WHAT IS PILATES
Pilates is based on a set of principles that exercise the whole body through a range of mat based
exercises. Pilates combines the co-ordination of deep postural and stability muscles combined with
breathing, arm and leg movements, postural correction and flexibility. With regular practice, Pilates
positively changes the body. Pilates is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Scientific research
provides evidence of its effectiveness on reducing pain, improving physical function, movement and
The APPI institution is a world-leading provider of Clinical Pilates Education. They run a highly
accredited programme that is recognised all over the world for its scientific research base and high
quality instruction. We combine our Osteopathic clinical background and training with the Clinical
Pilates background, so you know you are in well-qualified safe hands.
During the development of Clinical Pilates, the founders discovered that benefits of Classical Pilates
exercises were not being optimised due to the high level of strength, control and body awareness
initially being asked of clients. They found that if the movements were broken down and led via a
step-by-step approach, with different levels and modifications, it could reduce the demands of the
spine. This allows the session to be tailored to the spinal health of each individual and to allow a
client to be trained correctly from an injured state to a fully fit, functional and efficient state.
Anyone and everyone! We encourage clients to embrace Clinical Pilates from any fitness level.
These sessions can be helpful for;
- Acute or chronic spinal problems – including disc herniations, arthritis and scoliosis
- Preventative spinal health
- Conditioning for particular sporting activities
- Pre and post-natal – for mother’s to be and anyone more than 6 weeks post-natal
- Balance and agility for the older generation
An initial assessment is recommended before starting any online or face-face classes to ensure you
have the knowledge of the basic Pilates principles and movements, to ensure we can tailor the
classes safely to you. The osteopath will look at your posture, joint range of movement, functional
activities such as squats, lunges and balance. Then you will go through the 5 basic principles of
Pilates and how to apply them to Pilates exercises.
- Online group classes: Currently group classes are only online, but these are led with very
specific instructions. Many adjustments and alternatives are also given to help tailor the
session to the individual.
- Face-to-face group classes: Due to the current pandemic, these are postponed for the time
- Face-to-face 1-1 or 2-1 classes: These are especially useful for those recovering from injury,
following on from Osteopathy treatment or just to have that close supervision. More details
are provided upon enquiry.
- Pre and post-natal: These can be done as a personally organised small online class or 1-1 face-face. You can join these
regardless of if you have any exercise experience. More details are provided in the
Pregnancy section below.
Mondays 9:30am-10:30am Beginner
Online classes are held via Zoom.
1-1 Classes are held in my Osteopathy Location at The Cathcart Clinic
Additionally, small group classes or 1-1 classes can be organised online via zoom.
Online classes: £22 for a 5 class pack, or £42 for a 10 class pack.
1-1 Face-face classes: £45
1-1 Online classes: £35
To book, please email or call 07900 893768
Our classes are designed to prepare your body for the challenges of pregnancy and a smooth
delivery. All mothers are encouraged to attend a pre-assessment and we recommend you wait until
the second trimester or six weeks post-partum before participation, unless advised by a health
Pilates during pregnancy is a great way to enhance your posture, build strength, maintain your well-
being and ensure you are in the best condition to welcome your precious new arrival.
Post-natal classes are designed to assist your recovery and return to exercise in a fun, social and
supportive environment. The classes focus on pelvic stability, tummy muscle recovery and pelvic
floor muscle strengthening. Babies are welcome to join until crawling age.
Exercise pre and post pregnancy requires some adaptation to position, load, control and time. We
have undergone specific training to be educated on what is required for you to achieve your
maximum in a safe and effective way.
Currently I am only providing 1-1 face-face classes or an online class, where you can group together with a few of your pregnancy friends.