Pilates Master Classes
Pilates for Recovery
Pilates for Performance
Pilates for Life

“It’s the highlight of my week. It relaxes me completely and I walk out feeling an inch taller than when I walk in”

Sheila Kent

About
Us

Alderley Pilates is a dedicated Pilates studio specialisng in Body Control Pilates. Its teachers are passionate about what they do and bring a variety of experience from teaching, nursing and dance to their Pilates. Working with a Body Control Pilates teacher gives you the assurance that your teacher has undergone a comprehensive training course and certification, is insured, holds a First Aid Certificate and fulfils and annual training requirement. The studio is a regional training centre for Body Control Pilates teachers.

We provide small group classes, generally a maximum of 12 clients, private lessons (individual or shared), studio sessions (working on a personal programme) and workshops (using our own team and visiting presenters)

Our studio is a calm and peaceful space to practice Pilates and we help each client individually towards their fitness objective be it remaining flexible or building core strength or overcoming injury.

Our clients come from a wide range of fitness levels and ages and we teach clients from mid teens to mid 80s and all stages in between.

Types of Class

Currently we group our Pilates teaching into four categories:

Pilates for Life

All Pilates is about movement and in particular using your muscles and joints correctly and maintaining flexibility and good joint health. The latest BCP book is "Pilates for Life" and our team are committed to helping clients build and maintain fitness including core strength and stamina.

Pilates for Performance

Pilates can help improve sporting performance and has long been used by dancers as part of their fitness regime. It is useful across training for a variety of sports, including cycling, equestrian sports, football, golf, rowing, running and tennis. We have experience in helping clients enhance their sporting activities and also work with elite athletes from a number of sport, working with team coaches and physiotherapists on performance and recovery from injury.

Pilates for Recovery

Pilates can be an important part of the road to recovery for a number of problems including lower back pain, back surgery, neck and shoulder issues and as part of a treatment plan after breast cancer treatment and our teachers have undertaken additional training in these areas.

Pilates Master Classes and Workshops

Pilates exists at many levels and you start from where you are. However Pilates can bring challenge and become fast paced and dynamic. We offer Pilates at its most Advanced level in the full "Classical Mat" series and in the more aerobic Dynamic Pilates and the team includes Master Matwork certified teachers.

We also offer one off specialist workshops both with our own team and a range of specialist teacher trainers and Pilates specialists including the authors of the best selling "Pilates Bible" and "Pilates for Life."

Group Classes

 

We offer Pilates matwork classes at five graded levels from Beginners to Advanced, as well as faster paced Dynamic Pilates, a specialist Back Class and a Pilates & Dance Fusion class.

Beginners Level 1

This six week course introduces you to the basic principles of Pilates including good posture and alignment, Pilates breathing and correctly engaging your core muscles. The class does not presume any particular level of fitness. After one block clients can progress on to Level 2 or Level 3 classes.

Stretch & Tone Level 2

This class is about maintaining good flexibility and helping to look after your joints by working them thoroughly and correctly during a balanced class. The class is comfortable and relaxing class, which is ideal for clients during and after pregnancy. We would also recommend it for good bone health.

Flexibility, Strength & Stamina Level 3

This level introduces more challenge with exercise that are less stable and therefore require more work through your core. The pace is quicker which makes it ideal to use as cross-training for sports.

Intermediate Level 4

This is a strong class built around the classic Joseph Pilates routine and exercises that provide preparation for the classical Full Mat repertoire.

Advanced Level 5

This is the ultimate level of Pilates and you will really feel challenged by the classic Full Mat repertoire with flowing exercises and a faster pace.

Dynamic Pilates

Pilates is not generally seen as aerobic, although you do work hard higher levels, so this is a faster paced class using classic Pilates exercise which is designed to get your heart rate up. This class is led by one of our Master Matwork teachers and they’ll be sure to put you through your paces!

Back Class

This is based around the Pilates Back Book and its exercise sequence. A smaller class than usual and with a focus of good mobility for your spine. It has a gentle pace and there is time to explore individual exercises and ask questions.

Pilates & Dance Fusion

There has been a long association between Pilates and dance, with many ballet companies having a Pilates teacher as part of their support team. In the 1960s, Joseph Pilates himself taught dancers in New York. This class combines Pilates with a series of dance styles, which creates a lively and fun atmosphere with our trained Dance and Master Matwork teacher.

 

Prices

Prices from 1st September 2015 for 12 months. All our prices included VAT at 20%

Group Classes

  • Group classes for 6 weeks cost £68
  • Back Classes for 6 weeks cost £70
  • Express Classes ( 45 minutes ) for 6 weeks £50
  • For clients who wish to do 2 classes a week this costs £120

Private Lessons

Private lessons cost £57 for 1 lesson but there are discounts for 5, 10,15 or 20 lessons.

It is also possible to have shared private lessons for up to 4 clients as follows:

2 clients £68 , 3 clients £81, 4 clients £100

Studio Sessions

Studio sessions cost £25 for 1 or blocks of 5 £120 or 10 £215

Prices are subject to terms and conditions as shown on the current booking form

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“I can arrive full of aches and pains and leave feeling relaxed and serene. I always sleep like a dog after Pilates!”

Carol Byrom

Our
Team

Peter

Peter

Founder and Studio Owner

Peter was first bitten by the Pilates bug in the mid nineties. Astounded by what it could do for both his body and mind Peter shifted his focus from a career in (and lifelong passion for) transport and trained as a Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates in 1999. Peter started teaching in 2001 and so Alderley Pilates was born. Together with wife Jan he founded the studio in 2002

Best thing about Alderley Pilates… Well it has to be the clients. Nice sunsets out of the studio windows too

When I grow up I want to be… Swiss

My hero is Jekka MC Vicar who has won over 60 RHS Gold Medals for herb displays

 

Jan Bowen

Jan Bowen

Founder and Studio Owner

Jan has practiced Pilates for almost two decades and is renowned for being an empathetic and expert teacher who pushes her clients to become their very best. She has a background in nursing and retail personnel with a common theme of working with people which she enjoys immensely.

Jan has always been interested in health and wellbeing. It was when she started to experience back neck and shoulder problems that she really started to explore how to manage these issues. Subsequent neck surgery led her to start practicing Pilates. This was a revelation and really helped her understand not just the reason for her spine problems but how to manage her body through exercise.

Jan trained with Body Control in 2000 and it has been a continuous learning process since.

Lyndsey

Lyndsey

Pilates Instructor

I was fourteen when I first encountered Pilates, having been referred to ex-Northern Ballet Theatre Principal, Graciela Kaplan, for 1:1 classes to strengthen my hyper-mobile body by my ballet teacher!

Pilates continued to feature throughout my training at The Rambert School and even more so as I went through my dance career, as a way of preventing and rehabilitating injuries. I found that physiotherapists would give me similar exercises & I enjoyed developing a deeper awareness of my body alongside the strengthening benefits. Now as a teacher of young dancers, I encourage them to gain an understanding to their own body in order for it to function in the best possible way. Pilates is a wonderful tool for this and should be shared by all!

I had a car accident in 2012, in which I sustained a fracture to my lower spine and I found myself once again focusing on Pilates for my own rehabilitation. It was during that time that I realised becoming a Pilates teacher would be the most natural and fulfilling way to further my career. After all, Pilates is ‘the glue which holds me together’!

I love the feeling of getting a complete body workout with just a mat and still get giddy doing leg circles on the reformer. My new favourite bit of kit is the Ladder Barrel!

Kate

Kate

Pilates Instructor

From the age of three Kate has been dancing. After graduating with a BA HONS Degree in Dance at Liverpool John Moores University, Kate set up her own Contemporary Dance company and performed in various professional settings before finally finding her passion in teaching.

Having heard a lot about the benefits of Pilates for dancers, Kate was keen to take up classes and then train to teach it. She qualified in December 2011 with Body Control Pilates. Kate says 'Pilates is a great way to keep mobile and maintain flexibility as well as build and develop your core strength'. 

In February 2015 alongside fellow Alderley Pilates teacher Louise, Kate passed the Advance Mat exam with Body Control. She and Louise are now Master Matwork instructors, something that is Kate's proudest achievement to date in her career as a teacher. 

In September 2015 Kate qualified as a DDMIX Instructor. DDMIX is a cardio dance workout created and developed by Darcey Bussell of the Royal Ballet. There is now a weekly class within the studio timetable, which is proving to be a popular alternative to the usual Pilates matwork. 

Kate is a fun, energetic and dynamic teacher, best known for her fabulous legs and bubbly personality.

Best thing about Alderley Pilates…  Welcoming and unique environment to exercise in.

 

 

 

Louise

Louise

Pilates Instructor

Louise is a complete Alderley Pilates convert! She started Pilates in April 2010 in Peters’ beginners class, and discovered that Pilates really suited her, her lifestyle and it gave her the results she was looking for.

Such was her passion for this newfound exercise that Louise qualified as a teacher in Body Control Matwork in December 2012. She is particularly interested in the spine corrector, and the mechanics of how Pilates can benefit the game of golf. Pilates has made her fitter, stronger, more toned. Louise says “I love how it gives me time to relax, a little bit of me time! I enjoy the physical challenge of the Classical mat, and hopefully I pass that passion and enthusiasm on to clients.”

In February 2015 alongside fellow Alderley Pilates teacher Kate, Louise passed her Advance Matwork exam. She is now one of our Master Matwork instructors which is a fabulous achievement. 

In 2016 Louise has completed the Reformer 1 course,  and she is currently in the process of working hard towards her exam, which will see her qualify to teach clients on the Reformer Machine. 

Best thing about Alderley Pilates… a sense of belonging to a great team, we all help and encourage each other.

 

 

Holly

Holly

Pilates Instructor

I developed a passion for Pilates in 2011, when my Mum suffered a back injury and was advised by her GP to take up Pilates.

We attended our first class together and I was hooked; not only feeling the benefits myself, but also seeing my Mum’s pain reduce and her mobility improve from each session. I'd previously practiced a lot of yoga and expected the two classes to be similar - how wrong I was! I particularly loved the controlled, flowing movements, focusing on your posture & alignment, and the challenge of your core strength & stamina. This probably explains why my favorite exercise to practice & teach is The Hundred series!

After deciding to make a career change, I began my training with Body Control Pilates in 2014 and qualified the following year. I've since completed my Intermediate Matwork qualification in London and I'm now working towards my Reformer training this summer!

Julie

Julie

Pilates Instructor

I made a total career change when I qualified as a Body Control Pilates teacher. I was previously an auditor and worked in retail operations for more than 20 years. After suffering years of back pain as a result of a structural scoliosis, I felt the benefits of Pilates as soon as I started going to classes. I loved the Series of Five (Powerhouse) exercises, as they challenge strength and stamina, and incorporate all of the principles of Pilates. These were the key exercises which helped to build my abdominal strength and stabilise my spine. As my interest in Pilates grew, I became keen to progress further, and learning to teach Body Control Pilates became a natural, logical progression.

Since qualifying I have undertaken courses in Intermediate Matwork, Antenatal Pilates, Postnatal Pilates and Pilates for Bone Health (osteoporosis). In addition I hope to complete my Level 4 qualification in 2016.

If I have any spare time I like to go walking, workout at the gym, watch motorsport and read (usually something to help me understand the potential of the human body).

“As a busy mum of two young children, it's the most mentally relaxing part of my week, and perfect "me time"

Amelia Potter

Contact

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How To Find Us

Monks Heath Hall,
Chelford Rd, Nether Alderley
Cheshire, SK10 4SY