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What is Pilates?

Pilates is the fastest growing exercise in the world, in fact, it has been around for over 80 years. Its founder Joseph Hubertus Pilates was determined to overcome his health problems, he had rickets, asthma, rheumatic fever. He studied and developed an exercise programme that assisted in restoring him to optimal health.

The 34 mat exercises were popular with dancers, gymnasts and athletes who realised the benefits of his programme of mental and physical conditioning which gave them strength, flexibility and all the important links between mind and body.

Today Pilates has become very popular with the general public of all ages and levels of fitness. The adapted and modified versions of the exercises are also used widely by personal trainers, physiotherapists and osteopaths. They will often advise their patients to try Pilates to improve their core musculature and therefore help their clients to manage the issue, preventing their pain from getting any worse.


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  • positive review  Valerie is a wonderful Pilates teacher. I have two sessions a week, one to one with Valerie and I always come away from her sessions feeling strong yet relaxed. Valerie pays attention to any problematic areas with care and nothing fazes her. Valerie has a soft and soothing voice which instantly calms and puts you at ease the moment you enter the room. I couldn’t recommend Pilates with Valerie more. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    Sammi Myers PT Avatar Sammi Myers PT
    December 20, 2019

    positive review  I can definitely recommend Valerie she helped me as l had never done Pilates and her class was very good as I have osteoarthritis and this has really helped with my pain thank you Valerie.

    Sheila Fox Avatar Sheila Fox
    March 11, 2020

    positive review  Valerie’s classes are not only challenging but highly enjoyable. She is very thoughtful and attentive and offers different options with each exercise for varying levels. A wonderful teacher. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Anne-Marie Miller Avatar Anne-Marie Miller
    November 22, 2018

    positive review  Great class! Valerie is a really good teacher and my core is slowly improving.

    Radha Dudhia Avatar Radha Dudhia
    May 7, 2019
  • positive review  Great teacher, been going weekly for just over a month and really noticed the improvement in my posture and core - even if I ache the next day!!

    Jan Savill Avatar Jan Savill
    November 15, 2019

    positive review  I would highly recommend Valerie’s Pilates. The classes are tough but really enjoyable with a great atmosphere! Valerie is so friendly and approachable and even though I ache afterwards it is completely worth it 😊

    Johnny Pearl Avatar Johnny Pearl
    November 17, 2019

    positive review  Off to Pilates on this beautiful morning.

    Monica Clifford Avatar Monica Clifford
    May 22, 2019

    positive review  Valerie makes sessions so enjoyable and tailors exercises to suit individual needs. I can’t recommend her highly enough!

    Siân Kite Avatar Siân Kite
    August 20, 2018
  • positive review  Excellent teacher! , love the way I feel after her classes! Highly recommend

    Meeta Bhatti Avatar Meeta Bhatti
    March 15, 2019

    positive review  Love the class. Always feel so stretched and even though it feels so gentle The Abs really feel worked the next day. Keep up the good work Valerie

    Ruth Fish Avatar Ruth Fish
    February 3, 2020

    positive review  Fabulous facial and massage by Valerie.

    Bella Segal Avatar Bella Segal
    May 13, 2019

    positive review  I have been doing Pilates with Valerie for quite some time now, it has really improved my core strength and mobility in my neck and shoulders, which is why I attended Pilates in the beginning. Valerie is a great teacher who is very patient and has gone above and beyond in these uncertain times to keep our classes going online. Would definitely recommend her.

    Sharon Floyd Avatar Sharon Floyd
    April 23, 2020
  • positive review  She makes you work muscles you didn't know you had! Good fun and hard work too. I would recommend her!!

    Joy Landau Avatar Joy Landau
    January 8, 2020

    positive review  Valerie gave me a wonderful neck and shoulder massage. I would highly recommend her. Very professional. Will definitely return for further treatments. Thank you Valerie

    Tracy Best Avatar Tracy Best
    November 21, 2019

    positive review  I went to see Valerie as I was having neck problems. She was fantastic. Really helped me and tailored the exercises specifically to me. Definitely recommend.

    Lorraine Reid Avatar Lorraine Reid
    May 2, 2019

    positive review  I have been doing Pilates with Valerie for a few months now and am really enjoying it. I have had a bad back for years and now that I'm doing pilates I am doing movements I didn't think I could. I also had a massage with Valerie this week having had a bad neck and headache for days. She was fantastic. It was so relaxing and Valerie got rid of all my knots and tension. Highly recommended!

    Emma Davis Cohen Avatar Emma Davis Cohen
    December 19, 2019
  • positive review  Thank you for a fab online pilates session Valerie. It was a great way to start the weekend after a tough working week, especially in this current situation we're all in. Your pilates sessions are a much needed tonic!

    Ruth Vered Avatar Ruth Vered
    May 3, 2020

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