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

Joseph H Pilates


Pilates is a controlled mind and body method of exercise which are suitable for the first-time exerciser to the professional athlete. Pilates helps improve posture, flexibility, mobility, and strength. It also focuses on the functional recruitment of the body’s stabilisers. Each exercise is adapted to meet each individual needs, incorporating the latest research and other movement practices so clients can improve movement and function to allow their bodies to work efficiently and with ease.

Often our modern-day lifestyles can lead to imbalances which then contribute to restrictions, discomfort and pain in our bodies, Pilates addresses those imbalances to restore the body back to physical function.

New students start with an initial assessment to chat about health status and objectives.

Group Matclass

Group classes are suitable for all, beginners to advanced. 

Beginners receive a one-to-one initial assessment before starting, this takes about 30mins and includes a chat about health status, specific goals, a Pilates assessment and a practical introduction to gain an understanding of the movement principles and to learn the modifications of the Pilates Method.

Private Sessions

Private sessions are suitable for all, especially if you are recovering from an injury and Pilates has been recommended by a Medical Professional. 

People also seek private sessions as a preparation for working towards a group class or to enhance a sport-specific activity.

The Benefits of Pilates

There are many physical and mental health benefits to doing Pilates regularly including:

  • Improves Balance and Body Awareness
  • Increase Mobility, Strength and Flexibility
  • Reduces Stress and Boosts your Mood, Energy and Motivation.
  • Improves Posture Awareness.
  • Reduces Injury Risk.
  • Eases Lower Back Pain.
  • Improves Breathing.

The history of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 in Germany. A sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, his childhood illnesses left him with twisted limbs and a stunted bone structure. Rather than accept his limitations, he was determined that with exercise he could correct his disabilities and lead a full and active life.

His belief that ‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’ led him along an experimental journey where he tried many different health and fitness regimes. Through his hard work and determination, he rebuilt his body.

Using movements taken from yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training, Joseph Pilates developed an exercise system which promoted the perfect balance of strength, and flexibility. He called this exercise method ‘Contrology’

He went on to create a series of 34 mat work exercises and developed apparatus such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Barrel, all of which were intended to facilitate movement and enhance the effectiveness of the mat work exercises. Many of these pieces of apparatus were so well engineered that they remain fundamentally unchanged in their design today.

Pilates taught self-defence and fitness to the police and army in both England and Germany and then emigrated to America in 1926, where he met his wife Clara and set up his studio. Many of his early clients were from the boxing community but the word of his methods and success at treating injuries travelled, and he soon started to work with ballet dancers, many of whom became teachers of the method themselves.

Joseph Pilates was convinced that one day his method, which he believed should be part of a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, would be known around the world. Sadly he didn’t get to see it happen. However, after his death in 1967, his method became known as ‘Pilates’ instead of ‘Contrology’ and his committed students went on to keep his method alive, training others in the system and spreading its popularity. 

His methods and philosophy have now become clinically accepted in studies carried out after his death. He believed in self-discipline, self-help and taking responsibility for your own health. This along with the ‘Pilates fundamentals’ such as core strength, breathing and concentration, and the fantastic results achieved by working with the method, means that Pilates continues to grow and evolve.