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With Stage 4 restrictions now in place due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are spending more time sitting inside, resulting in stiff backs and sore necks.

Kara Alessio has been teaching Classical Pilates for more than 20 years.

Despite the lockdown, her business PilatesByKara is working remotely with clients across Moonee Valley and beyond.

“I am receiving a lot more requests for stretching,” Kara said.

“People want help with mobilising their upper backs, necks and shoulders, which relates to working in front of screens, and hips and glutes from prolonged sitting.

“My clients are telling me that they are finding it hard to get the time and headspace to focus on their bodies, health and wellbeing.

“A lot of people have kids and other family members relying on them for meal preparation and other input through the day.

“I have three children at home who are in years five, eight and 10 at school, plus a husband on conference calls, so I understand the struggle of keeping everyone happy.”

Kara continues to take group Pilates classes and conduct one-on-one consultations via Zoom.

She said keeping her business operating is not just important for her, but for the community.

“We need to support local businesses at this time because, if we don’t, when this is over we will have less access to local services.

“We really are all in this together.”

She also practices what she preaches in maintaining her own health and fitness.

“It is a difficult time for everyone at the moment. I am pretty disciplined with maintaining an exercise routine, getting out for the hour that we are permitted.

“It is just really important to keep doing these things for physical and mental wellbeing.”

Kara added PilatesbyKara to the newly expanded Moonee Valley Business Guide – our online directory of businesses still operating through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne encouraged everyone to jump on the Business Guide to find local shops and providers who have moved online during the increased restrictions.

“The lockdown is a hard time for all of us, but the best way to get through it is by working together,” Cr Byrne said.

“Supporting local businesses like Kara’s is a crucial aspect of maintaining the strength of our community.”

Joining the Moonee Valley Business Guide is a free way for local businesses to tell our community they’re still operating through the pandemic whether that be via online, by ‘click and collect’ or takeaway and delivery. Click here to sign up.

You can help by using the guide to support our local economy and business people and help #rallymooneevalley.