Happy Spring! It's hard to believe it's September already! Thankfully, we know the sun will be rising sooner making it easier to get up to our early morning classes.
We've got some great information enclosed in this newsletter, including the benefits of foam rolling and a new Client Spotlight featuring one of our Sassy Pants Dance Company members, Tash a.k.a. Tequilla Sunset.
Keeping this short and sweet, I hope you have a great week and I look forward to seeing you in the studio.
xx Alyssa | Director
Essential Oil of the Month: Peppermint
We're diffusing Peppermint this month which is known to be purifying and stimulating to the conscious mind.
Peppermint also helps soothe digestive difficulties, freshens breath, and helps colic, gas, headaches, heart-burn, and indigestion.
Oily Tip: Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a mid-day pick-me-up.
Benefits of Foam Rolling and How It Can Improve Your Workout
By Asita Fotouri | Instructor
To include a foam roller into your exercise is beneficial in many ways as it can loosen up sore muscles or tight joints, increase blood flow and circulation, therefore, delivering more oxygen to your muscles, improve flexibility and range of joint movement, reduce stress, and last but not least, prevent injury. This sounds like a magic tool that we all should use a little more, but first, let me give you a rundown on what it does.
All muscles and organs are surrounded by a fascia to hold everything together. You can imagine it like a cling wrap around every muscle. Have you ever wondered what those white stringy parts are when you cut a steak or roast? That is fascia! To hold everything together with all the things we do can sometimes be challenging and strenuous on the fascia, which is why sometimes our muscles feel "tight". It is especially difficult for our fascia to hold everything in place when there are bruises and micro cuts as they don’t heal very well
When we use a foam roller, we apply pressure to our muscles and soft tissue. This is called myofascial release just another fancy (Latin) term for deep tissue massage. By rolling over our soft tissue, we break up adhesions, knots, or scar tissue, which increase the blood flow and speed up the healing process and recovery of our muscles. Doing this on a regular basis will increase your flexibility, release the tension out of the fascia and muscles and improve our range of motion. If our body is in better shape, more flexible and relaxed, we can prevent injuries in the first place. So let’s all get together and do something good for ourselves. See you in class!
Client Spotlight - Meet Tash!
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, e.g. what you do for work and play.
A: I'm a busy mum of 3, juggling two jobs for BREAST health promotion and I love to dance.
Q: What made you decide to join Aligned Movement?
A: I saw the Burlesque Class promotion about a year ago and thought I would go along for a look, I met Alyssa there and fell instantly in love with her sense of humour and professional dancing ability!
Q: What classes do you take?
A: Levels 1 and 2 Burlesque
Q: Which class is your favourite? Why?
A: They are both my faves as I get the chance to challenge myself to learn more in Level 2 but strengthen my balance in Level 1.
Q: How have our classes helped you?
A: They have helped me come back to my sexy lady time fun self, I love seeing the women empowered and strong, we are a great group of fun loving eager to learn and help each other women!
Q: Do you play any sports or partake in other physical activities outside of the studio?
A: I roller skate with my kids at the Friday night social skate and Peowhairangi Roller Derby League
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
A: I would like to invite all the ladies of the Bay of Islands to come along and try Burlesque, it's great exercise and super sexy fun for ladies of all ages and stages, Ka Aroha Kia koe Alyssa, thank you, we love you!! Xxx
Dates To Remember
Kerikeri Memory Walk
Saturday 23rd September @ 12:00 pm
End of Term Burlesque Showcase
Friday 29th September @ 7:30 pm
"In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move."