I began Pilates classes around 3 years ago, taking part in a local mat class in Knutsford.
At that time our family life was very unsettled after my husband’s recent diagnosis of a Functional Neurological Disorder brought on by PTSD, experienced through his work as a Police Officer. The class gave me some valuable ‘me’ time.
As time went by, my husbands health improved a little and I knew that this was partly due to the exercise he was undertaking and I was inspired by the power of exercise and how it can help the body to heal. I felt drawn to help, teach and inform others. The more I thought about it, the more I felt Pilates was the route to take, offering a mind and body approach. I had been a graphic designer for twenty years and knew that my profession wasn’t helping my own posture or mind set. It was time for a change! A BIG change!
I love Pilates because it is so inclusive. No matter what background you are from or level of fitness you have, the exercises are adaptable to suit the needs of all.
On a personal level it feels great to exercise the mind and body together, taking the time to set up the exercise correctly whilst using the all important breath to assist.
On a teaching level it feels so worthwhile to help people from all different walks of life to maintain a flexible, toned body; improve and correct posture imbalances; and importantly in this fast paced world we live in, say good-bye to stress.
I share my birthday with Adolf Hitler!
There are many, many differences between us though. I promise!
Pilates is meant to be at depth yet today it is often ‘surface Pilates’ and has morphed into an exercise programme rather than a posture and core strengthening influence on our lives.