So here we are….almost an incredible four months into lockdown (day 117!!). The world looks so different. Who would have thought!
I hope that this email finds you coping, keeping well, warm, and looking forward to a ‘more normal’ time hopefully not tooooo far in the future.
So a catch up email….
The studio for the moment is no more. A very hard and sad decision to take after all the effort that Nadia and I put into it, and whilst it wasn’t really complete (still many ideas to execute), it had become our home and our new place. I think, however, that we have done the right thing. We have a ‘body’ that is fighting for Pilates studio’s, but even so, I think it will be a while before studio’s reopen. (I will pop a ‘shorter’ email to everyone re the survey that went out – thank you for taking the time to participate).
When the time is right.. we will look to have an even better space/studio… with even more thought going into it. I don’t think it will be as big.. but I will go for soul, (parking, easy accessible toilet etc. etc.). So.. maybe it will evolve into an even better ‘space/picture’.
For the moment, please help me to enable you to keep your Pilates journey happening. I know that it is more tough, with all the different ‘hats’ everyone is having to wear.. but remember.. write it down and glance at it regularly.. what are the benefits of Pilates to YOU. Whilst, yes, it is my business… it really is more my passion.. and honestly believe that in this crazy time we find ourselves… breath and movement are key and can make a huge difference. A stressed body does not allow us to stand strong…… breath, movement and giving ourselves some ‘time out’ is what will do it for us. So, you may have to ‘fight’ to make that a possibility and it won’t be easy. Book ‘your’ time out in your diary… if the only option is early morning.. let me know.. we can start an early one again.. or a late one, but your feedback is going to be what helps us get through this crazy time.
Many of you are opting to do recordings, which is fabulous, and I am thrilled that it is working for you. Try and get to the odd ‘live’ class though, so that an instructor can have an ‘eye’ on you. Find a time and put it in your diary and pitch up to class.. make it non-negotiable. Let me know if I can help you to be accountable to yourself.
Having said all the above, some of our pictures will not withstand the pressures at the moment…. please let me know. We can put your ‘membership’, as such, on hold till the world tilts back to some normality. A month’s notice would be very much appreciated so that I know how to plan going forward. I will keep in contact with everyone… those that are managing to stay in class, and those that have to wait till we re-open. With everyone choosing what works for them at the moment, (I don’t see everyone/& I miss the contact) I will continue to invoice unless I hear differently from you.
So, all that is left for me to say .. is Thank you! Thank you for continuing to support Moving Arts. As I said to someone.. I/we want to give value to you and believe with the picture that we have created.. the ability to go online for ‘live’ classes or grab a recording when it works for you… the ability to do as many classes as you like with a variety of teachers (all with wonderful expertise), the value is there, albeit in a different format. Without a doubt, a studio session is hard to beat.. but if you take the time to get your set up right for you and for us (so you can see us well, and we can see you well), there is no doubt that your sessions can be just as beneficial.
That was quite a long read.. if you’ve got to this point (thank you). Keep well, strong and warm… We will come through this.
Charmaine & the Moving Arts Team