Our bodies are designed to move. As a movement specialist, what are you focusing on?
Exactly that, getting the body to move well for life. Pain, injury and poor performance strip us of our power to enjoy life and achieve what we know we are capable of. My job is to help people rediscover that power, regardless of whether that’s a professional athlete or someone who just wants to get out of bed without help.
You’ve worked with Olympic athletes, film and TV industry as well as royalty! How does your approach change with each client?
We all start at the beginning. Obviously goals are different, aesthetics, performance and health all have different requirements. But everyone needs the fundamentals of understanding about how their body works. I assess where that level is and go from there to help them achieve the goal. Often in sport you're a part of a wider performance team, so you have to ensure your part is complimenting the rest.
As a specialist in clinical rehab, you work closely with people who are recovering from injury, hip replacements and more! What training was involved to become an associate of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists?
The basic Pilates qualifications don't equip you to work with these populations.
I've completed extensive training covering injuries and pathologies supplementary to my initial Pilates training and work directly with GPs, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths designing referral programmes. The large apparatus I use also helps, as it is more supportive, but not necessarily easier, than the mat.