012 and has since taken further courses in Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress, Yoga as a therapy, Yin Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga. Her passion is the slow mindful aspect of the practice, helping to ease the busy mind into the moment to create space to feel calm and balanced. Through her studies in Yin Yoga she is also fascinated by the energetic benefits of the practice related to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridian (energy) lines that run through the body.

Her chair yoga class is gentle and mindful. There will be some movement with the breath to get the joints moving and encourage the energy, Qi, to flow easily, some held poses and always a guided relaxation meditation. All levels are welcome.

 

Voiceworks

Therapeutic Voicework recognizes the body’s ability to heal itself through breath work, sound, and movement, and it provides a deep sense of relaxation and well being.

Join Rose each Friday for an uplifting hour in our voice workshop, we guarantee you will come out smiling!

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Rose Fuhrmann

Wednesdays -

1.45pm-2.45pm

A lifelong enthusiastic singer, Rose lost her voice twice: first following the suicide of a friend, then over a failing relationship.

A psychotherapist pointed out how important singing had been in her life - as an expression of true authenticity and emotional self-regulation - and recommended she join a voice training course with First Nature to get back this important life tool. The result was amazing, and being a therapist and teacher herself (Shiatsu, Qigong and work with autistic children) it was a small step to engage in voice work.

The singing group at the MS Centre has been running for nearly 15 years now. We not only sing songs, but alongside this we also work on breath, muscle tone, pronunciation, concentration, memory, word retrieval, acute hearing and listening, vocal improvisation, improving physical reaction time by throwing balls around that do not exist and making a lot of funny noises meanwhile. We have a lot of fun making fools of ourselves not caring one bit! Hence we sing at MS Christmas parties and sometimes at Sainsburys for fundraising events - and quite well too! But, it is not about beautiful singing, but about having a voice and daring to let it be heard.

To know how it feels, join us and be surprised!

QiGong with Rose Fuhrmann

Wednesdays -

3.00pm-4.00pm

QiGong works with the interconnected energy fields of the body and mind to ease inhibition of movement, impairment of balance, breath and the mind.

Rose’s QiGong class works with breath, movement, gesture, visualisation and sound. QiGong is known to open up a new view of life and how we live it, and thus may set free energy locked up in ideas that are no longer helpful. The exercises are gentle but effective. They can be done seated or standing and will be adapted to the specific needs of participants.

Yoga

Yoga is an applied science of the mind and body.

The practice and study of yoga helps to bring about a natural balance of body and mind in which the state of health can manifest itself. Yoga creates an internal environment that allows the individual to come to his or her own state of dynamic balance, or health.

There are many benefits to yoga including, reduction in anxiety, more resistance to stress, lower blood pressure, more efficient heart function, better respiratory function, and improved physical fitness.

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Louise Windsor

Live Wednesday Mat Yoga Classes

10.30-11.30am

Louise has been studying and practicing Yoga and Meditation for over 12 years.

She took her first teacher training in India in 2012 and has since taken further courses in Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress, Yoga as a therapy, Yin Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga. Her passion is the slow mindful aspect of the practice, helping to ease the busy mind into the moment to create space to feel calm and balanced. Through her studies in Yin Yoga she is also fascinated by the energetic benefits of the practice related to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridian (energy) lines that run through the body.

The yoga classes are adapted using props so that anyone with a mobility impairment can participate safely and accurately in them. This way the benefits of yoga:  more space;  flexibility;  strength;  balance and calm can be felt and enjoyed.

The sessions always include breathing and relaxation and the more physical aspects of yoga are approached in a fun and mindful way. Everyone is welcome to drop in and see if this is something they may enjoy and feel healthier from.