I'm recovering well and getting faster....I'm so grateful I got it fixed....my instep was really worrying me.....you also let me know to take care of my body and to take twinges etc seriously.

Nigel, a runner

Over the last year, a deteriorating condition in my upper thigh had got even worse with increasing pain and stiffness, which no longer improved with use, and I felt my limp was in danger of being permanent....and acting on a personal recommendation I consulted Mike. After one treatment there was a marked improvement and now it seems to have completely gone and after some months there has been no sign of a return. Mike's treatment has been amazing.... I now attend the gym again with no problems.

Christopher Harbord, retired

I think this Pilates thing is really working...

Nick, after only six lessons

When you find a good masseur you stick to them, that's why I've been seeing Mike for more than 10 years. Having regular treatment has kept me running injury free and ready for my next workout with fresh legs. He always takes time on the problem areas and never rushes through the treatment - I would recommend him to anyone - give him a go, to help you achieve the best you can.

Hayley Yelling, European cross country champion 2005 and 2009

"Being treated by Mike has been a revelation. He pin-pointed the issues in my long-term back problem almost immediately and in just two sessions he has already made a huge difference. No drugs, no complex exercises just clear analysis and straight-forward corrective action."

 

Great Results, Personable, Expert

 

Peter hollingsworth 2011

Mike intuitively knows how to use his hands to release muscle tension, enabling me to move more fluidly again. He also imparts a load of knowledge which I hungrily absorb. After a session with Mike I always feel like dancing!

 

Mary Nonde Dance-Movement and Creative Arts Teacher

"I was desperately looking for someone who could help me with my back, neck and knee problems, all made worse by arthritis. Mike is VERY professional and knows what he is talking about. He knows exactly how to keep me on my feet and as for sorting out my neck pain and headaches, there is no one like him! So many people feel they need to go to someone who will crunch their bones to get relief but really the bones are being held together by muscle, so why not go for the root cause! I hope Mike never retires... as I couldn't do without him."

 

Marion

I very much enjoy and look forward to my weekly Pilates class with Mike. Being new to Pilates I appreciate the way Mike breaks down the exercises step by step, which is the way I learn best. I also appreciate the time he takes to encourage me to stretch myself  that little bit further each week to get the most from the class. Mike has a teaching style that works superbly well  for me for which is firm, caring and fun.

 

Dermot Fitzpatrick.

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BENEFITS OF PILATES
  • A stronger healthier back.
  • Better posture.
  • Better co-ordination.
  • Better balance.
  • Better body shape, with a flatter stomach.
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Improved sporting performance.
  • Relief from stress.
  • A sense of calm and well-being.
Mike conducting a Pilates Class
WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is a method of exercise developed by the late Joseph Pilates. He explored many forms of exercise, initially for his own benefit, using what he found to work for him to develop a system of exercise for others.

Essentially this system aims to retrain the body to use its muscles for their proper functions, and to move with correct movement patterns and in correct alignment.

 

"If at 30 you are stiff and out of shape, then you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong, then you are young." Joseph Pilates.

 

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880 and became a fitness trainer with the Metropolitan Police and the German Police. He emigrated to America in the 1930s, where he set up his first fitness studio in New York, initially training mainly dancers, but soon attracting sports people and then actors, actresses and other famous people. They were all attracted to a system of training that complemented their other forms of exercise, and which built strength and flexibility without building bulk. He adapted his programme of exercises to the individual needs of his students. And from a core of exercises this process is still carried on with the various forms of Pilates that are being taught today.

 

Body Control Pilates has been developed by Lynne Robinson, Gordon Thomson and others over the last 20 years with the aim of making Pilates more accessible to the general public by building up the exercises through their component parts; from simple basic moves that can be safely attempted by those who have injury or posture problems. Muscle control and patterns of movement are developed first, and the gain in strength follows as the exercises become more challenging.

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