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Pilates for Larger Bodies

by: Zoey Trap, MSc

Inner IDEA

Practical advice on extending the benefits of Pilates to the overweight population.

Pilates is a great tool for every body and provides many benefits for the over- weight. Ten years ago, my naturopath, Carol (who was obese), asked if I would teach her Pilates. I told her I had never worked with anyone so large, and that I would no doubt make many mistakes, but if she would go on the journey with me, I would be honored to teach her.

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 4

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About the Author

Zoey Trap, MSc

Zoey Trap, MSc IDEA Author/Presenter

Zoey is an international authority on Mindbody Exercise with over 25 years of experience. First introduced to Yoga and Pilates during her years as a professional dancer, Zoey is passionate about combining science and art in the teaching of movement to maximize human potential. Zoey holds an MSc in Exercise Science with a research focus on alternative therapy and the spine. As a Peak Pilates Master Trainer, she co-authored the Peak Pilates Educational Programs and Peak Trainer Mentoring System. Recently Zoey completed an intensive with Pilates elder and Jungian psychologist Mary Bowen. As a lifelong student of mindbody practices, her journey has encompassed yoga, Pilates, and qigong, as well as lesser known movement practices such as Somatics, dance therapy, Feldenkrais, and Alexander. When Zoey began teaching Yoga, almost 20 years ago, her focus was primarily on Ashtanga Yoga. In 2005 she began to study Jivamukti Yoga and 2 years ago she become certified in the Jivamukti Yoga Tradition first through a