A practical workbook-plus-CD exercise “class”, based on 20 stretches as well as guided relaxations.
This book makes it easy for everyone to exercise effectively at home. Twenty stretches are clearly explained with the help of 80 specially commissioned photos. The audio CD features spoken instruction for all the stretches plus some guided relaxation exercises. The result is a complete 60-minute workout that can be practiced with confidence and ease.
Once a dancer, Karen Smith now runs a successful clinic and Pilates studio in London. Also a qualified masseuse, aromatherapist and reflexologist, she is the author of Massage for DBP.
- Dimensions: 9.7″ x 9.7″ inches
- Pages: 144
Karen is also a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals. This is part of the government’s national exercise register which has included Pilates teachers since 2005. It aims to ensure that all exercise professionals are suitably knowledgeable and qualified, to safeguard the health and to promote the interests of the people who use their services. If you are thinking of taking up Pilates or any exercise you should look for a teacher who holds this qualification.
Karen originally trained as a ballet dancer from an early age and eventually danced with the Royal Ballet, the London Festival Ballet (now called the English National Ballet) and the London City Ballet, among others.
In 1982, during her career as a principle dancer with the London City Ballet she was seriously injured in a car accident, sustaining a broken neck which caused temporary paralysis. Unfortunately this brought her career to a sudden end.
Karen was introduced to Pilates shortly after her accident and attended sessions frequently. Her muscles, which had virtually wasted away to nothing during her stay in hospital, regained tone and strength, which in turn improved her general mobility and health. Karen also underwent various alternative treatments, including acupuncture, osteopathy, aromatherapy and reflexology, for which she now holds recognised qualifications.
Nowadays Karen divides her time between teaching Pilates and ballet and writing. Her books include:
- Body and Soul – A Woman’s Guide to Staying Young
- Massage – The Healing Power of Touch
- Easy Stretching Workbook
- Live Better: Pilates
- Quick and Easy Pilates