Passionate about Pilates
Pilates has been a constant in my life for over a decade now and I can’t imagine my life (or my body) without it. When I started attending matwork classes all those years ago, I quickly realised what an amazing form of exercise it was. It has taught me so much about my body and I left classes feeling great – it was one hour in the week all about me. Pilates taught me so much about my posture and my body and how to look after it better when not in a Pilates class.
I trained with Body Control Pilates, which has been at the forefront of the international growth of Pilates and is widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality.
Pilates emphasises your body’s core – the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thighs, glutes and so on. For this reason, Pilates develops much of what people need – strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance and good posture – with a much lower chance of injury than with many other forms of exercise. The discipline emphasises correct form – or alignment – and moving with control. Fast and furious doesn’t necessarily equal a good workout although that doesn’t mean that you won’t be challenged.
All clients work within their own range of movement and there are so many exercise variations and progressions, you may have a hard time getting bored with Pilates- you will do a different class and exercises every week. If there are exercises that aren’t for you due to injury for example, don’t worry; there are lots of alternatives and often exercises can be modified to suit your body.
An average class consists of clients who have been coming for years and are still learning new exercises and more about their bodies and those who have just started their journey. Classes are of mixed abilities and I have clients with an age range of mid-20s to early 80s.
I am a Back4Good Practitioner which means I have a specialist qualification in helping clients with low back pain. I have undertaken extensive training in this important field and offer private programmes for the prevention and management of low back pain.
I am also a qualified Bone Health teacher so I include exercises to improve your bone health and ensure that the exercises are suitable for you if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
I have a further level 3 qualification in Pilates for Older Adults.
Most are pleasantly surprised by how their body feels after starting classes and leave with an awareness that Pilates is going to make a positive difference to their lives.