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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.

Beginners’ Pilates

My latest beginners’ course started this week in Virginia Water. I purposely keep the class sizes small so each person can have lots of attention and that’s important because we all have different bodies that move in different ways.

Everyone’s reason to start pilates is different too. There’s always a mixture of ages, body shapes, fitness and flexibility and it’s worth remembering that it’s not always the fittest people who are the most flexible! Pilates is a great way of working on muscle imbalances caused by taking part in other sports, as well being created by the lives we lead.

The beginners’ course lasts for 6 weeks and teaches the principals of Pilates, really focussing on body alignment and the importance of the core, and the exercises build each week. Every exercise can be modified and adapted depending on your capability and at the end of 6 weeks, you’ll have a new found understanding of how your body moves, not to mention you’ll feel stronger too.

Mats and any small equipment used are provided. You just have to turn up in comfortable clothing! Come along to a course and try it – you may just love it!