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What is Pilates?

"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 Hubertus Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise which co-ordinates the working of muscles with breathing. It strengthens the core postural muscles of the body, toning the whole body and improving posture. Pilates strengthens the deep stabilising muscles of the trunk, making it ideal for the prevention of back problems – its consistent success rate in solving such problems has brought it to the attention of osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Why Body Control?

The Body Control Pilates Method is based on the work of Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. He soon attracted actors, dancers and athletes, who found that his exercises perfected and completed their traditional exercise programmes and catered for their individual needs - building strength without adding bulk, balancing strength with flexibility, and achieving perfect harmony of body and mind.

The Body Control Pilates Association was set up in 1996 by Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thompson, with the goal of bringing the benefits of pilates to all. Body Control Pilates contionues to hold an excellent reputation for its effectiveness and the quality of its teaching.


Pilates classes are matwork based, and strictly limited to 12 places. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels are available, and single 1:1 or 2:1 lessons can also be booked. As Pilates courses are progressive in nature, all blocks of classes must be booked and paid for in full.

No special attire is required - just barefeet or socks, and comfortable clothing, which allows the instructor to check your position during any exercise.

Pregnancy Classes

Pilates is a very safe form of exercise, but it is usually not advisable to begin classes during the first tremester of pregnancy. Those already taking part in a course of pilates should notifiy Christine if they fall pregnant. After the first tremester, pregnant woman can join one of Chris's specially designed Pregnancy classes, which contain exercises specially designed to keep the body agile and supple as the pregnancy continues.

Postnatal Classes

Pilates is ideal of women postnatally, as there is lots of strengthening and pelvic floor work. Women should wait until at least 6 weeks after the birth, and should have had their final check up from the doctor, before they resume exercise. Chris runs a specific class for postnatal women, who may bring their babies to the class.


1-1 or small group Classes

Some people may prefer individual instruction, and indeed this can be a very good way to commence pilates, or to regain strength and agility after an injury. Chris runs small groups and individual classes on request.

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