body control pilates certified teacher

Mark Thistlewood Pilates

(Established 2006)

Intelligent Exercise for All-Round Health and Fitness

Offering matwork Pilates in North Dorset

Current matwork class venues

I am excited to announce my re-commencement of hall classes from June 7. Quite a lot has changed during the pandemic period so please read the schedule carefully as there are changes from what you may be used to.

The venues I use are clean and warm with easy parking. Both Holtwood and Tarrant Hinton have under floor heating while Durweston and Okeford Fitzpaine have radiators. I have a long-established good working relationship with all my hall administrators so any issues are easily rectified.

As our life-expectancy increases, we need to look after our bodies and remain as mobile and capable of going about our day-to-day lives as possible: Pilates is the perfect exercise regime for this!

I offer Pilates Matwork exercise either in classes of 12 maximum, smaller private groups or individual attention.

Rather than 'gentle' as Pilates is often described, I prefer to say it offers a vast repertoire of controlled movements, some of which are very subtle – all of which challenge mind and body either in terms of physical demand or movement skill. Pilates is a movement exercise method that is learnt rather than 'done'. It is low-impact (kinder to our joints) and non-aerobic. Movements are performed slowly so that we can improve accuracy and control, leading to a 'quiet strength' rather than muscle-bound, and to great improvements in flexibility and spinal comfort. In a typical group class I aim to take the body's joints through a myriad of movement planes.

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