ABOUT PILATES WITH POLLY

I am Polly Bailey, a 45 year old mother of one demanding 10 years old!.

 

I have worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years. But more recently set up my own community classes in Mid Kent, specialising in Pilates, Paracise™ and water based classes as well as focusing on low back pain management.

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During my childhood I always loved swimming and managed to reach county level. My passion for swimming lead me on to teach others to swim, qualifying with the ASA as a Level 2 Swimming Teacher as well completing my Level 2 YMCA Fitness Instructor qualification. Whilst teaching, I studied Sports Science at Greenwich University  qualifying 1998 with a BSc (Hons). 

 

After having a successful but demanding 15 year career, I became quite unwell and suffered significantly with low back pain which resulted in me being diagnosed with Facet Joint Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease and subsequently Osteoarthritis of the Lumbar spine.

 

I had treatment which kept the pain at bay for a limited amount of time, but then I was recommended Pilates. I was hooked!! It meant I could continue working and took very little time off work. 

 

I thought it would be a good idea to take a course in Pilates, so I could teach it to others, I qualified with HFE in Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates in May 2013, but did not start out teaching straight away as I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and this affected the way I managed my day, fitness levels, weight and pain (specifically relating to my lower back pain). 

 

In November 2013 I changed career completely and decided that the best place for me  and my body was  to be in the pool. I started teaching swimming to children and adults of all abilities in the Maidstone area, and further developed my skills into water-based classes from which I am fully qualified. 

 

In 2017, I was given the opportunity to start teaching Pilates. I had only used my qualification with family and friends and for my own health benefits until now. I have not looked back. I have now have over 2000 hours of experience and teach regularly round the Maidstone area at different venues, and currently online (due to the Covid-19 pandemic). 

 

I want to offer people the same opportunities I had, Pilates has brought me back to good health and significantly reduced my pain levels over time. 

I am now happily based in Wales and enjoying the scenery. I am continuing to hold online classes and the occasional Retreat in Maidstone, please keep an eye on updates. 

 

I hope you will join me and discover the benefits for yourself

Polly

BENEFITS OF PILATES

  • Improved posture

  • Improved balance

  • Greater kinaesthetic awareness

  • Improved flexibility

  • Greater joint mobility

  • Increased joint stability

  • Greater core stability/ strength 

  • Flatter stomach

  • Improved coordination

  • Reduced stress levels

  • Stronger pelvic floor

  • Increased efficiency of respiratory and circulatory systems

  • Improved lymphatic drainage associated with deep breathing

  • Stronger immune system

  • Reduced lower back

  • Increased muscular strength/ endurance/ tone.

  • Reduced risk of injury

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSc (Hons)  Sport Science  (Greenwich University)​

  • YMCA L2 - Fitness Instructor ​

  • CYQ L3 - Diploma in Teaching Pilates ​

  • CYQ L3 - Anatomy and Physiology​

  • YMCA L2 - Certificate in Water Based Exercise

  • Active IQ L3 - Award in Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programmes​

  • YMCA L3 - Award in Adapting Exercise for Independently Active, Older Person​

  • YMCA L3 - Diploma in Exercise Referral​

  • ITEC L3 - Holistic and Sports Massage 

  • Active IQ L4 - Certificate in Physical Activity and Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Low Back Pain

  • L2 - Hydrorider Aqua Cycling Certificate 

  • Certificate in Paracise™ 

  • Team ICG - Indoor Cycling Certification​

  • Member of CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)​

  • Public Liability Insurance with EMD

CONTACT ME

07530719730

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