The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940s. It is a unique and versatile method of exercise aimed to improve body awareness, posture, strength and flexibility.  The original Classical exercises devised by Joseph Pilates are still valued today and are graded or adapted to suit the client.

A general matwork class involves a maximum of 15 clients, to enable some individual attention and guidance to be provided within the class environment. Small equipment such as soft balls, bands, foam rollers are also sometimes used in class and often a short relaxation exercise is included.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates is beneficial to improve your general fitness and well being and can be enjoyed at any age. It can be adapted to suit someone new to exercise or to someone who is actively involved in other sports.

Pilates with Bodywise Derby helps you to;

  • Develop your  strength, flexibility and ease of movement.
  • Improve your posture and joint alignment.
  • Tone your core/ postural muscles to support the spine.
  • Gain focus, relaxation, stress relief and a calm mind.
  • Prevent injury or rehabilitate following injury.
  • Improve your balance and co ordination.
  • Improve your breathing and breath control.
  • Commit to long term health/ movement benefits in a supportive environment, with experienced, well qualified teachers.

Beginners Pilates - How to get started with Bodywise Derby

Prior to joining a class you will need to do one of the following:

  • A beginners workshop - The investment is £45 please do e mail for next available dates


  • Have a one to one session with either Serena or Lesley Bodywise Pilates Derby  £45

This really is to enable you to get the best out of Pilates and develop your confidence by learning the fundamental principles : what the core muscles are and how to start using them effectively during a class.

This also enables us to assess you properly and consider any injuries, postural, post natal issues you may have.

This may seem long winded but really does make a massive difference to maximise the benefits of the method safely in a class environment.

One to one Pilates with Bodywise Derby

Individual Pilates sessions allow a more detailed assessment of your rehabilitation and exercise needs, specifically for your lifestyle, sports and activities of daily living.

It may be that you have, or are recovering from illness/ injury and require a more bespoke programme with home exercises in between sessions. 


It may be that you have a condition that would benefit from a more individual assessment and programe for example; A neurological condition/ arthritis/ EDS/ back injury or pain.

Alternatively, you may feel that you would like to start your Pilates programme by gaining the benefits of one to one, to build on your strength and confidence prior to joining a matwork class.

Price -  £45 for an hour, home exercises will be agreed for you to work on in between sessions.

Kindly note:

Reflexology and Pilates are not substitutes for medical treatment , if following a discussion/ initial assessment it is felt that a referral to a practitioner such as your GP, Midwife or Physiotherapist is required, then this must be done prior to commencement of your Reflexology or Pilates sessions with Bodywise Derby.