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“Specialising in the personal touch for general fitness and rehabilitation, to help you look and feel better”






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Click here to view our fabulous range of classes. We also offer 1:1 and duet equipment/mat sessions at times to suit you.

If you are new to Pilates:  


-  Join an ongoing beginners or    mixed level class, after    enjoying an initial personal 1:1

   assessment/teaching session

   at a discounted rate.  Click    here for more information. The    class timetable can be found    here.

Pilates at Durham Pilates Studio

 Further information:

The Clinical Reformer

How can Pilates help me?

Pilates (pronounced pee-lah-tees) is a unique, holistic movement approach that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. By involving the whole body and the application of a number of Pilates Principles, Pilates encourages the balancing of the body so that you can look and feel better through:

  - Improved postural development and healthier body alignment.

  - Improved strength and muscle tone, particularly of the back,     abdominal and pelvic muscles.

  - Improved bone density and joint health.

  - Improved flexibility with flowing and balanced movement.

  - Reduced pain.

  - Improved physical performance when used as an adjunct to     other fitness/sport training programmes.

The performance of Pilates requires concentration of the mind, ‘concentration’ being one of the Pilates Principles. Most people find that the need to focus on their body during a Pilates session allows them to forget their daily life concerns. Typically, people leave class feeling rejuvenated, more relaxed and with an improved body-mind balance. In addition, this focus leads to an increased body awareness over time which aids personal development with Pilates as well as posture and movement in daily life.


 "The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit" - Joseph Pilates

Is Pilates suitable for me?

Pilates is suitable for most people, regardless of age, current health and fitness level, if taught appropriately with individual needs being taken into account. It can contribute to general health, fitness and injury prevention, be helpful for sufferers of back pain, be a useful adjunct to other sports and fitness activities, or may be used to facilitate rehabilitation after injury, surgery or illness. Many people find Pilates beneficial for musculo-skeletal pain, and it can support the management of a range of medical problems including back pain, hip and knee replacement, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Pilates is often recommended by GPs, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.

What does Pilates involve?

Pilates exercises involve the use of bodyweight, gravity and spring resistance and are performed either on the floor, often with the aid of small equipment (‘matwork Pilates’), or are performed on spring-assisted equipment (‘studio Pilates’). Exercises can target specific parts of the body or can emphasise whole body movement to re-educate movement patterns.

    "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young" - Joseph Pilates


Learning Pilates is a little like learning to drive. As it offers a new way of experiencing your body and movement, it can be difficult initially to understand, or even feel that anything is happening. As with driving, it can take a while for the foundation of essential skills to be grasped and so a little patience may be required during the first few weeks. Here's a tip: commit to 12 classes, and you will never regret it! It is then regular practice of Pilates, ideally with the benefit of an instructor, that facilitates long-term changes to your body and lifestyle.

Want to know more?

Please go to the links at the top of the page under ‘Further Information’.

Diana Thurston

Durham Osteopilates

Durham Pilates Studio


Published with the kind permission of Keith Blundy