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Pilates to Boost Immunity?

Legend has it that Joseph Pilates invented the reformer when he was interned on the Isle of Man during WWI. He taught wrestling and trained his fellow prisoners that were bed-ridden using resistance of bed springs. Health conditions were bad and yet – according to Pilates legend – none of the prisoners fell sick during the infamous flu epidemic. So could taking a Pilates class improve immunity? Is this yet another reason for stepping up your regular practice to stave off winter colds and flu?

In his book “Return to Life Through Contrology” Joseph Pilates emphasised blood circulation (for “bodily house cleaning”) and breath (squeezing out “every atom of old air”). When the muscles are stretched, circulation improves. This, combined with the deep breathing associated with Pilates exercise, brings more oxygen to the muscles, creating healthier cells in the body. Take 100 hundred, doesn’t this exercise make you feel re-envigorated?

Furthermore, the body/mind connection, so pivotal in our Pilates practice, helps relieve stress and brings a sense of well-being. Our brains accelerate “the happy chemicals” production: endorphins and serotonin, giving us a natural high. This in turn boosts the immune system and helps to stave off flus and colds.

Do not let autumn blues get to you, stay active, keep moving.

ASPIRE Pilates Studio in The Hague Open Day!

On Thursday, October 8th, ASPIRE Pilates studio in The Hague opens its doors to give you an insight into the world of Pilates.

What is Pilates, how is it different from other exercise methods, who can do pilates and who can’t?


Come to find answers and experience an equipment session for yourself! Whether you are in need of better coordination, balance, strength and mobility, or just want to enhance your quality of life – Aspire Pilates will create a programme to meet your needs.

Mental rejuvenation and higher self-confidence will follow!

We look forward to seeing you next week!

Aspire Pilates Studio Open Day

Aspire Pilates is holding an open house on Thursday, October 8, 2015. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the many benefits that Pilates brings to every age group and encourage healthy living. Open Day will run from 10.00 to 17.00 at Aspire Pilates Studio — at the Bloom House of Health, in the Koninginnengracht 28.  




The studio will offer free postural assessment, private consultations, and taster one-on-one sessions between 10.00 – 16.00. All are welcome to stop by the studio for tours, demonstrations, special offers and giveaways. 


Those who are keen to explore what Pilates is should book a free taster session. Fill in the contact form HERE for FREE registration. There will be special offers for newcomers to the studio; open day is a great opportunity to learn how Pilates can enhance your wellbeing and quality of life.  


Aspire Pilates is a fully equipped studio featuring state of the art Pilates apparatus by Balanced Body. The studio offers a wide range of services: Private and Duet sessions, group classes, remedial work, inter alia breast cancer recovery. 


Aspire Pilates is endorsed by Dr. Merle Kroll, MD and vascular surgeon, specialist in preventive health at The Hague International Health Centre.  Whether you are in need of increased coordination, balance, strength and mobility, mental and spiritual rejuvenation, higher self-confidence, or just want to enhance your quality of life – Aspire Pilates can help create a programme to meet your needs. 


To learn more about Pilates and Aspire Pilates studio CLICK HERE!


Send your friends, family, neighbours along. Lots of prizes and give aways await!

Shopping Night Den Haag



Big fashion cities have Vogue Shopping Night Out.

Here in The Hague, an international fashion city in the making, we have to content with just the Shopping Night 

Unfortunately this time I could not go out  and see what was going on in the city centre where all the activities were concentrated, but John of the Hollywood to Holland kept me updated and wrote a great review. You can read it here

As John pointed out the night attracted big crowds of people but was not  on the level of the previous two editions. Well, with all the construction going on it is little wonder.

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