“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking, nor outright purchase.”
– Joseph Pilates
The human body is a highly complex thing. We make many demands on it, on a daily basis, but often pay little attention to how well we are moving and maintaining our bodies. While our bodies naturally age over time with daily wear and tear, the more we use our bodies as they are designed to be used, the better they will continue to function. Consider Joseph Pilates thoughts on aging; ‘We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in our 70s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.’ He said this at a time when 70 would have been considered very old!
Pilates is one of the most effective ways to achieve optimum movement in the body. The exercises build up strength and control of our core muscles, improving our day-to-day functional movement and posture. By making a regular commitment to Pilates, your body will steadily feel the improvement. As Joseph Pilates said; ‘You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.’
Founder of the The Bespoke Approach, Betsy Twelves-Dickson, is one of East Lothian’s most skilled Pilates instructors. Betsy runs regular group classes across the county and her Dunbar studio is one of the best equipped private studios in the area. From here, she teaches individuals or pairs on traditional Pilates apparatus. The apparatus differs from working on a mat by providing resistance and direct feedback to your body. It fast-tracks the body to use core muscles more effectively. Participants begin with a one-off introductory session. A block of six sessions can then be booked during which a progressive programme of exercises is undertaken. Private sessions can be very helpful for many people, particularly; those wanting or requiring individual focus, when there are specific medical issues, for those returning to exercise after a break, when a weekly class commitment is not possible or in addition to a weekly class.
A wide range of ages and abilities come to the Bespoke Studio in Dunbar. Some people are working to improve their general strength and mobility, while others are working to regain good functional movement following joint replacements, strokes, cancer treatment and so on. For those preferring a group class, Betsy offers mat classes, ideal for adults of all ages. During the class, participants move through a progressive set of exercises designed to strengthen core muscles and improve balance. Demonstrating that age is no barrier, Betsy’s 65+ Pilates class is one of her most popular classes. If you are ready to move beyond wishful thinking, then take your first step and contact Betsy.