The magical benefits of pilates
Read this blog post to find out just why over 9 million people around the globe practice pilates regularly.
Move Well // Move More
I teach pilates that is designed to help you move well with life; old, young or in-between, whether you sit at a desk most of the day, drive, walk, play sports like running, cycling or golf, are on your pre or postnatal journey or just have tight, sore muscles and a busy mind from carrying too much stress around; pilates can help create space for your body and mind, bringing back that all important balance, and when we feel balanced in body and mind, we move through life more naturally, more freely and with a calm and confident sense of self.
I am always striving to learn new ways to teach movement and connect with the many diverse people who may find themselves on the mat in front of me and i hope you can share this teaching process with me.
A consistent pilates helps improve strength, flexiblity, balance, stability, coordination, concentration, posture, bone density, joint health and breath capacity.
One of the things I most love about pilates is that it can literally change the way you hold yourself, which is directly related to how you feel about yourself; pilates is a non competitive practice that promotes a healthy sense of self so as you can feel your best from the inside out and I really hope I can help you connect with your body in this way no matter who you are or what you are going through.
Pilates is recognised as a whole body movement method and I work to the 8 Body Control Principles.
I hold certified qualifications in teaching pilates to children and young people (level 2) and also pre and post natal pilates (level 3). For more information on my CPD training please visit About Me.
If you have any questions, or if i can help you in any way, please drop me an email.
My approach to movement is all about helping you find and keep your natural balance both mentally and physically. We are all entitled to enjoy the benefits that movement can bring.
I fell in love with pilates when I started running and picked up a few injuries. My physio at the time recommended I use it to help improve my core stability and to also help stretch and lengthen my muscles, which were a bit imbalanced. Since then, I’ve had my own personal practise for over 15 years and in that time it has been a lifesaver for me, improving my strength, co-ordination and flexibility whilst keeping injury at bay. It has also helped me to connect with myself, which helped me to reduce anxiety naturally, making me feel my best from the inside out.
I trained with internationally renowned, Body Control Pilates, in their beautiful Covent Garden studios and was awarded by matwork qualification and Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 accredation (REPS3).
I teach private small group pilates and private 1:1 or 1:2 classes in the comfort of your own home.
Small group and 1:1s are a great way of building your confidence and really getting to grips with the pilates method by breaking things down into more detail like the pelvic floor muscles, the pilates breathing technique, head, scapula, ribcage and pelvis placement and different aspects of core stability. A postural assessment is carried out and a full health questionnaire completed.
All equipment is provided.
I teach pilates in North Edinburgh at a variety of studios where I try and help bring balance to mind and body.
Classes are a mixture of holistic and conditioning, designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone the whole body. They are also really good fun! I am all about keeping the vibe light and the core strong! If nothing else, we will have a laugh and that's about as good a medicine as any.
I always try and keep a positive energy in the room. I am a Scottish Mental Health First Aider, completing training with NHS Scotland and although this does not make me a qualified counsellor or theapist, it does equip me with some tools so that I may be able to help you. I will always have a listening ear for anyone who finds their way onto the mat in front of me.
You can also use my Mental Health Support Toolkit.
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I teach two different 90 minute sport specific workshops:
Each workshop features specfically designed pilates exercises to maintain and enhance performance and help protect from injury.
A graduate of Social Innovation Scotland's Good Ideas Incubation Programme, I am currently testing a programme for 14 - 16 year old teenagers that aims to educate them about their bodies.
It provides young people with a positive, non-competitive movement experience (pilates), and helps them to establish healthy exercise habits as well as building a healthy sense of self by challenging cultural and social attitudes towards body image.
The programme is aligned to the Health & Wellbeing strand of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Junior Pilates (for 7 - 11 year olds) is currently running via Zoom as a result of covid-19. You can book a ticket to join in the fun via my Eventbrite page. It's currently running in partnership with Invisible Cities and their Children's Activity Packs. You can read more about why I am doing this over on my blog.
Teen Pilates is offered on a Monday evening at The Spartans Community Football Academy. Classes are currently suspended because of covid-19.
I also work 1:1 with a number of teenagers in the performing arts. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more about how pilates can benefit your young person.
I hold a Level 2 Award in Planning & Instructing Pilates for Children, which i studied for through Body Control Pilates and hold a 60 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children (Yoga Alliance accrediated).