I have been a devoted Pilates practitioner since the year 2000, and a certified instructor since 2006.
My love for Pilates started as a result of my own quest to cure a back injury dating back to when I was Twenty-One. At that time I had slipped the L4 and L5 disks and was on a mission to find a solution to avoid an invasive surgery. Every professional I consulted, including back specialists, chiropractors and acupuncturists, took one look at my condition and after examining my MRI promptly recommended surgery as the most effective solution.
At the time I lead an active life, was very fit and had an incredibly strong core. I opted for Cortisone shots for interim relief and as such, managed for eleven years. When at long last the effects wore off and the shots failed to produce results, I was once again faced with surgery as my most viable option.
That was when I heard of Pilates.
I signed up for group mat sessions and hired private instructors, but my back was still in pain. Since I had no dance, gymnastics or medical background, I did not understand the muscular and skeletal terminology of the instructors. When I asked what the core or the muscle groups in the corset area were; and how I was to engage them, the concepts did not make sense. I just did not get it! I needed someone to explain things in plain English with visuals Icould understand. Seeing how frustrated I was, my private instructor suggested I take a Pilates instructor’s course. So I did!
I now teach by methods I wish I was taught, carefully catered to a non-dance, non-medical, non-biology-savvy regular person. I am not saying that you are, but that is how I was.
In my practice, I focus on the basic concepts of the core, and teach how to practice in a safe and effective way. I have been told time and again by my clients that my approach is simple and easy to comprehend. I simply do not give up until they have thoroughly understood what I am trying to teach. According to a client, I have an “eagle eye”, and can “...catch that grape even if it thinks of rolling away”.
Every Pilates instructor has their strengths and pet concerns. Mine is safety. Coming from my own personal experience, I don't want anyone hurting themselves while correcting posture or working toward better comprehensive health.
Pilates is generally not an aerobic workout, but since most clients wish to loose weight, through search and research I have managed to bring a cardio dimension into my routine, depending on the fitness level of each indevidule results of cardio vascular is different.
Conventional exercise routines require a much longer timeline to properly focus different areas. To achieve a full body workout 2-3 sessions are required at the gym to first work the upper body, then the lower body, subsequently followed by fat burning cardio.
At the Express Pilates , our approach is to combine all three elements in one comprehensive 45-minute session with personalized attention from myself and Barbara to make sure every move is done correctly for maximum results with all the benefits of weight training, stretching and low impact cardio while saving you time and money.
Express Pilates integrates all the benefits of conventional Aerobics workout with a personal trainer; along with targeted Pilates. There are only 2 trainers, myself and Barbara, so we get to know you well, your weaknesses and your strengths, your not just another body to us, you are a person whom we enjoy to know by first name basis and know your history, we care and cater to your needs.
At Express Pilates we supplie all the equipment, Mineral infused and filtered water, towels and sample socks, if you wish you can also purchase socks here at the studio. All you need to bring is yourself.