In 2016, MF Pilates Gisborne changed its name to Movement First Pilates to reflect its growing community.
Movement First Pilates has five qualified Pilates instructors who between them teach mat, ball, specialist reformer and semi-privates, duos and privates from foundation to advanced levels.
Other health-related practitioners, including those practising yoga and osteopathy, are also based at the centre.
All Movement First Pilates instructors are trained and qualified under Polestar Education, which conducts internationally recognised courses in Pilates-evolved techniques for fitness and rehabilitation professionals.
Pilates trains the mind and body through basic principles and exercises that strengthen and lengthen muscles and provide better body awareness. Used by top athletes and performers, Pilates exercises are safe and effective, suitable for everybody from first-time exercisers to those with chronic back pain.
Instructors work hard to understand each person’s physical idiosyncrasies, remind them which exercises may not suit them and offer modified or alternative exercises that do.
They advise clients to listen to their own bodies. Some muscle fatigue, tiredness and tenderness from unaccustomed use of muscles may be experienced. But clients should not experience any sharp pain at any stage. Clients should not continue with anything that causes pain.
Please tell your instructor if something causes discomfort.