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Bridge to Health welcomes Annmarie Loughlin

Written by Mathieu Rossano   Posted in:Clinic News   March 25, 2019

Bridge to Health welcomes Annmarie Loughlin

Annmarie Loughlin, Pilates Instructor.
What do you most love about your job?
I love that I have an opportunity to influence people to change the way they move, and then to witness over time the positive impact this has on both their physical and mental well-being.
It feels incredibly satisfying to know that I have had a part to play in seeing my clients make progress; developing their self-awareness, improving strength and introducing better postural habits. When all this combines and radiates into their daily life, I love to hear it - it's what keeps me motivated!
Why did you retrain to become a Pilates Instructor?
I was first introduced to Pilates after a visit to an osteopath following the birth of my first child. I was struggling with severe lower back pain. Since then, Pilates has become my number one "must do" practice, enabling me to develop my core strength and self-awareness, and in turn make huge improvements to my postural alignment. This was the trigger for the start of a more active lifestyle as I also began my obsession with running.

Up to this point, I had spent years in a sedentary job but the time felt right to make an “active” change. I decided to step away from my established career as a professional accountant to focus on teaching others the long-term health benefits of practising Pilates.
What has been your most rewarding experience in work to date?  
After I retrained as a Pilates Instructor, I volunteered with the mental health charity MIND delivering weekly Pilates classes to their service users.  Without doubt, the most challenging and rewarding work I have experienced to date.  Being able to support people by helping them to focus their attention on moving whilst dealing with various degrees of mental health issues was extremely challenging. However, the most rewarding experience was the connection and friendships that I formed with the group.      
What do you like most about being part of the Bridge to Health team?
I am very excited to be part of the Bridge to Health Team and to have the opportunity to contribute to their holistic approach to well-being. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you and hopefully instilling a similar enthusiasm for Pilates into your life as I already experience myself.  
Finally, what is your top health tip?
Taking into consideration various physical restrictions, it is extremely important to find a safe way to continue to be as mobile and active as you can.  For me, as someone who is passionate about the outdoors, what better way to remain healthy than a daily walk whilst enjoying nature.

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