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2 great new offers for new and existing clients

Enjoy both offers, 1 per client.

  • 3 x 1:1 Private Training sessions for £120 (to be used within 2 weeks)
    • All eyes on you! Private training is a complete personalised individual session based on what we see your body needs, what your issues are and what your goals are.We have the tools and the toolbox, let us help you improve the mobility in your back, help with hip, knee and shoulder issues, have time to work on finessing your transitions and orders in the Matwork or Reformer,  improve pelvic floor weakness, abdominal separation. Whatever your goal, or if you just want to move, we can help!

      Personal Training at The Pilates Pod
      Personal Training at The Pilates Pod
  • 3 weeks of unlimited Studio Fundamentals Classes* for just £60
    • That’s only £6 per class if you came 3 times a week! Books yours now, 3 weeks starts from 1st session. From 20th September new class time slots of Wednesday 8pm with Ellen, Thursdays 10.30am with Michelle, Saturdays 12.15pm with Michelle, Nikki and Stacey
      2.3 weeks of unlimited Studio Fundamentals Classes* for just £60
      3 weeks of unlimited Studio Fundamentals Classes* for just £60

      About the class….

      Pilates is meant to work around the room on apparatus and matwork together. Joe Pilates would work with clients with 5 private sessions, then everyone would move into “open studio” sessions where you practiced 4 times a week on all the apparatus yourself with just some guidance until you earned a new exercise to your repertoire, and Matwork was given as homework for you to practice inbetween the studio sessions.

      We don’t leave you quite like that! But being more independent is key to learning and change – we aren’t there at home! Fundamental sessions have just 4 people for a shared private training feel to learn with careful guidance, support and challenge whilst experiencing independence.

      We recommend Fundamentals classes for everyone for min 5-10 sessions. Learn the orders of Matwork and Reformer, work on fine tuning your needs on roll back bars, breathing bridge, arm springs, small weights and wall endings.

      NB: *Healthy bodies only in group classes. Any back, joint or medically diagnosed issues of new clients should be doing Private Training.

Pilates Pod Team Updates


  • Michelle has been back a long time from maternity leave, come and see her if you haven’t yet. She is now available for longer on Thursdays and Tuesdays too.
  • The Saturday team is now shaping up beautifully with Stacey, Michelle and Nikki. Stacey and Nikki are regular cover teachers over the last several years and now delighted to have them as essential team members. All are apparatus trained.
  • Rufina has gone off on maternity leave. Orli is doing the same in the next couple of weeks. So our new member of the admin team is Kelly. You can see her soon and she is looking forward to meeting you all Monday-Saturday.
  • And of course our pocket-rocket Ellen is still with us, and knocking it out of the park with her wonderfully energising classes and personal training sessions.

Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates at the Pod

Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates at The Pilates Pod
Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates at The Pilates Pod

Did you know we are the only Pilates studio in the area that offers a full circle of care?

Here’s why…

  • We are specialists in Pre and Post natal Pilates, as well as further specialist training in healing for diastasis recti/abdominal separation, caesarean section and pelvic floor issues and prolapse. Don’t suffer alone, book in for private training and we can help you.
  • Are you pregnant? Attend Saturdays 11:00am with the other mums-to-be and work together with your suitable modifications.
  • Unlike anywhere else, continue to use any unused credits after baby is born to attend our post natal class on Mondays 10:30am (within 10 weeks of your baby’s birth)
  • 5 week post natal Matwork Pilates courses (babies are welcome!) is a must do early on after baby is born to get your inside body strong before too much car seat carrying, buggy pushing and baby lifting takes the strain on you weakened body. Forget the running, aerobics and stomach sit ups, get to essential Pilates. Book in early from 6 week post natal midwife check.

Don’t wait too long! YOU ARE IMPORTANT. Most ladies are no longer offered a postnatal check. We recommend getting one privately with a Womens’ health physio if not and getting to our studio for professional help for the recovery for at least 10 sessions then move into regular classes. Postnatal mums can also attend Studio Fundamentals after one course of Post Natal matwork.

Find out more, call 01462 338002 or email the studio

New classes and changes to the timetable from September 2017

Start Pilates Today!
Start Pilates Today!

There are a number of changes to our timetabling that will take effect from September.


Friday lunchtime slot 12:15  -1:00 pm and alternate Mondays 6.15-7pm with Michelle.

You can also find some extra classes on Wednesday 30th August 6:00 – 6:45pm.

This popular class uses the classical piece of apparatus the Small Barrel (and the soon to arrive Spine Correctors) to open your chest and hips, restore the curves of your spine, decompress you and challenge your powerhouse and stability.

A most wonderful essential class for everyone as the antidote to rounded posture, a day at the desk, driving or cycling. This class has a maximum of 6 people.

Studio Fundamentals

Wednesdays 8:00pm, Thursdays 10:30am, Saturdays 12:15pm.

Enjoy the semi-private feel in a group of just 4 people. Take advantage of the unlimited classes offer. Click here for more information about this exciting new class.

Max 4 people per class.

Mat Classes

From September all mat classes will now be multi-level.

That means whether you are relatively new or years of experienced, you can attend any of the mat class times and the level will be your own within the group, your workout, your body, you take ownership.

We work with the bodies we have on the day and tailor the class according, challenging and supporting you as we see necessary. More choices for you, more progress through the repertoire.

Max 10 people per class.

A fond farewell to our Beginners Intro to Pilates Courses…

…which means that you can start anytime! We’ve done away with the course approach, so now all new beginners can now take advantage of 2 intro packages; the 3 PT offer, AND the Unlimited Semi Studio Fundamentals classes. Start anytime and away you go with the essentials under a carefully trained watchful instructor eye!

Start Pilates with us now – email the studio today

Pelvic Floor Workshop: Sunday 10th September – 12:00noon – 12:55pm

Come along to our Pelvic Floor Workshop on Sunday 10th September 12:00 noon – 12.55pm. £16 or one class credit.

Click here to book your workshop now.

Book your workshop ow
Book your workshop now

A fantastic educational and interactive workshop for everyone to learn about their pelvis and the muscles that surround and attach to this area help you function with stability and control.

Hamstrings, pelvic floor, back, abdominals, obliques – they all play a part. Are yours working effectively? Excellent especially for anyone suffering with pain or weakness in these areas.

We will show you how to release, realign and then strengthen the pelvic area in order to make it more stable, and the show you how to move around a stable source.

Are we a nation of pill poppers?

“The one thing that is taking up GP’s time is those arriving with back pain.”doctors waiting room

That was the view in the Cambridge News recently, reporting on how we are a nation obsessed with the control of pain and the taking of pain relief. We’ve all done it- reached for the headache tablets when our head is pounding and thanked those little white pills for sweet relief when it’s gone. But what happens the next day and the day after that when the same headache comes back?

A recent study from The Lancet journal has revealed that paracetamol is no better for back pain than placebo. With 26 million people suffering from back pain in the UK, that’s a pretty big number of people reaching for the bathroom cabinet supplies and keeping the pharmaceutical company rich!

Of course there are people who’s lives and conditions rely on medication, we’re not talking about those here naturally. But have we become reliant on the “quick fix” of those little tablets to get us through back, neck or headache pain on a daily basis?

Deal with the cause and not the symptom

From a previous life coping with back pain from a car accident, I know too well of the joy  you feel from re-occurring visits to the osteopath where your back is temporarily “fixed” only for it to spring back again a few days or weeks later and rely on that fixing again. Or to manage the pain with Tens machine and medication that was offered to me with the NHS. Do you want to spend your life like that? I got fed up relying on someone or something to “fix” me and started looking for ways to manage myself and that’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

lightbulb moment

Sure, that’s dealing with the symptoms, but what is the cause?!

In my case the symptoms were back and neck pain, spinal stiffness from being locked up on impact and muscular spasms. But the cause (obviously we know the car accident was the culprit) was that my spine was no longer in alignment, my neck was too far forward, my mid back twisted and locked up, my lower back and pelvis had been trying to cope with this imbalances and caused pain.
After the initial physio help and no help from the Tens machine, I invested in Self Management Tools, better known as Pilates!

It’s really important to get your spine checked out. A good osteopath or chiropractor won’t just look at the symptom (tight hamstrings, sore shoulders etc) but look at the whole spine and realign your spine and pelvis into it’s optimal position, allowing your muscles and joints around it to then work freely and without restrictions. But without some sort of “management tools” to help keep your spine and pelvis aligned, this trip back to the docs or osteoapth  can be a frequent (and expensive) reoccuring one!

For me, once a week doing Matwork lead to 3-4 times a week on both Mat and Reformer and guess what…

magic wand Hey presto, the magic happened!

I was moving my body again in all directions; forward flexion, side bend, rotation twist and backwards extension and feeling supple. I got stronger in my centre and core, my glutes starting working and the pain disappeared. My body started to help itself!

At first I didn’t realise it, but after a couple of weeks I began to think “hang on a minute, my back hasn’t been hurting like it usually does!” and then I realised what I’d been doing differently- Pilates!

But it’s not really magic is it, it’s just a bit of common sense.  Pilates isn’t a magic pill but it’s sensible, controlled movement. Pilates is exercise, exercise is movement, movement is what makes us feel better!

Move often, with control, stability and mobility. Stretch, strengthen, feel better!

And you can look forward to chucking those pills in the bin!

For more info on how Pilates can help you, see

Managing back pain is like being a tight rope walker

When you think of balance, you imagine the tightrope walker desperately trying not to fall off the rope, leaning one way and the other to achieve a good centre of gravity, alignment and control to be able to walk in a straight line unaided, unaltered and with ease.

Tightrope walker
Life’s about balance, your body is the same!

Your body needs this same ‘balance’ to perform daily tasks with the same ease but we’re not talking about whether you can stand on one leg kinda balance!

Whatever the reason of this imbalance, the cause nearly always ends up the same- imbalance of muscles. As a result of your actions, your muscles may end up either too tight (pulling on the body in one direction) or too weak (allowing a lack of support the other way) and wherever the affected area, there is always a knock on effect through the rest of the body. After all we are like a jigaw puzzle, all pieces of the body connecting together with muscle, ligament, fascia, tissue and skin. You can’t finish the jigsaw without all the pieces, they work together for the overall bigger picture.
What you feel today as a pain in the knee, may later be a pain in the back but you don’t know it, don’t appreciate it and don’t do anything about it until the Doc is telling you to improve your “core” or the physio is sticking their elbow in your butt to release tight muscles.
So if you’re reading this thinking “well I don’t have back pain” GREAT, we want to keep it that way!

Of course if the tight rope walker fell off the rope, he/she’d probably end up hurting herself, just the same as if we fell of a horse, it’d hurt right? We’d know why our back hurt, why we got bruises and the cause would be obvious.BUT for most of us we don’t necessarily put two and two together. As far as we’re concerned, we wake up one day and our back hurts, or we were putting our pants on and that’s it “pop.”

In most circumstances, it’s very unlikely that the very act of putting your pants on made your back go, I severely doubt you are wearing heavily armored pants with a huge weight-bearing effect on your body?!

But instead, the years of sitting at the desk staring at the screen has driven your head and beck forward and taken its toll on your neck and shoulders and lower back by compensation, or the 2 kids you’ve got gave you a lovely baby bump that pulled your pelvis forward and down causing excess strain on your back and the weakened deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles have never quite been the same or said hello again to help give your back support.

Even the professional football running up and down the pitch all day every day, fit as a fiddle heart and lungs wise, will be kicking the ball repetitively, twisting and turning and running into tackles, allowing for over developed exterior muscles (they look nice don’t they) but with imbalanced weaker inner muscles that give the body support.

So my charming readers, I’m not suggesting you rush out and join the circus and start brushing up on your balance act, but a little mind to what’s going on inside your body on a daily basis as a result of your normal daily tasks is worth the effort. We want strong, healthy bodies, not because for most of us we fancy ourselves as pin-up girls and Calvin Klein models, but because with a focus on inner “core” strengthening exercises, we can develop balance to our muscles an joints and therefore pick up our kids for a cuddle, do a spot of gardening or continue running, all without pain and aches.. or just be able to put our own knickers on… a basic human right surely?!

Large undies!
Pants on time

Until next time… 😉