‘Pilates with Jen is better than a bottle of wine’ – Kirsty
If you spend most of your days sitting, on a computer/laptop, on your phone, leaning over a desk, looking after children, drive a lot… then you NEED Pilates.
What is Pilates?
It is a mat based class that will strengthen, tone, relax, improve posture and flexibility and also helps with physical and mental balance. It can help relieve back pain, neck pain, hip pain.
When you say Pilates to some people you can get a few different responses… ‘What is that?’, ‘Oh, that’s like Yoga!’, ‘that’s just lying on a mat stretching’, ‘that’s for old people’, ‘that’s a woman’s class’, ‘I tried that once, didn’t like it, it wasn’t hard enough’.
‘I enjoyed all of the classes immensely, it was something I looked forward to every week as Jen makes it fun and very personal.’ – Aoife
I teach it a bit differently. I combine my knowledge and experience of working with lots of different people to create a class that’s ‘fun’ – their words, not just mine. There are similarities between Pilates and Yoga – they are both done on a mat and connect body, mind and breath but for me as a teacher of both, Pilates is about bringing in control and Yoga is about letting go of that control.
When does this fun happen?
GLASGOW WEST END
Where: SDTA, Studio 2, 101 Park Rd, Glasgow, G4 9JE (Just behind The Stand Comedy Club at the end of woodlands Rd)
Saturday, 10am – 11am
Wednesday, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Lenzie Way, Springburn, G21 3TB (Home Studio, please contact for house number)
Private Classes are also available on request at my home studio
10 class pass for £80 (use at any class Pilates or Yoga at any venue within 4 months) or £10 drop in.
It’s not just for women, often half the class are men and a couple of the members bring their kids along to participate in class too. We have participants from 9 years old through to over 70. It’s definitely not just for old people, needing an easy or gentle class. If you are recovering from surgery it can be highly beneficial in your recovery process too (take medical advice from your doctor before joining in the fun) and get in touch and I can discuss options with you.
‘I fully recommend Jen whether it’s your mind, body or both that you want to work on. And on top of her skills she’s also a caring, encouraging, inspiring and empathetic woman.’ – Allison
I have had participants who have: hip replacements, knee replacements, diabetes, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, MS, have had a stroke, depression & anxiety, back problems, weight issues, along with the healthy participant looking for a good class with a caring environment to come along to join in giving me a hard time for pushing them.
‘I’ve been training with Jen for 18 months. I went to her having been diagnosed with arthritis in my back and hips (I’m only 42) and was in daily pain. Jen targeted areas and has really built my strength. I have no hip pain whatsoever and my back is so much better than it was. She’s a joy to work with and I can’t recommend her enough. Do it now!’ – Isla
The Benefits of Pilates:
Improve your posture. No-one want’s the old person’s hump back, and if you have already started to get that it’s not too late, we can work on fixing it. Sitting is the new smoking – it’s a killer on the body. Laptop’s, computers and mobile technology are also wrecking out posture. It is possible to reverse the damage.
Better flexibility. Everyone who sits at a desk or in a car all day will have a tight lower back, tight hips and probably tight hamstrings… we work on that too. Joseph Pilates (the dude that created this class) says that ‘if your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If your spine is flexible at 60 you are young’. With work you CAN get your body moving better.
A stronger body will help you not only move better, but will help you feel better, give you confidence, and also allow you to de-stress (which strengthens your immune system too). A stronger body is a healthier and happier body.
A calmer mind, when you ask people to meditate it is often something they say they struggle with. All meditation is, is focusing on one thing and bring some stillness to the mind. Spend an hour in a Pilates class where you are asked to focus on your breath and movement and all of a sudden the noise of everything else goes away. The class leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and many report better sleep.
Body positive self-confidence, we often don’t realise what we are capable of and we often compare ourselves to others. In Pilates, we are mostly lying on the floor so you are not comparing yourself to anyone else and the class is all different shapes, sizes and abilities. When you start to get stronger, and start to see your own improvements you will start to balance your body, mind and soul where a natural progression is self-confidence.
Join the community. One of the things that I love about the people that come to my classes is their welcoming, friendly attitude. A new member joined while she was working in Glasgow for a couple of months – someone in the class loaned her their blender so she could make soup! When another member was going through a challenging time with her daughter, everyone was there to offer advice. When I was unwell I was given gifts and looked after. There is a true sense of LOVE in the class.
Pilates beginners are more than welcome along at any class. Wednesday 7pm classes are specific for learning and improving your moves. I recommend that beginners book a 10 class pass to really get more comfortable with the movements and see a benefit to class (most participants notice a difference after the first class).
If you have any questions or want to discuss if Pilates is right for you please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text 07875036659
If you know you want to join in the fun, confirm your space by emailing me email@example.com or call / text 07875036659
Please be aware that the Saturday morning 10am class is often FULL so please make contact to guarantee your space.
Prefer one to one Pilates instead of group training? Just get in contact to discuss options either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07875036659.
MoveGB members are welcome, just book online through your MoveGB membership app.