This breath awareness masterclass with Jo is based upon concepts and exercises presented in her 'The Vital Breath' workshop. The class focuses predominantly on opening up and gaining more movement through the ribs and the hips, in order to facilitate better breathing patterns.
The class uses a small Pilates ball (overball), available from Sissel UK (https://www.sisseluk.com/sissel-pilates-soft-ball) and a resistance band.
With thanks to Chiara Favaretti and Melanie Christou
Jo trained as a dancer at Northern Ballet School, graduating with several dance teaching qualifications. During her time at NBS she was also awarded a distinction in Anatomy after studying at Manchester Medical School.
Jo was introduced to Pilates as part of her dance training at the age of eleven. Finding it to be an invaluable addition to her training, she continued to practise Pilates-based exercises throughout her training and performance career. After suffering a severe neck injury on her last contract, Jo was treated by a physiotherapist who used specific Pilates exercises for her rehabilitation, enabling her to continue dancing. Due to this experience she decided to train with Body Control Pilates, qualifying in 2011.
Jo is continuously amazed by the improvements that this method can bring to the body and is especially interested in working with performers and people with respiratory disease.
Qualified with Body Control Pilates in March 2011
Body Control Pilates Reformer certification
Level 3 Award in Pilates and Bone Health
Level 3 Award in Pre and Postnatal Pilates
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
Level 4 Exercise Specialist in Chronic Respiratory Disease
Supervising teacher for Body Control Pilates student teachers
Body Control Pilates Regional Coordinator
Jo is available to teach private sessions on Thursdays. She teaches group classes at the Body Control Pilates Centre on Monday and Thursday evenings.
For more info on Jo, please visit: www.bodycontrolpilates.com and www.totalprecisionpilates.com
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