Did you know that Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness? From beginners to elite athletes, we’ve recently noticed a rise in popularity in Pilates, so we decided to catch up with Pilates instructor, Christie-Anne at Calmer Clinics in Dolphin Square to find out more about the fitness programme.
So, let’s find out more.
The concept of the Pilates Method is based on the correction of muscle-imbalance in the body due to a number of causes – leading to tensions, pains and less than optimal function to carry out our work/domestic/leisure activities. A key element is that of engaging not only our superficial muscles , meant for movement, but our deeper, ”core” postural muscles which protect and support the body structures. It is a global technique, meaning that even specific exercises to correct areas of stiffness/weakness take into account the whole body, requiring a degree of awareness and concentration.
At the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), the original J.Pilates exercises have been analysed and modified to suit all levels of abilities, allowing for a progression whatever the starting level.
Whether it is for prevention or rehab, it is never too late to start!
Let’s get to know more about a Pilates instructor: Christie-Anne (MCSP, MKDE, and APPI certified)
“Having a background in physiotherapy, I strongly believe that exercise therapy is an essential part of taking care of oneself.”
With the Pilates Technique we have an exercise method, which is either a follow-up of osteopathy or physiotherapy treatments, or a way to exercise safely and prevent musculo-skeletal dysfunctions.
Christie-Anne trained as a physiotherapist in France (Kinesitherapeute) and settled in the UK in 1989. Since arriving, she has been a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
She set up her own practice in SW1 for 10 years, then joined a French private Medical Centre in SW7 until 2011.
Since very early in her professional life, Christie-Anne had been teaching exercises – called “gymnastique douce”- based on awareness of how you breathe, move, carry yourself.
In 2012 Christie-Anne trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and became certified (matwork 3 levels) at the end of that year, allowing her to concentrate on teaching this method.
Christie-Anne’s clientele ranges from office workers to musicians and those seeking post medical care, and she welcomes anyone to call on her to discuss their own concerns and requirements.
Christie-Anne is available at Calmer Clinics on Thursday afternoons.
Prices: 1st session (includes assessment) 1 hour :£60
thereafter 45 min. :£50