Learning the Pilates method in 2009 truly complemented my background as a sports and massage therapist. Having worked in the health, fitness and exercise industry alongside differing healthcare professionals I now teach Clinical Mat and Equipment 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 teacher, 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 Pilates in the Middle East and also supporting and working with the MS Society locally and nationally to promote Pilates exercise awareness.
I currently teach Matwork for Mixed Ability, Older Adult and Chair Based Classes, Pilates apparatus Reformer and Chair, private 1:1 and small group, and seated exercise in a care home.
My teaching and approach is taken 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 and have local affiliations with other healthcare professionals all of which is the aim to provide you with a unique and personalised service.
Pilates is a mind body technique which teaches and emphasises all movement to commence from your centre core stability. It utilises the body’s own strength, muscle flexibility, co-ordination and by creating a focused mind and body awareness throughout the exercises. 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. Emphasis is on the quality of the movement and not the number of repetitions. As a regular exercise it can have many benefits that include; alleviation of aches and pains particularly non-specific low back pain, an improved posture awareness, improved muscle tone and strength, strengthening of the endurance muscles within the core, improved balance, both joint mobility and stability, supporting and enhancing the immune system, helping the digestive system, increased bone density, relaxation and also great benefit for respiratory assistance with much focus around using the breath.
Pilates really does have something to offer everyone of all ages, levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes.
Many healthcare professionals recommend Pilates exercise. Before starting any exercise programme it is advisable to seek advice from your GP or healthcare professional especially if you have any health concerns or injuries.