Managing hypermobility

Ana & RusselAna Hesketh has been taking a once weekly session at PYM for a little over a year in which time she has been taught by Sarah, Serena, and Emma: “All very different,” says Ana “but equally fantastic.”

Here’s what she has to say about her experience:  “I joined PYM after I had had both of my children – about six months after I’d had my second. I wish I had discovered it sooner!

“I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hypermobility) which has caused multiple health issues over the years including surgery on my knees and problems with my back, shoulders and arms. I have found that Pilates is the best way of managing the condition.”

“I’ve had one-to-one sessions which were good but not local to us. Locally we had tried mat classes and equipment classes but hadn’t found anywhere near as good as PYM – here they are friendly, caring and knowledgeable.

“I gain a real sense of control through coming here: you have to concentrate whilst doing the exercises and the teachers keep a close eye on making sure you are doing them properly. By doing this, over time you develop an awareness of your body – areas of tightness, weakness, strength and how the body is changing over time. An hour and 15 minutes it is a perfect length of time to unwind and feel a new person.

“After a session I feel fabulous: it feels like you have exercised and meditated at the same time – stronger, lighter, fitter and more relaxed.”

Since becoming a client Ana has introduced her partner Russel Hayden to PYM and he’s become hooked!