Men do Pilates featuring transplant swimmer Matthew Burrows

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Men do Pilates featuring transplant swimmer Matthew Burrows

Matthew received a life-changing kidney transplant in April 2015 following eight years of poor health due to kidney failure. During these eight years daily life was tough and sports near impossible and for Matthew who had always been a keen sportsman the loss of his health and fitness was a major blow.


Following transplantation, Matthew discovered Transplant Sport, an organization who encourage transplant recipients to get healthy and compete at national level in the British Transplant Games. As a former sprint swimmer, Matthew was determined to regain his fitness and enjoy the thrill of competition once more.


Swim training began in Spring 2016, in preparation for the Liverpool Transplant Games, during the tournament Matthew excelled in the pool and won 2 gold medals in sprint swim events, these times were good enough for Matthew to be selected to swim for Team GB & NI and compete in the World Transplant Games in Malaga 2017. As Matthew increased the intensity of his swim training in preparation for Malaga he began to struggle with shoulder pain, to overcome this obstacle to training he turned to pilates taught by Nisha Srivastava.


Matthew Burrows – Seven golds and six world records

After just 4 weeks of pilates, the shoulder pain had gone, his body position in the water improved due to increased core strength, recovery from training became easier and swim times were getting faster. In June 2017 Matthew went to Malaga and returned with 7 gold medals in sprint swim events, breaking world transplant records in 6 of these and won the Outstanding Male Athlete of the tournament award. Success didn’t stop there, Matthew also won gold medals in all sprint swims at the National Transplant Games in Lanarkshire in July 2017. Pilates is now a regular part of Matthews training and lifestyle, his aim being to live life to the full for himself, his family and his donor.

About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.