Pilates and Props – New Class!

When you see someone walking through a town with a foam mat under their arm, I always think “Oh, there’s a Pilates or Yoga class available nearby”. My next thought is whether I know the teacher, whether they wanted to grab a coffee sometime and spend an hour talking about movement.

Some people only experience Pilates on the floor or “mat” but the repertoire within Pilates has been much wider and more comprehensive than that. Not everyone has regular access to a Reformer, WundaChair or Cadillac and I’ve been re-acquainting myself in a long term love affair with the Springboard. Absence certainly made the heart grow fonder. If you don’t have one, get in touch and I can refer a good supplier.

But we can use lots of different tools and props to add to our Pilates workouts. Some like the foam roller or balls and weights are easy to explain; some others like the Magic Circle, Spine Corrector or even the Fletcher Towel might be a little more obscure. But all of them are inexpensive ways to enhance and extend your Pilates workout and add some variety depending on your needs.

Over on HPYLife, I’ve just launched my new Pilates and Props class. Each week, over Zoom, we will work with different props to add variation and quality to our workouts. You’ll learn the ways these tools can be used as well as an opportunity to understand why they should be used and what qualities they extend to your workouts.

Hope to see you there.

Get yourself a HPY Life

We don’t need a massive amount of space to exercise and feel fit, happy and energised every day. All you need is a little bit of floor space and a mat (for comfort). Come and try it out.

“I developed HPY Life whilst in lockdown. Struggling with limited space and clients missing being able to get to classes. Doing an hour class felt like a big commitment time wise and I wanted to create something that would cover all of the body’s needs. Strength, Cardio, Flexibility, Breath work and calming the mind. After a lot of playing around with different movement modalities I settled on this combination as I think it works really well together. HIIT for a stronger element of cardio using body weight so no need for props/weights. Pilates to focus on alignment and moving the spine in all the different directions it can move. Yoga to bring the heart rate back down after HIIT to focus on balance, stretching and breath work to sooth our bodies and minds.”

Work can be ergonomic

An excerpt from an article written during the pandemic lockdown. Especially because we are working from home (and that trend is looking like it will continue), it’s important to invest not only in a new ergonomic chair, but also in how you position and move your body during your work day.

if sitting and working for prolonged periods is causing body pain, remember to take regular breaks and move around.
‘Play with sitting upright, sitting back, sitting forward,’ says Pilates specialist Emma Bray (­
‘Change your leg position. if your hips and knees allow, try sitting with one ankle across the opposite knee, which helps hips. Even sit cross-legged if there is room on your chair.’
Click the image for the full article.

Hello world!

A new web site for a new chapter in life. If you don’t know me, I’m Emma.

My Pilates journey began with a car accident whilst pregnant with my second child. It left me in constant discomfort and pain. Being a somewhat stubborn individual, I decided to embark upon fixing myself as the medication & basic rehabilitation exercises were not getting me to the place I wanted to be.

I moved to Santa Cruz, California in 2005 with my young family and it was here I started my training.

After two Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training courses and then studying & qualifying in Gyrotonic(R) & Gyrokiesis(R). I’d managed to find a place where I was no longer in constant discomfort.

From here on I elevated to full geek mode. Studying with as many teachers and courses as possible, becoming a member of the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and reading as much as I could get my hands on and my budget would allow.

Whilst in Santa Cruz, I started studying Fletcher Pilates. It was this part of my training that really transformed me into the Teacher I am today. I completed Fletcher training in the UK and have been on their Faculty team since 2015.

I continue to be in awe of the transformative effects of Pilates as a teacher and as an educator. I really, really do love my job. No only for the opportunity to be in continuous learning mode but for the incredible individuals I have met whilst in this profession.