Looking for a gentle contemporary dance fitness class in Winchester, Hampshire? Flex + Flow classes with ‘en Joy dance fitness are held at Colden Common Community Centre and Hursley Parish Hall, situated between Winchester and Eastleigh, as well as online.
Flex + Flow is a gentle, contemporary dance inspired class, focusing on functional flexibility, joint mobility and balance, in a flowing fitness fusion.
What do we mean by functional flexibility? This class is definitely not about being able to do the splits or touch your head with your foot! Functional flexibility is simply about the ability to move more freely in everyday life. The word ‘mobility’ can also be confusing as this isn’t just about being mobile, it’s about loosening all the joints and the muscles, anything that has become tight and stiff, helping the body to feel restored and agile.
Is a Flex + Flow class suitable for me?
While this class is ideal for older adults and beginners, it really is great for everyone, whether you’ve spent a long time throughout the lockdowns being largely inactive, or you workout frequently and just want to spend some time each week to help reset and recharge your body. It’s definitely a class we can all benefit from.
- Have you not been as active as usual during lockdown and have your muscles and joints become a bit tight and stiff?
- Are you looking to get back into exercise?
- Do you need a gentle fitness class to help with mobility, flexibility and/or balance?
- Would you like to complement your existing exercise routine with some restorative movement?
- Or do you just love to move to uplifting music?
Come and gently dance it out with a low impact Flex + Flow session.
Flex + Flow is equipment-free, barre-free and mat-free, it’s a completely standing session with no floor work, ideal for those who cannot move comfortably to and from the floor and also for those who prefer a slightly more dynamic ‘dancey’ stretching session to mat based workouts.
Flex + Flow is low impact and low intensity. All fitness levels are very welcome to join this class, no dance experience necessary!
The exercises in this class are aimed at adults, 16+ years. 14-16 year olds are permitted only with a parent/guardian also participating in the class. The parent/guardian must fill in the booking form and sign the declaration on behalf of the child.
Classes are taught by a fully qualified fitness professional with a specialism in healthy ageing and certifications in balance training and functional flexibility, along with the EMDUK ‘instructor ready mark’ for Covid compliance.
Booking in advance is currently essential. Your safety and wellbeing remains a priority and there will still be distancing measures in place and a limit on numbers past 19th July and for the foreseeable future, thank you for your co-operation.
A little more about Flex + Flow
Flex+ Flow is a dance fitness concept which pulls together a fusion of techniques and ideas from a range of fitness genres I am trained in, from Rachel Holmes’ Flex and Fitness Pilates Barre and Balance, to Dr Emily Splichal’s #barefootstrong balance techniques, fused with contemporary dance inspired mindful movement.
We’ll spend around 10mins on gentle, flowing mobility and flexibility exercises (paying particular attention to the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders) to warm up all the joints and muscles, then 30mins of flowing balance exercises and light cardio dance flows, followed by 5mins static standing stretching to finish.
What to wear for a Flex + Flow class
Please wear something you are comfortable moving in. Leggings or joggers and a t-shirt are ideal, plus an extra layer for colder days, especially as we keep the fire exits open at the moment to allow adequate ventilation in the hall.
Please wear lightweight, flexible, non-slip footwear, such as yoga socks for this session, as you will want to be able to ‘feel the floor’ under your feet to help with the balance exercises. I have a few pairs of bamboo yoga socks available here which are very soft and flexible.