A former professional dancer who battled spinal fractures has set up a ‘bespoke’ pilates studio in Burgess Hill.
Vicki Harris, from Burgess Hill, has severe osteoporosis, and has suffered a tibia fracture, hip injuries and four spinal fractures.
But after intense training and rehabilitation using Pilates, Vicki has not suffered any further fractures, and has realised the ‘significant improvements’ to her own health. She has now opened her own Pilates studio – called V Pilates.
Vicki said at the start of a new year, everyone pays more attention to their health.
“It’s time also to reflect that we only have one body and it needs looking after just like that of a car,” she said.
“You only have one spine so take good care of it. People go mad at this time of year but they can go into exercise in the wrong way. They are likely to injure themselves.
“One of my clients refers to her pilates sessions as a body workout as body maintenance to keep it well oiled and in alignment to work efficiently and so not to breakdown.”
Vicki described how her injuries made it easier to understand the importance of being able to support yourself.
“When you’re a dancer and you can’t move that is the end of your world. I was on crutches and kept injuring myself. My osteoporosis will never improve but the pilates helped so much.
“The whole thing about osteoporosis is it is silent.I didn’t know and did a shoulder stand and cracked my vertebrae. There are no symptoms.”
Vicki trained to teach with a Polestar Pilates and is now pleased to be a mentor for the provider.
“When people first see the specialist equipment yes it does look like a torture chamber,” she said. “I train professional footballers, dancers, plumbers and office workers. Pilates really is for everybody.”
She said her lessons,which are held in small groups, focus on each individual and their ‘optimal alignments’.
“Our bones are constantly being pull out of this alignment through our lifestyles: prolonged sitting or working on computers.
“There’s more to pilates than just developing strong abs or core strength.”
Visit www.vpilatesstudioburgesshill.com to find out more.