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Pilates mat classes may seem very gentle initially. This is because the technique will not bring you its full benefits unless you re-educate your body. You start by thinking about where your muscles are and getting control over them so they function in the correct way. This is slow, concentrated work. This does not mean your are not working, or not working hard enough. It is providing your body with a different kind of workout. Pilates does get more cardiovascular as you get stronger and better at the technique.
We provide mats and any small equipment that you may need but some people choose to bring their own mat with them. Please bring a plastic bottle of water to drink.
Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive exercise clothing that allows your body to move freely. Socks should be worn during class for hygiene reasons.
We run a courtesy ‘class swap’ system for our termly-booked classes, which means that if you are ill, kept at work, or on holiday and miss one of your classes, you can swap your class to a class on a different day or time of a similar level.
Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information
Your place in your class is provisionally retained until you let us know you no longer want to keep it. Payment is taken at the end of the previous course to guarantee the place.
Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method can be adapted, modified and customised for individual needs. It's more about fitness condition than age.
You will need to consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise programme. Pilates is a suitable exercise method during pregnancy. Many of our clients have benefited from Pilates sessions before, during and after pregnancy. They have found that the method has helped them to strengthen and tone the postural muscles, carry the foetus, deliver the baby and get back into shape after birth. We do not currently run specific pregnancy or post natal Pilates classes but if you have already been attending classes with us then we are happy to discuss you continuing in your class. Each pregnancy is different and we will offer alternatives for many exercises to make them more suitable for you.
There is no pre-requisite on your fitness level. You can begin Pilates classes anytime, at any fitness level.
With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to:
- 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
- Develop efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury
- Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy
- Restore postural alignment
- Create a stronger, more flexible spine
- Promote recovery from strain or injury
- Increase joint range of motion
- Improve circulation
- Heighten neuromuscular coordination
- Offer relief from back pain and joint stress
- 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
Classes - at Bodyworks Pilates Studio
Bodyworks Pilates and Yoga Studio offers small group classes ensuring clients are given individual advice and hands on attention throughout the session. Group classes are limited to 10. All clients are asked to fill out a screening form before commencing a session so that classes can be tailored to suit the needs of those attending.
Julie is an exceptional teacher. Her depth of knowledge enables Julie to meet people’s idiosyncratic needs. Pilates with Julie makes a real difference to us!
John and Angela Seddon
Julie's enthusiasm and commitment to Pilates instruction is inspiring. Through the work I do with her in mat-based classes and one-to-one sessions, I have learnt huge amounts about my own body and how to keep it healthy. She knows exactly what level to take me to and I always feels that I have achieved something. She is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the qualities she brings to a session make Pilates a joy to do. Classes have become an essential part of my life. She accepts all the difficulties people present with calm confidence, altering exercises for individuals as appropriate. Sessions are varied and fun often using a variety of small equipment. Over a three year period I had both my hips replaced and her preparation and rehab exercises made it possible for me to have a smooth and speedy recovery. No one is left to struggle and most importantly I feel safe in her hands.
As an Osteopath, I frequently see patients who have been in pain and recovered and would benefit from high quality Pilates instruction with an instructor who understands how to tailor their exercises to their needs. Julie is a thorough and knowledgeable Pilates instructor, who goes above and beyond industry requirements in training and continuous education to provide the very best for her participants. I would recommend anyone thinking of trying Pilates to contact Julie to see how she may be able to help them.
Susie Burgess - Osteopath
A Pilates class or workshop with Julie is never dull and is always effective. Julie delivers a packed session of education, movement, posture, body therapy and lots of fun using her natural gift as a teacher to small groups where she is able to give individual and personalised support within the group.
There's never a feeling of "one size fits all" in Julie's group classes. Not only does Julie quickly learn and remember everyone's name she knows all our individual bodies to the tiniest detail, what we need to work on, how we might cheat(!), when we could push ourselves a little harder but also when we need to adapt or just be kind to ourselves. And if that isn't enough it's always worth coming to class for Julie's extraordinary imagery: dipping toes into puddles, wearing tiaras, manoeuvring arms into and out of tight sleeping bags (??)........ I could go on!!......but they're fun and they work!! Bottom line: I always feel better going out than coming into class. I have been attending Julie's classes for the last 5 years!
I went to Julie for help after struggling with back issues for years. After some one to one sessions Julie gave me some great exercises to get back on track and soon gave me the confidence to join her classes. With her care, patience and expertise I feel like a different person. Every class brings a new challenge for me and there are always plenty of laughs to help us along! Pilates with Julie is now part of my way of life - together with the addition of the occasional Body Rolling class - brilliant!
I’ve always enjoyed Pilates and had numerous teachers over the year. Julie, however, is by far the best. Her passion is infectious and her desire to understand how the body works impressive. My respect for her abilities and knowledge has grown tenfold in the past 8 weeks. I started suffering with severe back and leg pain around February. Following an MRI and diagnosis of a slipped disc I was signed off work and unable to move, much less exercise. Julie encouraged me to come for some sessions and gave me some simple exercises after assessing me. I followed them and was able to join the gentle class after three weeks. I’m now back in my regular class where Julie successfully adapts every exercise for every client in her class. I have no idea how she remembers everybody's individual needs but she does. She is an absolute professional and always striving to learn more and more. I would highly recommend Julie to anyone who wants to improve their posture and strengthen their core.
…just wanted to say a huge thanks for the functional Feet workshop. I loved it, found it so informative and so much of it very relevant for me at the moment. Your advice has made me so much more aware of things now, lots of work to be done.
Free the head, neck and shoulder workshop – …I really enjoyed the Workshop. The whole afternoon was interesting and the exercises were very helpful. I felt much less tense afterwards. It was interesting to discover just how much tension I carry and where! I am planning to make a big effort to practise. The exercises and the illustrations of muscles were interesting and seeing the 'pictures' helped to relate the practical to the body and understand how it all works(or not!). Thank you. Looking forward to more workshops in the future.
Thank you so much for a very interesting and enlightening workshop yesterday. I don’t really know how you could improve on such a well thought out, action packed 2 hours! My feet have never worked so hard!...
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