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Healthy Habits Workshops

We're bringing you workshops throughout the year to help you with healthy habits for the body, mind and soul for you and your family.

Thoracic Mobility & Move Mat Class with Michelle: Sat 24th March 1.15-2.10pm
A cat doesn't suffer with a bad back. Why, they are always moving and stretching!

In this flowing easy mat workshop, we'll look at the movements of the thoracic spine and create a flowing workout that will open up our chest, release the quadratus lumborum in the back, improve rotation and mobility of the spine, help free up tight necks and shoulders and keep us feeling more agile and less tight.
Fee: £16 or one class credit. BOOK

NB: this is not suitable if you are pregnant, have osteopaenia or osteoporosis or suffer with back disc or strength issues that are new to working with us or working in 1:1's to help improve stability.

Baby Massage Workshop: Tue 20th March 10.30am- 11.30am
Run by Georgina from Calm Baby.
An introduction workshop to the standard 5 week course. Learn the joys and importance of baby massage through story telling. Learn a massage routine you can enjoy at home through touch, movement, relaxation, interaction and communication.
Infant massage helps your baby to feel secure and increases the bond between you. You will gain an increased understanding of your baby and it gives you the focused time with your baby that you both need.
Investment £20 incldues oils and tea after! BOOK


Pre and Post Natal Pilates

Pregnancy & Post Natal Pilates

Our instructors are not only great Pre and Post natal Pilates teachers, but we are also specialists from Carolyn Anthony's Centre of Womens Health for helping with things such as healing for Caesarean section, Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) and Pelvic Floor Dyfunction and weakness. Pilates during pregnancy helps protect your back, help support the growing weight of baby and improves circulation, whilst preparing the muscles needed for delivery. Post Natal Pilates gets you re-connected with your internal muscles that have been strained and stretched and repairs you from the inside out, whilst getting your body back into shape.

Pregnancy Pilates- every Saturday 11am-12.00BOOK
Post Natal Pilates: Mondays 10.30-11.30am. New term starts 26th March. BOOK

Private Training for specific pre or post natal issues. Book in with Clair, Michelle or Ellen. Call to discuss and book 01462 338002

Want to start Pilates with us? Great, here's how!

Pilates is a journey. Your own journey.  Joe never had “levels” in his sessions as every one works at their own level. You had your 1st five sessions as a new beginner to the studio, then you had a lifetime of individual work, journey and progress.
At our studio, we have 2 ways you can start your journey into the authentic classical way of doing Pilates as Joe intended.

There are 2 Intro Packages for new clients  You can buy each package once.

  • Semi Private Group (up to 4 people) 3 weeks Unlimited Studio sessions £60 (3 weeks from your 1st session) For healthy bodies, or those with general aches and weaknesses.
  • Individual Private Training:  3 x 1:1’s £120 (to use in 2 weeks from your 1st session) The recommended route for “all eyes on you”, or for anyone suffering with back disc issues, joint pain, neurological issues, or specific issues surrounding pelvic floor, c-section or abdominal separation.

Call the studio to discuss, and get you booked. or click the BOOK button to get started.

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Joseph Pilates...

  • Joseph Pilates created his Pilates method with men in mind! He was a boxer and this passion for strength and conditioning continued into his ethos behind Pilates to make you strong. It was reported that well known boxers used to train with Joe in Pilates to harden their abdomen for the strong boxing blows they would receive!

  • Pilates used to be known as 'Contrology' and was later named Pilates after Joseph Pilates died.

  • In Joe's studio, he taught the Pilates method on special apparatus. Using these machines made all the difference, helping the muscles and mind learn and respond quicker. This meant faster results! Matwork exercises would be given as homework to practice inbetween the 3-4 weekly studio sessions.

  • Pilates has been well documented to provide excellent core strength and lower back stabilisation which helps prevent and improve back and joint pain.

That's why we're dedicated to all aspects of Pilates and it's traditions. It's not just a class for breathing and stretching but a unique dynamic way to give you full body conditioning and strength, joint mobility and freedom, muscular flexiblility and suppleness, balance, co-ordination, grace and control.

Plus it's load of fun!

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"Joseph Pilates never intended his method to stand alone into separate parts with matwork or Reformer. We don't either, which is why our Semi private Studio classes are the unique traditional way to ideally do your workouts. As Joe intended, our approach is integrative, combining mat, Reformer, Pedi Pole, barrels and more for the best all round programme, providing the full benefits that Pilates can offer.

What happens in a Pilates 1:1?

Find out here with our time lapse video....( we promise not to make you do it this fast!)

Learn Faster, work smarter with 1:1 Pilates. The Pilates Method is much more than just Matwork. In your 1:1 or private 1:2 duet sessions, you will be learning your Classical Matwork and Reformer repertoire, then fine tuning on small props for what you individual needs are on the day. Work with the barrels, spine correctors, pedi pole, hand weights, arm springs, fit balls, bands, rollers, magic circles, foot corrector, toe correctors and more to help you rebalance your body.


Show Joe!

Pilates will make you feel GREAT!

The Pilates method (or Contrology as it was originally named) is a system of exercises in a unique order that when performed all together, with links between for smooth transitions will help you:

Benefits of Pilates.....

  • Move your body in all the ways it can to keep to keep your body supple.
  • Learn to unweight your spine and joints against gravity for a long flexible spine
  • Develop a strong centre/core to support your movements.
  • Create flexible, strong, streamline and uniformed muscles from head to toe
  • Improve lower back and joint pain.
  • Gain better co-ordination, balance and improved circulation.
  • Improve breathing patterns and lung capacity.
  • Low impact, high on results
  • Perform your daily activities and movements with more ease.

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