I possess a natural empathy and a desire to help people; whether that is to help ease the pain of chronic tension, to soothe the muscles following over-exertion or simply to relax and take away anxiety. I treat people holistically and as individuals

Amy Phillips - 07800 636266

Dekker Road, Dulwich Village. London. SE21 7DJ


Friday, April 12, 2013 Wellbeing


"With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person."

- Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology

From my previous blog you will see that yoga is my first love, but discovering Pilates less than a year ago has possibly done more for my posture, alignment and strength than 17 years of daily yoga has done! I still love Yoga, but with the addition of Pilates to my daily routine, I find I can do more of the postures in Yoga and it has really deepened my practice. It has also been an incredible help for my own physical aches and pains, and for the majority of us, it should be the number one form of exercise for a healthy, pain free body.
Invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920’s, it is a system of exercise designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body's muscular and skeletal systems, the Pilates teacher creates classes that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.
Initially it was adopted by professional dancers in the US as an effective form of recovery after injury, and it is still used by many dancers as a preventative measure as well as a cure. Pilates has steadily grown in popularity around the world, and includes celebrity fans such as Madonna, Lorraine Kelly, Hugh Grant and Pippa Middleton.
The most famous element of Pilates is it’s amazing ability to develop core strength, and its from this strong foundation that our bodies become more able to cope with any stresses and strains it encounters without overusing more vulnerable muscles, particularly the lower back and shoulders. That is far from all there is too it, it concentrates on getting all of the muscles and joints in the body working effectively, but this core strength can be hugely significant. Not only because it helps to tone the abdominal muscles and protect the back, but because the centre of our body represents our navel chakra, the energy centre of our body that holds your strongest sense of self. It is where all your personal boundaries are set and the chakra of self-esteem and willpower. If your Navel chakra is synchronized, strong and open then you will have a sense of personal value, self trust and will be confident in all you do. I have really felt that as my core strength has developed, as has my self-esteem and self-knowledge. I feel more in tune with those muscles that for so long have been left neglected, and the emotional stability I’ve gained from doing Pilates on a regular basis I’m sure is linked to this new strength.
"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit." Joseph Pilates

I was fortunate enough to receive one-to-one tuition from a trainee Pilates instructor, who was patient and kind as well as forceful and motivating when necessary and through her I have learned so much that I’m happy to practice on my own every day. I can’t recommend having one-to-one lessons highly enough as that individual attention makes the learning process so much quicker, however, there are many great classes available too if that’s what you prefer/can afford.

My teacher is now fully qualified and taking private clients as well as hoping to set up a class in East Dulwich or nearby- I truly think she’s amazing!
Angela Gasparetto:
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