Canicross - running with dogs - is my passion but in the spring, injuries acquired through bad form and general wonkiness meant I doubted I'd ever run again, let alone race. My physio recommended Pilates and I found Andy. A runner himself, he understands both the physiology and psychology of running and immediately restored my hope. A few 1-1s followed by regular classes and some home practice and the dogs and me are back on the trails. Not just running: we achieved a PB in a recent race (with no pain afterwards). Andy's Pilates teaching is ace! Sarah Layzell, Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
'I started Pilates once a week a year ago. I can't believe the difference it has made to my core stability and strength and it has given me the confidence to return to riding lessons after a 35 year break! If you fancy yourself as an action person - competitive sports, speed on snow,water and across fields, Pilates initially comes as a bit of a shock. At my first beginner class it appeared everyone wasn't doing much & it all looked very easy until Caroline our instructor corrected my right foot position by 10 degrees releasing a lifetime of incorrect posture and unhelfpul, incorrect exercise positions. I was quickly jolted out of my complacency and realized there was a good deal more to Pilates than meets the eye - and one has to work at it. My goal is to ride in a hunt next winter - so I have to practise my Pilates every day! AC
'Pilates Reformer is unlike any other exercise I have ever done. Since I started attening your Reformer classes I have acheived greater core strength and flexibility than I thought possible. The exercises, whilst subtle, are challenging and I always leave a class feeling I have benefitted from the excellent tuition. It is now ingrained in me to drop my chest, release my shoulders and above all, remember to breathe! I've really enjoyed my Reformer sessions and shall miss attending. Thank you Christine for being such an excellent Pilates teacher.' Sam Meyer
"Dear Christine, Thanks for being such a wonderful Pilates teacher and for trying to get this body of mine in some sort of order! I was persudaed by the lovely Maggie Ducker to change from my last teacher to you and she was very wise." Barbara McDonald "P.S. If you ever decide to move down my way please do let me know!!!"
"Whilst excited about moving to a new area, one of the things I'll miss most is the New Body Barn and my Pilates classes. Over the past 4 years I have discovered the importance of core strength and flexibility along with improved body tone with all the gain but none of the pain. The instructors and facilities are exceptional ans it's going to be hard to replicate. I'd thoroughly recommend anyone at any age should enjoy the benefits of Pilates." Tracey Rose
"I really enjoyed class today. Thank you for remembering about my back - I don't know how you remember everyone's individual issues! You are amazing. Having the large cushion under my tummy really helped." Marilyn Longden
"I'm so glad I rejoined your classes - I didn't realize how much I'd missed it. The movements we are doing are exercising my injured shoulder well too and I've almost got full range of movement back which is great." Jo Cooke
“My only regret is not having discovered Pilates earlier. Having just finished a 125 mile canoe race, I can say without doubt that I have benefitted significantly from Pilates with Christine. Using the equipment studio has developed my core strength, balance and flexibility noticeably from the start. This has had a really positive impact on my paddling. Needless to say it has also made many other aspects of life easier from working in the garden to driving long distance. I expect to be doing Pilates for a long time.” Paul, marathon paddler and coach Devizes Canoe Club.
"Just a little note to say I am really enjoying my Pilates - thank you! You are such a lovely teacher so I am feeling very lucky that I managed to get into your class." J.G
"Pilates is enormous fun, deeply satisfying and produces astonishing results for many people, me included. I have been incredibly lucky to find someone as well qualified and helpful as Christine. Thanks to her one-to-one teaching, my core strength has improved dramatically and, now in my early 50s, I am more supple and stronger than I have been for decades." V.L.
"My physiotherapist suggested that I see Pilates instructor Christine after several visits to free my seized lower back muscles. He said I needed re-education in posture and recommended Core Control Pilates. He was right! Thanks to both him and Christine for sorting me out - no more back ache in the lumbar region. Christine's tuition is very clear with great attention to detail and I now know what exercises will help keep my back more mobile." D. West.
"My neck had ached for years and I just blamed my job. Christine's meticulous and thorough observations led her to change my driving seat position and rear view mirror position which made me sit properly in my car. She taught me other exercises too and within a very short time the years of neck-ache had disappeared. She is experienced, attentive, thoroughly knowledgeable and extremely professional. I would strongly recommend her." P.F.
"I have enjoyed doing the exercises Christine has given me to strengthen my knees following gun shot wounds some years ago. Christine has always been very gentle, helpful & very well informed. My wife & I have been full of praise for Pilates & all that Christine has done for both of us." P. Pitman.
"I have found Christine's Pilates classes invaluable in controlling stiffness & relieving pain in my back & hips." B.E.
"After a few weeks, a headache which had lasted intermittently for 25 years has largely gone & I feel much more mobile." D.B.
"I have found Christine's Pilates very helpful in keeping me supple, & there has been a marked difference in the general feeling of strength in my body. The classes are well thought out, & she is particularly aware of anybody who has any aches & pains, thus making the sessions safe & effective for all levels." M.B.
"Thank you for making it so enjoyable, & being so compassionate towards me with my problem neck & knee." A.B.
"Many thanks. Lovely class." J.L.