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Gymkhana hosts Pilates workshop

Published:Friday | April 1, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Tomorrow afternoon the Montego Bay branch of Gymkhana will host a three-hour workshop at its Federal Avenue location with BASI-certified matwork instructor, Kim Hanson. Entitled 'Matwork Fundamentals', the session which commences at 2:30 p.m., will focus on Pilates and its fundamentals, geared towards instruction in safe, efficient and effective exercise.

Asked what inspired her to offer a workshop of this nature at this time, Hanson indicated that having been a "gym bunny" herself for most of her adult life, and given her new perspective as an instructor in the discipline of Pilates and other forms of matwork for over five years, she has observed that many persons while working out in gyms are not doing so safely.

To be more conscious

"My intention is to teach them to be more conscious of, and feel their bodies, in order to relax, engage and stabilise the correct muscle groups, so as to avoid injury. Once they do so, regardless of the exercise routine they are pursuing, they will do so safely", Hanson expressed with conviction.

As one who for several years suffered from non- specific lower back pain (NSLBP) and who is now pain-free, Hanson is a passionate believer in her craft. In addition, having been drawn to Pilates after her second pregnancy, which left her extremely overweight and depressed because of a very poor body image, she knows too that the spin-off benefits of having her best- and strongest-body ever, as a result of these safe practices, are a huge incentive.

Hanson admits, "Joseph Pilates definitely hooked me with his promise ... 'after 10 sessions, you'll feel the difference, after 20 sessions, you'll see the difference, and after 30 sessions, you'll have a whole new body!'" Hanson stands tall and erect and has as fluid and easy a gait as a master dance teacher. She definitely walks the talk!

Kim Hanson gained her accreditation through the highly regarded and accredited Pilates instructor-training institution, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), while resident in South Africa. She gained her studio experience in Johannesburg, with the prestigious Pilates studio, Body Mechanix, located in luxurious Sandton. Hanson who is from Mandeville, is a mother to two and, since returning to Jamaica in 2007, she has been teaching Pilates at the exclusive Half Moon Hotel (now a Rock Resort) and at Gymkhana's Montego Bay branch.