Matwork pilates

Our Story

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young. Joseph Pilates.

Live, Eat, Breathe Pilates

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade..

20 years ago I was in constant pain with my lower back. My life style was severley resticted and things came to head when I became temporarily paralysed and had to undergo major back surgery. I found myself in a body brace and on crutches with months of hydrotherapy and rehabilitation ahead of me. I was introduced to Pilates by a fantastic physio, Dan. Little did I know how my life was going to change!

The Birth of Power of Pilates

Over the next 6 years I attended weekly Pilates classes and learnt to live, eat and breathe Pilates and to use the principles in my everyday life. Not only did this help me to retrain my body to move correctly but it also inspired me to share this life changing discipline with others. I qualified as a Pilates Instructor in 2007 and Power of Pilates was born.

Classes quickly grew and word spread. Physios and Osteopaths started to recommend me to clients and I was inundated with class requests from people suffering back, neck, shoulder, knee and hip injuries. To my surprise, I also had requests from sportspeople wanting to prevent injuries and improve core stability and Corporate clients wanting Pilates in house. I had outgrown the church halls as I could no longer fit the people in so I found, designed and renovated a space in Lower Earley. The Studio had arrived!

Over the next few years instructors who shared my passion for Pilates joined the Power of Pilates team. It is important to me that we all share the same vision for our clients and I am so fortunate that we have such a great team working together and sharing knowledge. We all have a hands on approach and see our clients as individuals, not just another number. We now have a fantastic and incredibly professional team, specialising individually in areas such as Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Arthritis, Pre and Post Natal, back care, sports injuries and rehabilitation.

When I created Power of Pilates I wanted to ensure we restricted class sizes to 12 to ensure everyone has individual attention – each body is different and the session is tailored to take each person into consideration where possible. I am proud that we still have clients from my very first classes - you can't get a better recommendation that that!

We offer Matwork classes, Reformer and Equipment classes and Personal Training. Our studio is in Lower Earley but we also offer matwork classes in Wokingham, Finchampstead and Winnersh.

Lower Earley Pilates Studio

Reading's most established Pilates studio for both mat and reformer classes.