I’m Mariella, a qualified Fitness Instructor, Level 3 Mat Pilates Specialist having completed my training through HFE, and a trained Alternative Therapist since 2008 that is passionate about anything health or fitness related.
Having been a health and wellbeing enthusiast for as long as I can remember, I finally took a leap of faith at the age of 39 to formally retrain as a fitness instructor. I closed the door on a corporate career that spanned over 20 years and walked away from a successful freelance marketing consultancy business in search of “Balance”. In all honesty my only regret is I wish I’d done this sooner.
When I read people’s stories about what brought them to the mat it never ceases to amaze me how it is often in darkness and times of trouble that they find Yoga or Pilates. My story is much the same. After emerging from a decade of self-inflicted emotional eating restriction and the pitfalls of dieting and counting calories I became ill.
At 19 years old I was struggling my way through love, loss and life. I found my first yoga class and I was hooked. I left the class feeling somewhat accomplished in a way I’d never experienced before. I subsequently went on to try every type of yoga I could, helped by some amazing teachers along the way. I was able to find the type of practise that was right for me and soon fell in love with Yoga. It soon came to mean more to me than how far I could backward bend. I was naturally led to places where I could heal. I healed my grief. I healed my anxiety. I healed my insecurities. I healed my fears. I healed my anger. I healed my body, my mind, my thoughts, my past.
In recent years through excessive training, injury and having been diagnosed with hypermobility I discovered and developed a new found love for Pilates, appreciating the subtle difference in the two schools of thought. Pilates has helped me overcome injury, develop muscle strength and tone whilst helping me to focus on alignment and core strength. I have experienced first hand the positive effects of how this low impact exercise programme can significantly change your body.
Over the years I have learnt that a balanced approach to exercise and nutrition is essential to living a happy, healthy life. It is not about dieting or food restriction. It is also not about over exercising and training for hours every day. It is about nourishing your body and mind so you are consistently satisfied and energised. My experience has taught me how good nutrition, exercise and a balanced lifestyle can lend its way to eliminating illness and disease in the body and as a trained holistic therapist this approach has helped me and many of my clients overcome both physical and mental health issues.
I cannot wait to share my learning and experiences to hopefully inspire and motivate others.
See you on the mat.
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