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How I first got into Pilates

For 30 plus years I have been delivering exercises to change and transform the human body, there has been nothing to equal these last 20 years seeing countless individuals experiencing painful limitations being transformed through using Pilates exercise prescription.

My route into Pilates was through an unfortunate event! Here’s the story: my best friend offered to follow me to the garage as my car was due a service and MOT. Within moments of embarking upon this journey she had crashed into the back of my car, writing it off, and leaving me with neck and lower back injury!

At that time I was a fitness teacher and lecturer within this industry.

I attended physio twice a week for 6 months and started to recover although it would be another 18 months before I was fit enough to do the physical lifestyle that was my norm. My physiotherapist was great, and as the sessions developed she used Pilates as part of my rehab. Her invitation to me was to retrain within my industry and therefore to start offering Pilates to others who had suffered similarly.

This was 20 years ago at a time when there were few if any Pilate’s teachers in the Northwest of England and I had little Idea of just how effective Pilates was in terms of muscular skeletal training.

On the same day she encouraged me to train I booked onto a course in London and started my learning of the Pilates technique.

So the moral of this story is not all friends who write your car off and leave you unable to work are to feel bad…..! My whole focus on what I wanted to give in life changed and the desire to help others effectively and return to an active and enjoyable lifestyle was born. Every car crash has a silver lining!

Why I love Pilates

I love Pilates for its versatility and the inexhaustible nature of its application. The human form is incredible and awesome, we are fearfully and wonderfully put together and no one person is like another yet Pilates exercise can impact and change you. This can range from the elite athlete to the very injured, from the 5 year old to the 85 year old, there is something to be gained that will impact everyday life by practising Pilates exercises.

I love it because as a teacher I am a lifelong learner and I am still discovering new ways of delivering an exercise to specifically target the human body giving it back the energy and independence to enjoy and prevail in everyday life. Stronger, leaner, longer…therefore happier!

Qualifications, length and depth of experience in Pilates

A whole raft of fitness qualifications dating back to 1991 including the following:

  • Training teachers to teach City & Guilds Award
  • Pilates Advanced Practitioner and all the levels that lead to this award
  • Training bodies I have qualified and sat courses with:
  • Modern Pilates
  • YMCA fit
  • Stott Pilates: Mats, Reformer, Barrels, Chair, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel
  • Pilates Institute: Mat

Something you may not know about me

  • I have 4 daughters and I am a grandma!
  • I have vinegar on everything… Yes, if it is not sweet it requires vinegar.
  • I can throw a triple somersault on the trampoline….or at least I could.
  • A triple shot of espresso is normal
  • I gain great fun out of making people hurt during exercise and it makes my job the best job ever cos people pay me to hurt them and we all laugh in the process!! Everyone comes back for more… It’s the future so come on in and try it if you haven’t yet!
  • I love being alone and walking every day.
  • I love Christmas tree lights and classical music
  • I prefer red wine

What did Joseph Pilates have in mind when he first taught Pilates? He was giving people back their livelihood not simply teaching them an exercise so they could simply say ‘I do Pilates’.