What is Pilates?


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Body Control Pilates is based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880 – 1967), who created a series of exercises that built strength without adding bulk and balanced that strength with flexibility.

The ‘classical’ Pilates exercises that he developed may take many years to perfect and may well be beyond the capability of the average person, so the ’classical’ exercises have been broken down so that our clients can enjoy the benefits of Pilates whilst working safely and effectively as they move towards the more intermediate and advanced exercises.

Pilates is a safe, effective form of body conditioning. It works by strengthening the core postural muscles of the body; re-balancing the body and bringing it back into correct alignment.

Pilates also strengthens the deep stabilizing muscles of the trunk, making it ideal for the prevention and treatment of back problems – one of the reasons why Pilates enjoys unique support from the medical profession and is at the leading edge of sports medicine today.


After a class my clients feel as if they have completed a good work out, but feel relaxed, stretched, toned and taller.


Pilates is not cardiovascular so we do recommend that you swim, cycle or walk regularly.


In a perfect world I would love my clients do 2-3 hours of Pilates a week but this simply is not possible in our multi tasking lives, but you can use all the Pilates techniques learnt in the classes to help you to keep poor posture at bay, whether it is walking the dog, standing or sitting for long periods, lifting something heavy or enjoying activities like sports, hobbies or gardening.


And it works! I have clients who have been with me since I qualified and there are some of their testimonials in the right column.





For approximately 9 months I have had the pleasure of being taught Pilates in one of Claire Day’s classes. Claire’s small classes are always friendly and informal, however include full and clear instructions, along with gentle physical corrections by Claire when needed. Having small classes enable Claire to offer almost 1:1 instruction and support. Thank you Claire, your advice, guidance and support has helped me to prepare for hip replacement surgery and create a greater awareness and strength in my body. L.J. E. Haughley

Having been advised by my Osteopath (I have a long standing lower back problem) to try Pilates and recommending Claire Day, a few years ago I joined her classes. Pilates has now become a way of life – her teaching methods are second to none. Her classes are in a very relaxed and friendly environment (no more than 7 people) and aged from young to seniors. Nobody is made to feel they are unable to perform any exercise as Claire is always aware of each individual limitations. These exercises have certainly made a difference to my way of life as to how I tackle certain tasks. The body has become more mobile and flexible together with learning to breathe correctly. Time is taken to explain all moves in an interesting and useful way. I am quite convinced her regime of exercises before and after a recent hip replacement enabled me to be back on my feet in a relatively short timescale. S.V. Cotton

I have been attending Pilates classes with the instructor Claire Day for over four and a half years after undergoing various operations and surgical procedures on my neck and spine. Since my first lesson I became aware of her knowledge, expertise, care and interest in all of her clients, most of whom were experiencing problems either as a result of wear and tear or recovering post operative interventions. Claire was recommended by both my surgeon and osteopath and is often attending seminars and lectures to extend her excellent repertoire of exercises. Always cheerful and patient, one leaves her lessons invigorated and definitely more supple! Thank you Claire for all the help over the years.                    S da C Brettenham

 Pilates it makes a difference. After many years of trying to find a Pilates class and without any success I tried to practice the art by following books and DVD’s at home. On moving to Suffolk over seven years ago I was lucky enough to meet Claire Day whilst she was distributing leaflets advertising classes which she was holding in her studio at home.

I have been going to Claire for over 6 years now and the difference it makes to my well being is phenomenal. After only a few weeks of attending Claire’s classes I found that I could run up and down stairs again! My family and friends noticed that after a few months my posture and shape had improved, making me appear younger than I had previously looked. The ability to keep up with our grandchildren ranging from six to nineteen years of age speaks for itself.

Claire’s professional approach is unquestionable as she takes into account her student’s general and physical health whilst conducting her exercise sessions. Claire pays particular attention of keeping herself fully aware of each member’s changing circumstances. The group, (of never more than seven), are prompted by Claire of how individual members should approach the exercise taking into account their physical condition and the level they have attained. This never impinges on the flow from one exercise to the next.

Claire frequently attends various courses which enhances her knowledge on the practice of Pilates but also other topics that help her, and she in turn passes onto her clients, in the understanding of maintaining a healthy mind and mobile body. The group sessions consist of members of varying ages, I being seventy two years of age and younger members in their early thirties. Claire has the art of making us all feel equal by enabling us to attain our potential. Claire ensures that the studio is always of a comfortable temperature and has a relaxed atmosphere. Her gentle and soothing voice guiding clients through the exercises gives a most rewarding and satisfying experience.

Claire once confessed to us that she would have loved to have taken a full body photograph of us all when we first attended her class and one now just to show what a difference Pilates has made. How I wish she had. But then I know all her clients are fully aware of what they have each personally achieved. What more can a satisfied client say.

C.M. Rattlesden