ABOUT CLAIRE LOUISE
Hi, I am Claire Louise, a Pilates and Somatic teacher and owner at clairelouisepilates and moovness. I run a internationally recognised Pilates studio offering professional Pilates classes across mat and apparatus. It was founded by Claire Louise, an internationally qualified and fully accredited Pilates teacher with more than 26 years’ experience in health and fitness.
MY PILATES TRAINING
- * STOTT PILATES
- * BASI PILATES MAT AND FULL APPARATUS, REFORMERS, CADILLAC, CHAIR AND BARELLS
- * 15 YEARS TEACHING PILATES
- * 26 YEARS TEACHING HEALTH & MOVEMENT
Hello and thank you for stopping by . I hope you will enjoy reading my short story of how I moved away from pain, avoided back surgery and regained full health again.
It all started in 2003 with severe pain and spasms in my back on a daily basis which was due to an accident involving a cycle bike. Some days I would be in bed and could not move because of the nerve pain which traveled through my femoral nerve, my groin, my hip, and leg. This is the opposite nerve to the sciatica nerve in case you are wondering. This cycle accident had left me with a torn vastus medialis muscle (near the knee) and this consequently cost me a 2 cm loss of muscle in my entire left leg. My weak leg then became the cause of my faulty alignment as there was now considerable nerve damage to the muscles of the leg which eventually created more issues in my back and hip. The pain in my back and hip was agonising and the only way I could get through my days was with my ongoing treatments from an osteopath. My clinical diagnosis at the time was arthritis in my L5 and L4, herniated disc, and degenerative disease through my entire lower back and which at some point in the near future I would probably need surgery.
MY PILATES JOURNEY
Like yourself, I had heard so many good things about Pilates and I finally decided to join in a Mat Class at my local Leisure Centre and even though I had just started my treatments of osteopathy, I thought at the time that “surely any beginners class will be a good place to start “. Sadly I could not of been so wrong as this so called beginners class had over 30 people in the class and we were all taught random exercises ranging from beginners to advanced exercises like the exercise below called the “Teaser “. This particular exercises requires strong abdominals to support the lower back against the weight of your legs.
So here I was, trying to follow a teacher at this leisure centre class with no idea of how to engage my core muscles or even breath. I sadly found myself leaving my first Pilates class in utter disappointment and a delicate back that felt much worse than before.
My Pilates journey was not love at first sight especially with these large classes teaching a posh version of bums and tums. I decided to take matters into my own hands by becoming a qualified teacher and at least now I could help myself and then others. After a few years of teaching Pilates Mat classes, I then returned to London to complete my full training.
My True Passion is helping new clients return to full life when all other health modalities have failed