For Jennie, Pilates was an exercise passion that sparked a new career. “Pilates was the only exercise regime I have ever been totally committed to, enjoyed enormously and felt motivated by every class I attended. I started to consider how amazing it would be to learn more about the practice and actually be the person teaching people.”

Moving to Melbourne from Liverpool in the UK, Jennie immersed herself into a new lifestyle and new career.

“I don’t just like Pilates, I absolutely LOVE it. Pilates is a lifestyle that you create for yourself. I love that a person who is doing their first class and someone who is at an advanced level can join in the class together as the movements can be regressed and progressed to accommodate for people’s fitness and comfort levels. I love that we move our bodies through all planes of movement and get the spine moving.”

As Joseph Pilates himself said, “you are only as young as your spine is flexible.”

At CSSM, Jennie works with clients to program exercises that can assist with rehabilitation. “I believe that Pilates is a great way to help prevent injuries, assist to increase performance in other sports/dance etc and day to day life movement. Just getting the body moving is beneficial for everyone.”

Jennie says clients are often surprised that small movements can really get the muscles working. “Comments like ‘it looks so easy but actually it’s hard do,’ get spoken quite often. I think also the mind-body connection with Pilates can surprise people in the way they feel energised even after working hard in the session. Often, people feel balance can be challenging when actually this is something so important to keep practicing as we age. Clients are surprised that with practice, how much stronger they get, how much they have progressed –  those little achievements and milestones along the way are wonderful to see.”

Jennie says the sense of community at CSSM engages both staff and clients. “We are forever learning as Pilates instructors’ and to have other professionals here to bounce ideas off and brainstorm with is very fortunate. I love that all staff jump into classes and can provide me with constructive feedback and be guinea pigs for any new ideas I come up with!”

When she’s not putting her clients through their paces, Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband and friends which usually means a wine or two! Travelling and visiting restaurants is also top of the list for this new Melbournian. “We are spoilt rotten for choice in Melbourne and I could quite happily eat my way through the city and beyond!”