I’m thrilled to say that this year I have qualified as Pilates Polestar Mat teacher.
6 years ago I started my journey into greater movement, and standing taller. I had found a system that would enable me to finally undo a life time of dealing with my kyphotic spinem and am so excited to be able to offer this to others. In much the same way that a doctor gets sick and psychiatrists have their own
demons to battle, I had struggled with chronic movement problems myself for years. When I began Pilates, a consistent practice each week which worked on fixing these issues through accessible movement which strengthened the body and helped rewire neurological function in the right way, it was a game changer.
I soon realised this could be the same for patients in my practice. I pointed them in the direction of various classes, until I was asked one day why I couldn’t create a movement plan for them myself. It was an excellent point!
From there I enrolled myself in the Polestar Pilates Mat Teachers programme, which this year I completed. Whilst training I was able to offer classes as a trainee and the results have already been fantastic – I’ve seen it help a wide variety of problems.
One of the most significant areas we have worked on is the lumber spine, looking at dysfunction and injury that causes chronic back pain. I’ve seen Pilates help by create natural rotational movement through the thoracic spine, allowing the lumber spine to function fully within its own role, to bear weight for the body, aiding in flexion, extension, and lateral movement. It’s incredibly satisfying to have seen how this reduces back pain significantly and without causing further problems, as gentle movement ensures the spine is not overworked.
My classes are quite unique. I’ve been working as a physiotherapist for over 25 years, and the way which Pilates allows you to create movement in the body speaks to me in an exceptional way that is really practical and functional. When I started practicing it, and learning to teach it, everything slotted
into place in the map of the human body that is hardwired into my brain. The Pilates I offer reflects this.
We not only focus on conditioning and improving flexibility and suppleness, which is an essential part of Pilates, but also on working the body in the right way to enable greater, even life-changing, levels of mobility.
As a physiotherapist, I feel uniquely positioned, and privileged, to be able to offer these classes. Whether you’re simply looking for a way to test your body each week, strengthen a certain aspect to aid a sport or hobby, or want to aid the recovery of an injury, these Pilates sessions will be able to help you.
I teach two class groups a week, or 121 sessions with in the clinic. If you’d like to find out more about them, just give me a ring and we can see what works for you.
I can’t wait to start the journey with you – here’s to a more mobile future!