JS Pilates 0113 no windows webWhat is Matwork Pilates?


That’s about it, all the spinal planes of movement, in a sequence of exercises designed to bring the body into alignment, release the tight areas, and then increase strength and flexibility.  Always with each client’s functional movement goals in mind, and always leaving you walking taller with improved posture.


“A few well designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence are worth hours of doing sloppy exercise or forced contortion”.  Joseph Pilates

Autumn Term Oct 1st - Nov 7th 2018

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1pm - 2pm 


37 St. Stephen Street



2.05pm -3.05pm

1:1 Class

5.55pm - 6.55pm


 37 St. Stephen Street


7pm  - 8pm


37 St.Stephen Street




1:1 Classes

37 St Stephen Street



12.30pm - 1.30pm


St Margarets House



6pm - 7pm


St Margarets House





6 - 7pm


Columcille Centre          

7 - 8pm


Columcille Centre        

8.05 - 9.05pm


Columcille Centre



Which class should I choose?

Please note that these classes are not suitable if you are a new client who is pregnant, or if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis/osteopenia.  But specialist classes for these are in the pipeline so watch this space!


Basic exercises to introduce you to the foundations underlying Pilates -  Alignment, Breathing and Core Stability.  You’ll learn to connect with your body, and improve your balance and posture. Joints are gently mobilised, tight muscles released, and you’ll gain the awareness to engage your muscles in a deep and precise way.  Suitable for those with no previous experience.


Now you have the basics under your belt, we work on improving your strength, stability, flexibility and co-ordination, and start to introduce some of the intermediate exercises. Suitable for those who have done at least a 6 week block previously.


We pick up the pace and develop your Pilates’ skills with new exercises designed to challenge your co-ordination and increase your stability. A balanced and full body workout using small equipment such as bands, balls and rollers, which sometimes help you, sometimes make things tougher.


The flowing movement that makes Pilates such a joy comes to the fore, increasing your endurance and building strength and flexibility.  As we introduce some of the advanced exercises from Joseph Pilates’ original classic mat you’ll also find your mind challenged by the more complex choreographed sequences.  Lots of fun with the small equipment too! 



It All Begins With The Feet

Saturday 6th October 2018, 11am - 1pm

St. Margarets House, £20

Our feet work so hard for us on a daily basis, but they can be one of the most neglected areas of our bodies, barely even given a second thought; that is until pain occurs. What is your relationship with your feet? Do you even like them, look at them, let alone give them the attention and credit that they deserve? Or do you just quickly stuff them into socks and shoes and go on your way?

Your feet are an incredible feat (no pun intended!) of engineering; complex, delicate and strong. Not only do they have the ability for great flexibility, but they can give your body so much sensory feedback about your environment and relationship to the earth, which impacts on how you move. But if you spend most of your time in rigid shoes walking on flat, hard man made surfaces you can never allow your feet to achieve their full potential.

But it obviously isn’t only about your feet – that is just where it all begins. Your whole body can’t move freely and efficiently if your feet aren’t moving properly. Pain and dysfunction in the knees, hips, pelvis, spine, shoulders or neck may well originate in dysfunction or lack of mobility at foot level.

In this workshop there will be lots of gentle releasing, stretching, mobilising and strengthening of the feet. Then we will explore how our foot position when standing affects the alignment of the whole body, and how this impacts on our movement potential, and most importantly on walking. Which leads us to the role of the hips and glutes, so they will getting attention too. You can expect to leave having had a full body workout and given your feet some much needed TLC, and with a programme to follow to slowly and safely build up to more barefoot time. The rest of your body will be grateful too! Suitable for all levels of ability.

Did the Flintstones Need Pilates?

Date tbc

Fresh. Whole. Varied.  All words you might associate with a healthy food diet, but they also apply to healthy movement.  So if your daily movement diet involved walking, running, squatting, climbing, swimming, carrying loads, swinging, fighting, always facing the unpredictable and centred around finding your next meal, Pilates was probably not so essential! Although I’m sure Fred would have loved a Spine Curl…

To achieve and maintain your full movement potential, what you do outside your weekly Pilates class  - your daily habits - are fundamental.  For example, sitting on the ground in different positions, a natural human thing to do, may have become uncomfortable and difficult if it is no longer one of your habits.  This is where Pilates can help.

This 2 hour workshop will explore exercises that enable you to gain the stability, control, strength, awareness and flexibility to move more fully, in lots of different, and new ways.  We will release and stretch areas of tension that might be inhibiting full range of movement.  Alongside some Pilates favourites, expect the unexpected as we put our Pilates to functional practice with movements that are fun, sometimes challenging and very different to your usual class. (Making flints not compulsory!)  This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Extend and Strengthen Workshop

Date tbc

My last workshop focused on rotational movement, so now it is time to explore extension, in the spine and the hips.  Arguably the most important movement we all need to include these days, to counteract the effect of our lifestyles - smartphone or tablet addiction anyone?

The spine and the hips are two areas of the body where extension of the joints can become limited due to tension and tightness in the muscles, often caused by too much time spent sitting, slumped, with the head poking forward, and when we do then stand, it is hard to completely leave this posture behind.  The muscle imbalances this promotes can include tight and shortened muscles in the chest, shoulders and hips, and weakened muscles in the upper back, neck and glutes.

So we will start the 2 hour workshop with lots of stretching, releasing and opening of these tight areas, and then we will explore the Pilates exercises that focus on extending and lengthening, from beginners through to the more demanding movements of the Classical Mat, with preps and modifications as needed.

Once we have found more release in the front of the body we will work on strengthening the muscles of the back, to help support an upright posture.  Finally we will finish with some well earned guided relaxation.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.  Expect to leave feeling inches taller!


ABC of Pilates-Beginners Workshop

Date tbc

This workshop is a great introduction to Pilates, ideal if you want the opportunity to try it out before booking onto a block or if you are still quite new to Pilates and want the time to go over the basics thoroughly.  We will look at the fundamental principles underlying the method - Alignment, Breathing, Concentration, Centring, Co-ordination, Stamina, Flowing Movements and Relaxation and explain why these are all important and are the building blocks underlying every exercise.  You'll discover what and where your 'Core' is and why it needs to provide you with stability and strength, as well as learn about the many benefits Pilates can bring. The 2 hours will gently ease you back into movement after the Christmas break and maybe even kickstart New Years resolutions!

Advanced Classical Mat Workshop

Date tbc

The Advanced Classical Mat is based on the original matwork sequence devised by Joseph Pilates.  It is viewed by many in the Pilates world as the essence of the Pilates Method.  It consists of a dynamic and flowing sequence of over 40 exercises, linked by transitional movements, with the rhythm of the breath integral to the movement and pace.

Release and Align Workshop

Date tbc

This 2 hour workshop will explain what good alignment is, look at how you can assess and check it in your own body, and learn how to recognise when you are in (and out!) of it.  We will look at some of the exercises we frequently do in Pilates, and see how these movements are also excellent tools to help you find good alignment and set yourself up in the correct starting position for other exercises (particularly useful if you practise at home). Then we will work on releases and gentle stretches for areas of commonly held tension in the body, that may be keeping you out of good alignment, such as in the neck, shoulders, back, hip flexors, hamstrings, calves and feet.  The workshop is suitable for everyone, whether you have done one Pilates class or 1000!

JS Pilates 0206 webWhat do I need to bring?

Mats and all other equipment are provided.

Wear clothes that you can move comfortably in, and that allow me to see your movement and alignment.  No trainers required, but please do wear socks.