Happy Halloween !
It’s time to celebrate as we complete our first live block of Pilates classes at the studio since the start of the Pandemic!! The uncertainty of the past two months has sat heavily on my shoulders : would clients want to come back to live classes during a pandemic? Once back would they still enjoy Pilates with our new routines at the studio and would we all be able to keep each other safe ? I’m pleased to say the answer to all these questions is a definite YES !!
Everyone who has attended in October is hoping we can continue with a six week block in the run up to Christmas. Your positive feedback keeps the spring in my step. I realise coming to the studio is a different experience now. It is bringing a lot of positivity into so many lives. Who imagined we would get so much pleasure from being in a room with other people, feeling safe, seeing people without masks on and exercising at the same time. Home working has many advantages but the isolation felt by many can be demoralising. Meeting people regularly, catching up with their lives and sharing experiences are real benefits I have shared with so many of you over the past two months.
Managing the balance between live and Zoom is a real challenge. I would love not to have to spread myself across the two at the same time but that is just not practical in these extraordinary times. Now that we have completed a live block I feel confident Pilates live at the studio does continue to offer all the benefits of Pilates along with new benefits of human company, routine, feeling safe and the comfort of practising familiar hobbies in our uncertain world . Its amazing that Zoom and the Videos bring many of the benefits to their followers so I’m delighted that we are able to continue to offer Pilates to so many of you.
Stefan has been making the most of his spare time now he is working from home and has been very creative with his pumpkin carving this year. If you would like to share your efforts do send me a picture.
Life in the NHS continues to be complicated. The hospital is doing its best to continue to see all our usual patients as the number of patients with Covid 19 rises. It feels a very different challenge this time around. Not seeing most of my colleagues face to face at all and seeing the small number I do only once a week is mind altering. It certainly reminds me that the main reason I love being a Physiotherapist is to make a difference in people’s lives, patients and colleagues alike. That isn’t easy in a virtual world. We are all adapting our skills and using our understanding to get the best out of what we are able to do for our patients at the moment. I still find myself moving my limbs around as I try to assess range of movement over the telephone. Patients are very appreciative of our advice, empathy and understanding. The desperation in many of their voices is heart breaking.
Its so nice to finish my week with the smiling faces of the Friday morning Zoom Class. All the Pilates groups work hard, its great to see such effort and commitment at such an uncertain time in our lives.
I thank you all for your continued support of Pilates By Physiotherapy Live and Online. Without you ALL we wouldn’t be where we are today. I’m sure we all have our stories to tell as we face this second wave of Co-Vid 19. I’m pleased to be able to share the little bits and pieces we pick up on in class and I hope you all feel the benefits of Pilates in your lives.
I hope the live classes survive the next few months. If not, I know online Pilates will keep us going like it did the first time around and I look forwards in time, to welcoming even more of you back to the studio .
I wrote this blog yesterday but still wanted to post it despite the news this morning!! Looks like it will probably be pure Zoom and Videos for at least the next month so I hope you can enjoy some freedom on this wet and windy day !!
Take Care, Stay Safe