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Pilates Classes at Little Egypt!

October 8th, 2014

Pilates Classes at Little Egypt Studio

Pilates Classes with Janet Brunton are coming to Little Egypt Studio!

Janet’s wealth of knowledge, training & experience inform her teaching and her effervescent personality make for an incredible class environment as she helps each individual to achieve their optimum!

An introductory 4 week block of classes runs:
Tuesdays, 18th November to 9th December

Beginners 4pm-5pm
Improvers 5pm-6pm

4 weeks £29 | Limited spaces

Men and women of all ages are welcome. Those who have never tried Pilates or have limited experience will benefit most from the beginners class. Those attending Improvers should have a good base knowledge of the Pilates principals and an ability beyond beginners.

The studio is warm, clean and tranquil providing many luxuries including underfloor heating.

Please wear comfortable stretch clothing and indoor footwear/bare feet. Bring your own thick Pilates exercise mat or order in class. Latex free bands will be provided for use and also available to purchase for your own practice.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. You can book in person at Little Egypt, 11c Murieston Lane, Edinburgh, over the phone on 07853 197 964 or online at bellydancingbarbie website here:

http://www.bellydancingbarbie.com/shop/belly-dance-attire.php  (As Little Egypt website is currently under construction)

A series of additional materials will also be available for you in the form of handouts and online learning.

We look forward to meeting you for a new adventure!

*NEW* Foam Rolling Class

May 29th, 2014

A few of you voiced interest in setting up foam rolling sessions so I’ve worked out a regular class format and BAM, there it is!

So, I hear you ask…

What is it & how does it work? ‘Foam Rolling’ is a form of Myofascial Release which has taken America by storm in recent years. It works with a similar principle to a remedial sports massage, however, this you perform yourself utilising your own body weight for leverage and applying pressure to the trigger points to stimulate the stretch reflex. Listening to your own body’s signals and reacting accordingly are also key to achieving a positive objective. Originally developed and used by Physiotherapists, this treatment is now offered by top trained fitness professionals who have seen it’s outstanding results and appreciate its potential benefits for their clients.  It’s applications are vast, here are just some of the benefits you can gain:

  • Relief from muscle soreness caused by tension
  • Increases flexibility and suppleness
  • Re-alignment & maintenance of good posture
  • Sculpts the body through toning to produce light, lean, elegant muscles
  • Transforms quality of movement
  • Increases depth of movement
  • Lymphatic drainage release of toxins
  • May be helpful in the treatment of scar tissue & cellulite
  • Increases circulation of the blood
  • Builds balance and harmony between muscle groups
  • Improves the condition of the skin
  • Raises general baseline level of fitness
  • Prevents injury from overworked muscles & stressed joints
  • Encourages steady weight loss when used as part of an exercise programme
  • Raises body temp making it an effective warm up phase of exercise
  • Effective stretch component during cooldown phase of exercise

…you can imagine the positive effects this can have not only on your dancing or sporting activity but potentially on your whole life!

Who is it for? Dancers (both professional and amateur hobbyists) sports persons, physical professionals, runners, yoga, pilates & aerobics enthusiasts and some of the fitter mainstream population can all benefit from foam rolling. You do require a good level of general fitness, a mild degree of upper body strength and moderate core strength to get the best rewards and the activity itself will develop these further. Our small group classes will allow for tailored tuition and teaching points so if you don’t have perfect bodily awareness this isn’t a problem, guidance will be on hand.

I’ve used foam rolling with many of my fitness clients. One client in particular had muscular back pain for approx 2 years and within 3 sessions of Foam Rolling they felt freed of the pain cycle. I’ve had a similar experience when I suffered a muscular injury. I now use Foam Rolling on a regular basis between classes to keep my muscles both strong and flexible ..and to release my calves after years of high-heel wearing! I LOVE foam rolling, it’s addictive and you’ll be amazed by the results! I can’t recommend this highly enough, it’s an investment in your health or at the very least it’s worth trying out!

What does it feel like? The first time you roll, I’m not going to lie, it can be rather uncomfortable. From there on in, with regular sessions it feels better and better until it starts to feel amazing! If you’re someone who enjoys a deep back massage with applied pressure, chances are you’ll like this. It’s a good discomfort, like a deep stretch, it feels productive. Within 10 minutes you’ll feel lighter and more supple and you’ll enjoy that sensation so much you’ll happily work through this feeling. As the health of your muscles improves, discomfort eases and warmth & relaxation follows. It feels satisfying and wholesome.

You’ll see instant results in 1 session and I’d recommend at least 6 consecutive sessions if you want deeper, more progressive results. After that you can go on and practice some of the techniques and teachings safely by yourself at home. You will likely find that joining us in ongoing classes gives you the best adherence and progression but you’ll have the lovely option of performing it yourself anytime. eg. wake up with a sore back? Heal it!

When does class start, where do I sign up?

Foam Rolling Class starts on:

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Wednesday 4th June | 8.30-9.30pm at Little Egypt
Drop-In | £7 on the day | Just come along
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This is a fitness class containing zero dance. Men are also welcome to attend this class. I will be in my personal trainer persona, expect lots of anatomical teaching points and to sweat for your results.

Where do I get a roller & a mat? A decent roller for this purpose is around £20-30 from a physio suppliers and they come in different densities. We will be using a “full length, full round” in classes. You are welcome to bring your own roller or you can purchase one at Little Egypt for under £20. You might like a mat for some of the exercises, preferably one around 6mm thickness, these can be ordered at Little Egypt.

What should I wear? Stretchy clothing like you’d wear to the gym or to a yoga class, preferably fitted for easy of movement. Barefeet, FootGloves or indoor trainers.

I’ve a previous injury, can I still do it? Depending on the injury, you may be able to proceed with caution. Email for my opinion and double check with your GP or specialist.

**Please do not attempt this form of exercise yourself without proper training as incorrect usage can lead to serious injury**

…for those of you who enjoy a flowing movement, stretch, wellbeing & meditation class you want to try get a space in BellyStretch. …and for those of you who’d prefer a more conventional relaxing massage, get in touch, I have diary space! £35 per hour session with pre & post treatment consultation. For this just email me!

BellyJam | The Elixirs of Life

January 26th, 2013

You’ll hear a lot of crap these days of products, supplements, diets, regimes, exercise fads, “5 foods to never eat” etc all promising the world and delivering nothing. Worse still, many of these actually worsen your condition. Why? For the sole reason that the company behind them care about your money and not about your health and fitness.

So here’s the deal.

You attend BellyJam class, I change up your health & fitness to be the best it possibly can be, in the safest, simplest way and without breaking the bank. You feel great, you look great, people compliment you and I feel satisfied in myself knowing you’re happier and healthier in yourself.

In next week’s BellyJam handout I’ll be sharing with you one of my “elixirs of life”

In advance of this and assuming you want to be the best version of yourself, buy yourself some apple cider vinegar (organic, unpasturised, unfiltered are best) and a good quality honey.

If you have a medical condition, maybe you’re a coeliac for example, you may also wish to run both of these ingredients by your doctor for ingestion in small dilute quantities.

Any questions, advice or help tracking these down just ask.

The handout will reveal a recipe which, when coupled with BellyJam sessions, will revolutionise your health & fitness.

See you in class, aiwaa…

Lindsey Xx.

BellyJam™ | Belly Dance Fitness Classes in Edinburgh

January 7th, 2013

BellyJam | Belly Dance Fitness Classes Edinburgh

Having enjoyed 2 years of success so far as one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets, BellyJam is growing as more women in Edinburgh benefit from the professional fitness expertise of its founder, Lindsey Marie Silver, fulltime Professional Bellydancer and Qualified Health & Fitness Instructor. Previous to launching BellyJam back in 2010 Lindsey was employed by Stevenson College managing the gym and delivering professional fitness training to both the college students & staff. Lindsey is also fully insured and an advanced first aider so you’re in very safe hands!

BellyJam is held in large, mirrored city centre studios & class sizes are kept small to further ensure you get the best out of your sessions.

★★★★★ – Qype
“I’m one of the laziest people on the planet but I really enjoy the BellyJam classes. Lindsey’s enthusiasm is infectious and her encouragement keeps you going so you get a fantastic sweat-inducing work out without being completely knackered by the end. She also ensures you get a proper cool-down and stretch afterwards so although you feel like you’re going to hurt the next day you never do. Fabulous and great fun.”

★★★★★ – Qype
“To anybody who thinks bellydancing is not for them!Just come and see yourself how much fun we are all haveing!I just love Bellydancing and Bellyjam cause is more than just a class.I feel these classes give me very good energy, self-confidence, new friends and I am burning calories in a very fun way!:)Lindsey is the happiest person on earth! She always makes me smile!:)Love it, love it ,love it!”

Book your spaces over on the Learn page now…

BellyJam ~ who needs the Gym when you can Jam!

The Health Benefits of Belly Dance

December 21st, 2012

The Health Benefits of Belly Dance are vast. Through my own research and testing here are my findings to date:

Physical Benefits of BellyDancePhysical Benefits

Increased and improved:

Stability of core muscles

Flexibility

Heart and lung fitness

Strength

Muscular Endurance

Body shape

Toning of muscles

Weight loss potential

Performance of all body systems

Good posture

Bone strength

Pelvic floor strength

Prenatal and postnatal health

Removal of toxins

Recovery from injury/illness

Joint health through synovial fluid production

Water regulation within the body

Natural management of period pain

 

Skill Benefits

Increased and improved:

Balance

Coordination

Control of movement

Body awareness

Rhythm and listening

Creativity

 

Intellectual Benefits

Increased and improved:

Anatomical and physiological knowledge

Cultural awareness

Concentration and focus

Respect for diversity

 

Psychological Benefits

Increased and improved:

Confidence

Stronger sense of self/identity

Psychological-Social-Emotional-Benefits-of-BellyDanceStress reduction

 

Social Benefits

Increased and improved:

Social circles

Group cooperation

Personality development within a group

Discovery of female spirituality

 

Emotional Benefits

Increased and improved:

Self esteem

Fun and invigoration

Calming and relaxation

Prenatal and postnatal health

Management of premenstrual tension

General happiness

 

See the View page to read an article the Edinburgh Evening News wrote about one of my research studies. The findings of this one were phenomenal and I’ll also be sharing that very valuable data with you soon…

…in the meantime, should you need any other reason to continue or take up Belly Dancing for the first time just ask some of the ladies who’ve danced for years, they’ll tell you why they love it!

 

©Lindsey Marie Silver
If you wish to use any of this information please  credit  & link . Use is otherwise prohibited.

JingleJam | Winter spiced bellydance fitness class

November 25th, 2012

Bellydance fitness classAfter the, quite frankly, scary success of Halloweens “PumpkinJam” bellydance fitness class, I invite you to experience the warming cinnamon & gingerbread sensation of.. JingleJam!

Have you been feeling sluggish? Then join us for this fabulously spicy festive BellyJam class! Ms Claus & all the elves will be there making their lists and checking them twice but shifting all those parcels & giant candy canes in the toy factory is rather hard work so expect to find out if your body’s naughty or nice! Enjoy feeling cosy and mulled during cooldown before you go home to your crib.

Looking forward to celebrating and unwrapping a cracker of a class!

Be there, with bells on!
Thursday 6th December | 7:15-8:15pm | Studio Below, Medusa
Everyone welcome | RSVP | £5 on the day
Fancy dress is hugely encouraged but not essential. Trainers & water are also recommended.

Facebook event is here JingleJam

(Santa will most likely be too busy napping by the fire to make an appearance. Well.. he’s not famous for his physique for a reason!)

Extra BellyJam Class Added!

September 14th, 2012

An additional BellyJam class will run at Studio Below, Tollcross on Thursday 11th October, 7.15-8.15pm!

This class is complimentary for those ladies who were Block Booked on June-July Thursday BellyJam (replacing class which didn’t run due to a studio technical error)

There will be some spaces available for those who’d like to come along using a pass or drop-in paying on the day

Join us …AIWAAAAA!

Members Offer: Foam Rolling Sessions

September 11th, 2012

If you’ve been with Bellydancingbarbie for some time now you’ll probably have heard me speak highly of “foam rolling” and you might have even taken rolling sessions on my recommendation. If not, here it is…

‘Foam Rolling’ or ‘Myofascial Release’ has taken America by storm. Originally developed and used by Physiotherapists, this treatment is now offered by top fitness professionals who have seen it’s outstanding results and appreciate the potential benefits for us all.  It’s applications are vast, here are just some uses:

  • Relief from muscle soreness caused by tension
  • Release of toxins
  • Raises body temp during warm up phase of exercise
  • Effective stretch component during cooldown phase of exercise
  • Can be useful in the treatment of cellulite
  • Increases circulation of the blood
  • Builds balance and harmony between body parts
  • Improves the condition of the skin
  • Encourages steady weight loss when used as part of an exercise programme
  • Re-alignment & maintenance of good posture
  • Increases flexibility and suppleness
  • Transforms quality of movement
  • Depth of movement
  • Sculpts the body through toning to produce light, lean, elegant muscles

…you can imagine the positive effects this can have not only on your dancing but potentially on your whole life!

It works with a similar principle to a remedial sports massage, however, after a few training sessions you can effectively perform this on yourself!

I worked with a client recently who had muscular back pain for approx 2 years and within 3 sessions of Foam Rolling they felt freed of the pain cycle. I have had a similar experience when I suffered a muscular injury. I now use Foam Rolling on a regular basis between classes to keep my muscles both strong and flexible ..and to release my calves after years of high-heel wearing! I LOVE foam rolling, it’s addictive and you’ll be amazed by the results! I can’t recommend this highly enough, it’s an investment in your health!

Throughout the remainder of our Autumn term I’m offering foam rolling sessions to all Edinburgh based members of Bellydancingbarbie.com for only £20 (40% off) A 1 hour one-to-one session delivered in the studio or comfort of your own home by me, your qualified fitness professional. 

You’ll see instant results in 1 session and deeper, more progressive results, in 2 or more sessions. I’d recommend a course of at least 5 sessions if you want to go on and practice by yourself and I will teach you to a level where you can confidently use the roller on all rollable areas of the body. A roller itself is around £20-30 and they come in different densities. Book a block of 5 sessions & I’ll treat you to your own roller! For our sessions together I’ll bring a mild density roller for us to use.

To book in your sessions and get this offer just fill in the enquiry form on the Hire page or email info@bellydancingbarbie.com stating your Bellydancingbarbie.com username. Book during Autumn term for foam rolling sessions between now and April 2013.

 

**Please do not attempt this form of exercise without proper training as you can seriously injure yourself, it’s that powerful! You wouldn’t want someone unqualified giving you a sports massage would you? Please apply the same care here**

…and for those of you who’d prefer a more conventional sports massage, get in touch as above, if I have diary space I’ll give you the same offer!

Current Term Class Add Ons

July 6th, 2012

We have just 1 week left of this current term …time sure does fly when you’re having fun doesn’t it?!

I’m adding two classes onto the end of this term and these are:

 

 | Tollcross | Tuesday 17th July | 7pm

This will be a troupe members exclusive session working on performance choreography.

 

 

 | Tollcross | Thursday 19th July | 7:15pm

This will replace the class which didn’t run due to a technical fault in the studio. Open to those who are block booked on BellyJam at Tollcross June-July term and those who wish to drop-in at £5 and join the fun!

 

Any questions just ask..