For those who prefer one-to-one sessions, I offer Pilates-based personal training from my home studio in Alveston, Bristol or online via Zoom. These sessions focus on your individual needs and goals, enabling you to get the maximum benefits from your Pilates training. I draw on a wide range of qualifications in the use of exercise as a therapeutic treatment for conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and muscle-related pain, and in joint replacement rehabilitation. I am also able to work with athletes and those who take part in recreational sports to improve their performance through the correction of muscular and postural imbalances.
Your initial session will begin with an informal chat about you, your goals, and your relevant medical history. It will also include a postural and movement assessment that will form the basis of your personalised Pilates programme. Depending on this assessment, and on your goals, your programme may include exercises targeted at improving your balance and stability, mobility and flexibility, and the strength of your core and other muscle groups. More detail about who can benefit from personalised Pilates is provided below.
People with joint replacements (such as knee or hip)
Following a joint replacement, one-to-one Pilates sessions can work in conjunction with your physiotherapy to optimise the functionality of your new joint. As part of your recovery, it can help you to improve the stability, strength, and function of your affected joint and the surrounding musculature, as well as increase your range of movement.
People who have painful or limiting conditions
Personalised Pilates can help you to improve and/or manage many challenging physical conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, back pain, osteoporosis, common shoulder and elbow conditions, and hypermobility. Depending upon your condition and how it affects you, your personalised Pilates programme may focus on improving your pain management, mobility and joint function, stability and balance, and/or your strength and stamina.
Back-Care Pilates course
Back, shoulder, hip, neck, and knee pain are among the most common forms of posture-related pain and are often associated with a wide range of everyday activities that involve spending a prolonged amount of time in one position. A personalised Pilates programme can reduce or eliminate posture-related pain by correcting postural misalignments through stretching, mobilisation, and strengthening exercises.
People with posture-related pain (including back pain)
Back-Care Pilates is a twelve-week, Pilates-based, corrective exercise course designed specifically for people with back pain. The course uses slow, gentle and controlled movements. You will be guided through small and simple movements on a one-to-one basis that will help you to regain control over your back and your body.
The sessions use stretching, mobilisation, and strengthening exercises to train the abdominal and back muscles that support your spine. These exercises will help you to improve your posture and develop your awareness of neutral spinal alignment as these are essential in maintaining a healthy back.
Athletes and recreational sportsmen and women
If you’re an athlete, or take part in recreational sport or exercise, one-to-one Pilates can help you to correct subtle muscular imbalances, thereby increasing your body’s efficiency of movement. A personalised Pilates programme can also improve your core strength and flexibility so that you can get the most out of the rest of your training, whilst at the same time reducing your risk of injury. If you have suffered an injury, Pilates sessions can help you maintain the strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the injury without putting excessive strain on the injured area itself.
Pilates beginners and improvers
Some people feel more confident attending a Pilates group session once they have done a few one-to-one sessions. Private sessions offer an introduction to the basics of Pilates and enable you to develop good technique from the very start of your Pilates training.
If you’ve been practicing Pilates for some time, one-to-one sessions provide an opportunity for you to perfect your technique and get some personalised training that is centred around you and your unique goals.
"Having hurt my back 30 years ago I was left with a chronic prolapsed disc. Many people will know what I’m talking about. I chose not to have an op. but getting older has made things worse. It made me really depressed but since I started one-to-one pilates sessions I can see how it is so very beneficial. This is topped up by a very enthusiastic, bubbly, lovely teacher named Sam."
"Persistent back and leg pain led me to try a few individual sessions in Sam’s shiny new studio. The sessions were relaxed, fun and focused on my specific problem areas – I really improved my technique which in turn made the exercises much more effective. I highly recommend everyone to try at least one individual session even if you’ve been doing Pilates for a while – a few minor tweaks to technique work wonders!"
"We have been receiving one-to-one Pilates training from Sam for about three years. We both have complex back issues for which she has designed specific programmes. She regularly assesses and updates them as necessary during our one-to-one training sessions, which are delivered with patience and humour. We have both experienced significant gains in terms of pain relief and physical function, which has had a really positive impact on our quality of life. We can't thank Sam enough for her hard work and sympathetic understanding of our particular needs."
Steve & Rhian
"I began having private individual session with Sam in 2016. Sam listened to what my aims were and carefully checked my medical considerations and physical strengths and weaknesses. We went through some of the basic moves, checking very thoroughly that I was doing them correctly – that was fantastic in itself! Sam worked out a balanced programme that met my needs - what a difference! Sam was there to help with any queries or problems – the perfect mentor!
When I look back at my initial programme in 2016, I feet really proud of my progress AND Sam is so encouraging – the best anti-aging tonic ever."
I can tailor sessions to your needs, so if you haven't seen what you’re looking for here then please contact me to discuss your requirements.
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