We think the thing that makes Platinum Pilates so special is the people we have working it in. In this latest Real Time series we’ve grilled our team so we can share a little more of their magic with you.
First up – it’s Milena
Tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are today
I’ve been working as a Pilates Therapist for almost 20 years specialising in mobility, flexibility & postural re-education. I’ve worked with all sorts of clients from the very unfit having never exercised to some of best athletes in the country. Ive spent 20 years as a student of the body, learning more and more ways to create health and wellness in our constantly changing environment.
I discovered that what ever the exercise regime was be it yoga, pilates, cross fit, running or just going to the gym – the body will find health as long as it constantly moved in the right way.
I had opened the first Group Reformer Pilates Studio in Ireland in 2002 in a health club when Pilates and especially reformer pilates was relatively unknown. The Leinster Rugby Team were based there at the time and so I started taking them for pre-season Pilates classes which they loved.
In 2010 the fitness industry in Ireland had started to go into decline so with my husband, we decided to open our own Reformer Pilates studio in Stillorgan.
With the era of social media – word spread like wild fire and Reformer Pilates became hugely popular in Dublin over the last 7 years. I’m really proud to have been one of people spear heading this growth. I’m so passionate about sharing this incredible exercise system with people as I believe there is not a person out there that can’t benefit from it.
How do you spend your average working day?
My day starts at 6am with a run, a cup of black coffee and a mad dash to get 3 children out the door to school. The rest of my day is made up of a combination of taking clients for one to one sessions, working with our team of trainers, meeting clients or just hiding away in my office in town dealing with all of the day to day business responsibilities.
I do my best to take a Reformer Class with a different teacher in a different studio most days. I’m hugely passionate about my team delivering a very high standard of class so we do a lot of in house training and up skilling to keep our team with the leading edge education.
My work day ends around 7pm and I head home for family time – I have a beautiful French Bull dog called Pepe who I will walk in the evenings if the weather is OK. Bed time is usually about 11pm and I must confess I more often than not end up on my lap top in the last hours of my day, finishing off any work tasks or emails.
As someone how works in wellness you might be surprised to find I don’t really like to discuss my diet with people. I think there are far too many people throwing out diet advice that should not be – self professed nutrition gurus are my pet hate.
I studied a Masters in Nutrition Science and it taught me that no one diet or food has the same effect on two different people. We are all unique and our genetic make up cannot be determined enough to be able to categorically say this food is good for you and that food is bad for you. It takes 17 years for research to filter down into mainstream so this wave of people obsessing over avocados, kale & coconut oil is still inconclusive.
I eat in a way that works for me and makes me feel good and thats enough said about that.
What inspires you?
Seeing people happy hugely inspires me. I believe that happiness is the secret to health, wellness and success. Happy people have the ability to change the world and the more of those kind of people I can find to be around, the more inspired I become.
What are your goals in life?
My goal in life is make Platinum Pilates an international brand. I believe there is so much good in what my business does and we are changing lives on a daily basis with our business ethos. I would love to see that grow outside of Ireland into the UK and internationally.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness to me is more than a six pack and a fancy looking instagram account – Wellness is about happiness & contentment with all that is in your life. I think its about finding exercise that energises you, a diet that nourishes you and a mindset that allows you to deal with the stresses & strains of life without negatively affecting your health.
What advice would you give to someone looking to become more healthy?
If someone is looking to change their lifestyle to a healthier & happier one – sometimes rushing in with a top ten tips is not going to do much good. As an exercise professional, our job is to listen to clients so we can understand how they got to where they are right now. Before we can suggest or advise we need to understand what are the circumstances that got them into this unhealthy place first off.
Most people have the power inside them to change and they even know what the basics are to move into a more healthy space therefore I suggest to someone who wants to get more healthy & happy to sit down and take a long hard look at where they are and why they are there.
Keep a food, mood, exercise & sleep diary before they implement any change. This can be a huge eye opener for people and can often be a catalyst for their own change. If they still need support then seek out a professional to get a better idea of where they can make some changes.
Top 3 Tips For Wellness
- Try to always look for reasons to feel good.
- Drink lots & lots of water.
- Move Your Body Every Day – it’s as important as brushing your teeth.
What’s next on the cards for you?
Ive got lots of learning on the cards with another Franklin Method Training later this year and with Polestar Pilates as I’ve just recently joined their Mentor Team so I get to work & learn with some of the very best in the business.
Early next year we are opening a studio in Parke Pointe, Monkstown which is really exciting and we are currently on the hunt for a studio space north side of Dublin so lots to keep me going over the coming months.
Find out More
Check out Milena’s blog page here.