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Pilates is for Everybody

I stumbled into Pilates quite by accident (I wonder how many of us have done the same thing?). I had moved away from Nursing to a job in Pharmaceutical Marketing and I was working late. A friend asked me to join her at her exercise class and that was my first Pilates experience.

I loved it from the beginning – I honestly felt my body uncurling from a forward seated position and my spine sighing as I explored, what I now know to be better alignment. I felt stronger, toned and far more flexible than I had for ages – if not for ever! Growing up playing a number of sports, very little, if any time, was given to lengthening and strengthening any muscle group. I was besotted with how moving my body in this new Pilates way felt so good.

I continued taking Pilates classes, moving between Mat and Machines for many years, and began to develop my infatuation in exploring how my body moved and felt with Pilates. I have always enjoyed different movement modalities, but Pilates kept pulling me back, waiting patiently for my return.

It was after a Breast Cancer diagnosis is 2011 that I decided to act on my desire of becoming an Instructor. I had continued with my Pilates classes all through my treatment, being encouraged by my instructors to explore the movement and find ways of feeling better. Some days it might have been through my breath, other days just concentrating on the movement took my mind off my diagnosis, which was a huge release. Pilates helped me feel strong and a little more in control of my body.

I have enjoyed every minute of working as an instructor, knowing that every client is facing different challenges with their body. Pilates really is for EVERYBODY. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced. Whether preparing for an operation or recovering from surgery or an illness, or simply working to maintain your strength and flexibility.

Reformer Studio

My studio renovation is now complete – Thank You Ascot Refurbishments – and I’m excited to be able to offer Pilates instruction on the reformer, vertical tower, wunda chair and other small equipment, as well as the more well known mat based pilates exercises. Offering one on one instruction during your one hour lesson, we will be able to focus on what your body needs and go at your pace. Beginners to advanced are welcome.

If you are unfamiliar with Pilates equipment, the reformer is probably the most well known. The range of exercises that can be  performed on the reformer is numerous, and provides a challenging and intense workout, changing the way you feel and look by offering the body both resistance and support. Springs and body weight are used to create resistance during the workout which isolate specific muscle groups. Many of the stretches that can be performed on the reformer are difficult to replicate on the mat or other pieces of equipment.

If you are familiar with the reformer, you’ll be used to the controlled, flowing workouts that put your muscles through a full range of motion. Added to the reformer, the vertical tower provides increased versatility to the exercise programme. With hundreds of exercises on offer, you won’t get bored! If you’re looking for something to complement your mat based pilates workout or wanting to try something new, why not get in touch and book a session?