Emily has a lifelong love of dance and movement, having started dancing at the age of 3. Following several years working in arts management, Emily discovered a passion for teaching whilst volunteering teaching English on a community development project in Mexico. After a year and a half teaching, learning Spanish and finally having the time to rediscover how beneficial regular Pilates and yoga practise was to both her physical and mental well-being, Emily made the decision to return to England and retrain in order to combine this new-found desire to teach with both her passion for movement and her belief that a strong and healthy body promotes a strong and healthy mind.
Emily is accredited with the Pilates Foundation to teach all aspects of Pilates matwork, having completed a comprehensive matwork teacher training course at the Scott Studio under the supervision of master teacher Suzanne Scott in 2010. Emily is also trained in pre and postnatal Pilates and is First Aid qualified. As a member of the Pilates Foundation Emily is committed to furthering her education through continuing professional development.
In order to further her knowledge of bodywork and gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology, Emily completed a BTEC Professional Diploma (Level 5) in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy with the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage in 2014. This knowledge informs her teaching on many levels, but in particular when working with injuries and health conditions.
Emily is also a qualified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, completing a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Mexico at the end of 2014. This deepened her belief in the connection between the mind, body and breath, and the positive effects that yoga, and movement in general, can have on one’s life. The energy, balance and strength you create on your mat is carried over into your daily life - you become more centred, present, and both physically and mentally more healthy.
Most recently, Emily has completed a year-long training on structural, functional and experiential anatomy with Gary Carter on his 'Anatomy & Movement' course. This explores the anatomy of movement in relation to practice, movement analysis, 3-D work, and experiential anatomy, allowing teachers to 'see' their students more clearly.
Based on the principles of centre, alignment, control, flowing movement, focus and breathing, Pilates helps realign the body, improve posture, create better body awareness and focus the mind.
Focusing on the deep abdominal muscles which support and stabilise the spine, Pilates strengthens, elongates and rebalances the body, bringing it into correct alignment, so that the muscular and skeletal systems can function optimally. Pilates is particularly beneficial for those with back problems, in the rehabilitation and prevention of injury and is a safe form of exercise for conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and scoliosis.
Pilates is a holistic form of exercise and classes with Emily focus not only on strengthening the body as a whole, but also on the effect that Pilates can have on the mind, bringing an inner-awareness and sense of well-being to the practitioner. Exercises are mainly based around small controlled movements and the belief that it is better to perform 2 repetitions of an exercise correctly, than 20 repetitions incorrectly. Students will experience increased strength, stability and muscle tone as well as better coordination, balance, improved mind-body awareness and the release of stress and tension.
Benefits of Pilates:
- Improves posture, mobility and flexibility
- Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
- Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
- Fosters the health of joints through increased mobility and support from the surrounding musculature
- Builds better balance and coordination
- Alleviates aches and pains
- Helps maintain and can improve bone density
- Relieves stress and tension and increases well-being
- Increases body awareness
- Integrates mind, body and spirit