Since qualifying as a fitness instructor in 2003, I have been passionate in educating and passing on the benefits of the gentle and subtle movements of Pilates that are so effective in producing profound long term and sometimes life changing results.
Having built up a following of local clients, I now run several group sessions and offer a one to one personal training service if required.
Suitable for all ages and abilities, Pilates (pronounced Pi-lah-tees) is a system of body conditioning designed to strengthen and lengthen muscles with emphasis on reducing incidence of back pain and injury. It is an ideal anti-ageing exercise, because it tones and strengthens the muscles without the impact on joints. It improves posture and strengthens the parts of the body that age attacks, including the stomach muscles, inner thighs and upper arms. Many forms of exercise create tightening of certain muscles while overstretching others. Pilates is a method that aims to create a balance in the body, designed to cater for the needs of the individual.
Because Pilates helps to increase flexibility and strengthen the muscles that support bones, chiropractors, osteopaths, back specialists and physiotherapists now recommend Pilates to people who have a recent or persistent injury. Pilates can improve physical strength and fitness in a variety of ways.
Some Pilates programs promise dramatic weight loss or overnight transformations. That's not what pure Pilates is about. However, with dedicated regular and correct practice it can:
Improve strength, flexibility and balance.
Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk.
Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core.
Engage the mind and enhance body awareness.
Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury.
Reduce stress, relieve tension & boost energy through deep stretching.
Restore postural alignment.
Create a stronger, more flexible spine.
Promote recovery from strain or injury.
Increase range of motion of the joints.
Heighten neuromuscular coordination.
Offer relief from back pain and joint stress caused by conditions such as Arthritis and Fybromyalgia
Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury.
Enhance mobility, agility and stamina.
Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity.
Improve the way your body looks and feels.
Pilates is particularly good for pregnant and post natal women as it can help improve pelvic floor muscles and posture, reducing the risk of injury and pain.
Pilates is one of the safest workouts available, as many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low-impact and partially weight bearing.
No other exercise system provides such a great workout while being so gentle to the body. In fact the Pilates Method is nowadays being integrated into rehabilitation exercise and into physical therapy programs designed to speed recovery of soft tissue injuries.
I started Pilates because of recurrent back issues. Problems started after the birth of my first child, but became exacerbated by the birth of my second, three years ago. Jo is such a good instructor. There is no pressure and you are encouraged at all times to listen to your body, which is something I think we lose track of in our busy lives. I find myself using techniques I have learned on a daily basis and I am so much stronger in my core. I attend a chiropractor twice yearly for maintenance of my sciatica and back issues. Since attending Jo’s classes, my chiropractor is mighty impressed! My back muscle tone is visibly more defined, and I have much less ‘work’ that needs to be done at each appointment, as my core is stronger and supporting me better. I am very rarely in serious pain with my back now!
Jo’s classes are also attended by a diverse group of people. Men and women, all ages. We have great fun and often descend into the giggles. I enjoy challenging myself to do better and learn more about strengthening my body. The joy of Pilates is no competition, you are there for yourself and in our busy lives we do very little purely for self. Can’t recommend an hour at a class highly enough to lift your spirits! More...
Pilates with Joanna is all you need to keep your joints supple and improve your fitness. She is an excellent experienced tutor and her classes are always fun.
Good for all abilities, age or gender, mixed with a little bit of fun.