I studied exercise to music at age 17, I then joined the crazy 80’s, (remember Mr Motivator and Jamie Lee Curtis), teaching Step Reebok, Slide Reebok, high impact aerobics, body conditioning and fitness Pilates. I’d found my niche. I continued to work in the leisure industry until I had my family, I only taught occasionally to focus on my family.
I found I couldn’t stay away…so I finally took the leap and retrained.
Be warned….I’m a technique nut! The tiniest of adjustments and modifications will ensure you improve and increase your body awareness.
Now, more than ever, I’m ready, able and privileged to share the principles and techniques of Pilates and I hope to see you in class soon
Level 3 Diploma in Pilates Matwork.
Level 3 Principles of Nutrition.
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral.
Level 4 Exercise Specialist Lower Back Pain.
Member of CIMSPA.
Pop Up Pilates teaches across the city, in the community, at clubs
and corporately. Fun , informative sessions, mixed abilities
with lots of progressions and modifications throughout. Technique
is my focus and my community classes are intentionally
small , to enable me to offer corrections, support and advise.
Each classes choreography is different and is designed around class
needs, choreography changes every school term.
Your first Pilates session may feel overwhelming, but within weeks
it all comes together, you get that ‘penny dropped’ moment. It is
an absolute game changer, you will not look back , it subtlety
creeps up on you! We all find Pilates when we’re broken .....then you
become an advocate and you’ll regale your family and friends.
Feedback is always appreciated and essential to the development of
your Pilates class……I can always ensure to include your ‘favourite’
and ‘not so favourite’ moves.
Pilates is the go to exercise used by Physios and Sport Therapists and is suitable for anyone, regardless of fitness level, gender or age. We often discover Pilates
when we are ‘broken’, suffering with back or joint pain, stiffening of joints and wishing to improve posture and core strength. Pilates is a form of exercise which conditions the body, stretches and strengthens all the muscles giving your body a well-defined shape. It targets the deep stabilising muscles that are vital for good posture and health.
Pilates restores your body to balance. The Pilates method concentrates the mind and encourages mindful breathing, increasing lung capacity and blood circulation. It improves bone density and promotes good joint mobility, ensuring that the muscles are in balance and therefore create harmony in the body.
Joseph Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. Little is known about his early life, but he appears to have been a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.
In 1912 Pilates lived in England working as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence instructor. During the First World War, he was interned with other German nationals. During this time he developed his technique of physical fitness further, by teaching his fellow internees. During the latter part of the War, he served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man where he worked with patients unable to walk. He attached bed springs to the hospital beds to help support the patients' limbs, leading to the development of his famous piece of equipment known as the 'Cadillac'. Much of his equipment, although slightly adapted, is still in use today and is known as the Reformer.
Pilates emigrated to the USA in the early 1920s with his wife Clara, and together they developed and taught the method in their 'body-conditioning gym' in New York in 1926.
The studio featured much of the Apparatus designed to enhance his rehabilitation work. It soon became very popular, word spread quickly and many celebrities of the day visited his studio. These included dance legends such as Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Martha Graham, as well as the actor Jose Ferrer and the author Christopher Isherwood. Originally 60% of the clientele were men.
In 1932 Pilates published a booklet called 'Your Health' and followed this with another called 'Return to Life Through Contrology' in 1945. Through these writings and his students, his method was passed on after his death in 1967 at the age of 83. During his lifetime this method of exercise was called Contrology. It was only after his death that it became known as the Pilates Method.