News and updates

Christmas break and new beginner classes

All classes are now finished for the year. Thank you to all my loyal clients for another year of your support. I hope you all have a lovely restful Christmas, and very best wishes for the New Year.

Classes start up again on Monday 9th January.

I am doing three new beginner’s courses, two in the daytime, one evening. These are 4-week courses, costing £30, with the intent to continue the classes in those time slots if there is sufficient interest. Booking is essential, so if you are interested, please email or phone me to reserve a place.

  • Tuesdays, 6.30-7.30pm in Faringdon Catholic Church Hall. Dates: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st January
  • Thursdays 10.45-11.45am in Faringdon Catholic Church Hall. Dates: 12th, 19th and 26th January, and 2rd February
  • Fridays 10.45-11.45am in Faringdon United Church Hall. Dates: 13th, 20th and 27th January, and 3rd February

Please note change of time to Tuesday evening late class. The 7:30pm class will begin at 7:45pm from Tuesday 10th January.

Best wishes for the festive season. Do some practice…


I am a Stott-trained Pilates Instructor offering group and private Pilates matwork classes in Faringdon (Oxfordshire) and the surrounding area (for example Northmoor, Wantage and Lechlade in Gloucestershire). For details of local classes and how to book, see my page on the types of class. I trained at the Active Pilates Studio in Kidlington, and am committed to teaching safe, effective Pilates to a high standard.

What is Pilates?

Laura teaching

Pilates is a low-impact exercise method that uses controlled, precise exercises to develop flexibility, endurance and strength without adding bulk. The main emphasis involves working to regain optimal posture, especially of the spine, and learning to use the body's stabilizing muscles to promote correct body use in both sport and day to day activities. The benefits of regular Pilates practice include:

  • Improved posture and increased core strength and stability
  • Better balance, coordination and body awareness
  • Rebalancing of muscles around the joints, which can help reduce aches and pains
  • Promotes optimal balance between strength and flexibility
  • Improved performance and reduced injury risk in a wide range of sports
  • Increased self-confidence from having a better-toned body, and longer, leaner muscles

The Stott Pilates Method

Stott Pilates was developed by a former professional dancer, Moira Merrithew. With the help of sports medicine professionals and working with current anatomical and biomechanical knowledge, the original exercise repertoire of Joseph Pilates has been brought up-to-date, incorporating contemporary ideas about spinal rehabilitation and performance enhancement. The Stott Method is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine, and places increased emphasis on stabilizing the shoulder blades. The resulting exercises can be modified in order to cater for a wide range of abilities, ensuring they are safe and effective for everyone.