About Jackie Gilbert
With more than 17 years of teaching Pilates I have gained experience working with clients of all ages and levels of fitness, liaising with medical professionals for those with specific health issues and developing seated and standing programmes for elderly and arthritic clients or those with joint replacements. I have also devised corporate programmes focussing on preventative healthcare in the workplace and worked in schools, helping teenagers to develop better posture and strength.
My aim is to reinstate practical, natural body movement for my clients, always improving their understanding of their own bodies so that they are able to confidently incorporate this knowledge into everyday movement and normal lifestyle. The benefit of this is that we can then correct and respond to warning signals that could otherwise lead to pain and health problems.
Whilst Pilates is the foundation of my skills, I am also trained as a Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. This knowledge is incorporated into my teaching style where I feel appropriate to create an exciting fusion that always maintains interest and variety.
I have a broad knowledge and love of everything that contributes to a healthy body and lifestyle. Always eager to inspire and encourage my clients to develop an holistic outlook towards nutrition and lifestyle.
2000 – Qualified with Body Control Pilates Association
2002 – Completed further training with Stott Pilates, becoming an instructor in both essential and intermediate matwork.
2004 – Method Putkisto instructor which added to my skills in enabling clients to achieve optimum muscle balance, control and good posture through a deep stretching and enhanced breathing technique.
2006 – Certified as Nordic Walking instructor to offer clients an alternative and more aerobic outdoor exercise which carried through all the principles of balance and alignment.
2008 – I became one of the first UK certified Pilates for Golf instructors, adapting Pilates to the specific needs of the golfer to ensure you can hit the ball consistently further and straighter, whilst avoiding pain and injury.
2011 – Trained as a Rebound UK certified instructor. Creating a high intensity contribution to the Pilates sessions which optimises balance and core strength but reduces impact through joints. Helping clients to boost their lymphatic system and heart rate and develop an integrated approach to strength and health.
2012 – Trained as a Kundalini Yoga instructor to enhance the deeper holistic approach to the more subtle energy systems of the body, strengthening and restoring balance to the nervous system, glandular and digestive systems alongside the physical body.
2013 – I am passionate about furthering my knowledge to give my clients the best possible advice and service and am currently taking a GP referral approved qualification that will give me a deeper understanding of supporting my clients with special medical requirements.
2016 – Trained as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga instructor to introduce additional dynamic movements that calm the mind whilst moving the body. In addition I completed training as a Thai Yoga Massage therapist to further my knowledge in anatomical connectivity and provide enhanced remedial treatments using the power of touch.