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.
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!