Guest Q&A with Lucy Mills
How important is pilates to you?
I practiced Pilates for many years prior to becoming an instructor. Although I loved how it made me feel, I never truly appreciated its impact and effects until I began introducing clients to the discipline. It is an integral part of my life now, not only because it is my job but the principles of the movements carry through all other styles of exercise I do. The benefits are definitely apparent.
It's fair to say, the fundamentals of Pilates are important to everyone. Improving the balance of strength and flexibility, in muscles around joints has profound benefits. The posture is improved and the body is less prone to injury over the long term. Pilates addresses this in a very technical, mindful way. I believe everyone should learn and integrate Pilates into their workout regime - even if it’s just once a week. It is a great way to improve mobility, stability, spinal health and overall body awareness.
How do you find your daily source of balance and wellness?
My Mum is a Naturopath so I had a good start. From day one I learned the food we eat and topical products we use are of the highest importance when it comes to balanced health. I strive to make great food choices wherever I can. Of course, exercise and physical well-being are a huge part of my life too. I am constantly striving for better balance as I often work very long hours and stress levels rise.
I’ve learned we can all change habits, simply by making conscious choices. The new choices actually become the habit after a time and the benefits simply follow automatically.
Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
- Jim Rohn.
What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?
Brunch with great coffee and the papers. It’s a time when I really unplug and just savour the time off, the food and a good chat.
It’s because of this that I began my Pilates Brunch events. Bringing a group of like minded people together to kick start their weekend with a Pilates class followed by a brunch… two of my favourite things.
Who doesn’t like an indulgent lazy brunch with nice people right?
My next event is Saturday 9th June at Mortimer House.
(Tickets available via Eventbrite.)
What's your favourite BY SARAH LONDON product?
I love the Organic Facial Oil. It has become part of my night time ritual. I have combination skin so finding something that hydrates and moisturises without leaving me looking greasy is key. BY SARAH’s Organic Facial Oil does exactly that. My skin feels wonderful when I wake up and it’s so great that I know everything that’s gone in to it.
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
This June, I will be hosting a luxury Pilates retreat in West Lexham Norfolk. The beautifully converted stone barn is just 2 hours from London and set in a protected valley that’s bursting with nature.
The retreat will include two Pilates classes a day, three organic plant-based meals a day, morning guided meditations and sound healing to dissolve city stress and align with rural surroundings.
We will be hosting three wellness workshops over the course of the five days covering the physical, nutritional and mental aspects of wellness.
To complete the experience, the luxury rooms each have an ensuite. The larger than average suites all have a garden view and are adjacent to the restored stone barn. The rooms can be single, double or triple occupancy so attendees can choose to come alone or with a partner or friends.
My mission is to provide each and every attendee five days away from their busy lives. Their sole focus will be themselves and their wellbeing; the physical, the nutritional, the mental. I want them to feel cared for, nourished, comfortable and relaxed, so they return home feeling energized, empowered and the ideal version of themselves
BY SARAH LONDON has reserved an exclusive discount for you to attend the Your Ideal Fit Retreat in two weeks time. Simply quote code “BSL10” to receive a 10% discount on any room bookings.
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Interview by Sarah, CEO, BY SARAH LONDON