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Closing After 7 Years!

March 6th, 2015

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Some of you have been following the story of Bellydancingbarbie since the very beginning. For the benefit of those who haven’t here’s a short story for you. It’s a love story.

Once upon a time I was a “beginner” of bellydance, I progressed through “intermediate” and “advanced” pretty quickly as I was a “natural” I fell into teaching lunchtime classes for colleagues in the offices of the civil service after volunteering a demonstration at health at work day.

As my skill grew steadily alongside my love of the art form, I was invited to perform for local Moroccan restaurants. I learnt more and performed more and then I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling and live abroad. Can you believe that was over a decade ago?!!

On returning to the UK I worked for a youth charity, was again invited to perform at restaurants and asked if I would set up and teach regular classes. In 2008, after I found myself in Turkey for a week performing and teaching Turkish women, I took the insane decision to leave the legal world & youth charity scene and retrain so that I could share the joy and benefits of this dance with friends and the public to the best of my ability, accurately and safely. I invested several years in academic and practical study in order to become a fully qualified professional bellydancer, fitness instructor, personal trainer and massage therapist. I taught Bellydance in offices, high end yoga studios, Universities and I managed the Edinburgh College gym. I also hired the best of Edinburgh’s private studios and delivered classes and sessions there. All of those studios were grossly overpriced, freezing cold and to my mind dancing in them had the sophistication of dancing within your neighbours rusty old camper van with a mismatched door!

I worked my ass off for the next 9 or so years, building things up, developing, reinvesting, strengthening our little community and working to achieve my goal of one day creating a space that honours the art form and the community of women who enjoy it. I met many challenges along the way and made some sacrifices. Some you may know of, others untold.

In October 2013 I opened Little Egypt.

Whilst things have grown over the years so has the work load which is never finished even when consistently working 90 hours per week. So I took on an Admin and Projects Assistant to help me out a few hours a week. After much consideration the person I took on was Janis, who also happens to be my mother. Here’s the article Introducing Janis.

Now, Janis had a hard time getting her head around the fact that I would be paying her regardless of her wishes otherwise. Why would I agree not to pay her? She’s a devoted team member who gives of herself like any other team member! I believe it’s very important everyone feels appreciated and rewarded in life.

What I wasn’t prepared for however and had no clue about was that Janis has been saving up her wages…

For the first time in 7 years, I’ve just switched on my out of office auto reply. It seems I’m going on holiday! To Morocco!!!

We will be officially closed from 7th March to the 16th March with team members around at Little Egypt in my absence. All enquiries will be answered on my return. I will have internet access just enough to check any urgent enquiries, class booking numbers, do a few live tweets @BDBarbie and @LittleEgyptUK and post images of myself eating multiple tagines, hotdogs or legs, haggling and “doing a camel with a camel” If there’s anything you would like me to source in Morocco let me know on social media, I’m taking a ridiculous amount of extra luggage and if that’s not enough I can post things back to us! Yes, of course I will send Little Egypt a postcard!

I can’t believe it. I’m overwhelmed. It’s like a dream.

Thank you mum for your endless, selfless kindness and thank YOU to every single woman and man in our community who has believed in my crazy dreams for us.

You are what I live for and I love you very much.

*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!

New Term of Bellydancing Classes!

January 6th, 2013

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Year celebration! :)

But if you feel you’ve stiffened up, need a bit of a boost, eaten 1 or 2 too many mince pies or nibbled your way through a kilo of cheese, biscuits and chocolate then good news everyone… BELLY DANCING CLASSES START NEXT WEEK!

As of next week you can have fun getting toned with BellyBasics, energised with BellyJam & creative with BellyDance …not to mention every other health benefit of Bellydancing! It ticks all the boxes and then some, see my article The Health Benefits of Bellydancing and also the Wikipedia Belly Dance page (yes that appears to be me on there! :)

 

Here’s the January to March class line up…

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BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
Monday’s 14th Jan-4th Mar | 8.00-9.00pm
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith
8 Classes £40 | **Limited spaces remaining**
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BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
Tuesday’s 15th Jan-5th Mar | 7.00-8.00pm
at The Studio Below, Medusa, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross
8 Classes £50 | **FULLY BOOKED**
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BellyDance™ | Choreographies & Improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression, fun
Tuesday’s 15th Jan-5th Mar | 8.15-9.15pm
at The Studio Below, Medusa, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross
8 Classes £50 | **Limited spaces remaining**
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BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
Wednesday’s 16th Jan-6th Mar | 7.00-8.00pm
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street, Leith
8 Classes £50 | **Limited spaces remaining**
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BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
Thursday’s 17th Jan-7th Mar | 7.15-8.15pm
at The Studio Below, Medusa, 26 Bread Street, Tollcross
8 Classes £40 | **ONLY 1 SPACE REMAINING**
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Valentine’s Workshop | 2 hours of sensuous bellydance techniques
Saturday 9th February 2013 | 1.00-3.00pm
at Edinburgh Studios,  19 Arthur Street, Leith
Save the date | Details & booking to follow

 

I strongly recommend booking your spaces through the website now as with only a few days to go some classes are filling up fast!

PLEASE NOTE: Priority goes to those who block book through the Learn page, second priority goes to those attending with a flexible 8 class pass and finally any remaining spaces will be offered as drop-ins from week 2 of term on a first come first served basis. Any classes which have less than 4 people block booked on the term will not run.

Spread the word & get booking, 2013 is going to be the best year yet,

…see you next week, AIWAAAAA!

 

Two thousand and thirteen shimmies,

Lindsey Xx.
www.bellydancingbarbie.com

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.

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!

Belly Dancing Classes Start Now..

March 20th, 2012

Congratulations on surviving winter!

If the nights have felt long & dark, your body sluggish and the sun nowhere to be seen then smile, fold away your winter woolies, hats & scarves and come out of hibernation because.. springtime BELLYDANCING CLASSES START NEXT WEEK!

You can have fun getting energised & revitalised with BellyJam, toned & trim with BellyBasics and creative & cultured with ChoreoImpro …plus a whole host of other health benefits! See my article on the Chat page here and also Wikipedia Yep, Bellydancing really is that good for you!

Due to popular demand this Spring term sees the launch of **2 NEW CLASSES** on our timetable. Based in an immaculate state-of-the-art studio in the Leith area, these are sure to prove popular as well! Those booked on spring term can also enjoy upcoming bellydance nights out, special treats and various community opportunities. Online classes are on their way and my first Bellydance Podcast (which includes a live competition draw to win an 8 Class Pass) is available to view over on the Chat page now. :)

Here’s the March to May class line up…
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Monday’s | 8-9pm *NEW CLASS*
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street Upper, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £40 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Tuesday’s | 7-8pm
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Tuesday’s | 8:15-9:15pm
ChoreoImpro™ | Choreographies & Improvisation
Best for: Learning, styling, confidence, expression, fun
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Wednesday’s | 7-8pm *NEW CLASS*
BellyBasics™ | All the basics, technique & conditioning
Best for: Learning, strengthening, toning, flexibility, fun
at Edinburgh Studios, 19 Arthur Street Upper, Leith, EH6 5DA
8 Classes £50 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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Thursday’s | 7:15-8:15pm
BellyJam™ | Energising bellydance aerobics class!
Best for: Fitness, toning, calorie burning, flexibility, energy
at The Studio Below, Medusa Hair, 26 Bread Street, EH3 9AF
8 Classes £40 | Booking is essential as spaces are limited
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I strongly recommend booking your spaces through the website now as with only a few days to go classes are filling up. If you’ve already booked your spaces, wheeeeee… well done you! I’m really looking forward to dancing with you!

If you’re yet to book please note that last term some classes were full. Click to Book your spaces now

Spread the word, spring has sprung,

see you soon, AIWAAAAA!

 

Hen Party Classes & Workshops

January 30th, 2012

Belly Dance Hen Parties are one of my favourite hire event bookings to deliver. I’ve delivered *many* and each has a unique magical energy as everyone’s excited to be there taking in a new experience and I’m ecstatic to be able to share some of the beauty of Middle Eastern Dance. A Bellydancing activity is also befitting of a Hen Party as the dance holds strong roots in this form of celebration.

A BellyDance Hen Party usually costs £200 and takes the form of a 2 hour workshop including:

  • Costumes to try & performances to enjoy watching
  • a chat about the origins of BellyDance & it’s health benefits
  • a full class breaking down the technique of lots of the basic moves
  • a catchy choreography routine you can dance in the club together later
  • an ancient circle dance to honour & bless the bride-to-be in her new future
  • A choice of either a bottle of bubbly or a music CD to keep the party going afterwards

Either I travel to the groups chosen venue or I hire a central dance studio and they come to me.

I consider it a huge honour to bring such special memories to bond friends together and to help celebrate such a momentous occasion for the bride-to-be. If there are any special requests of the group (and there had been a few!) I’ve seen me work into the small hours to ensure these are catered to.

Members Offer: July Foam Rolling Sessions

July 1st, 2011

‘Foam Rolling’ or actual title ‘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
  • Raise 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
  • 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
  • Will add depth of movement for bellydancers

It works with a similar principle to a sports massage, however, after a few training sessions you can 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 to release my calves after years of constant high-heel wearing! I LOVE foam rolling, it’s addictive and you’ll be amazed by the results! I’d recommend this to everyone, it’s an investment in your health!

Throughout the month of July I’m offering foam rolling sessions to all Edinburgh based members of Bellydancingbarbie.com for only £20. A 1 hour one-to-one session delivered in the comfort of your own home by me, your qualified fitness professional.

You’ll see instant benefits in 1 session and more progressive benefits 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 areas of the body. A roller itself is around £20-30 and they come in different densities. Book 5 sessions & I’ll chuck in a roller for you! For our sessions together I’ll bring a mild density roller for us to use.

To book in your sessions anytime in July just fill in the enquiry form on the Hire page or email info@bellydancingbarbie.com stating your Bellydancingbarbie.com username.

First person based in Edinburgh to comment on this post wins a free session. Ready, GO!..

Fenugreek Bread – Khubz Ruqaq

June 26th, 2010

"Khubz Ruqaq" - Fenugreek Bread

The reported health benefits of Fenugreek are vast, ranging from reducing symptoms of asthma and arthritis, improving digestion and metabolism,  through to hormone regulation, cholesterol balance and diabetes treatment. It’s seeds are a

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