What is Pilates?
Pilates is a series of controlled exercises that engage the mind to aid in conditioning the entire body (mind/body movement). It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that works multiple muscles simultaneously with continuous rhythmical movement. A key fundament of Pilates is to strengthen and stabilise the ‘core’ muscles (diaphragm, deep abdominals, deep spinal muscles and pelvic floor).
Emphasis is placed on the quality rather than quantity of movement, to ensure you gain maximum efficiency for your time. The Pilates method encourages the body to operate as a holistic system for everyday function or sport, rather than overusing and isolating particular muscles.
How you can benefit from Pilates:
By practising Pilates regularly, you can experience the following benefits:
- Develop lean muscles without bulk;
- Encourage efficient movement that makes the body less prone to injury;
- Improve muscular strength, flexibility and balance;
- Reduce stress, relieve tension and enhance energy through breath and lengthening muscles;
- Help relieve back pain and aid recovery from muscle strain or injury;
- Enhance sport performance and development of ‘functional fitness’ for the activities of daily living; and
- Improve the way your body looks and feels through restoring postural alignment.
Pilates for you
Whether you have specific sporting or injury needs, want to promote team cohesion in the office or do more than just coffee and cake with the girls, I can provide a Pilates mat session to suit your objectives. Combining my years of expertise in personal training with Pilates makes my sessions highly productive, educational and enjoyable. Sessions can be tailored to 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on your schedule.
The Polestar difference
I hold two mat-based Pilates certificates; Studio Pilates International and Polestar Pilates, the only internationally recognised certification in New Zealand.
The Polestar Pilates programme was designed by a physiotherapist and orthopaedic certified specialist. It draws on the sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and motor control, and integrates scientific research findings in the areas of orthopaedics, sports medicine and movement science.
I underwent the comprehensive Polestar Pilates mat series course, which included 64 hours of learning, followed by 100 hours of observation, self-mastery practice and apprenticeship teaching prior to examination.
My passion for Pilates continued to grow from my initial training. I furthered my knowledge and extended my repertoire by undergoing additional training with Studio Pilates International. This knowledge significantly helped me with my ante-natal exercise to ensure I remained as strong and mobile as possible throughout my pregnancies. Post-natal, I had the experience and confidence to reintroduce Pilates again the day after giving birth.