Katie’s Pilates – unique, fun workouts that fuses fitness techniques from Body conditioning & Pilates to help tone, chisel and define the whole body. And get this…. you don’t need any Pilates experience, the classes welcome all levels and you will be pushed individually depending on your level.
Katie’s Pilates is a perfect combination of strength and flexibility exercises with added cardio to burn fat fast. You will experience the amazing physical and mental benefits of Pilates. With an emphasis on breath, core conditioning and body awareness – it is an effective way to stretch and strengthen your body making it more streamline.
Performed on a mat, Pilates is a fitness regime for a lifetime. The perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, sport, rehab and life, Pilates will leave you toned, feeling revitalised and moving with ease.
Katie’s Pilates goal is to make Pilates accessible for every body, to keep Pilates fun in a welcoming and supportive environment.
My matwork classes take you and your body through a series of controlled, intelligently choreographed exercises designed to strengthen and tone the muscles, mobilise the joints, increase movement efficiency and build stamina.
Matwork classes are led by Katie Francesca and team (see profile), Katie’s Pilates Director and Pilates Instructor who ensures personal attention, tailored repertoire and skill-progression for all clients.
To book into a class for the first time please contact Katie direct to reserve your space. (sometimes Katie's Pilates ends up in the junk mail folder, so do double check, as Katie always replies to emails on the same day)
Katie looks forward to helping you discover a happier, healthier new lifestyle!
PLEASE NOTE - if you mix and match classes, the price will adjust accordingly but you do still get a discount!
£9-£11 Pilates *6 class block = £45-£55*
£13 Physio led Pilates *6 class block = £65
£12 Barre Pilates (Pilates and Ballet fused, including work on the floor and at the ballet barre) *6 class block = £60*
£14 Pregnancy Pilates *6 class block = £70*
£10 Pilates Parent and Baby *6 class block = £50*
£5 Buggylates (Pilates outside with the buggy)
£5 Stretch-Out (30mins of pure stretching)
CANCELLATION POLICY - please get in touch with Katie to find out the details
My Pilates classes focus on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine and pelvis, facilitating stability and efficient, coordinated movement of the limbs. Using the body’s weight as natural resistance, muscle groups are strengthened and lengthened equally, restoring balance and releasing unwanted tension. All exercises can be adapted to greater or lesser intensity.
Mums-to-be, post-natal clients and clients referred to Pilates by a healthcare professional are advised to contact Katie direct first to find out which class is suited to you.
I can set-up Pilates classes exclusively for you. Classes can take place in your living room, gym, park, church hall – you pick the venue. My classes can accommodate a minimum of 4 and maximum of 16 people. Contact me to arrange your ultra-personalised Pilates matwork class.
Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing Pilates for some years, a 1:1 session allows you to focus on the more challenging principles and exercises in depth, which will help you and your body progress even more in a group class. These private sessions take place in the comfort of your own home and can be booked as a one-off (£45), a block of 3 (£120), or a block of 6 (£230), or a block of 10 (£360) *CANCELLATION POLICY - 24hours notice otherwise full price of the session is charged*..
A more traditional mat-work class focusing on Joseph Pilates' 34 exercises - using the art of controlled movement - which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifest. This is a slower paced session for absolute beginners, or for those looking to brush up on technique to compliment another Katie's Pilates class. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. This class puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates allows for different exercises to be modified, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. The exercise's intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Pilates is a perfect form of exercise during your pregnancy for both you and your growing baby. Katie will work with you to set a foundation in deep abdominal strength to support your baby. Pilates is suitable to do right up until the birth, but the pace will adapt as your pregnancy progresses. Pilates does not put strain on the joints or back, it infact strengthens your back, stomach and muscles around the pelvic area - there is a huge focus on the mind & body connection in Pilates - allowing an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery. There is a focus on breath control during the class which will also aid labour. Katie has been pregnant herself, so she has a full understanding of exactly what it feels like, the emotions involved, the forever changing body and the potential aches & pains. Katie's classes for pregnancy include stretches or moves that can help ease discomfort and maintain good posture which can be lost due to the added weight. Pilates helps keep the body strong and prepares the body to hold certain positions for a length of time which again will aid labour. Katie will run through the importance of keeping a strong pelvic floor and how to exercise this area. These classes are suitable for 2nd and 3rd trimester. This is a lovely way to meet other local mums to be, and often Katie will initiate meet ups pre and post baby in the local area.
Katie's Post natal classes - please get in touch directly with Katie regarding your return to exercise post birth. You must get the go-ahead from your health professional after your 6 week check up. (If you have had a Caesarian section, it is likely to be a bit longer) These classes are 45mins long and it is the mum's 45min to exercise and focus on themselves with the comfort of having their baby next to them. No need for child care! As a new mum, it is so very important to make time to focus on yourself, breath and be still. Katie will spend time addressing any post baby tummy issues and cover exercises specific to post c-section. The class will cover the pelvic floor connection, stretches to ease any back/shoulder pain and of course focus on regaining core strength. This class is a great way to meet other local parents and the babies tend to enjoy the music!
Pilates meets Ballet (please note, no Ballet/dance experience required) These classes integrate the fat-burning format of interval training with muscle-shaping isometrics to quickly and safely reshape muscles. The non-impact, one-hour workout uses both the Ballet barre and the mat, and targets all major muscle groups (in particular the legs and butt). This workout strengthens the muscles, they are then stretched to help create a longer, leaner physique. This is a fun, upbeat, cardio workout.
• Please wear comfortable clothing, easy to move in.
• Pilates can be performed in socks or bare feet. Bare foot training is better if possible, this is to strengthen the muscles in your feet, as your feet are the foundation and support for your skeletal structure. Next to the spine, the foot contains the second largest number of proprioceptive sensory receptors in the body, giving consistent, constant feedback related to your spatial body position, alignment and safety.
• Bring a mat if you have one – otherwise Katie has a few spare
• Don’t eat a heavy meal before your Pilates workout
• Don’t attempt Pilates under the influence of any drug that affects your concentration, illness or fatigue, or alcohol
• Bring water, it is important to stay hydrated before, during and after class
Katie Francesca trained as a professional dancer, graduating with a BA Hon's degree in 2005. Katie first experienced the benefits of Pilates during her dance career, attending regular studio and mat work classes which kept her lean, strong and prepared for the athletic and intensive demands of a dancer’s life. Then, after a long 8 years of working in an office job, Katie returned to Pilates for pleasure and to restore strength, back health and posture…lost through sitting at a desk everyday! Her passion for Pilates led her to set up Katie’s Pilates.
Born in the United Kingdom, Katie began studying dance at the tender age of three. After successfully completing her studies, she has embarked on a career of Pilates and Body conditioning.
Katie has made it her mission to guide and motivate people –
Exercise to Music Certification 2012
Body Control Pilates Matwork Certification 2012
Pregnancy (Pre and Post Natal) Pilates Certification 2014
Body Control Pilates Small Mat Equipment Certification 2014
Dance and Culture degree, 2:1 BA 2005
Member of the Register of Exercise REP
Qualified First Aider with St John Ambulance 2014
Anna received her early training in classical ballet, branching into contemporary and choreography. She undertook full-time dance training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia graduating with a Bachelor of Dance in 2010. Since graduating Anna has worked free-lance as a dancer, teacher and choreographer both in the United Kingdom and in her home country New Zealand. She has practiced Pilates alongside her dance training for many years finding it to be an excellent support in developing and enhancing core strength, specificity and tone as well as being brilliant in both injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2015 she trained with the Brigid McCarthy Pilates Studio and qualified as a Pilates Matwork teacher. Anna has been with Katie's Pilates for over a year now and is loving teaching Pilates and sharing it’s benefits with others.
Meredith Anderson is a Fletcher Pilates Professional Teacher, dance instructor, performer and choreographer. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours specialization in Dance, from York University and stayed to pursue a professional dance career. She discovered Pilates as a means to maintain her strength and flexibility. Receiving her Professional Qualification from Fletcher Pilates in 2015 Meredith worked at studios around Toronto. Meredith is an experienced teacher in both dance and Pilates, working with students of all ages and abilities from beginners looking to add movement and fitness into their life to professionals who move for a living including dancers from the National Ballet of Canada. Meredith recently relocated to London and looks forward leading others to find the benefits of Pilates to improve their strength, posture and well-being.
The legacy of Joseph Pilates, a German émigré to New York in the 1920s, the classical Pilates matwork programme is a complete body-mind workout that requires intense strength, flexibility, precision of movement and stamina. Pilates is a safe and effective form of exercise that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles to create a lean silhouette and transform poor posture.
Katie’s Pilates sessions allow any body to progress safely and effectively towards Joseph Pilates’ original work. Once you’ve mastered the basic principles, Pilates can be done at home, at work, in the park, at the gym or even pushing a trolley around a supermarket!
It’s the accessibility of Pilates that is appealing – no expensive equipment required, just an exercise mat, clean floor and an hour of your time per week!
People from all walks of life choose Pilates - anyone can do it!
Movement specialists, including actors, athletes and dancers include Pilates in their training regimes to enhance their physical performance.
Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and GPs recommend Pilates for rehabilitation after injury and to manage chronic pain caused by mechanical dysfunction of the muscles.
Mums-to-be choose Pilates as safe and effective exercise throughout the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and for restoring abdominal strength and tone after childbirth.
- Contract your abs while maintaining the neutral spine position. If you have attended Katies Pilates classes, you hear her say “belly button to spine.” That phrase describes the kind of ab activation you want to feel as you move through the various exercises.
- Start with the basics. It can be easy, especially if you are already physically fit, to aim for the stars and try intermediate or advanced exercises. First class with Katie, go for the easier option always. Joseph Pilates developed this method with a progression in mind. Start at the beginning and work your way up. Concentrate on getting your form clean and precise. Then, move on to harder things.
- Take breaks when necessary.
- Avoid quick, jerky movements. Every movement should be slow and flowing.
- For the best results, do Pilates 2-4 times a week.
- Pilates can help balance your sleep patterns. The emphasis on breathing and body awareness can regulate your inner clock so that you sleep better.