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Early Summer classes

Well, Spring is here, officially, although no-one seems to have told the weather. Now that my daughter is spending more time at nursery school, I have a little more time available for Pilates, so I am planning to begin two new classes on Wednesday mornings in June.

The venue will be the beautiful new exercise class room at the Mission Fitness gym in Faringdon, on the industrial estate behind the Esso garage. There will be two classes. The first, at 9.30-10.30am, will be for experienced clients who have done at least a year of Pilates, and are reasonably fit. The second class, at 10.45-11.45am, will be more gentle and slower paced, and suitable for people who have done less than a year of Pilates, and/or have injuries or medical issues which affect their ability to exercise.

I plan to be able to start these new classes on Wednesday 15th June.

If you would like to book onto either of my new classes do contact me.


I am a Stott-trained Pilates Instructor offering group and private Pilates matwork classes in Faringdon (Oxfordshire) and the surrounding area (for example Northmoor, Wantage and Lechlade in Gloucestershire). For details of local classes and how to book, see my page on the types of class. I trained at the Active Pilates Studio in Kidlington, and am committed to teaching safe, effective Pilates to a high standard.

What is Pilates?

Laura teaching

Pilates is a low-impact exercise method that uses controlled, precise exercises to develop flexibility, endurance and strength without adding bulk. The main emphasis involves working to regain optimal posture, especially of the spine, and learning to use the body's stabilizing muscles to promote correct body use in both sport and day to day activities. The benefits of regular Pilates practice include:

  • Improved posture and increased core strength and stability
  • Better balance, coordination and body awareness
  • Rebalancing of muscles around the joints, which can help reduce aches and pains
  • Promotes optimal balance between strength and flexibility
  • Improved performance and reduced injury risk in a wide range of sports
  • Increased self-confidence from having a better-toned body, and longer, leaner muscles

The Stott Pilates Method

Stott Pilates was developed by a former professional dancer, Moira Merrithew. With the help of sports medicine professionals and working with current anatomical and biomechanical knowledge, the original exercise repertoire of Joseph Pilates has been brought up-to-date, incorporating contemporary ideas about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. The Stott Method is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine, and places increased emphasis on stabilizing the shoulder blades. The resulting exercises can be modified in order to cater for a wide range of abilities, ensuring they are safe and effective for everyone.