pilates and nutrition
Three month kick start to a healthy you
Pilates instructor Jacqui Perks and nutritional therapist Julia FitzGerald have teamed up to help you achieve that healthy lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
Over three months they will provide all the education, motivation and support that you need to get on track and stay there.
In the first month we will meet each Saturday morning in Totnes for a nutrition workshop followed by a Pilates lesson.
Nutrition workshops will include:
•Nutrition basics – Where calories come from. All about proteins, fats and carbs. Portion sizes. What dietary approaches really work and why.
•Self-awareness – using a food diary to see what your diet is really like. What foods suit you. Trigger foods. Blood sugar balancing. Understanding your appetite.
•Boosting your metabolism to increase weight loss. Supporting thyroid function with diet.
•All about food labels – how to see through the marketing and make healthy choices.
Pilates lessons will cover:
Core stability basics - what we mean by “core’ muscles and why it is so popular with Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and chiropractors as a way of gaining and maintaining better function of the spine and joints.
We will learn key exercises that will mobilise the spine and start to develop core strength.
Months 2 and 3:
In months 2 and 3 we will meet every fortnight. This will enable you to have time to start putting lessons into practice and report back on what is going well, or not! As well as supporting you through this process, further nutrition education will cover:
•Stress management – Stress can be one of the biggest weight loss saboteurs. Learn how to use diet to support you during stressful times, plus lots of other stress management techniques.
•80:20 rule – The secret to long term healthy eating is ensuring the odd treat. A discussion on how to get the balance right and really enjoy your food.
•Meal planning – A little bit of time spent planning healthy meals will ensure you stay on track. Tips on how to go about meal planning and a check list so that you can be confident you’ve got it right.
•Tips for eating out – Restaurants and cafes can be a mine field of temptation. Learn some simple tips for choosing where to eat and what to order, without blowing your diet.
Further Pilates imput:
We will be confidently developing a 15 minute daily exercise routine that targets your specific needs. Using tools such as a Small Overball, Resistance Bands (great load bearing for bone density focus) or Foam Rollers to challenge stability and maximise the workout time.
Understanding the impact of your lifestyle on your spine (such as balancing out too much time spent sitting at the computer!) and how this affects your posture and breathing.
Improving your breathing patterns as part of stress management.
The final session will be a chance to look back on what has been achieved and make plans for the future.
In summary the Pilates and Nutrition course includes:
•Detailed nutrition handouts for each workshop
•Recipe ideas to get you on track straight away
•Email support between meetings
•Pilates written and audio exercises
•Support of other therapists at a reduced fee if needed
At The Practice we work closely as a team across the therapies we offer as often a combination of approaches can offer a more effective treatment outcome. We are fortunate to have a great team to hand (such as Simon Perks our osteopath and Ruth Baker our counsellor) should their input be needed.
To ensure that all attendees get the tailored support that they need, the numbers for this course will be limited to 12
To book your place contact Jacqui at The Practice on 01803 865363 or by email at email@example.com
About the experts
Julia FitzGerald – Nutritional Therapist
Julia became interested in nutrition in her twenties when she experienced first hand the health benefits of turning a poor quality diet into a (predominantly) healthy one. She decided to retrain and in 2006 graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Nutritional Therapy along with the Student of the Year award.
Since then she has run a busy private practice in south Devon helping individuals to reap the rewards of adopting healthier eating habits.
She has also helped FitFarms to become the UK’s leading weight loss retreat company. Devising their menu and providing nutrition workshops for all guests.
Occasionally she writes articles for local and national press including the Daily Telegraph.
Julia also provides advice to local businesses and chefs on improving nutrition, and understanding how to inform consumers about the nutrition aspects of their menu.
She is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and Applied Nutritionists, is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and holds professional indemnity insurance.
Jacqui Perks - Body Control Pilates teacher
Jacqui graduated in 1985 with an honours degree in Theatre Studies at Dartington College of Arts where she specialised in Dance and Voice. In 2004 she moved back to the South Hams to open thepractice with her husband Simon Perks, a registered Osteopath.
She chose to train with Body Control in London as she believes it to be the market leader. It was intense and focused and prepared her well for the range of back/joint issues that she sees at thepractice.
Jacqui is passionate to get people “back on track” to their good selves, enjoying helping others feel at ease with themselves. She teaches weekly group lessons in Totnes and in Kingsbridge and her private 1:1 lessons at thepractice are often where learns the most having the support of a brilliant team of therapists at hand!
She is a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and the Register of Exercise Professionals. She holds professional Indemnity Insurance and is a partner of thepractice.