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Amanda Staples: Instructor and Therapist (CNHC registered)

Matwork Pilates, Remedial Massage, Bodywork and Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body-conditioning method that targets deep postural muscles, often heard referred to as ‘core’ muscles. It will improve your posture, muscle tone and strength and flexibility. Body Control Pilates is based on eight key principles:

  • Relaxation
  • Breathing
  • Concentration
  • Flowing Movements
  • Alignment
  • Co-ordination
  • Centering
  • Stamina

Pilates is ideal for people from all walks of life; from top athletes to first time exercisers. It is recommended by medical specialists for those with back problems. Because of the unique way Body Control Pilates works it is possible to adjust many exercises to suit the needs of people with physical restrictions.

Pilates offers both mental and physical training, teaching you to be in control of your body. By improving body awareness, tension is released from the body and correct postural alignment is taught. Precise flowing movements mean that muscle and ligament damage, sometimes associated with other fitness regimes are avoided.

Having trained in a purely classical environment, I now incorporate movements that aim to release fascia to assist with realignment, mobility and function. These are gentle but effective stretch exercises and adapted from or added to Pilates postures.

Benefits of Pilates?

Pilates is suitable for men and women of all ages and levels of ability. Its benefits are:

  • Improved posture, flexibility and mobility
  • Stronger back muscles and relief from back ache and pain
  • Relieves stress and tension and promotes vitality
  • Increased movement in joints and less stiffness
  • Better co-ordination and improved balance
  • Relieves muscular aches and pains
  • Management of conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, M.E. and whiplash.