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Marina started practising Pilates in 2007 at the recommendation of her physio and immediately noticed the benefits. Her neck and shoulder pain, caused by many years working in an office, quickly disappeared and she felt stronger and more flexible. Marina was so impressed with the Pilates method that she decided to train to become a teacher, qualifying in 2013 with the renowned Body Control Pilates Association.  

Since qualifying Marina has continued to develop and expand her knowledge, attending regular courses and workshops.  She is qualified in designing programmes for Pre and Post Natal clients, and also those with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. 

Marina is also a Level 4 qualified Back4Good® Practitioner. This training is endorsed by BackCare, the UK charity for healthier backs; by leading medical practitioners and by the independent bodies who oversee quality and standards for the UK health and fitness industry. 

Marina’s classes will help you to move better, with more awareness, to improve your core strength and stability and feel stronger and more in control of your body. Marina's aim is to make you feel as good as you possibly can!

 

Qualifications

  • Level 3 Matwork qualified in the Body Contol Pilates® Method

  • Level 3 Certificate in Designing Pre and Post-Natal Pilates Programmes 

  • Level 3 Certificate in Designing Pilates Programmes for Bone Health (qualified to teach clients with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis)

  • Level 4 Back4Good® Practitioner 

  • Certificate in Basic Life Support (CPR) 

  • DBS checked

  • Introductory Reformer (Lisa B Pilates Academy for Teachers)

Courses Attended

  • Pilates for Pregnancy 1 & 2 (Ante & Post Natal) (Body Control Pilates)

  • Matwork Evolution (Body Control Pilates)

  • Intermediate Matwork (Body Control Pilates)

  • Small Ball & Toning Circle (Body Control Pilates)

  • L4: Movement (Body Control Pilates)

  • L4: Adaptations (Body Control Pilates)

  • Pilates for Golfers (Body Control Pilates)

  • Plates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis) (Body Control Pilates)

  • Pilates for the Older Person (Body Control Pilates)

  • Prolapse: Awareness & Management for Fitness Professionals (The Guild of Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise Instructors)

  • Introductory Reformer (Lisa B Pilates)

  • Breast Cancer Rehabilitation - Foundation Day & Programmes (Body Control Pilates)

  • Better Health for Better Bones (Liz Chandler)

  • Understanding Cancer (Body Control Pilates)

  • Pilates for Low Back Pain (Body Control Pilates)

  • Pilates for Scoliosis (Body Control Pilates)

  • Pilates for Low Back Pain (Body Control Pilates)

Pilates is often described as a total mind and body conditioning programme. Its benefits are countless, it is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and is a safe and effective method of rehabilitation from injury.

 

Pilates works by re-awakening and strengthening the deep postural muscles which, for various reasons (eg. office based job, inactive lifestyle), may have stopped working as they should. Regular practise will improve posture, strength and flexibility, reduce stress, tension and joint pain and improve focus and concentration.

 

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany and suffered various childhood illnesses, which motivated him to focus on improving his general health and fitness. He moved to the UK in 1912 and was working as a circus performer, boxer and self-defence trainer when, during WW1, he was interned with other German citizens to a camp in Lancashire. During this time he taught self-defence, boxing and general fitness to his fellow interns, whilst devising and developing his own exercise programme which he named "Contrology".

 

After the war he emigrated to the United States, enroute meeting Clara, his future wife, who shared his interest in health and wellbeing.  Together they continued to develop the "Contrology" method, eventually founding a studio in New York City and quickly gaining a devoted following in the dance and performing arts community.  After Joseph's death in 1967, aged 83, the method became known as "Pilates".