Pilates with Jill
What is Pilates?
Pilates was originally developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His Pilates method was influenced by Western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. It aims to strengthen the body in an even fashion, with a specific emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.
Jillates with Jill
Jill, formerly an Assistant Head of Family & Community Learning at Cramlington Learning Village had always been involved in fitness and had enjoyed Pilates herself. On being made redundant she decided to revisit her first fitness love.
Having decided that she didn’t want to practise any other fitness technique she trained to deliver mat Pilates, Reformer (machine), children’s and women’s pelvic floor and menopause-related Pilates. She promotes meditation and holistic wellness.
All are closely linked with physical and mental wellbeing and in working with older customers the aim is to increase mobility, strength, resilience and balance. The goal is to ultimately reduce the instance of falls and to reduce hospital admissions whilst increasing confidence and with it, independence.
Jill said “I want to encourage our customers to continue to live their lives independently. That might mean being able to reach for a coat without losing balance or something as simple as putting on their own socks.
“I monitor their progress week on week and an aim achieved could literally be an increase in the numbers of sit to stands achieved.”
Our wellbeing and extra care customers enjoy participating in the Pilates classes. Not only because it improves their physical wellbeing but after a difficult 18 months because of Covid-19 it allows them to come together as a group.
Jill said “Being able to see customers enjoying themselves with each other, having a good laugh and seeing the obvious benefits of exercise is fantastic. These sessions energise them and promote mobility in a way that’s fun and interactive.”
Jillates exercise sessions are kindly funded by Sport England.