“So I wanted to work with Melanie on a few issues that I was having, including poor strength around joints which (in combination with my hypermobility) caused frequent subluxations and dislocations. I had lost confidence in some of my joints and started to make adjustments to my lifestyle to avoid certain situations, like stairs, which is a big problem as I’m only 28! …
…I was a little bit nervous as I’d never done pilates before. I was worried I wouldn’t be fit / flexible enough to do many of the positions or that my hypermobility or weight would be a problem. This was all quickly put to rest after my first session. 🙂
It’s been great! Melanie is super patient with me and helps explain what my body should be doing and what I should be feeling…Melanie has also been fantastic and instrumental in my recovery after my recent injury! It’s great that she’s aligned my 1-2-1 sessions with my Physio exercises to ensure that I’m getting the most out of my sessions – this has really helped my recovery.
I feel as though Melanie genuinely cares about helping me reach my goals which is such an amazing support! I’ve also got a much better body awareness – a better understanding of how my body moves and how it should move! Also, I think I have better posture and I definitely feel stronger. “Laura
“I’ve been practising Pilates for over 2 years with Melanie and have seen my own progression in strength, form and posture just from doing my once a week class with her. She always brings something new to the class and keeps it varied while still always blending in the foundational exercises, which is what I always enjoy and look forward to every Tuesday.”Karrah
“It was first just “try Pilates” since it was available so close to home, then became a weekly much cherished habit. For more than a year I’m attending Melanie’s classes and adore them. I learnt and still learning a lot about my body, overcame many discomforts, so happy to realise many muscles working properly. Melanie is a great tutor, very encouraging and very enthusiastic. I look forward to each class.”Esin
“I fully recommend Melanie’s Pilates course. She’s a great teacher and tailors each class and movement to the individual. The small class size means you get loads of attention and she spends lots of time making sure you’re getting full benefit from the class. My back pain has improved no end since beginning Pilates class with Melanie.”Kate
Should you take these classes, yes. Should you do it with these teachers, yes, and here’s why. I am no longer in my youth, an awkward, impatient man who has played sport to a pretty high level. All the injuries have caught up and I find it deeply frustrating I cannot do what I did at 25. I train in the gym remembering what I used to do and end up pushing myself too much and injuring something else or putting myself off because I cannot achieve the levels of 40 years ago.
I decided to try Pilates to see if it would ease some of the pains and, wow, what a revelation.
You start off as a beginner learning the techniques and then progress under very expert guidance, and, believe me, these girls are good. Not only do they teach very well but they know exactly when to push that extra bit and there has not been a single class where I have not felt a challenge, but the challenges are achievable and the satisfaction of the progression is immense.
They continue to push me at a rate which I can manage and in a manner where far from sustaining injury all my old ailments are improving along with my general fitness and health.
There are classes for all types, levels and goals; who knew I would be flat out on my face after an hour having never moved more than one foot in the entire time with not a single weight in sight!
The final word on the matter is that the teachers are truly dedicated and if you are struggling they go the extra mile to work out an alternative so that you get there, these guys actually care and it will never get better than that.
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