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 our studio

Alderley Pilates is a light, airy studio with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, set in a calm, peaceful Cheshire environment. You’ll find us mid-way between Alderney Edge, Prestbury and Wilmslow. Here, you can do Matwork or use state-of-the-art Pilates equipment imported from Balanced Body in California, including the famous Reformer and Exo Chair.

About Body Control Pilates

The style of Pilates you’ll experience is called Body Control. It means all our teachers have undergone unrivalled training so we can assess your particular needs and choose from over 100 exercises that can be adapted to suit you. Find out more

About our classes

You can choose to join up to 30 stimulating group classes each week, with a maximum of 12 people. In addition, there are up to 50 spots when you can book a private or shared lesson. There are also specialist classes and one-off workshops for you to enjoy. Find out more

About our teachers

Founders, Jan and Peter Bowen, have been teaching Pilates since 2001. They lead our highly experienced team that includes two former dancers. Each of our quality teachers has the skills to help you achieve your fitness goals. Find out more

About you

We have taught everyone from local celebrities and professional athletes to hospital referrals. Naturally, we are completely discreet about who we see. Ages range from mid-teens to mid-80s. We aim to make everyone feel at home here.

Types of Class

Which class is right for you?


New to Pilates?

Pilates for Beginners

If you have never done Pilates before, you should first take our beginners course. This requirement applies whatever your current level of fitness. You’ll learn the basic principles of Pilates including posture, alignment, breathing, and how to engage your core muscles correctly. After six weeks, you can progress to level 2 or level 3 classes.

Getting over illness or injury?

Pilates for Recovery

Pilates can help with a number of health problems. In particular, if you suffer with pain in your neck, shoulders or lower back, have had back surgery, joint replacement or breast cancer treatment, you can rest assured our teachers have additional qualifications and specific experience to aid you on the road to recovery.

Amateur or pro athlete?

Pilates for Performance

Whatever your sport, Pilates can help improve performance and recovery from injury. Contact us to enhance your cycling, horse-riding, football, golf, rowing, running, tennis and dancing. We can help, whether you are an amateur or elite athlete, team coach or physiotherapist.

Aged over 50?

Pilates for Life

It’s important to use your muscles and joints correctly so you maintain flexible movement and good joint health over time. Whatever your age, our team will help build and maintain your fitness, core strength and stamina. These exercises are based on the latest publication from Body Control Pilates, Pilates for Life.

Want something stronger?

Pilates Masterclasses

When you are ready to challenge yourself with a fast-paced class, our Master Matwork teachers will take you through the most advanced Pilates in our full Classic Mat series, aerobic Dynamic Pilates, or High Impact Power (HIP) Pilates. You might also choose to attend a specialist workshop run by a member of our team or a specially invited guest.

Group Classes

What's your fitness level and goal?

Level 1: Beginners

If you have never done Pilates before, you'll have to take this course so you start out with the right technique. You’ll learn the basic principles of Pilates, including posture, alignment, breathing and how to engage your core muscles correctly. After you have completed the six-week beginners course, you can progress to level 2 or 3.

Level 2: Stretch and tone

This class is balanced, comfortable and relaxing. You will learn how to maintain good flexibility and look after your joints by working them thoroughly and correctly. It’s particularly suitable during and after pregnancy, and for good bone health.

Level 3: Flexibility, strength and stamina

You'll find this class is slightly quicker than levels 1 and 2. It comprises exercises that are less stable and therefore require more work through your core. It's ideal if you want more challenge or when you’re cross-training for sports.

Level 4: Intermediate

This class is balanced, comfortable and relaxing. You will learn how to maintain good flexibility and look after your joints by working them thoroughly and correctly. It’s particularly suitable during and after pregnancy, and for good bone health.

Level 5: Advanced

Challenge yourself with the classic Full Mat repertoire of flowing exercises conducted at a faster pace. This is the ultimate level of Pilates.

Dynamic Pilates

Pilates is not generally seen as aerobic exercise, although you do work hard at higher levels. This fast-paced class is led by one of our Master Matwork teachers, using classic Pilates exercises designed to get your heart rate up.

High Impact Power Pilates (HIPTM Pilates)

We're the first studio in the area to offer Lisa Bradshaw's energetic new concept – HIPTM Pilates. She is co-author of The Pilates Bible, and Education Manager for Body Control Pilates itself. A fast-paced flowing class, HIP Pilates will raise your heart rate and improve strength, mobility and stamina.

Back class

This class has a gentle pace, and focuses on good mobility for your spine. It is based around the exercise sequence in the Pilates Back Book. With a small class size, you have time to explore individual exercises and ask questions.

Pilates and dance fusion

There has been a long association between Pilates and dance. Joseph Pilates taught dancers in New York, and many ballet companies today have a Pilates teacher as part of their support team. This class is run by our trained dance and Master Matwork teacher to combine Pilates with a series of dance styles. You’ll love the lively and fun atmosphere.


Max 12 per class. If you miss a class, you can attend a class during the same block at another time or venue (if space allows), or attend a 'catchup' class. It isn't possible to carry missed classes forward to the next block.

Group Classes

Group matwork classes 60 min 45 min
8 weeks £90 £68
7 weeks £80 £60
6 weeks £70 £55
5 weeks £70 £55
4 weeks £56 £44
1 session £14 £11

Studio Sessions

One teacher for three people at a time. Need to cancel? Please give us at least 48 hours' notice, otherwise you may have to pay 100% cancellation fee.

  • 10 sessions £215
  • 5 sessions £120
  • Single session £25

Private and shared lessons

Private teaching on matwork or exercise equipment. Need to cancel? Please give us at least 48 hours' notice, otherwise you may have to pay 100% cancellation fee.

  • Private lesson for 1 person £60
  • Shared lesson for 2 people £70
  • Shared lesson for 3 people £81
  • Shared lesson for 4 people £100
  • 10% discount when you book a block of 10 private lessons
  • 5% discount when you book a block of 5 private lessons 

Pilates Programmes

Three-month programme, individually tailored for you.

Standard price £400

Introductory price until 1 January 2017 £350

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  • Prices include VAT at the current rate of 20%
  • Prices are valid until 1 September 2017
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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




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

I started teaching in 2001, and that's when Alderley Pilates was born. I founded the studio together with my wife Jan in 2002.

Today, I teach Master Matwork and the Reformer, run several private lessons and a dedicated Back class. I’m also a Supervising Teacher for Matwork, and work with teachers preparing for their Reformer course. I’m also responsible for our finance, business development and marketing.

I’m a Council member for the Body Control Pilates Association (BCPA), a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), and an accredited Nordic Walking instructor.

Peter says: “The best thing about Alderley Pilates is the clients – and the stunning sunsets we can see out of the studio windows.”


Jan Bowen

Jan Bowen

Founder and Studio Owner


I have always been interested in health and wellbeing. When I started to experience problems with my back, neck and shoulders, I explored how to manage these issues. Subsequent neck surgery led to me practicing Pilates.

This was a revelation. It helped me understand the reason for my spine problems as well as how to manage my body through exercise.

I first trained with Body Control Pilates in 2000, and have undergone continual development since then. For example, I’m qualified in Master Matwork and the Reformer.

I do most of our private lessons, around a quarter of the classes, and look after bookings and teachers.

I’m a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), and a Supervising Teacher for Matwork and Reformer Work, which means I work with student teachers before they qualify.

I have significant experience in teaching Pilates to improve sporting performance, and have worked with elite athletes from sports including football, horse-riding and eventing, rugby and running. I have also worked extensively with people recovering from surgery, including shoulder surgery and hip and knee replacements.

Peter and I founded Alderley Pilates in 2002.

I work with the local Macmillan Cancer Care unit, by giving presentations on the course they run for breast cancer survivors.

Clients say: "Jan is renowned for being an empathetic and expert teacher who pushes her clients to become their very best."




Pilates Instructor

I was 14 when my ballet teacher, Graciela Kaplan (former Theatre Principal of Northern Ballet), recommended Pilates to strengthen my hyper-mobile body.

I always encourage young dancers to understand their own body so it can function in the best possible way.

To prevent and rehabilitate injuries, Pilates featured throughout my training at the Rambert School and subsequent dance career. I enjoyed developing a deep awareness of my body alongside the strengthening benefits, and noticed that physiotherapists would give me similar exercises.

In 2012, I was in a car accident and sustained a fracture to my lower spine. Once again, I focused on Pilates for my own rehabilitation. During that time, I realised that Pilates is 'the glue that holds me together', so I trained as a Body Control Pilates teacher.

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

Lyndsey says: “Pilates is a wonderful tool that should be shared by everyone!”



Pilates Instructor


I have been dancing since the age of three. I graduated with a BA Honours degree in dance at Liverpool John Moores University, set up my own contemporary dance company, and performed in various professional settings.

Then I found a passion in teaching.

Pilates is a great way to keep mobile and maintain flexibility as well as build and develop your full strength. I had heard about the benefit of Pilates for dancers, so was keen to teach it.

I qualified with Body Control Pilates in December 2011. In 2015, I passed the Advanced Mat exam, and am now a Master Matwork instructor – my proudest achievement to date in my career as a teacher.

In the same year, I qualified as a DDMIX instructor. DDMIX is a cardio dance workout created by Darcey Bussell of the Royal Ballet, and a popular weekly class on our timetable.

Kate says: “Alderley Pilates is a welcoming and unique environment to exercise in.”

Clients say: “Kate is a fun, energetic and dynamic teacher, best known for having fabulous legs and a bubbly personality!”




Pilates Instructor

I am a complete Alderley Pilates convert!

I started Pilates in 2010 in Peter’s beginners class. I discovered it really suited me and my lifestyle, and gave me the results I was looking for.

Such was my passion for this newfound exercise that I qualified as a teacher in Body Control Matwork in 2012. In 2015, I passed my Advanced Matwork exam, and am now a Master Matwork instructor. In 2016, I qualified to teach clients on the Reformer machine.

I’m also a Supervising Teacher for Matwork, which means I work with student teachers before they qualify.

Pilates has made me fitter, stronger and more toned. I enjoy the physical challenge of the Classic Mat. I am particularly interested in the Spine Corrector, and the mechanics of how Pilates can benefit the game of golf.

I love how Pilates gives me time to relax; a little bit of 'me time'. Hopefully, I pass that passion and enthusiasm on to clients.

Louise says: "We are a great team at Alderley Pilates. We all help and encourage each other."



Pilates Instructor

In 2011, my mum suffered a back injury, and her GP advised her to take up Pilates. We attended our first class together, and I was immediately hooked.

I had previously practised a lot of yoga, and expected the two classes to be similar. How wrong I was!

After each session, I saw my mum's pain reduce and her mobility improve. I also felt the benefits myself.

I particularly love the controlled, flowing movements that focus on your posture and alignment, and the challenge of improving your core strength and stamina.

That probably explains why my favourite exercise to practice and teach is the Hundred series!

I began training with Body Control Pilates in 2014, and qualified the following year. Since then, I have completed my Intermediate Matwork qualification and am working towards Reformer training in 2016.

Holly says: “I have a passion for Pilates!”



Pilates Instructor

I suffered years of back pain as a result of a structural scoliosis, and felt the benefit of Pilates as soon as I started going to classes.

I love the series of five Powerhouse exercises, as they challenge strength and stamina and incorporate all the Pilates principles. They are the key exercises that helped build my abdominal strength and stabilise my spine.

After being an auditor in retail operations for more than 20 years, I made a total career change and qualified as a Body Control Pilates teacher. It was a natural progression as my interest in Pilates grew.

I am now qualified to teach Intermediate Matwork, antenatal Pilates, postnatal Pilates, and Pilates for bone health (osteoporosis). I plan to complete my level 4 qualification in 2016, equivalent to achieving a foundation degree in Pilates.

In my spare time – if I have any – I go walking, work out at the gym, watch motorsport, and read (usually about the potential of the human body).

Julie says: "The great thing about Pilates is that there is always something new to learn and challenge you – never stand still!"


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

Amelia Potter


First time?

Save time on your first visit by completing our brief enrolment form in advance Print it out, fill it in, and bring it with you on the day. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can process the paperwork in a relaxed way, without delaying you.


How To Find Us

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