PILATES IN COLCHESTER  

Pilates is a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the tummy and spine to improve central core stability and posture. A stable central core is essential for maintaining correct postures and good body balance and control. 
 
COVID-19 
We are currently running online virtual classes for all our current and past clients. 
 
We will also be running some beginner level sessions via Facebook live and our Face Book page 
 
DISCLAIMER 
BODYWORKS PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOCIATES LIMITED ONLINE PILATES 
 
All clients training with Bodyworks Online Pilates do so at their own risk. 
You are participating in beginners level Pilates online with Bodyworks Physiotherapy Associates Ltd. This may be strenuous or cause injury. You must represent and warrant that you are physically fit and have no undisclosed medical condition that would prevent your full participation in these sessions. 
 
You understand that it is your responsibility to consult with a Doctor prior to and regarding my participation with Bodyworks Pilates should you feel you have any related conditions that would make the classes a risk for you. Pilates is a gentle, non-impact exercise programme in which you can work at your own level and online classes are a great way to work on your flexibility and strength in the comfort of your own home. 
 
If you attend classes in our clinic you will know that we go through an introductory session with you before attending. This is so we can find out about you, your individual needs and any medical conditions that you may have. With online classes it is not possible to do this. 
 
Medical Disclaimer: 
It is recommended that you discuss with your GP or Health Professional prior to commencing any new exercise programme. We recommend that you commence with the beginner’s exercises and progress as you feel ready to. The Pilates exercises will begin at a low level and will be advanced in stages. You are advised to work to a level that you feel comfortable with and not progress the exercises until you feel ready. 
 
It is important to realise that you should stop whenever you wish, especially if you feel tired or any discomfort. None of the exercises should cause you to experience any pain. If you should experience any pain from any of the exercises you should stop immediately. 
 
With any exercise, there exists the possibility of certain dangers such as abnormal blood pressure, fainting, irregular/fast or slow heartbeat. It is impossible to predict the body’s exact response to exercise, therefore if you have any medical issues these need to be discussed with the appropriate healthcare professional before commencing the classes. 
 
All exercises are undertaken at your own risk and Bodyworks Physiotherapy Associates Ltd or its affiliates cannot be held responsible for any injuries. 
Do NOT undertake any of the exercises if any of the following applies to you: 
 
A Doctor or other Healthcare Professional has ever informed you that you should refrain from exercising or undertaking Pilates for any reason. 
A Doctor or other Healthcare Professional has ever informed you that you have a heart condition or that you should only exercise under direct supervision of a Doctor or other Healthcare Professional. 
You are suffering from uncontrolled high blood pressure. 
You are suffering from any undiagnosed pain or are generally feeling unwell. 
You have undergone any surgery in the past 6 months or have any injuries. Please discuss starting Pilates with your consultant or Healthcare Professional before attempting any exercises. 
You have any joint or muscular issues that maybe aggravated by exercise. 
You are pregnant, breastfeeding or lactating 
This is not an exhaustive list and you acknowledge and understand that any physical exercise can expose the risk of serious injury. We strongly advise that if you are unsure if Pilates is suitable for you, you seek medical advice before starting. 
 
By accessing our online Pilates you are agreeing to: - 
You voluntarily assume all risks, known and unknown, associated with exercise. 
You acknowledge that use of online classes is NOT designed to replace any medical advice nor replace the need to seek medical advice and that any information is for educational purposes only. 
Bodyworks Physiotherapy Associates Ltd can assume no responsibility for any online exercise program followed at home as exercises are not directly supervised. 
By use of our website, social media pages and their content you acknowledge that you agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injury or damage which you may incur as a result of participation in these activities or as a result of negligence. You, your heirs or legal representatives forever release Bodyworks Physiotherapy Associates Ltd, Katrina Wade and their respective instructors from any claim you may have against Bodyworks Physiotherapy Associates Ltd and its instructors for any injury, damages or death that you may sustain as a result of participating in these activities. 
 
 
By accessing our online classes, you are hereby agreeing that you have read, understood and accept the terms and conditions listed above. 

What is pilates?  

 
Pilates is a set of low impact, corrective exercises, mainly mat based. It works the whole body, coordinating upper and lower body muscles and your core. When performed correctly and practiced regularly, it changes the body. Pilates combines awareness of deep postural muscles, breathing sequencing, and postural correction with suppleness and flexibility. 
 
The medical world is now recognising the benefits of Pilates for the prevention and rehabilitation of back injuries. By retraining the core stability muscles in the tummy and spine it can prevent recurrence of injuries. Pilates is also used by athletes and dancers, even up to elite level, to improve the quality of their sporting performance by improving core stability. 
 
Katrina and Claire, both Physiotherapists at the clinic, teach Pilates are trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute - APPI.  
 
Jo Metson is another of our qualified Pilates Instructors. Jo qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2007, studying “Modern Pilates” with Northern Fitness and Education Ltd. Her interest in Pilates came from her back ground as a Holistic Therapist.  
 
Alice Webster qualified as a Pilates Instructor in 2017 after training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and completing their comprehensive matwork course. Alice has been a remedial and sports massage therapist since 2006. 
 
Debby Hunnaball started her career after graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Dance. Whilst professionally dancing and performing she developed a passion for Pilates due to its many benefits. She decided to share these benefits by becoming an instructor and gained a qualification in Stott Pilates Matwork in 2008. 
 
 

Can I do Pilates?  

 
Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels, and is particularly beneficial for those with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis, after gynaecological or spinal surgery, and after pregnancy. It can also be used to compliment your sports or activity, by improving your deep tummy and spinal muscles. 
 
Your Pilates instructor will assess your suitability for Pilates by asking you to complete a registration form prior to commencing a course of Pilates. We will also be very aware of any medical problems and modify the exercises to suit you. 
 
If you have any concerns please contact one of our Chartered Physiotherapists or your GP before starting your Pilates class. 
 
Pilates at Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic 
You can join a class if you are both a beginner or have done Pilates before. 
Courses are run in six week blocks. Current classes available at: 
 
Bodyworks Physiotherapy clinic: 
Monday mornings 9.45 and 11.00 
Monday evenings 5.30, 6.45 and 8.00 
Tuesday evenings 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 
Wednesday morning 9.45 and 11.00 
Wednesday evenings 8.00 
Thursday evenings 5.30, 6.45 and 8.00 
Friday mornings 9.45 and 11.00 
Courses also available at: 
Leavenheath Village Hall: Wednesdays 5:00 and 6:15 
 
One to one, one to two, one to three and one to four sessions also available at the clinic 
 
To speak to our friendly staff about Pilates courses please call: 
 
"I joined a Pilates group with Katrina in July, mainly due to sciatica and joint problems and also to help tone up after losing weight. Katrina is excellent at ensuring you are in the correct position, that you work your resistance up gradually and varies the sessions so they don't get repetitive and I really enjoy these weekly sessions. As well as the Pilates I have had a few physio sessions with Katrina, she is so knowledgeable and patient and quickly located where the root of my problem was. My sciatica, which flared up again over the Christmas break, is improving every day and I can enjoy my days out bird watching again. Thank you Katrina" 
 
"I have been going to Pilates classes with Jo for a couple of years now and they are absoloutely excellent. She takes great care to make sure everyone is working at their own comfortable pace and being a Physio clinic they are a great help with injuries, aches & pains etc." 
 
"I can honestly say that Claire is the best Pilates instructor that I have been taught by. It must help being a physiotherapist as well as she pays very close attention to how each position should be performed, providing very clear instructions that make sure you are getting the best out of her class. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her" 
 
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