What is it?

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” – Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a series of exercises designed to help your body function better. You begin by concentrating on the deep abdominal muscles that support your spine and progress by bringing in other muscles, strengthening those that are weak and stretching those that are tight.

Benefits include: increased mobility, flexibility and strength, improved balance, reduction in posture related aches and pains and lower stress level.

Who is it for?

Pilates is available to people of all ages although we prefer to see under 16s on a 1:1 basis rather than a group class. Pilates can help in the management of a range of muscular and joint conditions but is particularly beneficial for the management of back and neck pain.  Pilates is also an excellent way of maintaining core strength, flexibility and general fitness.

The following Pilates services are available at the Courtyard:

  • Matwork classes from beginner through to advanced level
  • Reformer or studio Pilates (1:1 or small group by appointment)
  • Ante and post-natal Pilates (1:1 or small group by appointment)
  • Pilates for horse riders (offered as a class or 1:1 by appointment)


What to expect

At the Courtyard we are committed to offering you the very best Pilates program delivered by instructors who are fully trained Chartered Physiotherapists. This provides a unique opportunity for you in that your instructor will use physiotherapy skills of assessment and rehabilitation to specifically tailor exercises and routines to work on areas of weakness.

An individual, one hour session with your instructor is required prior to attending any of our Pilates sessions. This will enable you to receive a full assessment and to learn the basics of The Pilates technique.

Following your assessment you will be advised as to which class level or format (group or 1:1) will provide you with the most benefit.

Pilates Class Locations




Wotton Under Edge



Our 2024 Pilates Term Dates

Take a look at our term dates for 2024 below.

Term One

 Monday 8th January – Saturday 10th February (Helen Cann will return on Friday 5th January 2024)

5/6 weeks 

Term Two

Monday 19th February – Saturday 23rd March

5 weeks 

Term Three

Monday 8th April – Saturday 25th May

Bank Holiday Monday 6th May

6/7 weeks

Term Four

Monday 3rd June – Saturday 20th July

7 weeks

Summer Term Schedule

Monday 22nd July – Saturday 31st August

6 weeks

Term Five

Monday 2nd September – Saturday 26th October (Jo B and Jo T  – Monday 9th September – Saturday 26th October – 7 week term)

8 weeks

Term Six

Monday 4th November – Saturday 21st December

7 weeks

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Ready to Make a Change?

Making that first appointment is the most important part. If you’re not quite sure what you need don’t worry, give us a call or send an email. Our job is to help you find the best way forward with the most appropriate treatment plan or class for you.