Every Inch A Woman 💄💋

Party Like A Star!

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‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ Marilyn Monroe

‘I love dry body brushing. It exfoliates. It’s great if it’s the winter and you’re drier. They say it’s really good for circulation and lymphatic drainage, too. The bristles on a dry body brush are pretty firm so it takes some time to get used to, but I just love the way it feels.’
Cindy Crawford

‘I’ve exercised and dieted most of my life, because I’m a big girl — I’m not a tiny little thing. But I’ve realized that the most important thing I can do to look good is just treat myself well, whether it’s getting a nice, long massage or just lying low and not going out every single night. I’ve learned that I can’t have a packed work schedule and a packed social schedule and a packed personal life. I need to just have time to myself to sit and breathe and unwind. Having my priorities in order has really helped me look better, fresher, and more relaxed.’
Kim Cattrall

‘Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks. We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects. One setback is one setback—it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you.’
Jillian Michaels

‘A beautiful person is someone who stays true to themselves and their spirit; someone who is self-confident and can make you smile.’
Helena Christensen

‘I still indulge in a glass of wine or chocolate – treats are mandatory. Without deviating from the day-to-day healthy diet once in a while, it wouldn’t be sustainable for me, and that’s what I wanted an approach to eating to last my entire life.’
Alanis Morissette

‘Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.’
Coco Chanel

‘If I wake up in the morning and look tired and puffy, I fill a sink with ice and cucumber and submerge my face. It instantly tightens everything making you feel and look instantly awake. I saw Joan Crawford do it in ‘Mommie Dearest.’ I also like juicing as it gives you bright eyes with a bit of a twinkle and it keeps your hair shiny.”’
Kate Moss

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Workouts

HIIT Me Baby One More Time!

It’s all about the HIITS! High Intensity Interval Circuits are fast, efficient and they work! You can sculpt your body in as little as twenty minutes a day so no ‘butts’ – that booty’s not going to shape itself! Sizzle in your stockings with this no nonsense power circuit and make Santa blush! As the party season approaches with the ‘no matter how hard you try you over do it’ tag attached, it’s important to stay on course whenever possible. After all, a healthy body is for life, not just Christmas…

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Just Dance!

Just Dance! Zumba

The story goes that a dance/aerobics instructor back in the early 90’s (Alberto Perez – ‘Beto’) forgot the music for his aerobics class and improvised the session using the salsa and merengue tapes that he listened to in his car. The rest is fitness history!
In 1999 Beto left his home in Cali, Colombia, and travelled to the United States where he joined forces with two other entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. Together they branded the word ‘Zumba’ (originally Beto called the class ‘Rumbacise’) and began building an empire which exploded onto the fitness scene and still sizzles around the globe in gyms, halls and dance studios today.
It is a cocktail of aerobic moves, Latin beats and dance styles including belly dancing, cumbia, hip hop, mambo, reggaeton, rumba, salsa, samba and soca to name but a few. The repetitive formula makes it easy to follow and the party atmosphere, pulsating beats and opportunities to channel your inner diva at every turn have never made working out so addictive! Finding exercise programmes that you love will make you more likely to do them and that is one of the keys to smashing your fitness goals. Zumba is suitable for all levels and celebrity devotees include Shakira, J Lo and Jackie Chan.
The non stop hip and body rolls, pumps and twerks target the core for the sexiest sculpt ever. At least that’s how we do it in my classes!
Training to music 120-140 b.p.m (beats per minute) has been scientifically proven to enhance performance levels for maximum benefits. So what are you waiting for? Turn it up, shake it off and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

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Every Inch A Woman 💄💋

‘Tis ALWAYS the season to be sexy!

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Pilates…I’ve Got Your Back!

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He was a poorly child and suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, thus prompting his lifelong ambition to find optimum health. Joseph believed that poor breathing techniques and bad posture were the root of all health issues and started developing his training techniques through studying yoga and forms of martial arts amidst being a gymnast, diver, bodybuilder, boxer and self defence trainer at Scotland Yard. He was interned during World War 1 and provided resistance training for bedridden patients by rigging springs to bedposts, creating the first ‘reformer’ (Pilates apparatus equipment.) He stated that anyone he trained would leave stronger than when they arrived, and the influenza epidemic of 1918 which killed thousands of people but not a single one of Joseph’s trainees is a clear indication that this was a man who clearly knew his stuff.
Pilates is widely used as a popular training method for those looking to strengthen their cores, realign their bodies and elongate their silhouettes. It is popular in dance communities the world over. Joseph and his wife Clara ran their studio from the exclusive New York City Ballet. Many dancers had inadvertently been practicing Pilates without realising it! It was first used by Rudolf Von Laban and Hanya Holmand and is still used in their techniques today.
Physiotherapists refer patients as some of the movements treat certain back ailments, though programmes are obviously tailored to suit each individual’s needs. As a vast percentage of spinal issues are caused by lifestyle (sitting for long periods, carrying heavy bags on one shoulder etc) the act of realigning posture and bringing the body back into balance is a simple way to stop backache becoming a pain in the a*s! The body is worked biomechanically through it’s natural range of movement, targeting areas which are sometimes neglected through more compound work or no work at all!
I first wondered into fitness myself upon discovering that I had scoliosis (an ‘s’ shaped curvature of the spine.) A brace wasn’t an option for me and the surgery would have involved breaking then resetting my back with a 50% chance of paralysis. As I’d always harboured dreams of becoming a dancer and was quite partial to being able to walk, I decided to explore other avenues. I used to experience excruciating pain in the lower back and my clothes hang slightly longer on one side, but for the most part I am 99% ok which I can live quite happily with. As a Pilates instructor I have witnessed many times my participants increase strength and mobility and eliminate pain to the point that they no longer need osteopaths or chiropractors. Again, everybody is different and Pilates needs to be modified for people with disc problems. I advise people with neck problems to sleep flat with no pillow so that the neck is in alignment with the spine. Sciatica sufferers would benefit from sleeping on their sides with a pillow between their knees to keep their hips stacked and parallel, releasing pressure on the lower back. Supplements such as Glucosamine Sulphate strengthen the joints and mimic what is naturally inside the body. It is a sugar found in and around the tissues and fluids that cushion the joints. Arnica oil is a homeopathic muscle relaxant which rapidly eases aches and tension. As does a long hot bath. Enjoy.

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Yogaaaaagh!!! And breathe…✌️❤️

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