What is Pilates and who is it for?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to new members of the team here at Smart Physiotherapy and Fitness. Today we are delighted to finally announce the additional of Méabh to our team. Méabh will be running Pilates classes from our Belfast studio, launching very soon!

We caught up with Méabh to find out a bit more about her background, what Pilates is, who it’s for and why you should book in when the timetable is live!

Hi Méabh, tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Méabh, originally from Dublin but happily living in Belfast for the past 12 years! I moved here for uni and then life kept me here.

I work as a physiotherapist in the NHS, working with people with neurological problems from strokes to spinal injuries and everything in between. I have almost 10 years’ experience both teaching Pilates and working as a qualified physio. I enjoy using my background in physio during my Pilates classes but equally I use my Pilates knowledge with my patients on a daily basis. I enjoy staying active, sea swimming, walking, and practising what I preach with Pilates and yoga!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise first devised in the early1900s by Joseph Pilates, initially for the New York ballet.

He came up with 9 key exercises and principles of which we practise today- albeit with modifications. It has been described as “a mind-body exercise that requires core stability, strength, and flexibility, and attention to muscle control, posture, and breathing” and I can only agree with this statement!

What are the benefits?

There are so many benefits! Improving balance, strengthening, muscle toning, improving your pelvic floor, stretching, relaxation, improving mobility and control…the list really does go on! Many people get different benefits from practising Pilates regularly and I hope you will too!

Who is Pilates for?

Pilates is for everyone! Older or younger, with/without experience, with an injury or not! My classes will look at everyone individually and make sure that your exercises are benefitting you and that they are at a suitable level both to challenge but also achievable and enjoyable.

What makes your classes different/why should people come to your classes?

My classes incorporate both the core Pilates principles along with relaxation and stretching.

My background and profession in physiotherapy means that I take a special interest in clients’ individual needs and will tailor your exercises and classes accordingly. The relaxation aspect at the end of my classes has been very popular with previous clients and I think is a necessary wind down when you are taking time out to join me on the mat.

My classes really are an all-round holistic exercise for the mind and body.

Any success stories from over the years?

I have many years’ experiences with both teaching classes and using Pilates principles in my day-to-day work. Every time someone comes back for a second, third, fourth…class is a success in my eyes. It means I’m doing something right to have someone enjoy my classes and continue to improve every week!

Pilates bookings will soon be available at our Belfast Pilates Studio – keep an eye on our website for availability.