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I was walking past Body Evolution this weekend and was intrigued by this friendly looking fitness studio. I have definitely heard of Gyrotonic Expansion System & Gyrokinesis, as well as those Pilates machines, but never really had the opportunity to try it out. As I was sniffing around, the owner (Billy Macagnone, who is on the back of the little brochure I picked up) sauntered outside and convinced me to come in for an introductory session which was a great deal.
My instructor, who is also a professional dancer and very graceful (I believe her name is Savene, or Savina), led me through a variety of seven principal exercises. Its amazing how much I could see how my normal posture is not as powerful or graceful as someone who is a lot more conscious about the spine and movement. After some mat work, Savine led me through back and shoulder exercises on a machine, and then leg & hamstring exercises on the machine using pulleys.
I have to say, it was fascinating, and I felt great after my hour long session. Some of the exercise feel a bit foreign at first, but I can see how they would open the joints, improve flexibility and overall posture and balance. I would definitely recommend checking it out, and this studio is a fantastic little find on a leafy, quaint part of the East Village.
I had a one hour session with Sandie at Personal Pilates yesterday with the Wahanda offer of a free class. The other person had cancelled so I was able to take full advantage of having a 1:2:1 session with her.
What can I say? Sandie, apart from being the most loveliest person you could ever wish to meet, was amazing! She took one look at me in standing and knew exactly where my weak areas were. I've had issues with my knees and foot positioning which have been effecting me when I run and with my posture. We started work straight away and I really felt the exercises she showed me started to take affect within the hour. Sandie showed me how to improve my breathing and engage the muscles I have been neglecting. The principles of which I have been practicing all day!
Sandie is incredibly knowledgeable and for people like me who have struggle with co-ordination, she is very patient, encouraging and I thoroughly enjoyed the hour. I will definitely be signing up for her sessions next month!
I took full advantage of the Wahanda offer of a free personal pilates class and went along to my lesson not knowing what to expect.Upon arrival, I was immediately put at ease by Sandie's demeanor and informed that the other person had cancelled so I would be having a one to one session with her! I filled out a detailed health form and looked around at all the contraptions and thought, what have I let myself in for!!
I was asked to stand as I normally would........and all I can say is WOW! Sandie was able to identify errors in my posture, give me reasons for my back pain and point out muscles that I was not using. She started work immediately on my target areas, showing me what looked easy, but were very difficult, but gentle exercises which started by building my core and focused on my breathing. The hour flew by and I felt like I had had a strenuous work out.
I loved Sandie's hands on approach and she was very knowledgeable about physiology and anatomy. I was so impressed by my experience that I will definitely be back for more as I feel from my initial visit that personal pilates will be a real benefit to me in the future.
I made a change two years ago from pilates to yoga, feeling as though I needed to join the band wagon of the om crowd. Perhaps I wasn't doing it right, but I felt as though all my core strength had gone and I wasn't fully getting the love being in amongst lots of people. Thankfully, I found Kinesis before it was too late... After 8 sessions, I feel leaner, taller, calmer and happier. The studio is an oasis of calm white light in amidst the busy streets of Notting Hill. The teachers are patient, world class, incredibly attentive and caring. There is a real feeling of welcoming as soon as you walk in the door. It's definitely on the pricier side, however there are lots deals to take advantage of! I've even started doing Gyro - which is the most freeing sensation through my body I've ever experienced!