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10 ways in which Pilates leads to a happier, healthier life

Stretch those abs and shoulders!

Stretch those abs and shoulders!

Do you often get asked about Pilates and why you do it? Do you wish you could just reel off a list of amazing benefits that might persuade others to get off their sofas?

Well, here it is,  your Top 10 list of ways that Pilates leads to a happier and healthier life.

My favorite is No. 2: A flat belly. Most ab exercises focus on the superficial abdominals that won’t give you a flat stomach. Pilates targets the deep core, which leads to a flat tummy, a narrow waist, and—bonus!—a healthy spine.

It makes me think: A flat tummy equals a happy mummy!

Which reason do you like the best?

 

 

 

 

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For Rose, Sundays are all about chilled eucalyptus-scented towels

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

At the end of every Pilates session, private or group, Rose loves to hand out chilled towels scented with eucalyptus oil.  Nothing revives you after a hard workout like resting on your back with a scented towel over your face, breathing in the cool invigorating eucalyptus scent.

This is a picture of Rose this afternoon, dipping her freshly washed towels in the eucalyptus water, then rolling them up before packaging in sealed plastic bags.

She is starting the week off with 40 scented towels and will likely rewash, scent and chill them again by Thursday.

Rose brings towels for her two floor Pilates classes at Zen Belize, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Some Pilates students are so refreshed they stay for the 11 a.m. yoga class with Tara!

On the first Friday of every month Rose has extra towels ready for the all-volunteer Tres Cocos Roadside & Beach cleanup crew which ends the day at Daydreamin’ Belize Bed & Breakfast and Marbucks Coffee House. In both cases, Rose never knows how many people to expect so she always prepares extras, just to be on the safe side!

If you have never experienced the feel of a chilled eucalyptus-scented towel on your face as you rest on the mat at the end of a vigorous workout, you are missing a real treat.

Come try a Pilates floor session at Zen Belize and feel the coolness at the end of class!


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10 ways to ease those sore muscles from your workout

The POPSUGAR website recommends 10 things you can do to avoid muscle soreness after a good workout. (Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography)

The POPSUGAR website recommends 10 things you can do to avoid muscle soreness after a good workout. (Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography)

I love hearing how sore some people are two and three days after a Pilates session on the reformer. It is called delayed onset muscle soreness and it means we got into areas that aren’t used to being worked.

Understand, the pain gives me no pleasure but the message it is sending to your body does.

Once you have received that message — that those muscles have been worked hard —  you don’t want it to linger, do you?

Here’s a quick list of 10 steps you should always take before, during, and after a workout.