Pilates…perfect for mummies

“Everyone is the architect of their own happiness” – Joseph Pilates

I love writing about the outdoors and wellbeing…so this was a super exciting shoot for me. Just my kind of thing.

Yvette Tolson is a fellow mum-trepreneur, a Pilates instructor in my local area of Eversley, Hampshire. She needed some profile shots of her in action to feature on her Facebook page, and she had her heart set on going outdoors. I agreed with her. Visually, we would be able to create more impact than staying indoors, and it reinforced the whole wellbeing vibe.

Yvette had a regular office job in sales & marketing before having a complete career change to fit around her family. Pilates has seen her bounce back after three pregnancies and has prepared her for all the typical stresses and strains of being a mum. Let’s face it, we do a lot of lugging around. Balancing a baby on our hip while pushing another one on a swing…that kind of thing.

Yvette says: “From the moment I discovered Pilates, it really struck a chord with me. I loved the pace and calming feeling I felt after every session. I felt like for the first time I was getting to know my body and that I was taking better care of it. It felt really good and it’s ultimately the reason I chose to teach it. I wanted more people to experience that…especially mums like me.”

What a beautiful spot to do a bit of Pilates…

It’s no surprise that a lot of people who attend Yvette’s classes are mummies with young children. She moves in those circles, and so attracts ladies at this stage of life. She’s even advertising in the school newsletter, which I think is a great idea. I don’t want to generalise, but maybe a lot of us have forgotten the importance of looking after our body, it seems like such a luxury to be able to do so. Hey, we used to go to the gym all the time before we were running around after small children and working aswell. Maybe we’re only just getting back to work and finding that sitting at a computer all day is ruining our posture and creating pain? Personally, I find that I have a weak back. I haven’t looked after it. I feel it every time I bend over the cot to lift baby out. It’s aching right now as I sit at my desk and write this.

Taking a thoughtful break…

Yvette continued: “I’ve had many people attend my classes who are scared of their body. If they’ve experienced severe episodes of pain for example, they can feel terrified by the prospect of certain movements. A lot of the time I’ve found that people have just gotten used to pain – they’ve almost come to expect it. More often than not, we can rectify that with Pilates.”

I liked what Yvette said last –

“Someone told me recently that, due to attending my sessions, they are able to help with the dishwasher again!”

Hilarious! I wonder if it was a man who said that? I’m sure it wasn’t a mummy 😉

On a serious note, us mums take for granted the ability to lean over the cot, pick the baby up, make beds, build sandcastles, climb trees… If you’re feeling like you’re doing able to do this without wincing a little, I think you should see Yvette. I’ve heard she works wonders.

By the way, you don’t have to be a mummy to go… Just saying!

Lovely Pilates lady