We are excited to introduce our HQ-er of the Month - Dianne Ray. This amazing woman has been with Pilates HQ for the past 1 1/2 years. She came to the studio due to a neck injury causing numbness and arm pain as well as hip/back pain throughout the night. Fast forward to today,and Di’s arm pain is no non-existent and her hip and back is improving too! Di now attends two intermediate Reformer Classes a week as well as Ellie’s Tempo Class.
Find out what else changed with Dianne and how Pilates has helped her since she started over a year ago:
Why did you decide to do Pilates?
I had a compressed nerve at C6 that was causing numbness and nerve pain down my Lt arm. This was apparently due to poor posture and changes after my left Mastectomy and left axillary clearance. I was also experiencing nocturnal hip/back pain. My flexibility was not great either.
My friend Chloe suggested I give it a try and also my physio suggested it would be helpful.
What brought you to Pilates HQ?
I loved the thought that it was in Buninyong and I could walk to classes.
How has Pilates helped you? What are the benefits you have noticed since coming to your classes?
Pilates has been incredible with my feeling of wellbeing, strength and flexibility. My left arm pain/ numbness is non existent and very recently I could stop all medication for my nocturnal back pain as it has nearly disappeared.
I am able to do exercises that I could not even imagine I was capable of. The wonderful community that is HQ Pilates has also been a delight to get to know and laugh with.
What is it that you love most about your classes at Pilates HQ?
I love that the challenges are there every lesson. I love the encouragement and support to constantly try new things and perfect exercises that are challenging. I also love the HQ community, the friendly faces of clients and instructors.
Apart from Doing your Pilates classes twice/three times a week, what other hobbies do you have?
My hobbies are motorbike riding on my gorgeous BMW R nine T, otherwise known as Brunhilda. Gardening, walking and of course experimenting with food and recipes.
We are all getting pretty excited about your restaurant opening - The Shared Table! woop woop. What made you want to open your own business/restaurant?
I felt it was a great time professionally and personally to put all the wonderful skills I have learnt over the years from amazing mentors like Peter Ford and Philippe Desrettes together and see what happens! I think it is an exciting time in Buninyong and the community would really embrace having a space such as The Shared Table. I love the idea that sharing food connects people, thoughts and experiences.
What would you love for people to know about your new restaurant ?
Tough one as there have been so many questions! Maybe that it has taken a village to raise The Shared Table. I have made it a focus to try and use all local trades, services and craftspeople in fitting out the restaurant. I not only want to support local growers but also local businesses and keep the dollars within our community.
What other things apart from Pilates, do you do to help yourself stay healthy, mentally and physically?
I walk on days I don’t do Pilates. I try and remind myself to be grateful for something at the beginning of my day. Working in my veggie garden and hothouse. Being with my nearest and dearest people, including my kids.
If you could teach a Pilates class to your instructors at HQ, what exercises would you make them do?!
I’m not sure what they are called but the squats that are done on the reformer with your heels half way up the long box. Killer, thanks Jane. I would also make Jess do lots of arm ones! And Tempo sessions! I’m not good at remembering the names of the exercises.
I know your husband has is a pilot, what are some of your favourite places that you guys have flown to together?
We have flown to some incredible places and my favourite place would have had to be Cape Leveque. The airstrip stops just before the beach and we camped on the beach for a week under palm fronds with our 4 kids. Incredible red cliffs, whales, crystal clear blue water and sand dunes.