About Sonja Porter

Sonja PorterFor most of my life exercise was something you ‘had’ to do.

At school this meant mostly ballgames which I was bad at and made me dread my PE lessons. Later, it meant jogging or aerobics with the sole aim of losing weight.

So, I huffed and puffed through the 80s and 90s and it was only when I first saw Lynne Robinson (www.bodycontrolpilates.com) on breakfast TV that it dawned on me that there was a different way of exercising.

Nevertheless, it took almost another decade and a disc problem for me to look at Pilates more seriously and I have never looked back.

Don’t get me wrong: my back problem did not go away miraculously after just one session. No, it took regular and committed practice to get to the point where I can honestly say that I now lead an active life again after many ‘lost’ years.

Now as a qualified Pilates Matwork teacher I hope to bring the benefits of Pilates to West Norfolk.

My Philosophy

Studying for my qualifications first in massage and later in Pilates required me to have to think a lot about the structure of the human body something I’d never bothered much about until then.

To be honest, in the beginning I wasn’t particularly keen on having to study anatomy and physiology thinking that looking at pictures of skeletons and muscles was all a bit morbid.

Then, after a while of learning about human anatomy the penny dropped – my body was actually a brilliantly designed movement machine and the most precious thing I would ever own.

But there was one caveat: I needed to give it some attention, take care of it regularly and never take it for granted. Our bodies can make us feel exhilarated but they can also come to feel like a prison, especially when we are in pain.

The more I learnt about it the more I was able to understand how everything is connected and that anything (good or bad) we’re doing with and to our bodies has consequences. Sometimes they are immediate as in the case of an acute injury, but more often they are long-term and can come back to haunt us as we move into our fifties and beyond.

I came to understand that my back pain didn’t just ‘happen’ but was the result of my lack of knowledge about how to use my body well.

It made me realise and acknowledge how strongly our lifestyles and daily habits impact on our bodies. The way we live literally shapes our bodies.

So, once we’ve learnt about how our anatomy works we can learn how to move better and start creating positive change within our bodies and minds.

“To neglect one’s body for any other advantage in life is the greatest of follies” Arthur Schopenhauer

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