PILATES FOR HEALTH
WHAT IS PILATES
Susan Quirke is a qualified level 3 Pilate’s instructor having qualified with Body Control Pilates an internationally renowned centre of excellence for Pilates based in London. She is also a member of REPS (The register of exercise professionals). All BCP qualified teachers hold insurance and are CPR certified. Susan is passionate about using her skills as a pilates teacher to help others achieve their goals and works with her clients on a personal level creating a programme of pilates specific to their needs. She is currently studying to become a level 4 back care specialist with BCP also.
An innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek and toned body
It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain and issues with tight hips and shoulders among others.
Developed from the rehabilitation techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a safe, sensible exercise system that will help you look and feel you’re very best. No matter what your age or condition, it will work for you.
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty building up from beginners with the core principles.
Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.
“In ten sessions, you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” Joseph H. Pilates
Reasons why you should take up Pilates:
- Develop often neglected muscle groups. Some of your muscles, like those that dominate your daily movements, are stronger than others, and a big part of Pilates is focusing on those muscles that don’t typically get a lot of attention. In Pilates you consciously move in certain ways to build muscles that you don’t hit while lifting weights.
- Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. But Pilates’ focus on stretching helps prevent injuries and muscle strains, and increases range of motion.
- Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to power movement in your limbs. Pilates also hits your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscle under your six-pack.
- Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention—you’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement and concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed, which can even carry over into the next day if you’re lucky.
- Improve your posture. If you spend your day sitting at a desk for long periods of the day pilates allows you to stretch and mobilise your joints to improve your posture and which keeps your body in the correct alignment which keeps everything running smoothly.
- Relieve unwanted stress and tension. Pilates allows the body to move freely and release tension held in the body. It is a mind and body exercise so clients leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
- Relieve Low back Pain: Low back pain is estimated to affect over 80% of adults at some time in their life. Back pain is currently the largest reported reason for sickness-related absence from work in the UK and its treatment is estimated to cost the NHS more than £1.5billion per annum. Pilates is recommended by health care experts for those with back problems.
- Pilates for sports. Pilates is perfect for those looking to enhance their performance and minimise risk. Achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.