Body & Mind MatterCounselling and Holistic Therapies in Bournemouth

Holistic Pilates (Personal, Community and Bespoke)

• Are your first steps to fitness blocked with negative thoughts and feelings?
• Are your personal beliefs self-limiting and preventing you from taking that first step to building a more balanced life?

As a Pilates Teacher and a Counsellor, I understand exercise is a partnership of body and mind.

What is Pilates?
Pilates is a unique connection of body and mind and helps clients become more aware of their own body, breathing and posture. Originally known as “Contrology”, Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates who was a boxer, gymnast, circus performer, physical culturist, and avid proponent of the classical Greek ideal of man, balanced in mind, body and spirit.

Joseph invented apparatus and a series of exercises to address physical dysfunction and imbalances, allowing you to discover your potential and then challenge, enhance, and develop that potential.

“Contrology is the science and art of coordinated body-mind-spirit developed through natural movements under strict control of the will. Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with a renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology”

- Joseph Pilates
With experience of working with a diversity of clients this enables me to tailor your training sessions uniquely to you.

• Are you feeling stuck with your current fitness regimes or finding it hard to make a start?
• Could you benefit from working alongside a Pilates Teacher who understands your uniqueness?
• Does the thought of working out in a busy gym disempower you?
• Are you interested in learning more about correct techniques and how to perform movements to the best of your ability?
• Are you easily distracted during the day?
• Are you struggling with brain fog as part of the perimenopause/ menopause?

Pilates is an excellent way to gain clarity, encourage concentration and improve focus throughout the day.

• Are you working from home?
• Are you sitting in a chair for most of the day?
• Has back pain been holding you back from exercising?

You can work with me to explore how improved flexibility in your weekly fitness sessions could improve your posture and contribute towards a better awareness of your spine and the ability to move freely without tightness or tension.

Benefits of Pilates:
Pilates can improve posture, balance, reduce stress, mobilise joints, strengthen your core and lengthen your muscles. Injury prevention, quicker recovery time, enhanced performance, increased range of motion, more efficient breathing techniques, and overall efficiency of movement.

Areas of Specialism
I am experienced with working with clients in a group setting, on a 1:1, with couples, small groups/partners, children, group fitness and older clients and beginners. I can work with you to focus on tone, strength, core, flexibility, fitness, posture, form, alignment using correct techniques and execution of movements.

Would you like to join a small and friendly Pilates community?
Community classes are the perfect way to enjoy Pilates with other like-minded people who live in your local area. Classes are a maximum of fourteen people enabling a more personal level of service and understanding of the teaching method.

Classes available at:
• St Francis Church in Charminster at 10:30 am on Mondays - Fully Booked
• Moordown Community Centre at 10am and 6pm on Tuesdays - Fully Booked
• West Cliff Hotel - Bournemouth at 10:00 am on Wednesdays - Spaces Available
• Royal British Legion in Winton at 9:15 am on Thursdays - Spaces Available
• Royal British Legion in Winton at 10:30 am on Thursdays - Spaces Available
• Moordown Community Centre at 6:15 pm on Thursdays - Fully Booked
• Moordown Community Centre at 10:00am on Fridays - Fully Booked

Please email or call to discuss your individual requirements regarding Pilates.
"I have found Michelle to be a naturally gifted passionate and outstanding Pilates Teacher. She offers so much care, kindness, and thoughtfulness and all with a warm empathetic and professional approach. Michelle's demonstrations focus on poise and precision and we are encouraged to concentrate on our core strength, good balance and correct breathing techniques to achieve a wonderful range of well planned exercises. Michelle pays particular attention to the clients varying physical strengths, limitations and specific needs. I leave the class feeling restored, very special, empowered and wanting more! Everyone needs a Michelle in their life for Pilates and well being - she is amazing!"

(Stephen - 59 year old mature client with lower back problems)
"Michelle is my Pilates Teacher I have completed 1 - 3 sessions per week for 3 years. Michelle's brand of Pilates is absolutely unique. She has experience within a counselling setting as well as physical health and well-being. These pair perfectly with Pilates enabling you to get a balanced approach to both your physical and mental health.

As a larger person who has struggled with health and fitness all of my life, I was very anxious about my shape. I didn’t exercise much as I couldn’t stand public gyms or sports facilities. Michelle works from a private therapy space. My Pilates sessions feel comfortable without the fear of being judged or watched by others. This is important to me"

(Donna aged 47)

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