About The Pilates Place
The Pilates Place was founded by Christian Testorf, who started his working life as a Commodity Trader before becoming Managing Director of a large division of a major PLC. After more than 20 years of business experience, with all its attendant rewards and stresses, he decided to change his life and become a qualified Pilates coach. A Pilates coach with a vision that he is determined to turn into reality – to open an exclusive retreat somewhere in Southern Europe that will be a haven of health and relaxation.
So why leave the corporate world to coach Pilates?
Christian has always taken his health seriously, and kept reasonably fit, but a major back operation in his mid twenties left him with residual spine issues and subsequent knee problems as well. Running and yoga were his preferred form of exercise for many years. Then he began to hear reports about the amazing benefits of Pilates and was intrigued. Having already decided to leave the corporate world to work on his plan for the retreat, he wanted to increase his knowledge of different fitness regimes. That’s when he embarked on a 4 day per week, 6 hours per day, 12 month programme to learn about the art and the scientific background of the Josef H. Pilates exercise form.
Click here to read an article by lifestyle expert, Linda Kelsey, that talks about the benefits of Pilates and what inspired Christian to become a Pilates teacher.
"What I have discovered is that Pilates is a brilliant base for anyone, young or old, injured or fit, to either build a strong foundation or to maintain and improve fitness and well-being. Pilates is a structured form of exercise that is logical, effective, energy efficient, highly focused and teaches correct breathing and body posture. Increased strength and flexibility, an elongated spine and a general sense of well-being and body confidence are all benefits of this unique form of exercise. "