Emma Watson first caught our attention when she played heroic intellect Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. She then held our attention when she made powerful feminist statements as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and attended the Women’s March in Washington with her mum. And just in case you forgot how talented this Jill-of-all-Trades really is, she’s back on the silver screen taking on the role of Belle in the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast that’s due for release later this month, which not only showcases her incredible acting skills, but also her singing and dancing ability, A role her trainer Emily Drew is delighted about.
Emma’s love for the Disney film helped further cement her passion to make sure she portrayed Belle as strong and empowered female. “It was very important to me that she be very active, and in control of her own destiny,” she said. “I wanted her to be powerful. She already was to be honest.”
So what training does it take to stand up, portray a powerful Belle and be as body confident as Emma? And a bigger question, can us mere mortals do it too? “Yes definitely!” says Emily. “There are actually two training secrets to Emma’s body confidence, which anyone can do – The Alexander Technique and Pilates.
The way a person carries herself tells a story. People with slumped shoulders and lethargic movements display a lack of self-confidence. Emma discovered the Alexander Technique back in 2012 in New York when we were prepping for Noah.” The Alexander Technique is a process that develops the ability to realign posture and to avoid unnecessary muscular and mental tension. By practicing good posture, you can automatically feel more confident. “Stand up straight, keep your head up, and make eye contact. You’ll make a positive impression on others and instantly feel more alert and empowered.
Along the same lines as personal appearance, physical fitness has a huge effect on self-confidence. If you’re out of shape, you can feel insecure, unattractive, and less energetic. By working out, you improve your physical appearance, energize yourself, and accomplish something positive. Having the discipline to work out not only makes you feel better, it creates positive momentum that you can build on the rest of the day.
Emily prescribes her Pilates-style workouts each day. This one below is short but effective for improved posture, creating a strong dancer’s hold, long lines and poise. The best thing with Emily’s specially designed workouts is that you can tone up while doing breathing exercises which switch off any stress and tension. Allowing you to feel calm, in control and balanced.
If you would like to know other exercises Emily uses with Emma, learn about Emily’s Celebrity Trainer Community and to receive your free personalised stretch program, visit her website, Instagram and Facebook.