I have worked in the business of exercise and sports therapy for over 20 years and in my experience the more you use your body the better. The saying use it or lose it, is something I say all the time, regardless to age or injury. I trained with Bodycontrol Pilates to become an instructor in 2009 after teaching exercise to music for over 25 years. It was one of the best things I have done, Pilates has helped me with so many aspects of my job. More importantly for me is that I can teach a wider range of the general population.
People often ask me, is Pilates any good for me. The great thing about Pilates exercises, is that it can be adapted for individuals even those with various limitations. It teaches you to have an awareness of how your body works with regard to movement.
Over years of treating various injuries I have realised that one of the biggest issues that inhibits recovery, is fear. People are frightened to move but once they start to exercise I can see the confidence return to them and slowly they start to get better.
My classes are held in local halls which are well ventilated and warm in the winter. The halls in Hitchin are large and plenty big enough for 12 clients.
In Arlesey the class is held in the local resource centre which is also a library, this venue is smaller so clients benefit from having only 8 people per class.
All venues have easy access to toilets and drinking water, there is also easy access parking areas in all venues.
I want every client to enjoy the experience of a well taught and structured class, I hope that they will go away feeling invigorated, confident and benefit from the results that Pilates can offer.
“Pilates with Margaret is the highlight of my week.
I can do things at the end of the session which I could not do at the start!
It’s a great way to start a Monday!
Margaret makes you feel very relaxed. She is knowledgeable and kind with a good sense of humour! She takes the time to address the individual needs of all members of the class.”
“Pilates for me is one of the most important things I have been doing for the past 10 years following a gym injury.
It is a way of life and my Monday evening class at 7pm is a firm date in my diary. After it I feel strengthened and more alive.
Margaret our teacher is down to earth and practical in her teaching. She demonstrates each exercise and goes round the class to watch each individual member and put them in the correct position to perform to their best. She searches for different premises to try to keep our fees low. Her sense of humour makes her lessons a pleasure to attend.”
“I started Pilates about a year ago following a recommendation from my mother. I do find Pilates interesting and it has really helped my back/neck problems. I am much more aware of my posture in everyday situations as well as in class. Margaret always gives encouragement and constructive advice on how to improve and we nearly always have a giggle! Why not give it a try?”
“Margaret’s clear instruction, watchful eye for accuracy and sunny disposition, make weekly Pilates unmissable.”
“I have been going to Margaret’s class for 6 months now and I always look forward to it. As I find it challenging sometimes, I love the way she always offers three different levels so I can choose the one that suits me. She somehow manages to make it an individual session in a class setting. She is an excellent teacher and very approachable”
“Pilates has made a difference to my core strength and helped me to successfully manage a long term back problem. Margaret is an experienced Pilates teacher, who adapts her teaching for different levels of experience in the same class. She also focuses on the individual, taking into account any injuries or chronic conditions her pupils have. “
“I would like to say a big thank you to Margaret for welcoming me to the class and giving each of us a personalised programme of exercises that challenges us and helps us to engage with our bodies.”
“I have been attending Margaret’s classes for about 4 years now. I rarely experience the spasms in my back that used to be a problem and I feel my core strength is much improved. Margaret varies the exercises every week so you don’t get bored! “