More Than Pilates was formed many years ago... and evolved out of our previous company Enhance Wellbeing Limited.
The story begins with it's founder, Lindsey Jackson.... developing her fitness and teaching abilities alongside her NHS career. The first person to bring Pilates to the Wetherby area many moons ago, she has taught for over 25 years. Her original training was with The Pilates Institute and she has since also qualified in Sun Power Yoga (a flowing form of Ashtanga), sports massage, and PSYCH-K. Many years ago she taught aerobics, step and circuits.... so brings creativity to all her classes.
She offers a smooth, fluid, creative style of teaching that makes each class different. Her NLP (neuro linguistic programming), facilitation skills and knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating... mean she adds a bit 'More than Pilates'. Tuning in to your individual needs, she aims to put you at ease, bring the best out whilst exploring the boundaries of what you thought was possible. The aim is to enhance your well-being - creating a positive environment to grow - and challenge yourself to have the best possible lifestyle. To hear more from her register for our newsletter.
What is Pilates all about?
During the first world war a young man was sent to the Isle of Man to be interned for the duration of the war, at Knockaloe (how bizarre is that... that I should be now in the worlds largest aloe business!), being a foreign national who had lived in England since 1912. This man was Joseph Pilates. As a sickly child he discovered that exercise was the key to physical and emotional strength. As a gymnast, a yoga enthusiast and earning a living as a professional boxer, circus trainer and self-defence trainer at police schools - he knew lots about the body already. Whilst interned on the Island he used his time to study movement and to develop his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise. He called it ‘contrology’. He trained fellow inmates and it is suggested that this exercise regime played a large part in the survival of inmates during the tuberculosis pandemic of 1918.
At the end of the war Pilates returned to Germany but, put off by the political and social conditions, he ultimately settled in America where he married his wife Clara and worked extensively in the development of his technique which he continued to call ‘contrology’. He trained dancers and helped them rehabilitate after injury. His focus was on the use of the mind to control muscles. His exercises focused attention on the core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. He encouraged awareness of the breath and the alignment of the spine with the strengthening of the deep torso and abdominal muscles.
He died at the age of 84 in 1967 (the year I was born.... our worlds were meant to collide) and his legacy continues today in the form of Pilates.
Joseph was considered ahead of his time. His exercises are now taught around the world and are popularised by celebrity status such as Madonna and Darcey Bussell. Exercises have been modified to encompass modern knowledge of human movement, but the 6 principles of concentration, breathing, centring, control, flowing movements, precision continue today.
Pilates classes offer mental and physical health benefits to those wishing to take part in mat based classes once, or better still, twice a week. Calming, adrenalin free, powerful moves..... give us the feeling of our bides waking FOR us.... that we have some influence over our strength and a chance to feel vibrant and strong, no matter our limitations.
About the team
Lindsey believes each of us has unique attributes to contribute to the world around us. To develop her own self-belief, she has over the years walked over hot coals, climbed and jumped off a 53 foot pole and bent a metal pole on her throat. All very crazy maybe... but her philosophy is to maintain the courage to step out of her comfort zone. She hopes to inspire and help others develop some inner confidence so she, and you, can make a difference in the world. Her 4 Pilates DVD’s have helped many thousands of people over the years and 2 of them have physiotherapy approval.
Lindsey is a mum of 2 boys and along with her husband has built a substantial health and wellbeing business. She has built a vast team and supported them to success. Her belief and enthusiasm are contagious – living life with passion is the motivation – being grateful for what she's got keeps her grounded.
Behind the scenes Nicky keeps the world moving along. She is the organisation and attention to detail person, helping class members get the most from their experience and ensuring a smooth entry into classes. Nicky joined the Enhance team in 2005. With 3 boys she too juggles work and family life alongside her voluntary work. She has developed her skills and now supports the marketing, finance and business development side of the business. Another lady who cares deeply about others and gives her time willingly.
An ex-physio and also NLP Master Practitioner, Mike brings calm to the journey. Pushing on with the development of the nutritional side of the business too, currently the F.I.T. Ambassador for the UK... he is a key player in supporting the family and team.
Find out more at http://cleanfitforever.com Mike also provides Clinical Sports Massage. As an Ironman and triathlete himself, he knows the demands on and of athletes. for those seeking a more relaxing massage, he is also qualified in Hawaiian Lomi Massage. He operates from a dedicated space from home, offers mobile treatments as well as partnering with 'Leeds Physiotherapy Clinic' in Park Square and soon also 'True PT' in Wetherby.
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