• I am a Body Control Pilates registered teacher working in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. I conduct one-to-one and small group sessions by arrangement at my home studio, as well as group sessions (10 - 12 people) at various locations through the region.

     

    In my early 40s a friend encouraged me to go to a Pilates class. I was familiar with aerobics and gym work and had a membership which I failed miserably to use. Pilates became a habit. I looked forward to my weekly session and tried very hard to apply the principles of Pilates in my daily life.

     

    My day job had taken its toll on my body and I was frequently troubled by neck, shoulder and low back problems, seeking advice from my GP and referral to therapists. As I continued with my Pilates practise I started to notice that I had fewer occurrences and when I did succumb I recovered more rapidly. I also noticed that I was standing taller, feeling stronger and felt more confident. I could really feel the impact of Pilates on my daily activities.

     

    The years passed and just before my 50th birthday I took the plunge to train as a Pilates teacher with The Body Control Pilates Association. Eighteen months later, after much physical and theoretical study and examination I passed!

      

    Since then I have been fortunate to work with many people with differing needs and goals. I have, year on year, studied to increase my skills and knowledge, which has impacted on my teaching, my clients and the classes I offer.

  • NEW YEAR 2018

    GROUP SESSION DATES

     

    Monday - All classes 08 January 2018 - 12 February 2018 (inclusive)

    Tuesday - All classes 09 January 2018 - 13 February 2018 (inclusive)

    Wednesday - All classes 10 January 2018 - 14 February 2018 (inclusive)

    Thursday - All classes 11 January 2018 - 15 February 2018 (inclusive)

     

    ***Additional blocks will be added for the rest of the year***

    Weekly Group Session Timetable

    Monday

    09:30 - 10:30

    BEGINNERS & BACK CARE LEVEL - Mat Work

    @ Kempley Village Hall

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    Tuesday

    09:30 - 10:30

    INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - Mat Work

    @ The Venue

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    10:45 - 11:45

    BACK CARE - Low back pain, back care, healthy bones, pre & post natal

    Mat work

    @ The Venue

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    13:00 - 14:00

    INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - Mat Work

    @ Garron Centre

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    14:15 - 15:15

    BEGINNERS - PROGRESSING LEVEL - Mat Work

    @ Garron Centre

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    Wednesday

    13:00 - 14:00

    BACK CARE - Low back pain, back care, healthy bones, pre & post natal

    Mat Work

    @ Hits The Spot

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    Thursday

    09:30 - 10:30

    BACK CARE - Low back pain, back care, healthy bones, pre & post natal

    Mat work

    @ The Venue

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    10:45 - 11:45

    BEGINNERS - PROGRESSING LEVEL - Mat Work

    @ The Venue

    (Click here for venue info & map)

     

    Private Session Timetable

    The Crofts Studio

    Monday

    11:30 - 12:30

    13:00 - 14:00

    15:00 - 16:00

    17:00 - 18:00

     

    Wednesday

    10:00 - 11:00

    15:00 - 16:00

     

    Appointments by arrangement and availability

  • Group Classes

    Local accessible venues

    Kempley Village Hall

    Kempley Village Hall, Kempley, Glos GL18 2BP

    The Venue, Ross-on-Wye

    The Venue, Hill Street, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7AD

    The Garron Centre

    Garron Centre, LLangarron, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6NJ

    Hits The Spot

    Hits the Spot, The Old Dairy, Oridge Street, Corse, Glos, GL19 3DA

    The Crofts Studio

    Crofts Lane, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7A

  • Session Prices

    Group Classes, One-to-One Sessions & Small Private Groups

    Group Classes

    @ various venues

    • £8 per class
    • 12 participants per class
    • 60 minute classes
    • Block of 5, 6 or 7 classes paid in advance

    Classes are booked on a block basis, not a pay-as-you-go option.

     

    Refunds are not given but every effort is made to offer a place in another class working within the same block of sessions.

    One-to-One

    @ The Crofts Studio

    Individual sessions are 60 minutes by appointment:

    • £40 per session

    Committing to a block of sessions incurs the following discount:

    • 4 sequential sessions = £145
    • 8 sequential sessions = £260

    CANCELLATION NOTICE:

    Where 1:1 sessions are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice the full payment is required.

    Private Groups

    @ The Crofts Studio

    Sessions are 60 minutes by appointment:

    • Two people = £25 per person
    • Three people = £20 per person

    CANCELLATION NOTICE:

    Where small group sessions are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice the full payment is required.

  • Pilates Group Classes

    Everything you need to know...

    Each week ‘The Body Control Pilates’ basic principles are taught so that you can:

    • understand what you are doing and why,
    • get to grips with the really important bits that underpin everything you do in Pilates,
    • use your new found body awareness throughout the week.

    You will learn how to:

    • recognise and find your neutral spine, feel lengthened / taller,
    • breathe effectively to feel energised and help relaxation,
    • engage your core to develop strength and relieve aches and pains,
    • improve mobility and flexibility safely.

      

    Sessions for all abilities - Back4Good - Low Back Pain, Back Care, Healthy Bones, Pre & Post Natal and Group Mat-work

    Learning the essential mat-work exercises, consolidating and progressing skills and techniques, introducing equipment, such as thera-bands, ova-balls, resistance circles, weights and foam rollers to challenge and have fun.

     

    An enrolment form detailing any injuries or conditions must be completed and returned prior to the start of the course.

     

    Group Size

    Each group will have no more than 12 people. Active teaching and supervision in a safe environment means that individual needs can be catered for. You can work at your level and at your pace.

     

    Come along with a friend for motivation or make friends as part of the group.

       

    Block Duration 

    All courses are generally run as 5 - 7 week blocks with payment in advance to reserve a place at the beginning of each block of sessions. Refunds are not given for missed sessions but catch-up opportunities in the same block are offered.

      

    Please note:

    •  Wear comfortable clothing.
    •  Shoes are not generally worn during the sessions,  but socks are recommended.
    •  Bring a bottle of water with you.
    •  All equipment is provided.

    If you have specific questions about the classes then please feel free to email me on pennyspilates@outlook.com or call on 07585 600870.

  • My Qualifications & Training

    I have trained in a variety of specialisms and I liaise with medical professionals and therapists so I can support a range of different needs and capabilities.

    Body Control Pilates

    BCP Member

     

    Founded in 1995, Body Control Pilates is widely seen as a global benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality. It is Europe’s largest professional Pilates organisation and has an international teaching network of over 1,400 teachers in 40 countries. All have completed a comprehensive training course in Body Control Pilates mat work and work to a laid-down Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education.

     

    www.bodycontrolpilates.com

    REP's

    Register of Exercise Professionals

     

    Level 4 - Specialist Exercise Instructor in the Management of Low Back Pain.

     

    Level 3 - Body Control Pilates Mat work Instructor.

     

    Level 3 - Specialist Pilates Instructor in Physical Activity and Health Consideration for Older Adults.

     

    Level 3 - Specialist Pilates Instructor in Physical Activity and Health Consideration for clients with a diagnosis of Osteoporosis.

     

    Level 3 - Specialist Pilates Instructor in Physical Activity and Health Consideration for Pre and Post Natal mums.

     

    www.exerciseregister.org

    Low Back Pain & Backcare Professional

    A key focus is helping people with persistent non-specific low back pain to self-manage their condition, through the provision of an exercise programme alongside liaison with medical and therapy professionals providing advice and information. The aim of the exercise programme is to reduce the pain and its impact on the person's day-to-day life, even if the pain cannot be cured completely.

     

    www.backcare.org.uk

    Pre and Post Natal Mothers

    Pilates is a wonderful way to prepare yourself for motherhood. Postural muscles and body awareness are improved. Aches and pains associated with pregnancy can be lessened. Relaxation skills, preparation for labour and laying the foundations to get your figure back after the birth are added bonuses of following a Pilates programme.

    Pilates for Golfers

     

    Body Control Pilates for Golfers offers you a specially-adapted exercise programme that will help you to optimise your performance and improve your game.

    It will enable you to:

    • become more body aware
    • improve swing efficiency and consistency and build core strength, enabling you to hit the ball farther
    • reduce the risk of injury, prolonging your golfing career
    • improve your general health and well being

    www.bodycontrolpilatesgolf.com

    Osteoporosis/Older Adults

    Specialist knowledge to develop and differentiate mat work, seated and standing classes using a range of small equipment, working at a slower pace to develop, balance, mobility, strength, confidence and well-being for clients with a diagnosis of Osteoporosis.

     

    Fall prevention - An excellent way to develop your balance, mobility, strength, confidence and well-being. Safely, mindfully and gently, controlling the movements using non-impact exercises whilst seated or standing. The use of small equipment makes the sessions fun and challenging.

     

    www.nos.org.uk

    Beginners - Intermediate Matwork

    A progressive introduction of the Principles of Pilates leading to consolidation and mastery.

    Small Equipment

     

    A range of equipment - resistance bands, ova balls, circles, weights, foam rollers and spiky balls are used to have fun, enhance and challenge you in your practice.

  • Get in touch

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you...

    Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire
    07585600870
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  • Testimonials

    Don't just take my word for it...

    Jim, Ross-on-Wye

    I am a 54 year old local cricketer who took up Pilates last September with the aim of improving my core strength and prolonging my playing days as a wicket keeper. Delighted to report that my 'recovery time' after the first game of this season was just like it used to be as a teenager! I cannot recommend these sessions strongly enough.

    Karen, Ross-on-Wye

    Penny is the best exercise teacher I have ever experienced. She is clear in her instructions, her weekly sessions are always varied and her attention to detail is excellent. She constantly checks everyone's positions and will correct you if necessary. Her calm and quiet manner adds to the relaxation of the class.

    Anonymous, Ross-on-Wye

    I joined Penny's Pilates class as I am elderly and want to keep fit and well as long as I can. Penny teaches in a very caring manner and does not make you feel silly if you make a mistake, and is always aware of any physical problems her students might have. I feel more flexible and lively after class with a good feeling of wellbeing.

    Anonymous, Ross-on-Wye

    Thank you so much for all that you have taught, guided and cajoled me to do in your brilliant lessons. I can honestly say in all my years of ballet, contemporary dance and pilates, you have been, by a country mile, the best, most outstanding teacher.

  • Wye Severn Pilates Group

    www.wyesevernpilates.co.uk

     

    We are a group of like-minded Pilates Teachers having trained with The Body Control Pilates Association (BCPA), Europe’s largest professional body for Pilates Teachers.

     

    We are committed to maintaining our skills and expertise in a range of specialisms through annual accredited training.

     

    We are a collaborative network of Pilates professionals, sharing knowledge and competence in Pilates methodologies.

     

    We run mat-work group classes and one-to-one sessions at a range of venues in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire (West of the Severn) and Monmouthshire.

     

    OUR COMMITMENT

    Our aim is to teach you to understand your body and the way it has been designed to move, to help you get the best from your body movement with all that everyday life throws at it, no matter what age, size or shape you are. – Pilates for everyone.

     

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