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The Pilates Method




"Pilates" is the surname of it's German creator- Joseph Hubertus Pilates 1883-1967. His exercise method is called "Contrology" & nowadays is most commonly known as "Pilates".

Pilates is a corrective exercise method which strengthens & stretches the entire body through a system of cleverly designed exercises, helping to restore it to a better state of function & physical balance. The Pilates method, having stood the test of time, has proven invaluable to sports people as a form of physical conditioning & for anybody wanting to get stronger, more flexible, improve posture, maintain a healthy spine & generally improve health, well-being & thus quality of life. 

Joseph Pilates was a living testament to his own method. He was a gymnastic performer & boxer & was currently touring in England during the outbreak of World War one which resulted in his internment in Lancaster & the Isle of Man for several years. After World War one, Joseph Pilates relocated to the USA (where he spent the rest of his life) & opened his studio in New York City. He also had a home studio at his holiday home in Becket, Massachusetts near to Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival Venue where he worked with dancers & taught group mat classes. His students were dancers seeking rehabilitation & everyday people seeking general conditioning.

Pilates developed a series of mat work exercises designed to flow in a unique sequence to optimise health & physical function. He further invented & hand-crafted his specialist apparatus to support the mat work as well as condition his students beyond the mat. Many of his inventions & exercise sequences were intended for home use backed up with exercise charts. You will find copies of these archival exercise charts in my studio alongside all apparatus based on his original designs and correct dimensions.


Romana Kryzanowska was the elder chosen to continue to run the original New York Pilates Studio following Joseph Pilates death in 1967 & my training follows this lineage through my teachers. I am dedicated to delivering Traditional Pilates as it was originally intended as an internationally trained teacher; The full system of the Pilates Method.

Who can benefit from Pilates?

Some examples...



  • Complete Beginners to Pilates... Private lessons are the best place to learn Pilates since you are taught individually for your body starting with the basic system. This builds a strong foundation from the start and self-confidence in movement abilities.
  • Office and Remote Desk-Based Workers... Combat 'desk posture' with Pilates! The body, when sitting down for long periods of time, can get into less favorable habitual patterns which can cause imbalances & pain. Pilates offers corrective exercise & an education which will help you to become more aware of your posture & how to make it better.
  • Sports People... Whether you are a recreational, amateur or professional athlete, Pilates can provide conditioning for your sport by working on your foundational strength & flexibility & reduce injury risk through addressing sport specific bodily imbalances.
  • Dancers, Actors, Performing Artists... Pilates can further increase your functional abilities thus reducing the risk of injuries & help you to excel in your occupation through intelligent physical & mental conditioning through the art of precision & control.
  • People who are self-employed... Pilates addresses the occupational stresses placed on the body; long working hours, repetitive actions, travel & ever-changing working environments. Pilates can help you find better physical & mental balance & a focus on your well-being.
  • People who are retired... "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it's completely flexible at 60 you are young." ~ Joseph Pilates. Pilates maintains mobility & promotes function.
  • Post Natal Recovery... Pregnancy is a physical demand placed on the female body. Pilates can help recondition the post natal body & bring it back into better physical balance. You may need to work alongside a Women's Health Physiotherapist to complete the initial stages of your rehabilitation if you have suffered any complications, have ongoing pain or pain that has not been diagnosed by a medical professional. 
  • People recovering from injury or with certain medical conditions... If you have medical conditions or injuries, private lessons are your starting point. Please discuss your intention to start Pilates as a form of exercise with your medical professional prior to getting in touch, especially if you have any undiagnosed pain or medical concerns. I apply the Pilates system to your body & take a 'whole body approach' to the workout tailored to suit your needs.
Pilates Reformer Exercise
Pilates Studio Apparatus
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