Classes at The Old Rectory

I've found throughout my career working worldwide with healthcare professionals the best are always passionate, focused, but most of all specialised in their chosen discipline. It's important to me that my patients continue on their journey to full recovery by working with highly qualified experienced teachers to get good aftercare and the results they need.  The journey of an illness has many compensatory twists and turns, therefore working with good patient centred health care professionals is vital." Gordon Ellis



I probide a range of classes which are held at the studio in The Old Rectory, Willington. We work closely with instructors who specialise in Back Care, Rehabilitation, Fitness, Stretching, Meditation, Breathing.


Sessions are kept small (max 8 in class) to ensure individual attention.

1-2-1 sessions can also be arranged.


More specialised classes and workshops can be also arranged, from Beginners to Advanced, Pelvic Floor, Yoga, Pilates and Dance, Barre.


For more information check out their website;


To discuss further please contact 07985610434


The Studio at 'The Old Rectory'

CURRENT CLASSES at 'The Old Rectory':





Why do Pilates?

Pilates was developed in Germany in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates, who developed the technique to help strengthen his frail body after being plagued with asthma and rickets as a child.  He took all the effective elements from dance, yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing, circus training and weight training, to develop a system of exercise which he believed promoted the perfect balance of strength and flexibility, he called his method ‘Contrology’.  Interned during the First World War, he taught his method to fellow internees and successfully helped keep them strong and healthy until the war ended. Moving to America after the war, he set up his studio in New York, where it became popular with ballet dancers who used the techniques to help with rehabilitation. Not long before he died in 1967, he predicted that one day, everyone in the world would have heard of his method.  It took the dedication of a handful of committed clients and teachers to keep his work alive, but Pilates (as it then became known) is now a firmly established form of exercise.


For Beginners

We love beginners!  We love to see how people who begin Pilates soon start to feel the benefits and see improvements in their posture.  To ensure that our beginners gain the maximum benefits from our program we periodically run introductory workshops, these teach the techniques of true core engagement using the pelvic floor muscles and the transverse abdominus (the body’s natural corset) – we strongly recommend that anyone starting Pilates does a workshop.

We understand that it can be daunting walking into a class, so we are happy to support you every step of the way.  Don’t worry if you’re not able to do an exercise, we are used to working with people with all types of injuries and problem areas, all of our exercises can be modified and adapted to suit, we will never force you to do something that you’re not comfortable doing.  We encourage all of our participants to listen to their own bodies.  As you become more aware of your body, you will understand its limitations and be able to challenge those.  We are always happy to help discuss any issues/concerns that you may have.


Benefits of Pilates

The benefits of Pilates are countless. Pilates is for EVERYONE! It is a non-aerobic and non-impact form of exercise and once practiced you will realise what a vital necessity this form of exercise is for general wellbeing, inner strength, confidence, excellent posture and tone of body.

Making the mind and body work as one through a very focused approached leaves you feeling very relaxed and stress free!


Within weeks of starting you will notice the difference, your body will feel stronger and more flexible, and your tummy will feel smaller.


Pilates will compliment any treatment that you are already receiving. Just a few of the benefits are listed below;


  • Improves posture
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Increases muscle strength, endurance and tone, promotes healthy joints
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Facilitates injury prevention and physical rehabilitation
  • Improves motor skills such as balance and co-ordination
  • Builds stamina and increases circulation
  • Encourages deep and efficient breathing
  • Improves well being
  • Alleviates aches and pains, particularly back problems
  • Through weight bearing exercises, it helps to improve bone density
  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Heightens body awareness
  • Improves quality of life



NHS info on Pilates


Pilates for back pain


Pilates for Pelvic Floor and Incontinence



Retreats in beautiful locations


Look out for our popular retreats in the coming year, a combination of classes involving; pilates, relaxation/meditation, massage, mindfulness, life coaching, diet & nutrition, personal training and injury treatment where appropriate.  Set in beautiful locations around the world.