My Pilates journey started in 2009. Learning the method truly complemented my background as a sports and massage therapist. Having worked in the health and fitness industry alongside differing healthcare professionals I now just teach Clinical Pilates, specialising in neurological and older adult exercise.
Passionate about it as both a mind and body combined exercise methodology, I truly believe that Pilates can be absolutely for everyone!
My past experience includes; work in a health spa, Pilates studio, multi-disciplinary clinic work alongside chiropractors, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapists.
Apart from being able to have helped many people throughout my career, some highlights have been; the opportunity to have worked with two international Paralympic teams, teaching abroad in the Middle East and also supporting and working with the MS Society locally and nationally to promote Pilates exercise awareness.
I currently teach Pilates apparatus Reformer & Chair, 1:1's & small groups, provide seated exercise in a care home and run various local classes (please see my separate class timetable page).
My teaching and approach is designed from my clinical training and experience rather than just purely fitness-based so is therefore more specific and corrective in achieving personal requirements and outcomes.
I am continually updating my professional development within the industry, fully insured, a fellow member of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and have local affiliations with other healthcare professionals all of which is the aim to provide you with a unique and personalised service.
Pilates Exercise is a mind body technique which teaches you and emphasises all movement to commence from your centre core stability. Utilising the body’s own strength, muscle flexibility, co-ordination and by bringing and creating a focused mind and body awareness throughout all the exercises. As a regular exercise it can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility as well as relieve stress and tension.
All the exercises have been developed and originate from Joseph Pilates exercise method known as 'Contrology'. A programme of exercises can be tailored specifically to an individual's requirements. For elite athletes, Pilates can complement their training by developing whole-body strength, flexibility and help reduce the risk of injury. Emphasis is on the quality of the movement and not the number of repetitions.
Many healthcare professionals are recommending Pilates exercise now and there is some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain.
Pilates really does have something to offer everyone of all ages, levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.
Before starting any exercise programme it is advisable to seek advice from your GP or health professional especially if you have any health concerns or injuries.