What is Pilates and what are the benefits?

“There’s more to Pilates than developing “strong abs” or “core strength” (NHS Choices website). Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s and incorporates elements of yoga, martial arts and Western forms of exercise”.

I am a Certified STOTT Mat work and Zen- Ga Instructor. Please see details below of these methods of Pilates training. I give private lessons one to one in my own small studio. Here you will find I have a very mindful approach to exercise, posture and wellbeing.


STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the acclaimed STOTT Pilates method of exercise and line of equipment. The refined method resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation , making it one of the safest and most effective methods available. STOTT PILATES is recognized as The Professional’s Choice by studios, fitness facilities, fitness professionals and the consumer market worldwide


These are held on a Monday morning during term times at the United Church, Chapel Road, Brightlingsea, CO7 0HB.  Advance booking is essential.

10am Intermediate Mat Work

11.15am. Beginners / Essential Mat Work

All equipment and mats are provided.

One to One

Private lessons are available in my studio. Please ring 07711133567 for details of both classes and private lessons.



ZEN•GA™ is a synergistic blend of mind-body modalities, supported by exercise science and the newest findings in fascial fitness. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes a pathway to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles bring awareness of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on the neuromuscular system affords the benefits of improved strength, enhanced elasticity and creates a more youthful, resilient and fluid body.”


Photography © Merrithew Corporation.

STOTT Pilates matwork classes


Photography © Merrithew Corporation.

Pink Ribbon Program

This is a Pilates based exercise program for those who have had surgery for breast cancer. It has been developed as a “recovery program by a survivor for survivors to help regain mobility and improve quality of life” post surgical treatment.

I am certified to deliver this program of exercise.