Pilates is a unique form of exercise developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early twentieth century. It combines smooth, flowing movements with exercises for the different muscle groups, whilst maintaining a strong, centred posture, controlled breathing and a clarity of mental focus.
"Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work." - J. Pilates.
Over time, the techniques of Pilates will become second nature to you. Your posture will become straighter and more balanced, and your muscles will lengthen and become more toned.
By developing your core stability and strength you will improve your movement control, which will mean there is less risk of injury and less pressure on your joints when you move.
In 1988 I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at Kings College Hospital, London. Since then I have practiced for 27 years in the NHS.
In 1994 I began to increasingly specialise in musculoskeletal and women's health as an outpatient Physiotherapist.
My interest in muscle imbalance led me to begin training in Pilates in 2005.
In 2007 I became a fully certified APPI Pilates Instructor and have been running classes and providing private Physiotherapy in Maidenhead since then.
I regularly attend courses and workshops to ensure my classes include the latest evidence based practice. Although my classes are limited to 12 people I also offer one-to-one sessions.
I recommend that new joiners firstly attend a one-to-one session with me so I can fully understand any individual needs and help ease them into the classes.
Classes are booked for each school half term - normally 6 sessions per half term. On the first class you will receive a manual including details about Pilates and descriptions of some fundamental Pilates exercises as a home programme.
We have a swap arrangement so it's often possible to switch classes if something comes up.
St. Marks Methodist Church Hall
St. Marks Crescent Methodist Church
St. Marks Crescent
Furze Platt Leisure Centre Dance Studio
Furze Platt Senior School
Furze Platt Road
Stubbings Church Hall
The Soltau Centre
St James the Less Church
Individual one.to.one sessions are available for both Pilates and Physiotherapy assessment and treatment.
Following a full assessment of your posture and movement patterns a personal program of strengthening, stretching and mobilising exercises will be taught and given to you as a personal Pilates exercise program.
1:1 appointments can be booked on a regular basis and are particularly useful as they focus on your individual needs and specific muscle and movement imbalances. In addition, a 1:1 appointment can be a useful boost to your class sessions.
- What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing - you may need an extra layer for the relaxation session at the end of the class. Socks are essential for the class.
- What equipment do I need?
None. Therabands, mats, etc are all provided.
- I haven't been to a Pilates class before - will this class be suitable for me?
Yes. All exercises can be taught at different levels and in each class I will teach a beginner level.
- Is there parking nearby?
All three venues have ample parking.
- If I can't make one class would I be able to switch to another one?
I have a very good swap system running. As long as everybody lets me know when they can't make a class then I will try to accommodate your request.
The classes on Friday 9th December at Stubbings Church will now be held on Thursday 8th December.
- 2016 Autumn Term Dates
2nd Nov - 16th Dec (7 weeks)
- 2017 New Year Dates
4th Jan - 10th Feb (6 weeks)
- The Ball course on 11th April was a great success, we all had good fun learning new
exercises, learning how to balance and how to adapt the matwork exercises that we were familiar
with using a gym ball. The feedback has all been extremely positive:
'Loved it!!! Brilliant!! Want more classes!!'
'Great fun' , 'I liked the challenge of trying to balance'
'V.Good and Hard work!'
I will be running another Introduction to Pilates on the Ball course soon, please let me know if you are interested.
'Since joining Ros's class after a pelvic injury it has literally changed my life. I now have more flexibility, movement and energy which I thought would never be possible.' - Rebecca
'I've been seeing Ros for a few months now as a post natal patient and can highly recommend her. Over the years I have seen a few Physio's and Osteopaths whom have taken me on an interesting journey of discoveries but none of them have come close to really understanding my body quite like Ros. She takes a holistic view of the entire body and not just an injury in isolation. Being a Pilates Instructor really compliments her physiotherapy and rehabilitation guidance. Her wealth of experience and passion for what she practices makes our sessions invaluable. She's amazing.' - Elly
'Following major orthopaedic surgery, and after my NHS Physiotherapy had come to an end, I was referred to Ros. What good luck! Ros has been marvellously patient and knowledgeable, working with me and adapting exercises wherever necessary. She has slowly but surely helped me to a level of core strength and mobility that is pretty remarkable!' - Kathy F
'Ros' Pilates classes have been fantastic for me since the birth of my 3rd child. She has helped me so much and without her I wouldn't be how I am today - stronger, fitter and happier.
My third baby's shoulders got stuck in my pelvis dung birth (shoulder dystocia) and as a result my pelvis and surrounding joints were wrecked. I could barely walk weeks and months after the birth, I couldn't lift my legs up to put socks on and I had pelvic pain most of the time walking. I used to be quite sporty so it was a shock and emotionally hard to be like this.
I started Pilates with Ros 3 years ago and am still going to her classes. I go once a week and have been diligently going, determined to improve physically and maintain the improvement I have made.
I am strengthening my core and am gradually getting stronger to do more physical exercise again - what a relief! It took a year until I noticed small differences and now I am doing what I used to do before the birth - a bit of running and tennis, skiing, walking up and down hills. To think I could barely walk to the gate after the birth!
My pelvis still isn't perfect and I'm not sure whether it will ever be again but Ros has made a tremendous difference to me. She is caring, helpful and a brilliant Pilates teacher because she is also a Physio. Her knowledge has been invaluable and I can't recommend and thank her enough.' - Melissa B
'I started Pilates classes with Ros in 2009 choosing her because she was a physiotherapist and my hips and back were painful after giving birth. I tried osteopathy and massages over the years and whilst they helped, they never resolved things fully. I cant believe now it took me till 2015 to see Ros for one-to-one physiotherapy and to finally get my pelvis sorted. Ros has a detective.like approach which makes sense of how different pain interlinks and in what order it needs addressing. Her specialist pelvic and sacroiliac joint knowledge is exceptional. Alongside this she is compassionate and realistic, giving me one doable exercise to focus on alongside my preschool twins! She is now sorting out my shoulder and I no longer feel so old and that I will get back to sports I enjoyed before kids.' - Caroline Burr (early 40's)