I am a Pilates instructor and hold two qualifications. OCR Level II and CYQ Level III.The CYQ level III course that I followed was designed and written by Belinda Buttery and Claire Worman of Pilates Training Solutions.I have followed the following courses:
Pilates for Riders at the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute
Pilates for the Aging Population at Modern Pilates,Glossop
Level III award in designing Pre and Post Natal programmes for Pilates
Pilates for the Menopause and Myofascial Release techniques Carolyne Anthony
Equipilates™ instructor Lindsay Wilcox Reid
What to Expect?
I teach mixed ability and give different options for the exercises so that newer class members or people with ailments can take the easier options, or people with prior experience of Pilates can choose to challenge themselves more. You need to bring a yoga mat, no special clothing is required, anything loose fitting is fine. A paperback book or cushion can sometimes be useful to bring along.
Am I too old,too fat, too unfit, not well enough?
Many older people are very good at Pilates and on occasion really show the rest of the class up. I don’t know why this is but my thoughts are that it could be attributable to an upbringing where walking was a necessary part of life. therefore core strength is more developed.
Overweight people also often take well to Pilates and perform the exercises very accurately and have good body awareness.Pilates can tone and strengthen the body and may help to prevent injury when undertaking other forms of exercise.
I have had clients suffering from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis and arthritis. They all do very well and I give alternative exercises if necessary. They are another group who often exhibit good core strength. In these cases I do ask that you check with your GP before starting the course.
Will Pilates be too Easy for me?
I enjoy seeing my clients improve their strength and posture. They also tell me that they feel better after the class.