I am a trained Matwork (STOTT) Pilates Instructor. You can find my group mat classes at a number of venues around Bristol. I teach 1:2:1 (individuals) and 2:2:1 (two people together) at my home studio in Knowle and across Bristol and Bath.
Jacqui is a STOTT PILATES ® Certified Instructor and underwent her training at YMCA, as part of Merrithew, in London. She loves sharing her passion with clients and seeing their progress. The benefits of Pilates are endless, from improving posture, increasing flexibility, strengthening your core, balancing muscles, lowering back pain, preventing injury and helping to focus and relax. Pilates can be beneficial to anyone, any age and can help achieve a wide range of health and fitness goals. The basic principles include breathing through the nose and exhaling through the mouth, working on placing the spine through a neutral and stable position, stabilising the shoulder blades, cervical spine and ribcage. During your classes, you will work on activating, strengthening and lengthening muscles that stabilise the rest of your body, at the same time learning a fun repertoire. Commitment to regular classes is important to see progress - recommended once or twice a week.
You can come to group matwork classes at a number of locations around Bristol - see the schedule for details. Jacqui teaches 1:2:1 (individuals), 2:2:1 (two people together) and small groups at her home studio in Knowle. She can also come to your house within the central and South Bristol areas. The group matwork classes last for 55 minutes, unless you have booked in the lunch time power workout. They suit different abilities, from complete beginners to intermediate. So if you haven't tried Pilates before then don't be alarmed, you can choose to come first for a private 1:1 session where Jacqui can assess your abilities and direct you to the appropriate class. The classes progress throughout the sessions, incorporating the harder exercises over time, but modifications are always given for individuals progressing at different stages.
As a child Jacqui practiced classical ballet and tap dancing and has always been facinated by movement, be it hiking, cycling, swimming and dance. Her passion for cycling has propelled her in the direction to take another separate course for Pilates for cyclists and there are matwork classes for road and hobby cyclists to improve their strength and endurance on rides. Pilates was originally introduced to Jacqui via her Osteopath for management of a joint hypermobility condition, Ehlers Danlos. After going to weekly matwork classes with a STOTT Pilates Instructor, she was astonished at how Pilates changed her body in only a matter of months and has found it a life changer over the years. It enabled her to feel stronger, live pain free and more in tune with her body. Jacqui also trained and worked as an NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Practitioner and sometimes uses NLP techniques through her sessions.
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