Pilates exercises encourage the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.

The principles of Pilates are control, centering, concentration, precision, flowing movements, breathing, alignment, flexibility and lengthening … along with a little coordination and stamina! Pilates can improve physical problems such as bad posture, stiff joints and many back problems.


Having attended Pilates classes since 1998, I have always found the benefits and principles fascinating and noticeable. I qualified as an Instructor in 2004 and haven’t looked back since. I continue to update my training, constantly attending classes and workshops to ensure that my own classes remain up to date, fun, varied and safe.

I’m fully insured and trained in Level 3 Pilates and offer safe options for many orthopaedic conditions. I now teach 6 classes in Bodle street Green Village hall. I offer hands on corrective classes for all levels and abilities ranging from beginners mat or chair classes to Back care, Intermediate or Dynamic classes.

We work on various points from breath to strength and I recognise the benefits of the basics such as breath, alignment and flowing movements. All essential yet often overlooked elements of Pilates. Places are often limited so if you are interested in joining my classes, please don’t hesitate to call me for advice, or to arrange a trial session. I only offer term payments due to large numbers but have found my loyal participants have continued to follow and enjoy my classes, and they rarely miss a term!


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Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883 he was a sickly child with rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. He dedicated his life to improving his physical health studying many sports from a young age such as boxing, body building, yoga and gymnastics. He began to believe that the ‘modern’ lifestyle of bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the root of poor health.

During the first world war he taught wrestling and self-defence in the UK, it was here that he began refining and teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises. Joseph later emigrated to America and it was on the boat over that he met his future wife Clara who was a professional dancer. They opened their first studio in New York teaching other dancers, sportsmen and women and helping to rehabilitate many people. Joseph died in 1967 at the age of 83.

If you have any queries please contact me at leah@bodyandskinclinic.co.uk or call me on 07735 560570

“In Leah’s Pilates class she adapts each exercise to your own personal requirements. Each session is fun friendly and enjoyable, at the same time keeping to a high professional standard. Leah has changed my life, my fitness and strength… highly recommend it.”

“I initially began Pilates with Leah over 10 years ago following back surgery. She suggested a few sessions of one to one to begin with to find what worked for me and to correct posture. Since then I have regularly attended Leah’s classes not only because I enjoy them but to keep my back and core strong, flexible and healthy. Each class is different, professional and fun. Leah has a fantastic ability to keep an eye on her pupils to individually check, correct and tweak their positions, also being aware of their fitness levels or physical difficulties. Leah is a fantastic teacher, beauty therapist who I would be very happy to recommend.”

“Having been a fellow ‘classmate’ of Leah’s since 1998, it has been a pleasure to see her develop into an excellent teacher. Her classes are always well structured and gently challenging and she gives great support and encoouragement to individuals when required during each session. In my opinion she is one of the best Pilates instructors I have come across and we are very lucky to have her!”

“I started with leah 6 years ago after hip replacement and being diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her classes are amazing. She keeps a close eye on us all adjusting when necessary but pushing us at the same time. I have tried other Pilates classes and found them boring and repetitive so I was a little apprehensive but had heard her classes were fun and different and was so pleased to be able to join. I look forward to it each week which can’t be a bad thing!”