Why I love to... RE­FORMER PI­LATES

The Irish Times Magazine - - ON THE MOVE -

Af­ter the birth of my son, al­most a year ago, my back was in bits and an old hip prob­lem had been ex­ac­er­bated too. Re­former pi­lates was the an­swer to my prayers.

I aim to get to class twice a week at my lo­cal stu­dio in Cork, but if I can make it once that’ll do!

The classes are small with just eight peo­ple and they’re tai­lored be­cause many peo­ple have been re­ferred to re­former pi­lates by phys­io­ther­a­pists.

Af­ter a cou­ple of months, I found my phys­i­cal strength had re­ally re­turned, my back pain dis­ap­peared and the prob­lem with my hip has even been much im­proved.

I’ve hardly been back to physio since I started and I was a very reg­u­lar cus­tomer.

I didn’t start pi­lates for the aes­thetic benefits, but the ton­ing ef­fect has been pretty dra­matic – I have a waist for the first time in my life and I’ve never had so many com­pli­ments on my fig­ure. I still do yoga for the headspace it of­fers, but re­former pi­lates is the way to go for phys­i­cal fit­ness.

I’ll be keep­ing it up through­out this preg­nancy and for the long haul. Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is a jour­nal­ist and ra­dio editor.

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