Zen and the art of sport

Sports documentaries have been a revelation of lockdown life. They’ve exposed me (not someone that plays or watches sport despite being a Pilates teacher) to what being a sports person is really all about. It’s not always the most naturally able or biggest and strongest who win, it’s not always the shiny prize that drivesContinue reading “Zen and the art of sport”

Bob Johnson, local radio presenter, chats with me on-air about his first Pilates experience.

I met Bob a couple of years ago when he kindly invited me onto his station Wycombe Sound 106.6FM to talk all things well-being. I invited him to join me for a Pilates session and finally 2 years later we managed to make it happen. Since January Bob has been doing regular 1:to:1 sessions withContinue reading “Bob Johnson, local radio presenter, chats with me on-air about his first Pilates experience.”

‘How do I improve my flexibility’?

Improved flexibility is a common goal for many Pilates students, especially for my 40+ clients. They know that staying flexible in their muscles and mobile in their joints will bring about numerous benefits; improved posture, ease of movement, competitive advantage, reduced chance of injury and physical independence as we age. I often get asked forContinue reading “‘How do I improve my flexibility’?”

Nasal breathing & long covid

Before I started teaching Pilates I was unaware of how powerful the breath is to our wellbeing.  It’s a freely available tool we have at our disposal to bring about a variety of outcomes – if we know how to use it properly.  I’ve just been reading some of the latest recommendations about managing long covid symptomsContinue reading “Nasal breathing & long covid”

What does well-being really mean?

There are many definitions for what well-being means, the OED definition is ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy’. In 2012 a new definition for well-being was proposed by Dodge et al,  ‘as the balance point between an individual’s resource pool and the challenges faced’ summarised by the image below and you can read theContinue reading “What does well-being really mean?”