"You will feel better in ten sessions,
look better in twenty sessions,
and have a completely new body in thirty sessions"
- Joseph Pilates -
“I love showing people the benefits of working in their body in new and better ways. And the best part is that they don’t have to sweat like crazy and push through extreme pain to reach the goals they want to attain.”
The structure of our body, previous injuries and our daily activities can affect the way we move our bodies and alter the angles of our spine, pelvis and other joints, which may lead to stress on our ligaments, muscles and vertebra discs. The impact of misalignment throughout our bodies can cause aches, pains and poor movement patterns from our feet all the way up to our shoulders and neck. Pilates is a proven method of exercise that involves slow and precise movements which focuses on realigning joints and strengthening and rebalancing muscles.
When most people think of Pilates, often their first thoughts are core strength, strong abs and a 6 pack. What they don’t realise is that the muscle that creates the "6 pack" is big, thin, flat, and the farthest core muscle from your spine. This is called your rectus abdominis. This is NOT the muscle we are looking for in Pilates. In Pilates you want to work your transversus abdominis muscle - this is the deepest of the abdominal muscles and is also a stabiliser of the spine. When properly developed, you’ve got your own internal support belt already "built in".
Another important group of muscles we focus on in Pilates are the multifidi muscles. The multifidi are the deepest layer of muscles in the the back. You can activate your multifidus muscles by sitting up tall; imagine pushing the ceiling away with the crown of your head. It is as simple as that. When we slump, we aren’t using the multifididus muscles. The transversus abdominis and the multifidi work together to support and stabilise the spine, helping prevent low back pain.
As you deepen your connection to your "core muscles" you will literally begin strengthening
your body from the inside out. This type of deep strength in the body goes underneath absolutely everything else that you do, whether it’s walking, running, Crossfit, yoga or simply sitting at your desk or carrying your shopping. Pilates directly translates into all movements that you make throughout the day.
I have a particular passion for helping people with hypermobility (and joint laxity), scoliosis and low back pain.
Here's some of the ways in which consistently attending Pilates sessions can benefit you:
But don't just take my word for it, come and try it for yourself.
From our first contact, I want you to feel completely at ease. I am here to take you on a journey to a stronger and healthier you.
What sets us apart from other Pilates businesses is our commitment to understanding how you move on a daily basis; what lifestyle and other factors affect the way you move and feel; and how Pilates can improve your body and overall wellbeing. For me, Pilates isn't just about attending one or two classes a week, it's also about how I can bring about positive changes to how you move on a daily basis. I will provide you with the tools that you can use in your everyday life to keep you strong both physically and mentally so the work stays within you long after your session.
If you are new to Pilates then prior to joining classes it is really important that you attend a 1:1 session. I want to help you discover the core connections and alignment in your body. These connections must be in working order before you head into any class setting so you’ll get the greatest benefit from my classes, as well as every other physical activity in your life.
Group classes are intentionally kept small, enabling me to provide you with the utmost attention for your time, effort and money and ensuring you get the ultimate results.
Most importantly, your introductory 1:1 allows us to get to know each other and it helps you determine if The Pilates Company is a good fit for you and your goals.