I originally discovered Pilates when I was looking for ways to reduce the pain from sciatica. I trained with Body Control Pilates which is founded by Lynne Robinson, one of the world's top-selling Pilates authors. A few years ago I became a Low back pain specialist and have been delighted to be involved in one of Lynne's books, 'Pilates for Life'. As for my sciatica, I haven't had any pain since.
When I first discovered Pilates, I was working in the fashion industry. I began to recommend it as an exercise regime to clients to help with their posture and wellbeing. Pilates complemented my business and helped my clients gain more confidence in the way they looked and felt.
The realisation that Pilates helps so many people feel better physically and mentally, whatever age or capability, inspired me to train and qualify as a Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates.
Pilates is being recognised more and more in the UK and over the world. I am proud to be part of the Pilates World, helping and encouraging people to move and exercise their bodies and noticing the benefits in work, play and everyday life.
My clients include those that suffer from low back pain, joint pain, back surgery, Parkinson's, arthritis, diabetes, scoliosis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and those wanting to keep a healthy back.
Now I have reached the big 5-0.. yikes ..., I am finding it even more necessary to keep my joints mobilised and Pilates really does help, I'm determined to be fit at 50....60...70 .. & am still trying to encourage others...including my 18 year old son and 16 year old daughter.
I enjoy the fact that there is always something new to learn with Pilates. I just wish I had taken it up earlier. I am so lucky to be involved in such a brilliant profession and love helping people achieve their goals and feel better in themselves.
Qualifying as a Low Back Pain Specialist
More than 80% of the adult population suffer from low back pain at some time in their life. It is one of the most common
reasons why people take time off work, and may be distressing and frustrating as quality of life often suffers. It's one of the reasons
I undertook extensive training exclusively related to exercise referral and low back pain to qualify as a Low Back Pain Specialist.
As a Back4Good® Practitioner, I am an exercise specialist who is trained to help people with non-specific low back pain.
This training has been externally accredited by SkillsActive and The Register of Exercise Professionals who oversee quality and
standards for the UK health and fitness industry. In addition, the Back4Good® programme fulfils one of the three Core Treatments
for NICE Guidance on Low Back Pain.
Pilates for Life Book
I was lucky enough to be involved in the book Pilates for Life with Lynne Robinson -a couple of photos
from the book are shown on my website.
Pilates Training & Qualifications
Qualified Reformer Teacher
Level 3 Pilates Teacher
Level 4 Low Back pain Specialist (Back 4 Good Practitioner)
Back Care Professional
Pregnancy, pre and post natal
Osteoporosis - Bone health
Breast Cancer rehabilitation
Hip Replacement rehabilitation
Pilates for Equestrians
Main photo: Pilates for Life Book by Lynne Robinson and Carmela Trappa, published by Kyle Books, photographer Dan Duchars