In January 2013 the clinic welcomed Sublime Pilates and Amanda Beechcroft-Kay to its community of wellbeing and healing practitioners to compliment its services, aid rehabilitation and instil a sense of health and vitality to its clientele.
Pilates is a body conditioning routine designed by Joseph Pilates that helps to build flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back. Pilates exercises are designed to align the body’s bony structures thereby creating correct and balanced musculature function. Focus is on the body’s centre and maintaining alignment.
The Pilates method is well reputed for toning abdominals and the outstanding results one can achieve from this. Pilates concentrates on initiating all movement from the core, in particular the deep abdominals. This toning of the abs and pelvic floor muscles offers stability and the freedom of supported motion throughout the body resulting in reduced work-load to the back and consequent reduced back pain.
“You must always do it slowly and smoothly. Then your whole body is in it” – Joseph Pilates
Amanda, your instructor…
I am Amanda Beechcroft-Kay and what I bring to you I believe is exclusive, personal and can now be experienced at our new Sublime Pilates studio beautifully set within the Haslemere clinic. Here you will either receive one-to-one personal tuition or share your Pilates session time and cost with one other. This is your choice but either way you will receive a tailor-made programme designed specifically for your body and be given all the individual attention you require.
Through a series of techniques devised I can help you to let go of the stress in your life, feel younger, feel a bounce in your step, a zest for life and in this way reduce any pain you may be experiencing in your body.
As a Pilates instructor listed and trained to the highest capacity with the world-renowned Pilates Foundation, a yoga teacher and practitioner of almost 20 years recognised by the Yoga Alliance along with having initially trained as a fitness instructor, I can create for you a unique programme of what you might need for ultimate body work through mindful movement.
Also trained as a massage therapist and aromatherapist with extensive knowledge of the body, I aid clients back to health post illness and injury. In the studio I receive referral patients from the clinic’s osteopaths and chiropractors for rehabilitation purposes along with healthy clientele looking to strengthen, tone and change their body shape. Incorporated into my work, where I feel necessary, is the use of essential oils for absorption into the body via skin and lungs for physiological and psychological benefit.
Qualified and certified in the practice of NLP, I teach meditation enhanced with hypnotic and positive language techniques to help you sleep, clear the busi-ness of your mind and help create effective change in thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and state.
With use of the breath as life’s most vital tool the mind and body are united in a fluid, moving meditation, aligning the body’s bones for correct muscle function, improving tone, perfecting posture, improving core stability and aiding weight loss where required.
All of this is available if you opt for the private home wellbeing sessions if you are in rehabilitation and unable to come along to the Sublime studio. In the studio you will experience the original repertoire equipment such as the Cadillac & Reformer as designed by Joseph Pilates himself.
Pilates and the Growing Issue of back Pain
The principles of Pilates are in alignment with exercises that support back care. Awareness of the neutral spine and strengthening of the core postural muscles that support this alignment is vital knowledge for any patient with back pain.
Patients with pain caused by excessive movement and degeneration of the inter-vertebral discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from the Pilates method. In addition, postural imbalances and irregularities can be improved upon resulting in less wear and tear on the inter-vertebral discs and joints.
Pilates improves mobility, flexibility, strength and suppleness of the bodies largest joints such as the hip, shoulder and knees. Controlled movement through these joints helps maintain an evenness of the muscular structure preventing unnecessary ‘pulling’ of the vertebral column, out of alignment. Pilates brings about body awareness of one’s movement patterns that may stress the spine, and an understanding of how to change the patterns to ones that maintain neutral alignment. Concentration and awareness of excessive tension in the body help to bring about a more positive outcome.
Losing Weight with Pilates
If weight loss is the issue, then a practice involving a dynamic Pilates sequence can be created for private one to one or group training.
These exercise programmes are designed to reduce weight, lose inches and sculpt bodies.
Many people come to Pilates in order to gain stronger abdominal muscles and this is ultimately very achievable. However, the work does not stop at one’s core.
Structural integration and learning to create a flexible, strong body that can move freely and efficiently are important goals of Pilates fitness. To this end, Pilates works all body parts in a very balanced way.
For more information on the studio, Pilates or Amanda and her growing team of practitioners please go to www.sublimebodymind.com.