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Muscle Tone - The exercises involve the use of muscles that you may not use on a daily basis. You will find that your muscles will become more toned. This is particularly helpful for older people and those whose daily life may be sedentary as muscle tone is usually lost with age and inactivity.

Flexibility - As we age we tend to lose flexibility. Pilates restores flexibility.  This is important for avoiding injuries from falls.

Improves your balance - Through the mind body connection taught in pilates you will become much more aware of how your body moves. Pilates not only improves your physical balance through correct posture but also restores your mind body balance.

Reduces stress - performing the exercises requires 100% focus so that for at least an hour you will be free of the responsibilities that may weigh you down on a day to day basis. This is an excellent way to relieve stress.

Gives you a general sense of well being - Pilates focuses on providing balance between your mind and body and this leads to an overall sense of well being.

Your instructor

Qualifications/ background

I have practised pilates for over 12 years, qualifying as an instructor in early 2017.  I am continually updating and  adding to my training with the aim of providing my clients with the very best pilates /movement tuition.

I am a fully qualified pilates instructor.  I completed my comprehensive equipment training with Alan Herdman, London, one of the foremost experts in the field of movement and pilates.  This training covers movement on the Reformer, Cadillac, Tower, Chair and ladder barrel.  I have completed BB barre and Core Align training with Balanced Body as well as completing continuing professional development training courses and workshops with them. 

I am a Level 3 personal trainer, hold a diploma in nutrition, am a TRX functional fitness and TRX suspension trainer and a Level 3 sports massage therapist.  I am a member of CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) and my professional insurance cover is with Insure4Sport.

My commitment to my clients

My role is to share my movement training expertise with my clients.  I aim to help clients realise a stronger and more flexible body, to allow them to live life to the full.  I endeavour to provide lessons that help them gain this strength and flexibility, whilst enjoying the exploration of their movement capabilities.  Clients can then start to integrate lesson learnings into more efficient movement in their daily lives.  

I am committed to working with my clients to achieve personal health and fitness goals - whether returning to fitness post injury; increasing muscle tone or achieving a greater success in a particular sport.   

Ongoing movement training

I devote a lot of time to increasing my knowledge and understanding of the human body.  I follow evidence based developments in movement training and incorporate these where possible into the Pilates practice of my clients.  Exercise instruction with me is "Pilates inspired".  Joseph Pilates drew from a number of different disciplines to develop the Pilates Method.  I draw on my experience as a personal trainer, sports massage therapist, and from experts in other movement methods - including Feldenkrais, Eric Franklin and The Melt Method. 

 

Pilates after injury/ long term injury and disability 

I have suffered injuries through participating in various sports over the years, and have had operations on my knees and lower back.  Through these experiences I have some understanding of the effect this can have on us mentally as well as physically.  This has resulted in a particular interest in guiding clients as they return to fitness and mobility following injury rehabilitation.  Lessons are tailored to suit each individual’s needs. 

 

I have links with local health practitioners including osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists. 

If you are a client with a pre-existing condition, I will require confirmation from your health practitioner that you are ready to start an exercise programme, as well as written agreement from you.  I can work collaboratively with these practitioners to ensure that I understand your exercise needs and create a safe, progressive exercise programme.  I will revert back to your health practitioner if in any doubt.

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