“My counsellor suggested Pilate’s. How on earth could she even contemplate that this was going to help me! My confidence was on the floor and everyday was a dark one. She clearly knew nothing about me or the desperate place I was in. To even walk into a room of people I didn’t know sent me into panic. She was clearly deluded!
As the months ticked by and I began to feel better, responding well to my therapy, a friend asked me if I wanted to go for a Pilate’s class at the Jubilee Centre. This was now over a year after the original suggestion and although still not exactly overjoyed at the prospect I thought I would give it a go.
After being welcomed so warmly it became apparent very soon my fitness levels were embarrassingly low. I bumbled through the class being discretely assisted by Becki throughout. Then after the realisation that I needed to become more active the whole tonne of the class changed. The lights were dimmed and now was a time to think about ourselves and how amazing we really are. This was something I had never done before. I had been a victim of abuse, the type of abuse that made me disconnect with my body and now for the first time I’m being encouraged to connect and take time to appreciate it.
The penny had dropped! I now completely understood why Pilate’s had been suggested. My mind and body were not working together, in fact, they were battling for the majority of the time. I don’t expect this will make much sense to everyone reading this but for me, it was truly a lightbulb moment and an emotional one too. I had been so bogged down by my thoughts and everyday life, barely functioning, full of anger with complete lack of confidence.
Pilate’s has enabled me to focus and connect with me. It gives me the time to learn to properly breathe, I had panted my way through life and now there is calm, there is focus. What is important to me is apparent now and the rest of the other stuff, the damaging and negative stuff has gone. Clarity was being restored!
My posture has improved so has my breathing and on a good day, I can manage to hold a plank position for 30 seconds, a huge achievement for me.
I’m so happy to have found Becki and her Pilate’s classes and the counsellor who originally planted the seed and I hope to continue long into the future. Fitness levels are improving as could barely manage 3 press ups at the start now I can do 10, little steps.
I would urge everybody to give it a go.”