Author Archives: Marie-Claire Prettyman

Marie-Claire Prettyman

About Marie-Claire Prettyman

Marie-Claire has been in the fitness industry since 1998 working as everything from a gym instructor and swimming teacher before finding her passion in Pilates & Yoga teaching. Combining teaching with sports massage therapy, she ran a dedicated studio for 12 years and was actively teacher training for 7 years. An accident in 2014 forced her to change direction leading now to a focus on supporting others with injuries and illnesses, who would be contraindicated in the group class environment. Her easy to follow Pilates and Yoga practise guide 'Opposition in Pilates and Yoga' is available to buy or download on Amazon. Find Marie-Claire at:, Twitter @PilatesYogaMC, and Instagram at The Movement Specialist.

Mind the Pain

Minding The Pain: Moving With Mindfulness

One of the most challenging periods of my life started on a rainy day in February 2014. I was training Yoga teachers at a leisure centre around 30 miles from my home when I slipped on a patch of water, carrying files through the facilities entrance. I landed on my left hip, essentially “squashing” my Sacroiliac (SIJ) joint and fracturing T7, (one can only assume through vibrational shock or some kind of violent lateral shunt on landing). I had been an exercise/Movement Professional for over 15 years at this point and felt that if anyone was able to rehabilitate themselves from such an injury, it was me. Read more »