Specialist neuro Pilates practitioner comes to Harborough natural health centre

Specialist neuro Pilates practitioner comes to Harborough natural health centre

Neuro Pilates tutor Nikki Dyson


A Pilates practitioner specialising in teaching classes for people suffering from a range of neurological conditions is the latest practitioner to join Archway House Natural Health centre in Market Harborough.

Nikki Dyson is believed to be the only neuro Pilates specialist in the region. A fully qualified Body Control Pilates instructor who worked at a hospital in York prior to coming to Archway, Nikki works with clients with a range of different neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke survivors. She will also be offering classes designed to help arthritis sufferers.

As these are such specialised classes, Archway House is offering range of free taster sessions on Monday 16th March and Thursday 19th March, with eight week blocks of classes starting the following week beginning 23rd March.

“Pilates has grown hugely in popularity over the past decade and its benefits are now more widely understood. However, people don’t always realise that it can really help with many neurological conditions too,” explains Nikki. “I love teaching Pilates because I know it works: from personal experience after spinal surgery, as well as seeing how much it has helped people over the years. My oldest client is 102 and only started practising Pilates last year. Another lady in her 80s who could only come downstairs backwards because of knee pain can now walk up and down stairs normally with no pain. It really can help with so many issues that I would urge anyone to give it a try.”

Carers are also welcome at the sessions which are tailored to each specific condition and individual needs. The MS and Parkinson taster classes take place on Monday 16th March at 1.30pm and Thursday 19th March at 11.30am, with a stroke survivors taster session running on Monday 16th at 2.30pm and an arthritis session running on 19th at 10.30am. Sessions are free, but due to limited availability, places need to be booked in advance.

Pilates is generally acknowledged to help improve movement, muscle strength, posture and alignment. With Parkinson’s, it can help improve posture and balance, whilst with MS it helps strengthen bones and muscles, which can help make relapses less disabling. Practising Pilates can help limit damage in affected joints for arthritis sufferers and helps develop a more efficient respiratory system in people who have had a stroke.

“We are delighted to be offering such specially tailored classes for people who aren’t always that well catered for,” comments Archway House’s owner Alec Welton. “In fact, I believe we are the first organisation in the area to offer these kinds of Pilates classes. We feel it is a great addition to the range of services that we are able to offer.”

Archway House is the largest centre for complementary therapies in the area, offering a range of classes and services from hot yoga to chiropractic. To find out more or to book classes and taster sessions call 01858 410 820 or visit www.archwayhouse.co.uk.

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