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Cath has been teaching Mat Pilates since 2001 and Apparatus equipment since 2007.

"Thank you very much for your invaluable advice and instruction which has demonstrated the effectiveness of expertly taught Pilates.

I hope you appreciate the difference you have made."

Clinical and Pain Management Help

Cath worked in a very busy NHS Pain Management department for 8 years teaching Pilates, Relaxation, and Sleep help.

She has specialist knowledge of pain and its effects on your life, not just with movement, but the whole issue of living with pain.

Cath does have chronic pain herself, as she was born with hip dysplasia and she is hypermobile.


Pilates is FABULOUS for aches and pains, but are all moves suitable for all back conditions?  NO!

The irony is that GP's Physiotherapists, Consultants etc recommend Pilates to help rehabilitate backs and bodies, but there are many moves that are not suitable for certain back conditions.

We use current thinking and a practical application to Joseph Pilates teaching and make sure that every move is safe for your spine.

Back pain can come from:

  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolythesis
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Osteo or Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis

Our One-to-One specialised rehabilitation and back care classes are designed to help YOU manage your back pain by prescribing exercises that mobilise the skeletal system and strengthen the core.

The essence of these classes is the precision of movement with all joints optimally aligned. We as exercise professionals will heighten your body awareness and give you a greater understanding of how your body works with the aim of promoting improved balance and co-ordination and reduced pain and discomfort.

Low back pain (LBP) Is very common. Sometimes LBP may only last a few days. The exact cause of LBP is often undiagnosed (similarly Neck, Shoulder, Hip and Knee pain) but with the correct information support, treatment and exercise prescription, most people are able to work with their symptoms.


Everone's pain is different, so we are too...

Cath has been teaching Pilates since 2001 and had a unique teaching position within the NHS to deliver Pilates courses to patients with chronic pain.  Cath spent 8 years working with pain consultants, specialist physiotherapists and undergoing training not offered to many Pilates teachers.

Up to the end of 2017 Cath was the exercise consultant to two chronic pain charities is Preston and Blackpool (SMILE), and the British Lung Foundations Breathe Easy exercise groups (Preston and Leyland), but had to reluctantly step down due to commitments at her Longridge studio.

From her experiences, Cath knows that whilst pain is a physiological process it has deep roots in other body systems, not least the emotions.   With Cath, you not only learn how to move safely and within your tolerances, but also a lot of techniques to help you manage pain on a daily basis.

This resulted in her undertaking various training courses: Level 3 Adapting Exercise for the Independently Active older Adult, Level 4 Respiratory exercise Specialist and Level 3 Pre and Post Natal.

Cath is also the author and course director for CSI Scoliosis, a one-day course for Pilates teachers and Personal Trainers, which sets out a routine for people who have scoliosis (curvature) of the spine.


Tense muscles can be very painful, but how do we truly relax them?

We have all experienced muscle tension: in our neck, back, head, but what causes it, and more importantly, how do we get rid of it?

Muscles can be in spasm or feel tight enough to go into spasm.  We can help with this.  We have muscle relaxation moves that reduce the tension and allow the body to move more freely, using iMovefreely techniques.

We show you how to manage this at home and have a tension, and pain free body.

Muscle relaxation also is also controlled by our breath: the way we breathe directly affects muscle tension.

When did you truly relax everyone muscle in your body so it was left lighter and tension free?

Combined courses of Sleep Help and Relaxation are available.

Sleep Help

Barre Pilates Method can be done by everybody!

Insomnia is an every day (sorry, every night) occurrence for many people.

Being sleep deprived can be dangerous and life-threatening.

There are so many reasons why we cannot sleep, but there are many ways of helping you sleep.

These include:

  • Lifestyle factors
  • Internal stressors
  • Pain and discomfort
  • External stressors
  • Food and drink
  • Your bedroom
  • Your nighttime routine

In our specialist course, we look at all of these factors and you leave with a blueprint to better sleep.

Combined courses of Sleep Help and Relaxation are available.

The Social Side of Pilates

We often set homework for you to practice and this is stored on a separate page and is password protected.   Each term we have videos, emails and other resources to help you with your practice.

We are social butterflies too, and often arrange outings, meals, and get-togethers.

Visit our Events Page to see what our next night out is!

Courses or Drop-in's?

We try and be as flexible as possible with our classes and courses so we offer set 6-week courses and drop-in sessions.

The Small Group evening sessions are courses.  We plan a progressive programme of exercise for each person's body and it is not appropriate that these classes are drop-ins.   During the 6-weeks you attend you are learning new skills and techniques to help improve your health and lifestyle.  Dipping in and out isn't an option.

Our Small Group Barre Pilates Method, Pilates to the Core and Pre & Postnatal classes ARE drop in.  We understand that you have a busy life, and may not be able to attend each week.  These are our most flexible classes - dip in and out when you need to.

Our best value for the Drop-In sessions is via our Class Pass.  See HERE for details

Full details of whether classes are courses or drop-ins are on the booking page.

Who we can help

We work with lots of different people, male and female, but often the common theme is that they have some sort of pain or something which means they cannot live their lives to the full.

Typically they might have:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • General aches and pains
  • Recovering from an illness or surgery
  • Have a long-term condition which they would like help managing

One thing we do have in common is that we are all very social.  We are a lively group, but we do take the teaching seriously - make no mistake  - but we have light hearted banter throughout.

Paying for the courses

We have several ways of paying for our Small Group Mat courses:

  • Standing Order - this is by far the most popular way of paying; one regular monthly amount.  This too enjoys a 10% loyalty bonus.  Spreading the course fees over the 12 months is the easiest way to pay.
  • Class Pass - this is the best value for our pay weekly classes: Female Fat Loss, Studio Circuits, Pilates to the Core, Barre Pilates Method and Pre/Postnatal classes.
  • Per Course - Full course payment is made at the start of each course.  You will receive an email towards the end of the current course informing you of the next course costs and theme.