A bit about me… Leah x

Having attended Pilates classes since 1998, I have always found the benefits and principles fascinating and noticeable. I qualified as an Instructor in 2004 and haven’t looked back since. As I find the connection between well being and the human body fascinating, I continue to update my body movement and anatomical well being knowledge, regularly attending workshops to ensure that my own classes remain up to date, fun, varied and safe.

I am in the process of furthering my understanding of the human body in relation to nutrition and am currently studying towards a Level 4 RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) in Nutrition and look forward to sharing these learnings over the coming months.

Trained in Level 3 Pilates and fully insured, I offer safe options for many orthopaedic conditions. Following Government guidelines I have taken my classes online, offering both live and recorded sessions in the comfort of your own home.

Given personal abilities and requirements, we all need to work to different levels and to focus on different aspects of our bodies. This focus may be on mobility, strength, stamina, flexibility, alignment or to simply de-stress. The benefits of breath, flowing movement and well being are all incorporated into my classes.

As an alterative to traditional Pilates, why not try my Breath and Flow or Unwind classes for something different. Please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact form if you would like to discuss any specific issues or requirements. I also offer one to one sessions if you feel you would benefit from this.

WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates exercises encourage the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.

The principles of Pilates are control, centering, concentration, precision, flowing movements, breathing, alignment, flexibility and lengthening … along with a little coordination and stamina! Pilates can improve physical problems such as bad posture, stiff joints and many back problems.

BOOKING FORM

BEING UPDATED BACK SOON!

Class Descriptions

If you have any underlying health issues, please check with your GP before attending any exercise class. If you have not attended any sessions before please talk to me about 1-1 sessions and we can get you started in an appropriate class.

Mixed Level (M/L) – This session is designed for all levels from experienced to beginners with plenty of adaptions and levels to progress or regress as your body needs.

Intermediate Pilates – Knowing the Pilates principles and having some level of fitness and experience is required.

Dynamic Fitness – Step outside the Pilates box and improve your stamina, your strength and your wellbeing. Trainers are optional but a good support bra highly recommended.

– Lower Level (L/L): Less jumping and more adaptations.
– High Intensity (H/L): Not suitable for everyone, please check before attending these sessions.

Breath and Flow – These beautiful flowing sessions incorporates standing, seated and mat work, designed from my many years’ experience in various body movement techniques. We work on improving decompression through joints, increasing flexibility, strength and freeing your fascia. 45 minutes of unique and rejuvenating flowing movements for the mind, body and soul.

Gentle chair – This class is 30 minutes and all in the chair. If you have trouble getting to the floor or only have 1/2 an hour to spare, we will keep you moving from your head to your toes.

Unwind – For the days when you just need to breath, stretch and unwind. Melt away your stress and tension, open your body and mind to something new. As we finish with a little mindfulness and relaxation avoid eating a few hours before this session.

Introduction and Assessment – 1-1 virtual discussion about your strengths, weaknesses and goals in order to determine the most effective programme for you. All initial consultations are 70 minutes however 45 and 30 minute sessions are available thereafter.

JOSEPH PILATES

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883 he was a sickly child with rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. He dedicated his life to improving his physical health studying many sports from a young age such as boxing, body building, yoga and gymnastics. He began to believe that the ‘modern’ lifestyle of bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the root of poor health.

During the first world war he taught wrestling and self-defence in the UK, it was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises. Joseph later emigrated to America and it was on the boat over that he met his future wife Clara who was a professional dancer. They opened their first studio in New York teaching other dancers, sportsmen and women and helping to rehabilitate many people. Joseph died in 1967 at the age of 83.

If you have any queries please contact me at leah@bodyandskinclinic.co.uk or call me on 07735 560570

“In Leah’s Pilates class she adapts each exercise to your own personal requirements. Each session is fun friendly and enjoyable, at the same time keeping to a high professional standard. Leah has changed my life, my fitness and strength… highly recommend it.”

“I initially began Pilates with Leah over 10 years ago following back surgery. She suggested a few sessions of one to one to begin with to find what worked for me and to correct posture. Since then I have regularly attended Leah’s classes not only because I enjoy them but to keep my back and core strong, flexible and healthy. Each class is different, professional and fun. Leah has a fantastic ability to keep an eye on her pupils to individually check, correct and tweak their positions, also being aware of their fitness levels or physical difficulties. Leah is a fantastic teacher, beauty therapist who I would be very happy to recommend.”

“Having been a fellow ‘classmate’ of Leah’s since 1998, it has been a pleasure to see her develop into an excellent teacher. Her classes are always well structured and gently challenging and she gives great support and encoouragement to individuals when required during each session. In my opinion she is one of the best Pilates instructors I have come across and we are very lucky to have her!”

“I started with leah 6 years ago after hip replacement and being diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her classes are amazing. She keeps a close eye on us all adjusting when necessary but pushing us at the same time. I have tried other Pilates classes and found them boring and repetitive so I was a little apprehensive but had heard her classes were fun and different and was so pleased to be able to join. I look forward to it each week which can’t be a bad thing!”