Pilates

Why choose to hire Clare as your Pilates instructor

Rehab

Pilates has been proving itself as a rehab tool par excellence over the last 20 years. As both a trained corrective exercise specialist and a Pilates educator Clare is in a unique position to train clients to the highest levels. The starting point for all successful rehabilitation either from recent injury or a more longstanding issue is detailed assessment. Clare then designs customised programs that are an exact fingerprint for the individuals’ issues. Her studio is fully fitted out with a range of Pilates equipment which is specifically designed to facilitate the injured or structurally compromised client. Online programs are also available.

Injuries

Once a person gets injured the usual instinct is to give up training and rest. While this is advisable in the early stages, long term this can reduce the healing rate and lead to severe loss of fitness, weight gain and more stress all round. The Pilates exercises help a client work around the issue as the apparatus facilitates movement even in an injured state.

Core Control and Stability

Probably the greatest deficit the novice trainee has is a lack of core control and stability. Clare has even assessed Olympic level athletes that have shown deficits here. Your body requires a minimum threshold of movement intelligence to exercise safely and effectively. If you do not get the correct foundation in the basics of core control and stability your body will strategise movement from the wrong place. You will end up overworking some areas and under working others. Long term this leads to injury, impaired performance and lack of results. Pilates is one of the most effective methods of developing core control, flexibility and stability.

Bio-Energy

What is bio-energy? It is the life-force that permeates all living things.
“This energetic matrix is the basic pattern upon which the physical matter of the tissues is shaped and anchored. The tissue exists as such only because of this vital field behind them” Barbara Anne Brennan - Hands of Light.
In Chinese medicine it is known as Chi or Qi (hence the disciplines Tai chi and Qi-gung).
You can learn how to work with and create shifts in your body’s energy field through movement. Clare has pioneered this concept for use in Pilates and has given international convention and seminar presentations in Germany and Italy on this very subject.
Again the staring point for working here is assessment. Clare looks at the condition of the body physically, she looks at signs and symptoms the client is presenting with e.g., back pain, Clare looks at mental and emotional stressors and can also perform a chakra scan. Using these tools she selects Pilates and other exercises to work directly on the energy field.

Mind/Body

Pilates is at the forefront of the movement towards mind/body exercise. Other disciplines of this genre include Tai Chi and Yoga. There is an expression in yoga “where the mind goes, energy flows”. This has been proven empirically with brain mapping. When you learn how to move with greater awareness and acute mental focus not only do you get greater quality of contraction in the appropriate muscles, you also get a bio-energetic effect. Simply put there is an increase in the flow of energy to the place you are focusing on. Martial arts disciplines have been aware of this phenomenon for millennia. This bio-energy effect can bring a whole new dimension to the quality and outcome of your movement.

Structural Balance

A chain is only as strong as the weakest link. The body moves with kinetic chains or a series of muscles which work together to create a specific movement e.g., a squat. If certain muscle groups are weak in relation to others the weak muscle groups is the weak link that brings your progress to a grinding halt, or worse you get injured. Again the starting point is a structural balance assessment. While designing programs and instructing clients, these weak points are given vigorous attention to bring them back into balance. The outcome of the training unit then becomes predictable, you are programmed for success.