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COMES FROM THE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT YOU GET WHEN YOU PRACTICE INTELLIGENT EXERCISE.

IT'S MY PASSION TO TEACH YOU "HOW"!

HI, I'M JOHDI.

All-around movement geek with a penchant for helping people live happier lives by teaching them how to move better.

I discovered Pilates in 1999 when an injury ended my marathon running career. I had damaged my leg very badly training for a half marathon and when I could finally no longer walk, I dragged myself off to an osteopath. He told me to stop running and to do Pilates at least once a week for 3-months and I thought, yuck, yuck and yuck!

But I was determined to get better.

And I did.

Intelligent movement heals. Period. Full stop.

I'm living proof, and so are a long line of people who have allowed me to guide them.

 

I WAS SKEPTICAL ABOUT PILATES AT FIRST

But after only a few classes, all of my concerns that it was too “gentle, easy and weird” vanished. I began to see and feel the results Pilates had on my body. 

I was hooked and began to practice Pilates religiously and after about 6 weeks, I started to feel a different way towards my body; that it was a phenomenal machine gradually repairing itself  and finding all sorts of different ways to move. I learnt how to slow down as the movements are very deliberate and sooo different from my then usual crazed, cardio stuff, AND I recovered quickly and effectively.

After the birth of my first child in 2009, I decided to turn my passion into a career and trained to become a Pilates instructor. Since then I’ve been certified by the Pilates Institute in Geneva and London, and have been teaching since 2010. My training included workshops on pre- and post-pregnancy Pilates, and Pilates for seniors, as well as special sessions led by physiotherapists on rehabilitation of the back, shoulder and hip girdle.

I opened Little Bird Pilates in 2014 with the aim of sharing my passion for intelligent exercise to a wider audience.

 

I know now that when I make space for intentional movement in my life I'm a better human being on every level.

Since opening my studio I've been on a passionate pursuit to learn more and more about the human body and how to help it function at it's best whilst alleviating pain.

Helping my clients time and again feel "better than before" is a goal I set (and reach) with each new client.

I'M AN EXPERT MOVEMENT SPECIALIST IN MY REGION AND MY CLIENTS GET RESULTS THEY COULDN'T ATTAIN OTHERWISE.

  • I am currently one of only 2 people who can do Neurokinetic Therapy in Switzerland
  • I’m also the only person in the country who has studied the Functional Anatomy course Immaculate Dissection
  • I’m one of only  2 people from Switzerland who have studied the full human gait pattern through the Anatomy in Motion training
  • I practice what I preach as I’ve been using a Pilates-based movement system since 2009 to help me manage my own aches and pains

Because I've experienced both extremes of the movement spectrum in that I've been the almost-crippled, severely-injured, heavy-drinking, overweight couch potato, and I've been the sleek, ultra-fit endurance athlete, I can relate to just about anybody from their fitness level.

Here's a non-extensive list of the injuries and conditions I've helped people with (so far):

  • Frozen shoulders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Broken feet
  • Sprained ankles
  • Pelvic prolapse
  • Compression of the spine
  • Rehab after both c-sections and natural births
  • Necks that don’t bend
  • Spines that keep blocking for no “apparent” reason

You name it, I've probably helped someone with that injury. Thanks to my wide-ranging clientele, I know what to do for diabetics, how to tailor things for MS sufferers, what to do with PMT and the whole gamut of bits and bobs that rear their heads when a woman gets pregnant to right up until she weans her breast-feeding baby.

I BELIEVE IN GIVING BACK

 

Legs4Africa is a cause and charity that's near and dear to my heart.

Watch this video to find out why I donate a portion of all my gains to this wonderful organization.

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