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"Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit."   

Joseph Pilates

About Pilates

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How safe is the class?

Pilates is very safe and is medically approved. It does not build bulky muscles, instead, it builds strength and improves flexibility. It achieves this by working from the inside out, building what is termed ‘core stability’. Pilates instructors are trained to develop exercise programmes for everyone, including the elderly, those recovering from injuries, people with an established sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.

Pilates exercises focus on precision, control and quality of movement. Your age and fitness level do not matter. It can work for you. The Pilates system of exercise is based upon non-impact resistance, making it ideal for injury rehabilitation. When taught by an appropriately trained teacher, Pilates can be extremely effective and can help you to achieve measurable gains in your fitness level, and to maintain those improvements for the longer term.

If you are merely out of shape, or if your ability to exercise regularly is affected by chronic back problems, osteoporosis, sacroiliac pain, neck or shoulder problems or osteoarthritis, then the Pilates system of exercise has the potential to improve your condition.

Pilates is a safe and suitable form of exercise for all age groups and fitness levels. It can benefit anyone who wants to improve their health, personal fitness, or the quality of their life. Furthermore, Pilates is purely about fitness and well being. It offers no supernatural or religious experience.

Pilates Institute

The Pilates Institute is the largest Pilates teacher training company in the UK. Starting from the original technique as designed by Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Institute offers a research based programme that has developed with great success during the last 8 years.

Comments from class participants:

‘I am delighted with the improvement in the functioning of my lower back since beginning Pilates.  ...I have already recommended Pilates to a number of national sports teams that consult me for advice … ... thank you for introducing me to Pilates.’ - Clyde Williams, Professor of Sports Science, Loughborough University

‘I was worried that my body was completely seizing up, but Pilates has done a great job in keeping me flexible.’ - John

‘I feel so much better for doing Pilates’ - Joan

‘Pilates is the best thing you can do, and working with an instructor who gives time, attention and patience, like you, is the best. I feel evangelistic about it- Tanvi

What do I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely - in our classes we usually work in bare feet.  Mats and other equipment such as balls, latex bands, foam blocks and rollers are provided.


"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young."   Joseph Pilates

So, what is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to correct balance. This system of exercise was developed by German fitness trainer Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) in the early 20th century. He had suffered from poor health but managed to make himself so fit that he became a model for anatomical charts, a boxer, and an acrobat! He developed his system of training as an exercise method to improve posture, tone the body, correct muscle imbalances and connect body and mind. Dancers quickly adopted his method as a way to recover from injuries and improve performance.

What can it do for me?

Pilates is an invigorating form of exercise for your mind and body that can improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility. It helps restore your body to balance. As a result, your posture will change and you will move more efficiently. You'll achieve a strong core, develop longer, leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well being. And, if you are a sports enthusiast, Pilates can help ‘improve your game’.

Pilates is a safe and effective exercise method that will enable you to look - and feel - your very best. Best of all, because it gives you such a wonderful sense of well being, you'll want to do Pilates for the rest of your life.

The Benefits of Pilates

The benefits acquired from the Pilates exercises when executed regularly and properly can be considerable. Pilates is beneficial for your general fitness, specific health conditions and most of all for your overall well being. In our classes, you will learn how your body works and and how to make it work better, thus improving your performance

General fitness

Health conditions

Overall well-being

What happens in class?

Based upon an anatomical understanding of the body's muscular and skeletal systems, the Pilates teacher creates a comprehensive exercise programme for you. Classes will focus on specific areas individually whilst using exercises that integrate your whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.  A programme will be developed specifically for you and can be changed as you develop. You can learn the basics in private before joining a class Your teacher can liaise with your physiotherapist so you can be sure you are getting the most appropriate exercises.!