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Debilitating neurological conditions can often be helped with regular, tailored Pilates lessons, helping you gain more control and independence in your day-to-day life. Ismini Phillips can help, creating Pilates sessions designed specifically for you to provide respite from symptoms and give you more freedom of movement.
What is Pilates for
Ismini Phillips is a specialist in Pilates for neurological conditions, holding certifications to work with people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease. Many of the people she works with come to her thinking there is nothing they can do for their condition, and they are pleasantly surprised with the results. The exercises Ismini teaches can help the plasticity of the brain and allow the central nervous system to re-route information in order to strengthen the functionality of the musculoskeletal system, offering better mobility. All exercise programmes and lessons will be agreed upon after a thorough, in-depth consultation, which will allow Ismini to understand the particular challenges you face. You will then be able to work on suitable exercises together, and agree on aims to work towards.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates has benefits for body and mind, helping you cope with the symptoms of your neurological condition.
- Improves movement. Ismini uses techniques from the Feldenkrais method with her Pilates sessions, which aims to reorganise movement by creating new connections between the brain and nervous system. She has achieved astounding results for clients with advanced MS, helping people with limited movement to walk short distances.
- Helps you to relax. The benefits of Pilates aren’t just physical – there are many benefits for the mind, too. Pilates can give you a deep sense of relaxation, incorporating breathing and stretching exercises that leave you feeling looser. It’s a calming practice that has been proven the relieve stress, especially when practised regularly.
- Work with an expert. Ismini Phillips has many years of experience behind her, and she has attended frequent training courses, working with people affected by all kinds of conditions. She will tailor her exercise programmes to you depending on your current range of movement and what it is possible for you to achieve.
FIND THE RIGHT CLASS FOR YOU
Speak to Ismini to discuss your requirements and find the best class for your needs.
What have our clients found?
Ismini works with a number of clients on a regular basis, offering one-to-one and group support to help manage the symptoms of various neurological conditions.
This is what one of her clients has to say about their experience:
“I have known Ismini for over 8 years now as my Pilates teacher, and I’ve always found her to be as interested in her subject as she is in her clients. Ismini has a unique way of connecting with people which is straightforward and respectful. And fortunately for us, she also has a good sense of humour.
Over the past year or so, Ismini has been training in the Feldenkrais method, and this is something which I have directly benefited from. As someone who has a neurological condition, (pre-symptomatic Huntington’s disease), her one-to-one lessons have helped me to improve my balance, posture, and my speech. I hadn’t realised beforehand that this was possible, and her considered approach to teaching these exercises has been most welcome.”
Booking your Pilates sessions
Please get in touch to find out more about Pilates for neurological conditions. Many of our clients choose one-to-one sessions to work exclusively with Ismini, and small group classes are also possible if there are people who want to work on similar exercises.
Talk to us about your options.