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Bexley pilates studio can help new year health kick

PUBLISHED: 09:23 03 January 2013

Instructor Jemma Baker teaching Robert and Teresa Dibble

Instructor Jemma Baker teaching Robert and Teresa Dibble

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If your new year resolution in 2013 is to get into shape then pilates could be a great way to set the wheels rolling - and Bexley has just the place to do it.

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Focusing on building core strength, the discipline is a great way to tone up and strengthen and lengthen muscle, making you less prone to injury.

The practice involves developing controlled movement from a strong core using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body, which includes mats, exercise balls and foam rollers. Concentration and breathing techniques are also key elements.

Genine Patrick, owner and instructor at the Pilates Body Studio, in Bexley High Street, is adamant it could be the key to getting the body you want this year.

“If you want to lose weight in the new year, then give pilates a shot.

“Pilates will straighten out any existing aches and pains. It’s much better for you than starting going to the gym without tightening up your core – which let’s face it, a lot of people might have to do after Christmas.

“It will also boost your mood and energise you to be more positive, helping you to get over the January blues.”

Classes get back under way today (Thursday) after the Christmas break and Genine recommends pilates alongside other exercises such as jogging or walking to really get the most of your new year health kick. She was a full-time legal secretary before taking up the exercise nine years ago because she had terrible posture and back pain due to sitting down too much.

The 40-year-old was told by one of her friends that pilates could help and she loved it so much she went on to take an instructor’s course and never looked back.

She is now one of seven instructors who work at the studio.

Genine says she would not have been able to run the London Marathon and complete the London to Brighton bike ride without it.

“More people do come to us in the new year,” she says. “It’s a time when people might have eaten too much over Christmas and put other people first, whereas January is a time when people start thinking about themselves again.

“We help people keep their new year’s resolutions because we know how easy they are to break.”

If you fancy trying something slightly different in 2013, the studio also offers classes in yoga and reflexology sessions, which involves applying pressure to the hands and feet.

For more details on getting involved in classes, visit www.pilatesbodystudio.co.uk/index.html or call Genine on 07940 243231.

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