Jim Pickles
Posture and Flexibility


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Special 2-for-1 offer - see below

Posture and Flexibility Stretch class (Sherwood/Graceville)
Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.00 pm.

Posture and Flexibility
(also called Stretch Therapy) is a stretch programme that aims to increase suppleness, tone the muscles, and relax the body.
Posture and Flexibility  includes exercises for strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. It helps to maintain a healthy and responsive body that is able to flourish in a natural way; it also aims to increase the awareness of body sense and body alignment, and to reduce stress and refresh the spirit.

In the Posture and Flexibility Stretch class, after an initial period of focussing and warm-up, we work round the body, stretching and strengthening each part, with emphasis on the flexiblity and core strength needed to preserve and enhance the musculo-skeletal health of the body, and in particular of the spine. The class will end with a progressive relaxation. During the class, there is an emphasis on correct form, which not only helps to ensure safety, but enhances body awareness and maximises mindfulness. These skills are valuable for maximising physical and psychological health.

The class is suitable for all ages. Older students are particularly welcomed, and will find the class especially valuable. In addition, many of the exercises are specifically designed to deal with the problems and imbalances arising from daily activities such as sitting at desks and using computers. Those with more advanced flexibility goals will also be helped and will be encouraged to achieve those goals.

Posture and Flexibility (Stretch Therapy) is a system of training devised by Kit Laughlin originally at the Australian National University, Canberra (see www.stretchtherapy.net).

Classes run on Tuesdays from 6.30 - 8.00 pm, in the Church Hall of St. Matthews Anglican Church, Sherwood (corner of Sherwood Rd and Oxley Rd; 481 Oxley Rd) (see map). There is ample parking at the site. The hall is the second building (brick) on the left as you enter the car park. Please note that there is a double white line on Oxley Rd outside the carpark entrance: therefore it is not possible to enter from Oxley Rd if you are heading away from the City - you can only enter if heading towards the City. It may be necessary to go round the block (go via Sherwood Rd, then Primrose St, left turn into Quarry Rd, left turn in to Oxley Rd: see map).  Classes run througout the year, generally including school holidays (except summer holidays).  Occasional classes may be cancelled at other times (as will be announced at the top of the main page - check page for details).

Prices: Single casual class $16, 4-class card $60, 8-class card $110. Class cards may be used for any classes in the year - there is no requirement to use a card up within any particular period.

2-for-1 offer: bring a friend and the friend comes free! 2 people have a class, but you only pay for one! Offer is for all of 2017.

What to bring: mat (e.g. yoga mat), plus thick folded blanket for extra support, water bottle. Optional: depending on flexibility, you may like to bring a fabric loop (or instead use a folded towel) to reach your leg in leg stretches. I have a few small loops available for $5 each.

What to wear: anything that you are comfortable in that lets you move freely. Footwear: stretch classes are best taken barefoot. However, this can get cold in winter. If you want to use socks, I suggest "Toesox" grip socks. These socks have the best grip for the foot with individual toes, and have rubber grips all over the bottom surface (including the toes), giving very good grip even on slippery floors. See www.toesox.com for the original supplier.

Participant form for Tuesday class: download as .doc or .pdf file.

Contact details:
Contact detaills as jpg

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(Last image - me and Manu at the 2013 International Contortion Convention in Germany)