Hi, I am Maria Gonzalez, creator of Pilates Sunshine. I grew up in a family and community where everyone dances. I started performing dances at the age of 9, and my love and passion for dancing encouraged me to teach dance. For the last 12 years I have been a Latin American dance teacher, Zumba Fitness and Zumba Gold instructor, and I hold a Level 2 ETM qualification. And hold a Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification. I work with different age groups: children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.
I am mother of two beautiful children. After my first pregnancy, I was left with a severe lower
back problem, related with lower back (lordosis), I found out that I had an exaggerated curvature in my lumbar spine (hyper-lordosis) and not enough strength in my abdominal muscles, then through the years, the pain became worse. After I had my second child, I realised that the pain wasn't only in my lumbar spine but also lower than that, on my sacroiliac joint, then the pain started radiating on my hips and down between my legs. The pain was affecting my balance and I wasn't able to walk properly, also I couldn't sit for long periods of time, go for long walks, neither I couldn't do gardening for more than 30 minutes.
Early November 2020, I was diagnosed with hypermobility, now I know the root of all my aches and pains. I feel bless to be a Pilates instructor, as without Pilates I wouldn't be able to have the strengths I have in my muscles to help to support my joints, and to help me to manage with my condition. Pilates is one of the best things I have ever done in my life, as I am not only able to help myself, but also those with the same problems as me, and those suffering with other orthopaedic conditions, and more.....
At class, I will be able to guide you and teach you the adequate exercises according to your needs, capability and fitness level. Everyone is welcome!
Pilates Sunshine, a life changing!
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