Anne-Marie Petash, possibly the most highly qualified Pilates teacher in Ibiza, shares the top 5 benefits of Pilates as she experienced them. She welcomes you to enjoy the magic too – for plenty of empowerment in body and mind.
“I discovered Pilates through a friend of mine who danced with the Royal Ballet & had sustained an injury. She invited me along to her Pilates session in the late 1980’s with Alan Herdman in his studio in Marble Arch, London. I watched her receive the Pilates instruction through a series of controlled graceful movements, on some very alien looking equipment based on springs & pulleys that I had never seen before. And in my heart and my body…. I immediately knew that this was what I had been searching for.
After 2 months of doing Pilates 2- 3 times a week, I started to experience the amazing effects it was having on my body:
(1) I discovered deep intrinsic postural muscles that I didnʼt know existed
(2) I began to feel the internal strength I craved.
(3) My movements became more controlled, fluid & responsive.
(4) I was standing straighter & feeling more energised than ever
(5) I could see the effects of bulky muscles elongating & my flexibility increased tenfold.
Having trained for thousands of hours I have watched the magic of this method unfold before my eyes both in my work & in the work of my clients.
The beauty of Pilates is that once you understand the core of its philosophy, its movements can be translated into any format.. Over the years Pilates has taken on many different shapes & forms as it has passed from teacher to teacher. Some styles have taken on a genuinely therapeutic approach & are taught in a slower more deliberate manner,others have maintained an athletic & more dynamic approach focusing more on movement & rhythm For me its about tailoring the session for my clients needs, working on the machines and using small apparatus, combined with mat work & plenty of hands on stretching. This is why I strongly suggest a few private sessions to grasp the essence of the technique so that one can feel more confident about joining in a Pilates mat-work class. Pilates can & does change the way you relate to your body & the way you carry it into the world.”
Anne-Marie reminds us that Pilates is all about empowerment. “Joseph Pilates in his teachings made it clear that his method was meant to propel us forward to becoming responsible & in control of our bodies & our health. He sought to enlighten,invigorate & empower us.”
For private classes with Anne-Marie – either in her Pilates studio with full equipment or in a mat class in your private villa or retreat – please contact us email@example.com