Anna Geary Pilates Lancaster

My name is Anna and I am a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist graduating with a BSc from the University of Manchester in 2005. I work between the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, the Queen Victoria Hospital and Versatile clinic as a Senior Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal conditions.

My passion for pilates began in my early twenties when I started practising it as part of my own core stability training.  I have an active lifestyle but I particularly love triathlon, mountain biking and snowboarding and I was thrilled to see that pilates gave a huge boost to my sporting performance and injury prevention.

In 2006, having already experienced the benefits of pilates first hand, I decided to train with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).  I am now a fully certified matwork instructor with additional qualifications in ante and post natal pilates and work hard to ensure that my skills are constantly evolving in order to deliver the most up to date pilates research.

Fully Certified appi Matwork Instructor

I am a fully certified appi matwork instructor with additional qualifications in ante and post natal pilates and work hard to ensure that my skills are constantly evolving in order to deliver the most up to date pilates research.

What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a slow controlled form of exercise that concentrates on postural alignment and correct muscle recruitment. Exercises are typically performed in varying positions, e.g. standing, lying, kneeling, in order to challenge your ability to control a good posture. The intensity of the exercises are then progressed using body levers, body weight and a variety of equipment.

Pilates was originally developed by German born Joseph Pilates (1880-1967).  He believed that imbalances in the body cause injury and that an improved awareness of movement would enable the exerciser to correct those imbalances.

He started developing his exercises during his time as a prisoner of war in the Isle of Man and it was thought that the fitness routines he taught his fellow inmates played a major role in preventing them from contracting the influenza that killed so many others.

When he later emigrated to America his training methods quickly became popular with the dance community who found that his exercise techniques helped to prevent injury and enhance performance.  He encouraged the coordination of the mind and body by focusing on posture, breath control, balance and core strength.

The APPI method has developed and adapted Joseph Pilates’ original series of exercises to make them safe and appropriate for most people. Using current research the exercises are designed to help spinal alignment, core strength and body mobility.