What Pilates can do for you…

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Benefits of regular Pilates practice

  • Pilates can help with injury prevention and injury recovery
  • Alleviates back pain
  • Improves posture
  • Improves sports performance
  • Improves flexibility and movement
  • Improves mobility through joints
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves mental well-being
  • Relieves tension throughout the body
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves breathing
  • Improves your mood
  • Improves muscle strength and tone
  • Promotes mindfulness and body awareness
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Improves confidence
  • Improves your sex life (yep, I went there)

Angela, a coach and hypnotherapist wanted to improve her posture due to spending a lot of time sitting “I have felt such a difference in my posture and overall wellbeing. One of the things I value so much in Pilates is to be challenged, supported and have fun whilst doing it”.

Who can do Pilates?

Anyone!  My clients both male and female range from 20 to 83 years old. They come from all walks of life, and all have different goals and ailments. I have supported 3 clients through hip replacement rehab and 1 through foot surgery rehab. Because Pilates is low-impact it can be progressed and regressed accordingly.

Pilates is also ideal for sports performance. I have 4 men who train weights regularly who when they started training with me had little to no flexibility in their body. Over time that flexibility has developed and now their performance has improved all-round.

One of my weight lifting clients, Dave, owns a hair salon and was having issues with low back pain ultimately affecting his performance in the gym. “The difference Pilates has made in my posture, flexibility & core strength has been amazing. Plus I have a pain free back. Many think it’s for women but I can assure you this is the first thing men should do before starting any exercise. It will help give you an understanding of the bio-mechanics of your body”.

It is a common misconception Pilates is just for women. Joseph Pilates initially created his exercises for men. It wasn’t until he worked in New York that women got word of the program and the rest they say is history.

Up until the pandemic hit my 82 year old male client was still going skiing several times through the season. On his last trip before lockdown he inadvertently went down the hardest ski run of all but nailed it singing the praises of Pilates.

Where can I practice Pilates?

You can practice Pilates in the comfort of your own home if you so wish. If you like the idea of One to One sessions then a program can be tailored specifically to you.

Simply put you can be anywhere in this amazing world with a laptop and WIFI connection and practice Pilates wherever you are!

What equipment do I need?

An exercise mat (6mm thick is ideal) hand towel and water.

All clients receive a welcome pack of small equipment.

What to wear?

Comfortable loose clothing you can easily move in.

Socks on feet unless you prefer to be barefoot.

What happens after?

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs between 24 and 48 hours post exercise and can last as long as 72 hours.

Feeling sore after practising Pilates is a signal your body is adapting to a new exercise system. Drinking plenty of water will help your body.

Always consult your doctor/healthcare professional before starting a new exercise program.

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