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Gentle and regular exercise is all you need to keep your body young! along with a healthy diet and plenty of water!!   Today convenience fast foods are making people gain and hold extra body fat; both internally around the body organs and externally as fatty tissue, this causes fatigue and reduced self esteem.  At Feel Good Studio it is our aim to help you transform your body in a safe environment with our care and supervision. Perfect also after pregnancy to re-sculpt your core and enjoy personal time or for rehabilitation after surgery.  Many people today are so busy working at desks that they neglect free movement, which is what we are designed for! this causes atrophy of the muscles which leads to aches and pains and leads us to age more rapidly.  Muscles give us energy to move and keep us toned and young.  Low impact exercise will protect the joints and improve flexibility while toning.  Stretching will allow the muscles to elongate and improve posture with breathing techniques designed to relax and calm; you will take in more oxygen so your internal organs work more efficiently.  At Feel Good Studio our machines will provide the correct support for your neck and back so that you can relax and concentrate on breathe and core engagement. Muscles also burn calories which aid in weight loss and the prevention of diabetes.  We need to exercise to increase muscle strength and muscle mass, but many forms of exercise today work only select muscles; there are 620 muscles in the body. It is important to balance these muscles.  We naturally choose to do the exercises that we are good at; so at Yoga my husband excels at chaturanga press ups (strength) whereas I love the back bends (flexibility).  Powertone Pilates will give a balanced workout, if you are strong you will gain flexibility, if you are flexible you will become stronger.  Powertone  Pilates will train your core as you experience stronger breathing and coordination the other exercises you perform will be improved and more effective and you will surprise yourself at how quickly you improve.

Caroline Bartlett

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If you have been with us at Feel Good Studio for some time; you may be wondering why we are so insistent on keeping your core engaged and also doing Kegel exercises.

Your core has 39 muscles all located in your abdomen, pelvis and your back. The core is intimately connected with every single movement you make throughout the day. Simple movements from getting out of bed to more complex exercises such as performing a barbell squat all require core strength and flexibility.

Those with weak cores are more likely to be overweight, suffer from medical conditions, and suffer from low back pain. A weak core can even contribute to knee, shoulder, neck and foot pain. When your core suffers, the quality of movement will suffer across many domains of your life.

A strong core is linked to good balance, good posture, improved ability to perform in any sport, and can reduce the risk of falling in the elderly (Granacher et al, 2013). Moreover, developing a strong core can increase one’s metabolism and therefore help you lose weight faster. Core strengthening exercise builds lean mass in the core, and the greater lean muscle mass one has the more calories they burn.

anterior-abdominal-wallMary Gosling … Shapemaster Fitness Instructor

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