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Welcome to the Jane Thomas Pilates website
Welcome to the Jane Thomas Pilates website. Here you will find information on us, everything you need to know about us, and — sometimes (keep checking back) — even some simple Pilates exercises you can try yourself at home.
Pilates (pronounced pill-AH-teez) is in fact one of the best exercise formats you can follow — whatever your fitness level. Pilates is a multi-muscle training technique which — when done correctly — can increase strength, flexibility and mobility.
It was designed around 90 years ago to support general daily activities so is suitable for people who do not otherwise train. On the other hand, the more active also find it highly beneficial as a cross-training technique.
Our Aim — Why Do We Do It?
Freedom for you: freedom from aches, pains and injuries; freedom of movement; freedom to live an active happy lifestyle.
How Do We Do It?
By focussing on individual needs, we show you how to build your strength from the inside out. Our team of Instructors will work with you to improve mobility, posture, and flexibility.
What Do We Offer?
Small-group Pilates matwork classes in a venue near you. Try one of our classes for free.
One-to-one Sessions, Reformer, Biomechanics
If you are looking for individual Pilates sessions, or want to work on Pilates Reformers or require Biomechanics sessions, these are all provided by our associated company Pilates in Loughborough — click here to visit the Pilates in Loughborough website.
Jane Thomas Pilates — the best possible Pilates experience — guaranteed!
Our Very Best News Of The Moment!
Our most exciting news, as it happens, here for you to see
We are happy to announce that we have got a Wunda-Chair!
This delightful piece of torture — no, sorry — exercise equipment was designed by the man himself — Joseph Pilates — originally way back in the 1930s.
And we are delighted to say that we now have one in the Studio, which we will be using for our one-to-one clients there.
Like the Pilates Reformer — also originally designed by Joseph Pilates — the Wunda-Chair is intended purely to focus you on your Pilates and help you achieve greater results.
Get in touch if you'd like to see for yourself how the Wunda-Chair can make your Pilates more intensive, more focussed, more wunda-ful and more fun.
Yes, we are now working with Derby County first team squad, introducing them to Pilates and helping in their training.
For footballing aficionados, you will know that Derby County are making a bid to get into the Premiership League next season.
With this season over half-way through already, and with Derby County tantalisingly close to the top of the Championship Table, dreams may come true — hopefully with the help of Jane Thomas Pilates.
Loving it! Loving it! Loving It!
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise technique that was invented for injured dancers nearly a century ago by ex-carpenter and gymnast Joseph Pilates. He devised the exercise programme in the 1920s based on 34 original movements. As such, Joseph Pilates was the first person in the west to promote a holistic approach to exercise — his philosophy was that our lifestyle is chiefly responsible for our body’s ills, and are reflected in our posture and movement.
Is all Pilates all the same?
In short — no! Well, not now anyway.
Upto the year 2000 however, Pilates was the same wherever it was practised. Pilates prior to that date had been quite fixed. Joseph Pilates had defined the method quite precisely, and even trademarked it to protect his rights. He controlled how it was taught, by making sure his team of Pilates Instructors only taught new Pilates Instructors in the exact same manner. There was a hierarchy of Instructors, and they strictly maintained the trademarked method worldwide. Our very own Jane, for example, was trained by an Instructor who had been trained by one of Joseph's original Instructors. For want of a better term, the original Joseph Pilates method is often called Classical Pilates.
In 2000, Pilates had grown phenomenally worldwide. Joseph was long gone, and Pilates was straining at the seams. A court case defined that Pilates could no longer be trademarked and from then on could be classified simply as a generic exercise method — similar to aspirin, which used to be a trademarked term referring to the drug asetylsalicylic acid, but is now used whether made by the original trademarking company or not.
This had two results:
1 First, training organisations other than those original hierarchy of Pilates Instructors could teach new people to teach Pilates. As well as the existing Pilates Institute and similar organisations, many new organisations were created to train aspiring Pilates Instructors — Modern Pilates, Stott Pilates, Fitness Pilates — all adding their own take on traditional classical Pilates
2 Second, and a little worryingly, anyone — trained or untrained — can call themselves a Pilates teacher.
In general, Pilates Instructors trained prior to 2000 will all be classical Pilates Instructors. Instructors trained after this time could be trained classically, or otherwise, or indeed have little or no training at all.
This has since left a bit of a minefield when it comes to choosing a Pilates Instructor. What sort of Pilates will it be? How well has the Instructor been trained? And even, how safe will the exercise class be? The answers are that you should check what type of Pilates you will get, you should be certain that type of Pilates is what you want, and — for your safety — you should check that the Instructor has been trained with an accredited training organisation.
What we offer
All of our Pilates Instructors have been properly trained with accredited training organisations, so they do know their stuff, and they all teach Pilates both safely and correctly. We also restrict our group matwork class size — to an average of 15 participants — for reasons of safety and correct tuition.
Currently we offer classical Pilates through dedicated a team of Pilates Instructors.
Classical Pilates (aka Clinical Pilates)
Classical Pilates is the original Pilates adhering to the Joseph Pilates principles, available for everyone — though also suited as a rehabilitation exercise to anyone with any medical or health concerns — which is why it is sometimes referred to as Clinical Pilates. It is the most precise method of doing Pilates, adhering to Joseph's original principles of preciseness and control of movement. This is also the type of Pilates you need if you have been referred by a health professional such as a doctor, a physiotherapist, an osteopath, or a chiropractor.
What we offer is, we believe, the best Pilates instruction available. We stand by that, and we guarantee what we do.
Why are we so committed to what we do? Well, we think different about exercise; our whole philosophy is based upon Pilates and the beneficial effects it can give; and we know that when people try us, they stick with us.
Pilates teaches you to hold your posture correctly. It helps to balance the torso and trains core stability by building abdominal, pelvic and back strength. Many medical experts believe when the spine is in alignment and supported properly by strong abdominal muscles, the involuntary functions of the body such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, elimination of waste and psychological health are all improved. Breathing is a large part of Pilates, teaching you to protect the spine through correct breathing — which in turn helps to increase energy.
Pilates moves are designed to work your powerhouse muscles — abdominals, lower back, thighs, and buttocks; what we call the core. The result is a body better aligned and at less risk of injury. Practising such exercises on a regular basis can also help you move more freely and gracefully.
Over the last few years Pilates has revolutionised sports science and is being used to enhance sports performance. During sport, repeated movement means that certain muscles are being overused and the delicate balance can be upset: hips, neck, knees, shoulders and lumbar spine are the most vulnerable. Pilates can help restore the body's balance — realigning the body and encouraging natural movement, so enhancing performance.
We have worked with Olympic athletes and other top sports people, achieving some brilliant results.
Pilates works within the boundaries of symmetry so it is an ideal exercise format for those who suffer from mild pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and other conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints — all without risk of further pain or injury. It is said that Pilates speeds recovery from injury or surgery by improving mobility, posture, strength and coordination. Pilates provides a new approach to exercise where its participants feel lighter, appear to be more toned, stronger, and more active. In fact, most participants say that Pilates makes them more aware of their posture throughout their daily routine. They feel more relaxed and energised.
Another of our specialities is Biomechanics. We have also coupled Pilates exercises with Biomechanics, for many of our clients who have suffered pain, injury, and long-term discomfort, to achieve some life-changing results.
Overall, Pilates — correctly instructed and practised — increases strength, flexibility and endurance. It improves posture, alignment, co-ordination and balance without bulking up your muscles.
Pilates is ideal for most of us and for all ages — from absolute beginner through fitness enthusiast to Olympic athlete!
Joseph and his wife Clara
An introduction to the Jane Thomas Pilates Team
Jane is a Level 3 Instructor in the Pilates technique, and her training covers all aspects of Pilates with regards to the biomechanics of the body. Following some years of teaching Pilates to classes in local gyms and leisure centres, Jane opened the Jane Thomas Pilates Centre Studio in 2003.
Jane has been lucky in that her training was with Michael King himself, who worked with Alan Herdman who, in turn, had trained with the very original Joseph Pilates team of trainers.
As a result, she was able to learn a great deal from Michael's vast experience about the true and original Pilates technique, which has been copied and adapted and continues to evolve.
Because of her early introduction to Pilates, Jane was actually one of the very first qualified Pilates instructors in the East Midlands area and due to her qualifications has since been more than happy to mentor and help most of the other local Pilates instructors through their own subsequent qualifications over the years. She has also worked on occasion for the Pilates Institute itself.
Josie qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 and specialised in Neurological Rehabilitation in 2006. She gained experience within the NHS, working at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, Newark Hospital and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.
Josie has always used Pilates to treat a large proportion of her patients and completed her official training through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She now uses it as a basis for the re-education of movement patterns and as a way of minimising muscle imbalance to maximise efficiency of movement and prevent injury.
More recently Josie has been using Pilates to correct asymmetrical movement in horse riders, within her other role as a Veterinary Physiotherapist! She teaches Pilates at all levels of ability, both on a one-to-one basis and in small groups, and is very excited to have joined Jane Thomas Pilates!
Some of you will already know our Pilates Instructor Helen. Helen has been having a short sabbatical from teaching, but is back and raring to go now.
Helen's Pilates background goes back a long way. She originally trained professionally in dance, and in doing so — as most dancers do at some point — she fell in love with the Pilates method.
Like Jane, Helen was trained in her Pilates at the Pilates Institute by the likes of Michael King, Malcolm Muirhead and Nuala Coombs, She is a level 3 instructor with more than 10 years’ experience of teaching Pilates to all ages and abilities, and is known for her love of stretches and imaginative visual imagery in class.
Jenny comes to us from a fitness perspective, having been in the fitness industry for over 27 years.
She has travelled the world teaching fitness, and — for many years — owned and ran her own Personal Training business in Dubai.
Since coming back home to the UK, Jenny has spent some time looking at the fitness industry here, and has made the move to specialise in Pilates with us here.
Jenny brings an international perspective to our team of Instructors.
Mary is our newest Pilates Instructor, having joined us after having her new-born baby Ellen only last November. Ellen is already doing Pilates with Mary, and aims to be our youngest fully-qualified Instructor... ;-)
Mary is already proving her worth in our team and will be helping us create brand new Pilates-based ventures in the near future.
If you email us to enquire about joining, chances are that you will get your reply from Karen — who is our New Client Advisor.
Often described — rightly — as our Glamorous Assistant, Karen also runs our phenomenally successful Catchups System, as well as significant chunks of our administrative work.
Keeping fit has always been a priority for Karen, and she is definitely a Pilates enthusiast, so you may see her in class...
Often described as the core of the Team (just bringing a Pilates analogy in there...) Keith is the Jane Thomas Pilates
Anyway, if you email us, chances are Keith is the other one of the two people you'll probably get a reply from as — along with making coffee, washing up, booking appointments and such like — emailing is his main job. Well, there's more to it than just that. Keith takes care of the very website you're reading now, for example.
Qualifications? Keith has good O-level results in Metalwork and Technical Drawing, passed his driving test first try, and (as you can see from the photo) likes dodgy backstreet West End musicals...
Pilates Matwork Courses
Our Group Pilates Matwork Courses
We currently run courses in various venues in Loughborough, Hathern, Rempstone, Old Woodhouse, and Quorn.
We are committed to guaranteeing our clients the best possible Pilates experience, and our group class size is just one aspect of this. Our average group classes are of just 14 participants, which we know is the only way of making sure our Instructors are able to see everyone in the group throughout the class. We do not believe that correct Pilates can be attempted in larger classes.
Our current Pilates courses (matwork and Reformer) run on the following days and times, and are in the venues listed:
While many of these classes are fully booked, we do currently have some spaces in some classes.
Matwork Course Timetable 2016/2017
Our matwork courses run on the following weeks, between September 2016 to July 2017.
Please note: All planned dates are provisional — illnesses, emergencies, venue closures and other issues may mean that some classes may not take place at their planned time. A replacement class WILL always be arranged.
This is as definitive a list as we can make it, so please make sure you check that a particular class is running before you go — we may have rescheduled the class due to circumstances beyond our control.
Course 1 (5 weeks)
12 September (Some classes start Friday 9 & Saturday 10 September)
26 September (No Old Woodhouse class on Friday 30 September)
Course 2 (7 weeks)
Course 3 (5 weeks)
Course 4 (6 weeks)
27 February (Monday only classes run on Monday 20 February)
Course 5 (5 weeks)
1 May (no Monday classes on 1 May)
Course 6 (6 weeks)
All courses — at whatever venue/day/time — will have a total of 34 weeks of term-time classes, followed by a Summer Timetable in July/August.
You can also download our Matwork Course Timetable for reference, by clicking here.
Please note: Improvers Courses are unsuitable for Beginners to Pilates.
We do run Absolute Beginners Pilates Courses though and — also — Absolute Beginners Pilates Workshops for two or three people (ideal if you and one or two friends or relatives want to start Pilates).
Enrolment and Joining Us for Matwork Pilates
Contact us direct via this link for further details and for enrolment. This is the quickest and easiest way to enrol.
Main method of joining us is through our Monthly Payment Scheme, which gives you a discount for your Pilates courses and ensures your place in your class throughout the year, as well as four included classes to choose from our Summer Timetable.
Other than this, classes are not available on a pay-as-you-go system, and minimum payment is for the course (generally 6 weeks, depending on educational half-terms) in full in advance, but payment this way loses the discount and other benefits you have as a Monthly Payment Scheme member.
Our Catchup System
We run all Improvers courses with a Catchup element, whereby if you know you will have to miss a class in your Improvers course — and let us know in advance — for illness, holiday or any other reason, you can Catchup at any of our other classes, space permitting. You need never miss a Pilates class.
The way to contact us to let us know that you will miss one of your regular classes, and book your Catchup space is by following this link here.
Please make sure you specify the exact time/day/date/venue of the class you will miss, and likewise the exact class you would like to Catchup in, with alternatives where possible.
To allow us to administer the Catchup system, we need 24 hours notice of a missed class to be able to guarantee a Catchup space, though we will do our best to help even without 24 hours notice.
Note: you must check first with us whether the Catchup class has room. If you arrive without checking, you will be turned away if there is no space.
Note that — due to small class size guarantees — our Absolute Beginners Courses are not included in the Catchup system, although we do try to help where possible.
Frequently asked questions about our Pilates matwork courses
What should I wear?
Basically, any loose-fitting clothes — just wear leggings, fitness shorts or tracksuit type trousers with a loose waist and a t-shirt. Bare feet or socks are good for most exercises — though bare feet are essential for some equipment due to the possibility of slipping in socks. Avoid belts, and clothes with buckles and zips, or made out of rigid material such as denim, as they can restrict movement and make stretching difficult — they can also make lying down very uncomfortable.
What should I bring to the class?
Mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own fitness mat if you prefer. A cushion and a small towel may be useful too, as you may wish to use them to support the head and neck or to assist you when sitting.
I'm pregnant. Can I do Pilates?
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise with many advantages for your health if the pregnancy is progressing normally with no history of miscarriage. There are just certain moves which will need a little adaptation for you in order to ensure your comfort and the comfort of your baby plus some that are inadvisable as the pregnancy progresses. It is important that you are aware of the adaptations before joining a general class as we may not always be able to alert you to them every time in a whole class situation.
I suffer with bad back pain. Can Pilates help?
Many people find Pilates extremely helpful for back pain as it does encourage the muscles that support the spine to work effectively. Pilates is, however, an exercise programme not a medical treatment. Do take advice from a medical professional as to whether Pilates would be suitable for you.
I'm quite fit. Will Pilates benefit me at all?
Oh yes! Pilates improves the function of the core muscles, helps to tone the body, increases flexibility and is an aid to good posture. So, if you already workout regularly, adding some Pilates exercise to your routine provides better balance for the body as you work every muscle on each side evenly. It is therefore perfect as a cross training technique.
How many sessions do I need?
How long is a piece of string? Your objectives and reasons for wanting to do Pilates depend so much on your level of fitness, agility, and inclination. A thorough assessment of your requirements will be made on your first visit. For those who have been referred by an osteopath/physiotherapist, it is highly recommended that you have a private session during which a more thorough assessment can be made.
What happens during an assessment?
Your instructor will enquire about any existing medical conditions or injuries as well as why you want to take up Pilates.
Inclement Weather Policy
Please be aware that wherever possible we will continue to run ALL classes whatever the weather — provided it is safe to do so — but sometimes due to snow and ice we are sadly forced to cancel. Fortunately, however, this hasn’t happened very often in all the years we have been teaching.
If we do have to cancel a class, then — time permitting — we will send an email out to everyone on our newsletter database (so please take the time to ensure you have given us your email recently).
If you haven’t heard from us and want to check if a particular class is running, then please either email, text or call. Thank you.
If we do have a bad winter and have to cancel a few classes, then we will ensure there is still a way for you to exercise via our online workouts. This is a great way to keep exercising and keep spirits up when disruption is caused!
If we ARE forced to cancel a class due to inclement weather, sadly we still have to pay for the hall hire. Therefore, no refunds will be made to class participants. We will, however, try to add another week or night onto the course, but this may not be possible so is not guaranteed. For logistical reasons with the halls we hire, this may also be on a different day and time to the original course, and may even be in a different hall.
We will also try as an alternative to provide a session for you to do at home via email. Again, however, this is not guaranteed.
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand our Inclement Weather Policy. Please be assured we will always try our very best to provide a class or a session for you to follow if we are forced to cancel at any time due to bad weather conditions.
The information found within this site is for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice from your own doctor or any other health care professional. You are welcome to use this information, but you are also reminded that Jane Thomas Pilates or any one of our staff is not responsible or liable for any injuries occurred by performing any of the exercises given or diagnosis made by a user based on the information shown within this web site. Always consult your own GP, if you're in any way concerned about your health or anything associated with it.
Beginners Start HERE!
Our Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops are the absolutely
best way you can start Pilates
You wouldn't start to drive a car without taking lessons first, would you? Imagine if the world was full of cars with untrained drivers...
Pilates is no different. We make no secret of the fact that over the years we have met many people who say they do a Pilates class, yet have no idea of even the most basic Pilates principles. Quite apart from the fact that they would not be realising the benefits Pilates should have brought them, we believe this is a waste of time and money. We are committed to making sure this does not happen with our clients — and that's why we run our Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops.
Absolute Beginners Courses
Group size of our Absolute Beginners Courses is limited to a maximum of only eight participants in a class. This is the ideal number to make sure you get the best possible learning experience, in an extremely cost-effective way.
Absolute Beginners Courses are usually run as (approximately) 6-week courses, and payment is for the full course in advance.
Small group size means courses are quite intensive, and it ensures you get highly personalised training so that you learn all the Pilates principles to a proficient level — ideal before you move on to an Improvers group. Or, if you feel more comfortable, you can join another Absolute Beginners Course, immediately following.
1 We are Pilates specialists!
2 Your Absolute Beginners Pilates Course is in a very small group — a maximum of only eight
3 Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a FREE highly illustrated and descriptive book and ebook
4 Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a whole set of FREE online videos, allied to the ebook — one video for each week’s class
Our Absolute Beginners Pilates matwork courses are in very small groups at a venue near you — with a maximum of only eight participants, all at the very same Absolute Beginners level as you.
As everyone is at the same level there is no time wasted by advanced level participants demanding your Instructor’s time.
You can watch the video for your week’s class any number of times, so that you can practise the class as often as you want over the week.
There's a short sample of one of the videos for you to view here — it corresponds to page 11 of the sample course ebook you can see above.
Everything is coordinated so that you have a structured, progressive Pilates programme...
Your FREE Taster Class
And — if that's not enough to convince you — here's your chance to sample an Absolute Beginners Class, absolutely free of charge. Just click or tap the FREE Taster Classes tab above to find out when the classes are running and to contact us to let us know which class you'd like to come to. We'll be back in touch as soon as possible to get you booked in.
Then, you can come along and sample a class for yourself to find out how Pilates can begin to help you.
There is no hard-sell, and no pushy salesperson demanding you sign up immediately — just a friendly Pilates Instructor who will make you feel welcome, and make sure you feel comfortable in the class and doing exercises at the correct level for you.
You cannot lose. You can only benefit from the freedom and mobility that Pilates can give you.
Absolute Beginners Workshops
We also run Absolute Beginners Workshops occasionally to suit. These are micro-group (only up to three people) classes, comprising three hour-long sessions over three weeks, with the aim of getting you fully up-to-speed, so that you can move in to one of our Improvers matwork courses. If you have one or two friends and want to jump-start your Pilates, then our Absolute Beginners Workshops are ideal.
Absolute Beginners Courses & Workshops
You will not find a better way to start Pilates — guaranteed!
Contact us directly for more information about our Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops.
Contact Us Here
The best way to contact us is by using our Contact Form here.
Alternatively, our mobile number is 0777 801 9765. If we are teaching though, we will not be able to answer.
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Our sister company, where you can find all sorts of individual Pilates, Biomechanics and Pilates Reformer sessions. Pilates in Loughborough is the first and only Pilates and lower back pain relief specialist studio in the area.