Medau members enjoyed a lovely day at the AGM and Annual Reunion yesterday (26th October). We had two classes given by Julie Partridge and Toni Pelling and we were delighted to be joined by Marcus Kingwell, the new CEO of the EMD UK. (Did you know that Medau is one of the three founder members of the EMD UK? )
It is always good to get together with friends, to enjoy classes and to perform…yes perform as there are regional display teams that create Medau masterpieces and show them to their friends and colleagues. I am very lucky to be part of the Herts and Diamonds team and while we may not be dancing on the floor of the Royal Albert Hall we put in just as much energy and effort into our creations, created with love and a great sense of humour by Frances Judd (Hertfordshire).
The Medau Society isn’t just about the weekly class, it is being part of a bigger organisation - does the class at your gym give you all of this?
Herts and Diamond Team in rehearsal.
Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
A named link worker is assigned to an individual and taking a holistic approach to that individuals health and wellbeing they give them time to discuss what matters to them connect them to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:
But the strange thing is, that we already have a means of social prescribing, it is called word of mouth!
People come to class and have a good time; they tell their friend and their friend pops along to give it a go. If they enjoy it then they carry on coming but if it isn’t quite their thing then they remember it for someone who might enjoy it.
A lady recently asked if she could ‘experience’ my class, and she did and really enjoyed it. People phone asking if the class is suitable for those with a variety of conditions and I tell them that my classes is for everyone- for people- not for conditions.
So, if you know someone who has a long-term condition, they are lonely or isolated then do your own ‘social prescribing’ and bring them along to class and let them meet like-minded people in a fun, happy and social setting.
The first class is always free so what have they go to lose?
No photos but just a quick post to congratulate the ladies at my Medau class today – you are all brilliant! I threw everything at you this afternoon and we succeeded!
Thank you a million times,
Why be physically active?
“Physical Activity is the single most useful thing that individuals can do to maintain their health and function and quality of life.” (World Health Organisation, 1997)
Chair based exercise classes focus on aiding the muscles used in everyday activity and is performed at a pace that suits participants, but EXTEND classes with Tracy go that bit further including work that challenges balance, knee and hip mobility, transfer of weight and working with hoops, clubs and balls adds a giggle as well as music you can sing to (so you are not holding your breath!).
What will being physically active for an hour do for you?
So, what have you go to lose? Try a class and see if you can feel the benefits.
As Company Secretary for Margaret Morris Movement International (MMMI) I attended their AGM at Chichester University where I led an evening Medau Movement session, Doris Dowsett-Muench, a highly respected MMM teacher who also danced with Medau Movement was watching and she sent me a very special parcel.
Thank you Doris, your words of encouragement mean a huge amount to me.
A stroll, some gentle gardening and many other light activities that lessen the time spent sitting, will benefit elderly people, says a new study.
Exercise can be very off putting and a gentle exercise class can sometimes be just what the doctor didn't order - not everyone likes pulling on thera-bands, knee lifts, shoulder rolls or going on a pre planned 'health walk' to the post box and back.
Everyone needs to be in control, and for many just a small increase in activity, like
re-arranging the dust, walking from room to room, marching the feet when watching the TV or dancing to a song on the radio is enough to promote mobility.
We have all been guilty of making life easier for those we love and care for- taking their empty cup to the sink, picking up the post or sweeping the floor - but while we do these small tasks we are not only taking away their independence but reducing their daily activity. When I was training someone said to me 'if the heaviest thing anyone ever picks up is a tea cup then that is all they will be able to lift' .
Using a hand held vacuum to pick up the biscuit crumbs on the sofa, deadheading the flowers and leaving the washed dishes to drain might be just what the doctor ordered!
It is the end of term, a time when teachers reflect on the highs and lows of the year.
Was the music good enough?
Did I introduce enough 'new things?
Was I expecting too much?
Were my expectations too low?
Did people smile enough?
Did I engage with everyone?
BUT - mostly I think about my lovely class participants - the new folk who have just slipped in and joined in and become part of the gang and those who are under the weather and unable to get to class.
Over holidays I will be attending 2 Summer Schools - the first will be with Margaret Morris Movement and then I will be away with Medau Movement. Immersing myself into movement is a good way of absorbing new movements that become the centre of new routines or add an extra ‘thing’ to an existing set of movements,. I have learnt that simply copying someone else’s routines never works, you have to be comfortable with movement which is why no two EXTEND or Medau Movement teachers are the same- we all stamp our own personality on what we do.
The Government have made increasing physical activity a priority, encouraging children and adults alike to get more active more often. In reality we all need to do more but finding the time is an issue. Exercise, like your diet has to be varied and EXTEND and Medau can contribute to a health fitness diet.
Over the past few months some class participants have said some very lovely things which I have called ‘Overheard in Class’. They say word of mouth is the best advertising, so if you fancy trying something different and ‘people centred’ then come along in September and see if my classes ‘tick your box’.
Here are the dates for the summer.
Elm Court class will run into August to 'pay back' classes missed during term time.
A wonderful afternoon celebrating 20 years of delivering EXTEND Exercise with my 2 EXTEND classes with a celebration class and lots of cake!
Thank you to Judy for presenting me with my Gold badge and special thanks to Ann, Alison and Marna for making the long journey to be with me - was quite disconcerting having so many physiotherapists in the class!
Big thanks to my mother in law for tea duty and Louise for cake cutting.
It is impossible to think that way back in 2006 I suggested EXTEND presented Gold Badges to teachers of 20 years for long service and I am very proud and feel very privileged to be a Gold Teacher.
An interesting article, we don't run lift weights or cycle, but we all know and feel the benefits of working to music.
We pick the music to suit the exercise, the tempo to get the body moving, songs to encourage breathing and everyone agrees that a 'good tune' makes it easier and gives us the 'umph' to go that bit further.
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!