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Today we are talking to Jenna from Lungile Health, about PILATES
1. What got you into teaching pilates?
I have always been interested in human movement so it was a natural progression for me to study the pilates method, which deepened my understanding of controlled movement, muscle recruitment and precision.
2. What is your favourite thing about pilates?
I love how people start to really understand their bodies and learn how to control and move them. Seeing how clients can connect and improve is so rewarding. The method enables people to move more easily and improve flexibility but also to be strong and precise in your movements. It is an amazing balance between strength and length, control and fluidity. It is also incredibly indulgent and relaxing.
3. What are the benefits of pilates?
With pilates the benefits are both physical and mental. The sessions are taxing and require some hard work but also have moments of stretching and breathing which is relaxing and centres you. By the end of the session you feel tired but relaxed almost like being wrung out 🙂
Pilates is often used to treat back pain and other biomechanics injuries caused from being ‘imbalanced’ by isolating movements you are able to target weak areas and try decrease compensatory movements. I highly recommend this form of exercise to EVERYONE.
4. Who would you recommend come to you for pilates?
Anyone can do pilates but you must try to find a class that suits your level of ability. Start with one on one sessions if you are a beginner or join a beginners class. You must try to understand a few principles before joining a group class so that you can get the most from the sessions. From there, it is possible to improve and go to different classes such as advances mat, Foam roller classes, Big stability ball classes or use equipment and attend classes with a chair, barrel or reformer and cadilac. As you improve so you can attend more challenging sessions. Pilates clients range from male athletes to little old ladies. We welcome you all 😉
5. What is your favourite pilates exercise?
I really love to teach and improve the Roll Up. It is a smooth movement from lying on your back curling yourself up and off the mat until seated. It gives away so many clues to where people are weak and offers a good way to measure improvement.
6. Tell us about your classes, what can one expect?
I teach basic mat classes with own body weight and use assists such as therabands, foam rollers, big and small balls as well as a few other devices that take a simple exercise and make it harder 😉 My classes are a non threatening environment where people who first begin fit right in and those that have been coming regularly still get a good work out.
7. What are your class times and days?
Classes are daily with some evening, mid morning and early morning sessions. You can find the time table here http://www.lungilehealth.com/p/pilates.html
8. What are the costs?
We do monthly rates for once a week of R300 and twice a week of R460.
9. Where can we find you?
We are in Durban North at 54 Balmoral Drive. Give us a shout on 031 564 1001 to ask for directions if you need to 🙂
10. Any additional info you’d like to share on pilates?
YES!! I have loads more info on pilates and it’s benefits and I would love to share it all with you. But for now my advice is to try it out and see if you enjoy it. It really is a fabulous way to get strong from the inside out.