“In 10 classes you’ll feel the difference, in 20 classes you’ll see the difference, and in 30 classes you’ll have a whole new body”
I work with clients of all levels of fitness, ranging in age from 11 to 80+. Pilates can help to alleviate a multitude of injuries and chronic complaints, and particularly effective for treating back pain
Pilates is ideal for relieving back problems in people working at a desk, or those whose jobs that require heavy lifting or repetitive movements, or those who are on their feet all day, or working in strange positions like hairdressers, beauty and massage therapists.
I have clients that are looking for an exercise to look after their bodies as they are very physically active and have common issues associated with their sport; running, cycling, tennis, golf, equestrian, dancing, gymnastics, boxing and weight training, Pilates is the perfect exercise for focusing on your problem areas and strengthening the muscles and joints often overused or underused.
Pilates can be a person’s only form of exercise, helping you to gain strength and mobility to carry out everyday tasks without putting stress on your joints and the rest of your body.
“Change happens through movement and movement heals”
Pilates requires total concentration and blocks out all other thoughts. As you breathe to enhance the effectiveness of the movements and focus on the feelings in your muscles, you will learn how your body works and what you need to do to keep yourself healthy physically both and mentally. Pilates helps you to make time for yourself.
Pilates movements start from your core, the centre of your body. Every Pilates exercise is controlled by the contraction of the deep abdominal muscles, these include your transversus abdominis and the pelvic floor muscles. In Pilates. you will strengthen these muscles. Within weeks of starting you will notice that your stomach is flatter.
Pilates movements should be executed with complete control, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Controlling the movements requires concentration while you are also focusing on good technique and body awareness. This lessens the risk of injury and assists in balancing weaker parts of the body by strengthening them.
Pilates will teach you lateral thoracic breathing, this is the way we breathe in Pilates and is very important. When doing Pilates exercises we engage the deep abdominals, making it important to focus the breathing into the rib areas, and exercises are coordinated with the breathing
Pilates teaches you correct neutral alignment, perfectly aligning your body before starting each exercise you can then focus on individual muscle groups and work them without putting a strain on other areas. Mastering the techniques within Pilates is the key to the quality execution of the movements
The fluidity of motion is something that really sets Pilates apart from other forms of exercise. There is no static, jerky, or fragmented movements. Seamless transitions thread the exercises together so that your body is constantly in motion and your muscles are constantly working, even in between the exercises.
Please read the exercise video disclaimer (more tab) before attempting this exercise alone
4-point Swimming is an exercise for strength of the core, lumbar spine and upper back and to improve co-ordination
Mobility is warming up the major joints and muscles to be used during a Pilates class.
The Roll Up is an exercise to articulate through the spine and strengthen the abdominals, keep your shoulders stabilised.
You’ll feel energised following this beginners’ 50-minute full-body workout. We’ll start with a warm-up followed by exercises working through each of the layers so that you can listen to your body and progress each exercise when you feel ready to do so, finishing with stretchesMore Details
You’ll feel energised following this beginners’ 50-minute full-body workout. We’ll start with a warm-up followed by exercises working through each of the layers so that you can listen to your body and progress each exercise when you feel ready to do so, and finishing with stretches. Ask questions along the way to gain confidence and accomplishmentMore Details
Start your evening with this mixed ability 50-minute full-body workout, starting with an 8-minute warm-up to relax you after a busy day, followed by exercises working your core, glutes, mobility of the spine and upper body, followed by stretches to complete your Tuesday ClassMore Details
I started Pilates with Sarah-Jane in April 2022, I had moved from Kent and was looking for a new class, due to a hip injury sustained a few years ago. I was pleased to have found a new (and much more attentive) instructor in Sarah-Jane. I have thoroughly enjoyed attending the weekly classes and was delighted to have the opportunity to have a one-to-one with Sarah-Jane as my Birthday Gift this year. I found it very informative. It gave me a chance to ask questions about the various exercises which isn’t always easy in class. While at this session I was able to perfect Rolling Like a Ball and catching my pelvis. I had never been able (or confident enough) to attempt this during the main classes. This session also made me aware of my body positioning and consequently going forward I feel better able to perform the exercises. Thank you, Sarah-Jane”
I contacted Sarah-Jane after a dreadful bout of illness that left me feeling completely drained, I had been suffering with a nasty virus which ultimately led me to have uterine prolapse. It was so upsetting- I just didn’t know what to do with myself. Sarah-Jane was so supportive, she suggested exercises that I could do at home until I was well enough to actually attend a class. I attended a 121 session to get me started and it was so helpful- it made me realise that I needed to be doing Pilates regularly. I have been attending weekly classes for over 6 months now and the difference is incredible! I thought I would have to have an operation to address the prolapse but when I finally had my hospital appointment it was confirmed that the exercises I had been doing had worked wonders and that I only needed physio! I can’t thank Sarah-Jane enough- I am so much healthier, happier and more energised, the classes are fab and I have met some lovely people! It’s been the best change lifestyle change I could have made!
"You’ve given me a love of Pilates. I’d never done it before I’d met you. I’m very grateful and think you are super fabulous. Thank you ever so much.”
I spent pretty much most of last year at weekly physio sessions and only since I restarted Pilates (and dropped the Physio) I have felt stronger and feel completely different in myself, even whilst out walking the dogs
I have multiple joint problems that cause a lot of pain at times. I was advised by the hospital physiotherapist that muscles like “movement” so I thought that Pilates would help. My range of movement has greatly improved since starting Pilates. Some areas are now pain free. If a problem does flare up I seem to recover faster too. I feel more energised after class and more positive in general as I have less pain
Working in IT can be a sedentary occupation and it was clear that sitting still was not helping my general mobility. Having suffered from back problems for 20 years, addressing this occupational hazard via exercise was going to be an issue.
Sarah Jane from Evolution34 sent a schedule of Pilates exercises and after running these past my physiotherapist for a medical opinion I embarked on a beginners 1-2-1 session. I can say, having successfully completed 6 sessions, that I can now bend further than my waist and already feel far more flexible which has had a positive effect on my lower back and neck.
I have booked on for a second round of sessions and look forward to maybe being able to reach my toes once more!