Jo extols the healing properties of Pilates
A WOMAN who turned to Pilates to ease a physical condition is turning her hobby into a career.
Jo Lee, aged 28, has launched Body Positive Pilates after suffering from hypermobility – a common condition causing bad posture, aches, pains and lack of energy – since childhood.
She had learned to live with the condition but was then advised to try the Pilates physical fitness system.
She said: "Three years ago my doctor and chiropractor told me to try Pilates. I read up on it, started practising it regularly and was soon hooked.
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"It is very posture conscious – always training the body with the spinal alignment in mind.
"After about six months I had changed the shape of my lower spine, which had an exaggerated curve called Lordosis.
"The aches and pains started to go and my posture improved.
"I decided I wanted to help other people and started the ball rolling to get qualifications."
Once qualified, Ms Lee, form Plymouth, set up her business with the help of employment and skills experts Working Links.
Since Working Links' Enterprise Coaching programme, funded through the South West European Regional Development Fund and Plymouth City Council, started in June 2010 it has helped almost 1,000 people look at starting up businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding area.
Ms Lee said: "I knew almost nothing about how to plan and run a business.
"I was told about Working Links by a friend who was getting help for her hairdressing business. They had complete faith in me."
Ms Lee also received help from Enterprise Coaching partner Outset Plymouth.
She said: "Pilates isn't just for people with problems but can be adapted to all different ability levels.
"It is good for anyone who wants to train for flexibility, strength, endurance a better body shape, toned tummy, co-ordination and balance."
Abbie Clift, Working Links business adviser, said: "From the time Jo started working with Enterprise Coaching, her determination, motivation and willingness to learn were clear."