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 14 years I have been a Latin American dance teacher, Zumba Fitness and Zumba Gold instructor. I hold a Level 2 ETM qualification, and I hold a Level 3 Mat Pilates qualification. I work with different age groups: children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.
My journey to Pilates
I am mother of two beautiful children. After my first pregnancy I was left with a severe lower back pain, then I found out that I was hyper-lordotic (this means that the curve on the spine in my lover back was exaggerated), and not having enough strength in my core maid the pain really bad. After I had my second child, the pain was getting worst, 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 without my knees feeling fatigue, also I couldn't sit for long periods of time, neither I was able to go for long walks, and I couldn't do gardening for more than 30 minutes.
Early November 2020, I was diagnosed with hypermobility syndrome, this syndrome can make my joints stiff and painful, and can make my muscle fatigue due to the greater flexibility in the ligaments and tendons. Now I know the root of all my aches and pains, and I feel bless to be a Pilates instructor, as without Pilates I wouldn't have been able to manage with my aches and pains. I have become stronger from head to toe, especially in my core, the pain in my lower back has disappeared, and now I can do gardening for four hours consecutive, and with the help of prescribed shoe insoles I am able to walk up to three hours nonstop without feeling fatigue in my joints and muscles.
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 (joint conditions), and more. I have been able to help people to get stronger before surgery and to re-gain strength after surgery. I am confident to help those that struggle walking and or moving easily, and Seated Pilates would be the best for that lovely people that need to get into exercising but in a gentle way to help them to become more confident withing their daily life.
My aim as a Pilates instructor
At class, I will be able to guide you and teach you the appropriate exercises according to your needs, capability and fitness level. Pilates is not just an exercise class, Pilates can help you to change your life mentally and physically the way it has done and keeps doing to many people that come to my classes, including myself.
Pilates is not a luxury, Pilates is a necessity for us humans to be able to have a more balanced mind in a balance body, and to be able to enjoy life.
At Pilates with Maria Gonzalez everyone is welcome!
See you at the next session.