Mandy Hermitage
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"Thank you for yesterday’s class.  I sprang out of bed like a two  (well 32) year old this morning...after a blissful night’s sleep.  The magic of pilates!

I’m booking next week’s class now."  (E-mail 9.5.13)

"Terrified by a bad experience, I was reluctant to try again, but pain drove me to visit 'My Back Hurts' (a class I run at reCentre, Balham - a physiotherapy clinic).  Mandy's gentle approach has resolved my problems and I have progressed to normal classes."

"Dear Mandy ,
Thank you very much for this. I have been raving about my first pilates class with you . Have to get organised and will book more lessons." (Extract from E-mail 25/10/11)

"I'm loving the classes by the way - my back was SO much better after Monday." (Daily Telegraph journalist 1/12/10)

"I am really enjoying the classes and super friendly atmosphere. Highly entertaining. You take more care and interest than any other instructor I have worked with (and I've worked with a lot!!). I'm full of optimism and I don't care how long it takes for the penny to drop."

The Joseph Pilates’ Method re-shapes the body by targeting and strengthening key postural muscles and re-balances it to return it to its natural alignment. It relieves stress and tension, improves posture and flexibility and gives relief from back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. Pilates avoids the muscle and ligament damage sometimes associated with other fitness regimes and consequently plays a key role in many injury rehabilitation programmes.

Pilates is increasingly used by athletes to enhance their performance and is recommended by physiotherapists, doctors, chiropractors and osteopaths. It is suitable for people suffering from back pain, RSI, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, asthma, ME and stress related illnesses. It can be helpful in the management of degenerative neurological problems and is ideal as a preventative measure against future back problems.

Body Control Pilates © was the first Pilates specific training provider to be awarded level 3 advanced teaching standard in the UK and as such is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals.  Clients include the Telegraph Media Group and Associated Newspapers.

Pilates and Pregnancy: Preparing the body for the birth and demands of motherhood

Whilst pregnancy is not an illness it is important to understand its physiological effects on the body and the mechanical working of the spine. During pregnancy enormous physical changes take place and in Pilates we look at the effect on spinal, scapular and pelvic stability and the hormonal influence on the ligaments in rendering the joints prone to instability.

Research indicates that isometric exercise is the most beneficial form of exercise for educating deep stability muscles. Spinal misalignment and a weakness of postural muscles can cause back problems and an understanding of Pilates will help to address potential problems by re-educating the abdominal and pelvic muscles which are essential in order to stabilise the spine and prevent post-natal complications. In addition it is important to develop an awareness of posture, preparing both the upper body for the increase in size of breast tissue and breast feeding and the lower body for the demands of weight gain and to help avoid complications before and after birth.

Pilates is safe and effective but it is important to have the permission of your doctor before embarking on a new exercise programme.

For further information contact Amanda Hermitage on 07702 174468 or e-mail