What do you most love about your job?
I love helping people; making a difference. Seeing the change in them when you help to build their confidence up and be more aware of their body - motivating them with their fitness. Lots of jobs are desk based where you rarely interact with other people, it’s all online, but with Pilates it’s face-to-face. You work with clients and their emotions on different days and I love that. Some days are more challenging, on others your body can be tighter, so no two days are the same. Pilates is interactive. You can see small changes making a major impact.
Why did you retrain to become a Pilates Instructor?
I’ve been practising Pilates for over fifteen years as I had a lower back injury. I started out scared to move and over time became more confident and flexible. I could really feel the difference and wanted to train to understand Pilates and teach other people. I specialise in lower back issues as that was always my focus when doing Pilates. It has helped me so much that I wanted to pass that on. I understand when clients are afraid to move or feel limited by their body. I love working with them to get them to a place where they feel able to move with ease again.
What has been your most rewarding experience in work to date?
A friend of mine had sepsis and had lost the use of his dominant hand and finger movements. Through Pilates, I worked with him - alongside his medical team - and now he has use of his hand, except for some loss of feeling in his small finger. Seeing him each week and being able to go on the journey with him, from not being able to bend his fingers to being able to hold a cup and regaining his movement, has been wonderful.
What do you like most about being part of the Bridge to Health team?
The Bridge to Health approach is that everyone works as part of a team. We all want the best for our clients and work together to achieve those end goals. Everyone is very positive and friendly - it’s a super team.
Finally, what is your top health tip?
Drink water! Whilst I’m not a fan of the taste of water, I do realise that drinking water as much as possible helps me to have more energy and counteracts any coffees that I drink! Also, eat breakfast! I love an açai bowl - pretty and yummy. A great start to the day.