‘Brilliant work shop yesterday thanks Marie Claire, as always we all really enjoyed it getting everyone together to also share ideas etc for teaching and we have loads to take away with new ideas to include in our class plans as well as for using in our own Pilates sessions. As we joked afterwards – you have all of this Pilates info & knowledge in your head that you feel compelled to share/need an outlet for & we enjoy you off loading it onto us ..so win win all round! Looking forward to the next one already! Let’s get a date in the diary!’
Stephanie Gatens – Fitness Manager
“I attended a course with Marie-Claire 3 years ago and have since then have attended several more. She’s exceptionally knowledgable about the human body and it’s always a pleasure learning more from her. I will now not attend any courses if they are not run by her. I have also just purchased her book and this book should be given to all Pilates and Yoga Teachers – it is honestly very well written and the explanations just make you go aaah now I understand!.”
Tanja Foy-Book Purchase
It was during a routine massage that Marie-Claire spotted something slightly unusual with my daughter’s back, which could explain some of her underlying physical issues. Georgia is fit and sporty, but has a pre-disposition to knee injuries and has complained of a ‘granny-back’ for many years, without anybody finding a specific cause for it. We asked Marie-Claire to undertake a complete assessment of her physically – which she did in both standing and moving postures, as well as asking her pertinent questions about her habits. From this report Marie-Claire was able to see what was happening and why, and how best to address the various weaknesses and misalignments. This was all put in a detailed report. Specific remedial exercises were given, along with explanations as to how this would help Georgia to prevent injuries in the future. On top of what is evidently a very sound knowledge of bodily movement, I found Marie-Claire’s passion and enthusiasm to get to the heart of the issue contagious, which ignited my teenager’s enthusiasm to look after herself by following through and actually doing the exercises – the most key part to addressing the issue! Marie-Claire got Georgia on her side, and has suggested a follow-up in a couple of months as she knows from experience, that without the awareness of a follow-up, the chances of a teenager’s attitude slipping is pretty high. Having applied the exercises, Georgia noticed a strengthening in a particularly weak area within a very short time. This has not only improved Georgia’s resistance to injury, but even more importantly it has given her the understanding that she can take responsibility for her own well-being if she chooses to! I had no hesitation in booking Georgia’s assessment with Marie-Claire, as I had done pilates with her weekly for around 10 years – during that time, seeing all around me benefit from her very personalised way of teaching. We were shown how exercise outcomes were just as dependent on body shape and specific muscle weaknesses, and thus we were always learning something more about ourselves as we moved. If you are not moving quite right, I would recommend an assessment with Marie-Claire to counter whatever’s going on, before it becomes a real problem for you.
Absolutely brilliant weekend on the Reformer 1 training course with the wonderful Marie Claire. Would highly recommend this course. Marie Claire offers her vast knowledge and years of experience so that you can grow and develop as a Pilates instructor. I can’t wait for the next Reformer 2 training weekend!
Marie-Claire, I just thought I would keep you posted about Jack’s wrist. On Monday he had a bone graft to mend his broken scaphoid. pins have been inserted to hold everything together. So you were right, definitely structural. I can’t thank you enough, because if we hadn’t seen you, we would still be being fobbed off every time we tried to get something done about it. It would appear that the x-rays taken in A & E show a clear break, so we have advised to seek negligence as Jack has irreparable damage that will hinder his career, whether it be as Rugby Player or as a Personal Trainer. You clearly do a great job and thank you for recognising that it was more than just muscles damage.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course. I love the way it has been delivered and I love your way of thinking – that each body is different; work with it in its natural form. I had a ballet teacher from America who was very much of the same opinion and was always questioning, ‘why do it like this when you could do it like that?’ etc. I think it takes a while for people to come round to that way of thinking; the British especially are very used to being regimented in their approach, it’s refreshing to find someone who questions it to get better results, and is open to teaching in that way.
Charlotte Honour, Level 3 Pilates Student
I just wanted to say a huge thank-you, for all of your help and expertise with the Pilates. I thoroughly enjoyed it all. Hopefully I can arrange some Pilates Masterclasses in Aukland! Good luck with everything.
Marie-Claire; the reason I keep coming to these classes is because you always manage to change the perspective or approach from week to week, they never get boring…
Kath Borland, aged 90
Big respect for Marie-Claire, her knowledgeable teacher training, the course was great….. it has given me some really useful extras to incorporate into each of the various levels of classes I teach.
Tracey, Student-Mini Balls Course
Loved your small equipment workshop on Sunday – really useful and informative.
Went straight out on Monday and taught most of your Dyna band moves plus some old stuff of mine to smooth it all through – they loved it – thank you.
I would like to register my enthusiasm for the day, content and most of all YOU x
Love your style of blending facts and info with humor and common sense – you really are very talented – but then you probably already know that!!
Thank-you MarieClaire and the Fitt team
Jo, Student-Small Equipment Workshop
Pilates training has really been useful with my Personal Training clients. All, at some time, have suffered from back and neck problems, primarily due to stress in the workplace. Two who had physiotherapy were given Pilates exercises to do at home to aid their recovery. Being qualified in Pilates, I was able to continue with their sessions, either switching to Pilates or modifying the PT exercises. Both recovered and are still training with me after two and half years! Proof that the Personal Training and Pilates disciplines can work side by side!