This group might appeal to anyone who enjoys the freedom and relaxation that moving to music brings. Our aim is to keep all our bits in good working order, and have fun at the same time!
We do simple stretching, aerobic and weight bearing exercise and dance designed to maintain, and hopefully improve stamina, suppleness, and strength and at the same time stimulate concentration and memory. We work through a series of routines focusing on different parts of the body and usually include a more creative section that changes frequently.
The music is an eclectic mix that might come from anywhere in the world - Cuba, Italy, Africa, Asia, UK, USA; and any time – the nostalgic 40’s, the rocking 50’s; and any style from folk to jazz, classic (very occasionally), Bhangra, Latin American, and of course, ‘pop’. The only criteria that count are that the music is rhythmic, and uplifting, and so guaranteed to get us moving!
HOUSE RULES: Only two:
1. Safety first - non-slip soles or bare feet are a must;
2. You are responsible for your own level of participation - work within your own limitations.
No pain, no strain, just start the week with a swing!
Weekly: Monday 11.00 a.m -12.30 p.m, 18 Sep - 4 Dec except 23 Oct , Abbot Hall Social Centre
Weekly: Wednesday 12.15 - 1.15 p.m, 13 Sep - 6 Dec except 25 Oct, Castle Street Centre
At the start of a new year it always seems appropriate to recap what M to M is all about and that is, through simple exercises and dance trying to keep our muscles, joints, cardio-vascular system and memory in good working order, helped by good music and an awful lot of laughter. It has been good to have the opportunity to keep moving and laughing in the summer sessions – thank you to Enid!
The Monday Group starts a week late this year as Abbot Hall is closed on the 11th for a new boiler installation. It is going to be interesting to see what changes there are to the room when we return!
I look forward to seeing you all again in September but PLEASE, PLEASE, do let me know if you no longer able, or wish to attend as I already have a waiting list. Thank you!
It has been an 'interesting' (!) term for the Monday Group as we have oscillated between Abbot Hall and the Unitarian Chapel so I do hope we will be back 'home' after Easter. As Easter is so late there will be just 4 sessions for each group after the holiday, after which we will stop for the summer. However we are going to experiment with running some summer sessions on Mondays (same time, same place) thanks to a willing leader in Enid (Holmes) and requests from the members. The dates are as follows:
May 29th - June 19th inclusive (4 weeks)
July 24th - Aug 21st inclusive (4 weeks)
It has been great to welcome some new very enthusiastic members this term but both groups are now absolutely full to capacity so apologies to those on the waiting list. This does mean that if you no longer wish to attend it is very important that you let me know. Thanks!