20 Apr Wear your socks!
Avid barre class lovers know that grip socks are a frequent
requirement of the method. This requirement started back at the
original barre studio, The Lotte Berk Method. Socks (okay just
regular socks not grip socks) were required. Lydia Bach (the creator
and founder of all things barre in this country) taught that covering
the feet would keep the heat regulated in the body. The
Lotte Berk Method classes were performed on a carpeted surface, making
grip socks unnecessary. However, ballet barres unless treated, are
porous. Thus, wearing socks saved all of our feet from getting fungus
that would be transferred to the floor, barre, mats and bands, while making it easier to keep our feet on the barre.
BarSculpt has gone through phases of requiring socks in our classes. I
personally always wear socks. They are not always the same
color as my pants (or darker) as was required of The Lotte Berk Method
teachers, but I always wear them. I find without them my body
temperature drops down too fast for my liking during the stretching sequences.
BarSculpt will again be requiring that everyone wear a pair of grip
socks while exercising in our new studio on 45 Casco Street, Suite
100, Portland, ME 04101. This change is not only because of the
previously discussed facts above but also because our new studio has a
very slippery, and easily splintering wood floor. You are REQUIRED to
have grip socks. This change will be effective as of 4/29/15. For the
rest of April we will have our BarSculpt socks on sale for $10 per
pair. Please stock up (if you wear flip flops in the summer be sure
you have a pair to stash in your glove box or purse). If you prefer to
rent a pair of socks that will be an option for $3.They must be returned before leaving the studio or your account will be charged an additional fee of $5.
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