I first starting doing Pilates at the age of fifteen in 2005 when I was diagnosed with Scoliosis, which is a curvature and a twist of the spine. After being told that I possibly needed corrective spinal surgery, I was advised to try Pilates first to see if it could help and the results were amazing.
As a keen horserider and competitor, keeping up my strength and fitness was very important and I found that with the addition of Pilates my strength improved hugely. After returning to the surgeon a year later for a reassessment, it was discovered that my muscle tone and posture had improved so much that surgery was no longer required!
Since then, I have been attending Pilates classes regularly and decided it was time to pass on my knowledge and Pilates passion to help others and trained to become an instructor. In 2012, I started my training with Body Control Pilates in London and within a year I qualified as a Level 3 Matwork Teacher.
I have continued my training and development and have since gained the following qualifications:
- Level 3 Pilates Matwork
- Level 3 Reformer
- Level 3 Pre & Postnatal Exercise Programmes
- Intermediate Matwork
- Pilates for Equestrians
- Pilates for Pregnancy and Postnatal
- Pilates for Scoliosis
- Pilates for the Older Person
- Pilates & the Foam Roller
- Pilates on the Ball
- Pilates & the Toning Circle & Small Ball
- Emergency CPR & First Aid for the general public.
Pilates for Horse Riders
I was born and raised in the Turville valley and have grown up around horses, which has given me a huge passion for riding.
I first sat on a horse at 8 days old and was taught along the Classical method of riding at Turville Valley Stud, which encourages a natural seat on the horse with as little interference as possible.
As a competitive show jumper, Pilates has helped me enormously with my riding.
As some of the exercises are particularly focused on core strengthening, it helps to develop the necessary postural alignment and balance needed to sit in the saddle, whilst other specific exercises can improve the range of movement in a particular joint allowing simple movements to become easier.
I offer equestrian based Pilates sessions at Turville Valley Stud. For more information on booking or if you have a group of people that you’d like to start a class with, please contact me.