Ever wondered what Pilates actually is?
Read on …
What is Pilates?
It is a method of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Joseph worked with athletes and dancers so many of his exercises are complex and challenging. In Contemporary Pilates we use deconstructed versions of his exercises – they have the same goals and benefits but are more suitable and accessible for ‘normal people’.
Contemporary Pilates combines the principles and exercises of Joseph Pilates with our more modern knowledge resulting in a low-impact, safe and effective approach.
By focusing on alignment, breathing and moving from your core, simple exercises can be made more effective and bring lots of benefits. Benefits including strengthening your core, increasing flexibility, reducing aches & pains, especially in your back, and, importantly, feeling good!
Who is it suitable for?
Pilates classes are suitable for all ages and abilities; for people who are fit and well and those recovering from injury or in pain. Every teacher has their own approach so you just have to find a class that works for you. My classes have a focus on leaving your body feeling more comfortable and working well and you can work at your own pace to find the challenges you need. Classes are small and friendly with clean equipment and appropriate spacing to allow social distancing.
For rehabilitation after injury or for an individual program, one-to-one sessions are recommended, at least to get you started.
My story & training
As a regular gym-goer, I started Pilates just because the class fitted with my family/work timetable. Soon I started to notice benefits than none of my other activities gave me. I felt stronger, my balance was better, I had fewer aches and pains and I seemed to be moving and breathing better. I also found the focus on mind, body & breath helped give me a bit of calm in a busy week. The benefits added up and I was hooked.
After years of telling everyone they should try Pilates, I decided to do the teacher-training myself. In 2018 I trained in ‘Realistic Pilates’, a contemporary form of Pilates designed for real people with real bodies. Over 2020/1, I completed another diploma from MK Pilates also gaining membership of SPM (Society for the Pilates Method). Most importantly, I gain knowledge through working with clients.
If you’re thinking about Pilates, why not get in touch & find out what it will do for you!
Thanks to Trish Ward at WARD deign for her creative talent, I love the result.
Now to change it on business cards, website, facebook … I feel a list coming on!
Lovely to be back open again offering massage and teaching Pilates.
Providing a safe, effective and comfortable experience for you is my goal, same as ever, just with masks and more cleaning!
Don’t live with the niggles & stress any more, get booked in!
For Silver Tree Studio, Peebles: www.smartscheduling.com/helencrowley
Limited availability at Lavender, Edinburgh, but worth a look: www.smartscheduling.com/kthandb
Get in touch for more info and a chat if you have any questions.
Look forward to seeing you!
The last few months have given us all challenges, but I hope the blue skies and signs of Spring are lifting your spirits, they definitely are mine.
Massage Appointments and Pilates Classes
We hope to be able to re-open Silver Tree Studio in Peebles for massage appointments on 26th April and Pilates classes on 17th May.
My online booking is not open yet for massage while I rebook those who had appointments cancelled during lockdown. Please contact me directly if you want to book in.
In the meantime, I hope you’re surviving and adapting ok. I am keeping busy with family and learning and continuing to offer services online.
With lockdown, we’ve all had to adapt to do more online and this is what I now offer online:
Pilates classes – 45min Zoom class with a ‘restorative vibe’ – simple movements to stretch, strengthen and re-balance to keep you feeling and moving better for whatever else you’re doing from desk-working to wind-surfing. Tue 10am & 7pm, Fri 9am
Pilates sessions – tailored for just you or a small group at a time that suits you, e.g. sessions to support recovery from illness/injury or for friends or work colleagues who want a healthy activity to do together
Online consultations & guided self-treatment – to discuss, assess and advise on any pain or niggles you have at the moment. Anything from a quick chat to a full guided self-treatment or exercise programme. The first appointment’s free, why wait until you can get a massage?
Pilates classes are booked through me. You can book 1:1 Pilates & online consults through me or online: https://smartscheduling.com/helencrowley
Here if you have any questions or just want to say hello,
I am pleased to say from today I can offer in-person massage appointments. These are now available at Silver Tree Studio. This is a beautiful, new treatment room off Peebles High Street which is easy to clean and ventilate for your safety.
I am unable to offer home or workplace visits at the moment. However, I plan to be offering 2 Sundays in Lavender in August, which will be available to book via the Lavender website soon. If you’d like to book in, please get in touch. It’d be lovely to hear from you, I have missed my Sundays seeing Edinburgh people.
As I phase back in treatments and locations, I appreciate your patience with changes that I’ve had to bring in. The biggest change you’ll see is around reducing our face to face contact by doing consultations by video call and wearing masks; with these and other smaller changes, I’ll guide you through so you have a safe and relaxing treatment.
During lockdown, I diversified my business to offer more online services – including Pilates and an online alternative to a massage treatment, more info on these can be found on my booking page or ask me.
I aim to help you feel and function better with a safe, effective and enjoyable experience, using massage, Pilates and self-care tailored in a way that works for you as an individual. Whether your goal is to support sports & exercise, for management of injuries or chronic conditions or you simply like massage and Pilates, you’re in the right place!
I look forward to hearing from you,
I’m excited to offer you a new treatment combining my favourite East & West massage techniques designed to leave you both blissfully relaxed and invigorated.
Thai Foot Massage
Swedish/Sports Back, Neck, Shoulder massage
75min appointment (including a bit of chill time)
Why Thai Foot Massage?
It is a great treat for your feet, whether you run, walk or love shoes. According to Thai Medicine, the whole body is mapped out on the sole of the foot and massaging this can promote healing on a deep level. The treatment involves a mix of hands-on massage with organic coconut oil and stimulation of reflex points on the sole of the foot with a traditional rosewood stick.
Why a Swedish/Sports back, neck and shoulder massage?
Modern life often leaves us with tension in our neck and shoulders or an achy lower back, so gentle, deep massage focusing on these areas can ease away tension to help you feel great and function better. The treatment uses organic coconut oil and involves a mix of Swedish massage, hands-free techniques and gentle stretches.
And a bit of breathing space …
Your appointment will finish with a few minutes relaxation and a warm or cold drink (depending on the weather) so you can gather your thoughts as you return back into your day.
We moved to Peebles in May 2019.
This was a great decision for my family but, I appreciate, not so convenient for Edinburgh clients.
I am continuing to offer some appointments in Edinburgh on Sundays so hope to see lots of you there.
There are many clients I no longer see since the move and *sniff* I do miss you. The working relationship that builds up over a number of appointments gives, I feel, a better experience and result for the client and makes for rewarding, enjoyable work as a therapist. However, life often changes so I am embracing the new and enjoying meeting new clients in Peebles.
Do get in touch if you have any questions about how massage might be able to help you.
I’ve been going to Pilates classes for a couple of years and I notice definite benefits. My balance is better, I feel more aware of how I move enabling me to get more out of other activities and generally I have fewer aches & pains. Also, I find the focus on mind, body & breath beneficial mentally, giving me a bit of calm in a busy week.
They are subtle, gradual changes but they make a difference to how I feel every day, so for me it feels like a big change.
During this time, I was seeing commonalities in the ‘core principles’ of massage therapy and Pilates. For example, clients who were more relaxed and connected with their bodies during treatment had a greater improvement in their pain or mobility levels. Also, combined with my anatomy knowledge, Pilates-type movements were useful as homework to help clients feel more comfortable in-between appointments.
After a year of recommending my massage clients, friends and family to try a Pilates class and see what it could do for them, I decided to do the teacher-training myself. I have trained in ‘Realistic Pilates’ which is designed for real people with real bodies and based on the principles of Joseph Pilates. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities, including those recovering from injury or in pain as well as those who feel fit & well.
I am pleased to be able to offer this alongside massage to help you feel and function better.