This month’s issue:…
- Massage at Griffen Fitness
- Easy Recipe: Vitamintastic Fruity Blast
- Insider Tip of the Month: Stretch on the floor
- Article: All or Nothing Aerial Skills
- And Finally… Taking it to The Edge
Hello healthy people,
I hope you are keeping up your exercise over this transition to the wintry months. Try to get out at lunchtime to stretch your legs and enjoy a dose of Vitamin D. Plan your exercise to make sure it happens – an active commute (walking, running or cycling) is an easy way to move more without spending too much extra time in your busy working day.
Massage at Griffen Fitness
From next Thursday, 13 November, massage therapist Gabe Stewart will hold a four-week pop-up massage clinic in my studio on Thursdays 4.30pm to 8.30pm and Fridays 2.30pm to 8.30pm.
Gabe currently practises at Napiers Clinic and at Neal’s Yard Remedies, where she uses various techniques (including deep-tissue, Swedish, therapeutic or Indian head massage, reflexology and trigger point therapy) to suit each client’s unique needs.
As well as helping with aches and pains, research proves regular massage lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and PMS symptoms, combats depression, boosts immunity and raises mental alertness. 90, 60 or 30-minute appointments cost £55, £42 or £23. Book in for half-price rates on Thursday 13th, and make it your lucky day…
Easy Recipe: Vitamintastic Fruity Blast
As the days get shorter and fresh fruit less bountiful, I fill a freezer drawer with frozen fruit (frozen food, loo roll and dishwasher powder are really the only things I source from the supermarket).You can even freeze peeled bananas if you buy too many or want to avoid the ‘black bananas of winter’.
Handful frozen / fresh raspberries
Handful frozen mango
Splash of proper orange juice
Squeeze fresh lime
Insiders Tip of the Month: Stretch on the Floor
We all do an awful lot of leaning forward in our everyday lives. Whether we’re typing at a computer or laptop, driving a car or leaning over a table to work on artwork or manual labor, it all can put pressure on the back. One of my favourite positions for leg stretches is lying flat on the floor, face up. By doing this, you allow your spine to relax backwards and your chest and front of the shoulders to open and relax. Roll a fitness mat out on your lounge room floor and try some lying stretches at the end of a busy day. I am happy to book in a one-off PT session if you’re seeking ideas for everyday strength and stretching exercises, so please feel free to drop me a line.
Article: All or Nothing Aerial Skills
Sometimes it’s good to try things that you find, frankly, scary. It’s good to challenge the body and mind to learn a new skill or try something different. This is what I told myself as I dangled upside-down from a trapeze last Thursday.
A good friend of mine, Sam, enjoys classes with aerial dance troupe All or Nothing at Out of the Blue in the Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, and had convinced me that it was a blast. So being naturally curious I thought I’d give it a go. I figured it would be a good test of my upper body and core strength. And it was…
At the beginning of the first class, the instructor asked if any of the newbies had an injuries or issues with heights. I didn’t want to put my hand up and admit my vertiginous side. After all, I was the person who ended up clutching onto the handrail on the Eiffel Tower, trying not to look down. I figured this would be a good way to get over it. After all, I had got over my fear of needles with acupuncture.
It was interesting to witness my thought process in the first class, almost as an outsider. On the one hand, I desperately wanted to try aerial, on the other hand, I wondered if it was a bit of a folly. After all, I’m more a runner than gymnast. The good news is that I loved it, despite my fears. Even more surprising, I love the silks (lengths of dangling fabric that one climbs up and dangles from as if in a circus). I couldn’t believe that I actually got the chance to climb up a silk in the first class. And I wasn’t terrible. I was actually rather good at it. The instructors were lovely and very good at what they do, which definitely helped.
The point of the article is to let you know that even fitness professionals have fears and doubts about the ability of their bodies, but worries aside, it’s wonderful to try something new. I’m raring to go for my next class, now I know what to expect.
And Finally… Taking it to The Edge
Regular readers will know that I’m huge fan of trail cyclist Danny McAskill. In this stunning video he climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.
Have a happy and healthy November,