How has Pilates changed your everyday life?
I feel fitter and more flexible, my posture has improved …
I had very painful hips and found climbing up stairs as painful. Since starting
classes I can run upstairs and my hips no longer hurt.
When did you first start Pilates and how many times a week do you do it?
I start about two years ago with some one to one reformer classes and then felt confident enough to start BarrePlus classes about a year ago. Currently take just one class a week … Hoping to increase to two in the new year.
What class(es) do you do?
I started just doing a reformer class once a week and now do mostly BarrePlus classes.
Why did you decide to do Pilates?
I decided I had to be more active and had taken some Pilates classes years ago. I read a few articles and realised this would be a good way to easy myself back into exercise … I have tried going to a gym but didn’t enjoy the experience.
Why did you choose to come to Sandrine’s Pilates?
One of my daughters had attended classes at Sandrine’s and she encouraged me to give it a try … At the same time I received a card through the door offering a free assessment … I made an appointment to see Sandrine. She was delightful and filled me with confidence that I could achieve my goals.
What is the main improvement you have experienced in your everyday life?
I have regained confidence in myself. … Happier about how I look and feel. My hips are no longer painful … I had worried that I would need a hip replacement.
How would you describe the studio and the teaching?
Great atmosphere – welcoming, friendly and encouraging… The teaching is positive and can be adapted to suit ones strengths and weaknesses … Very positive attitude encouraged always to try that little bit harder. Leave class feel exhilarated and ready for the day ahead.
What are the positive benefits you see doing Pilates as a regular form of exercise?
Keeping me active and feeling happy with myself … My posture has improved look and feel better … This is something I have done for me …
“I first worked with Sandrine and her team at Sandrine’s Pilates in February 2010 where she tailored a Pilates session especially for my ‘On Camp with Kelly’ initiative. Since then Sandrine and her team have been involved with many Kelly Holmes Education programmes. I am really impressed by Sandrine’s knowledge, enthusiasm, professionalism and her ability to adapt each session to include elements of challenge, learning and development. Believe me when I say one of Sandrine’s sessions makes you alert and gets you switching on your core muscles!”
“Sandrine has really helped me to re-educate my training on my core stability, flexibility and balance. I enjoy learning new ways of testing my ability and challenging my body. Sandrine has been such a great support with this over the years and I love going to the studio to use specialist equipment.”
“BarrePlus classes at Sandrine’s Pilates studio really changed my body shape. I am now the smallest and strongest I have ever been. Classes are very challenging but fun too. At Sandrine’s Pilates I have not just changed my body and posture but I have made friends too, it is very social and friendly.”
“I have been referred by my osteopath to go to Sandrine’s after a major surgery in my lower back. Her expertise, encouragement, support and patience help me in my recovery. I would never have been able to go back to my daily tasks without her help. I even went back skiing last year. Thank you.”