Elizabeth Reid, Level III Pilates Instructor
A passion for Pilates? That's me!
I have practised Pilates since 2004 and after 18 years in the insurance industry, I decided to re-train in 2008, so that I could teach Pilates and only pure Pilates, sharing it's secrets of better posture, flexibility and well being with others. I have seen so many people improve their bodies, gain strength and co-ordination and I was truly inspired to become an Instructor.
I have always loved sport and am utterly fascinated by biology, the human body and movement. I was also a keen gymnast and practised Modern Dance.
Coupled with several years experience in mat work Pilates before undertaking my Instructor training, I qualified as a Level III Pilates Instructor in 2009, having studied and trained for a year with Fitness Forth Specialist Fitness Training, accredited by NCFE. I have been trained to teach only the ORIGINAL, pure 34 Pilates mat work exercises that Joseph Pilates designed himself and offer adaptions, allowing for certain conditions and to aid gentle, effective progression. The proper performance of Pilates is crucial to maximising the benefits from this incredible exercise method, in which the Breathing Techinque is of paramount importance.
My classes started in July 2009 in Northamptonshire, where I had lived for most of my life, until moving to Cambridgeshire in 2010. There are currently 12 classes running in and around the local area of Somersham, bringing the true, original 34 Pilates mat work exercise classes, locally to you.
I am a qualified British Red Cross Society Emergency First Aider and a member of FitPro (Fitness Professionals Ltd.) which is the largest association for fitness professionals worldwide.
In May 2013, I also became a qualified Barefoot Running Technique Instructor and Affiliate of VIVOBAREFOOT, trained with Premier Training International.
Maintaining good posture and balance is vital for the ease of movement in everything we do but too many of us run incorrectly, even for the bus, often causing injuries and impact damage, particularly to knees, hips and even the spine, from heel-striking. Practising Pilates regularly will help to correct imbalances in posture and I can advise how to improve your running technique, so you run as nature intended.
I am also delighted to be a BackCare Associate Professional Member since April 2014. BackCare is the national charity concerned with reducing the impact of back pain.
I like to make you all feel welcome in class, no matter what your fitness level is. With regular and correct performance of Pilates the body's muscles can be developed together, which will ultimately produce a more healthy tuned body and happier you!