- for your rehabilitation from injury or illness,
and for exercise -
I specialize in teaching the rehabilitative / healing and strengthening exercise systems of Pilates and Sports Yoga. My main professional focus is on teaching studio-based mat and apparatus Pilates (combined, where helpful, with other movement methodologies such as Sports Yoga) to help you remediate problems in your movement and/or posture that may have neurological, illness, injury or life-style origins.
and to be of help.
Fitness and Health Coach
As a background to my Pilates teaching and Sports Yoga teaching here in Weston-super-Mare, I have been passionately involved intensively in sport and exercise since childhood, and professionally in teaching exercise and fitness in the UK and the US since my teens. In addition to my certification as a Pilates Teacher and as a Sports Yoga Teacher specializing in remediation and rehabilitation, I also specialize in working with you as a Fitness and Health Coach on any aspect of your personal exercise or fitness that you wish to understand and improve. My advanced studies in exercise and fitness include an MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Health Sciences, and a PhD, both with research specialisation in exercise and fitness for older women; and an MSc (Distinction) in Health Education and Health Promotion. I am also a certified Advanced Gym Instructor.
focus particularly on:
* Rehabilitative exercises for various injuries including those which are sports or exercise related
* Helping with postural correction and posture related pain
* Post-operative rehabilitation after knee, hip, shoulder, spinal, or other types of surgery
*Illinesses, such as osteoporosis, MS, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease
* Helping with joint stiffness stemming from lifestyle
* Intensive work to develop and maintain core stability and core strength, balance, flexibility, agility, and muscular endurance
There is an endless list of things to improve your fitness, health, and overall wellbeing, that I can help you to focus on, and hopefully, these following examples will give you some indication of what I can help you with:
*You want to take your current exercise and fitness further, but you don't know what to do
*You want to start exercising, but you don’t know where, or how, to begin
*You have limited time to devote to your exercise participation and you want to learn how to use your time most effectively
*You want to eat more healthily, but you don’t know where to start (Tip: There is no diet in existence that actually works!)
*You want to do some exercise for cardio fitness, but you don’t know what to do
*You want to improve or create your motivation to exercise, but you don’t know how, or where, to start
*You have heard that it is important to have a strong core, but you’re not sure what it is, or how to develop it
*You have heard about Functional Pilates and Functional Movement and wonder what they are, and could they help you?
Sports Yoga teaching, and Fitness and Health coaching
I teach on a one-to-one or small group basis, in my warm and comfortable home studio in Weston-super-Mare, that I share with my Stress Management Coach and Relationship Coach partner, Keith, or at an alternative suitable public venue. Having spent many years working out in cold gyms and studios, I am determined that all of my clients will be warm! Wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in, whether it is your workout kit or lycra, or whatever. You just need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing, and most importantly, able to move freely. Having said that, I do have two provisos. First, please do not wear anything with buckles or sharp objects on them as these can tear the pads on the Pilates equipment. And second, as shoes are not allowed in my home studio, I will ask you please to wear socks. My fees range from £40 down to £10 per person, per one-hour session, depending upon whether it is a one-to-one session or how many other people there are in the group. Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone (please see the Contact Information to the right) if you’d like to find out more about working with me. I'd love to hear from you.