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."