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Why choose Physio on the River?

  • run about 32 Pilates classes a week spread throughout the day and evening, 7 days a week
  • Small classes – never more than 7 in the class so lots of individual attention
  • Classes are divided into levels of difficulty – so you are always with people of the same standard and always progressing
  • We also offer Rehab classes taken by a Physiotherapist who is also trained as a Pilates instructor. These are perfect for those returning from injury or surgery or who simply want to exercise at a gentler pace
  • Where capacity allows we offer catch up classes for any classes missed within a term
  • Classes are run in terms like school terms
  •  We also offer individual lessons, duets and trios which can be arranged at a time suited to you

Person being instructed in Pilates

If you are unsure which class to opt for, Angela Ranger, our class coordinator and a Pilates and Yoga attendee herself, can help you make the right choice.

Click here to view our Pilates and Yoga Timetable.

Pilates is a beautiful movement technique developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Its philosophy is simple: to create a fit healthy body that is flexible and strong, ready to enjoy life to the full. Pilates concentrates on improving core stability and body awareness, increasing flexibility and strength. Specific stretches and exercises promote a sense of body control that carries through to everyday life. A fitter, leaner body is the result with participants gaining control over how they move and exercise both in and out of the studio. This results in a reduced risk of injury.

If you are coming straight from work or going somewhere afterwards, we have a changing room and lockers to keep your things safe.

Pilates Rehab classes

Fiona Buchanan is one of our Physiotherapists who is also trained as a Pilates teacher. She runs three Pilates Rehab classes suitable for those who:

  • are recovering from injury such as low back pain, neck pain, a broken bone or strains and sprains
  • are recovering from surgery such as joint replacement surgery or spinal surgery
  • are looking for a slower paced class
  • are returning to Pilates after childbirth

Fiona’s extra knowledge and training mean that she can make absolutely sure all exercises are safe and effective.

Pilates for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which a gradual demineralisation of the bones leads them to become brittle and fracture more easily.

Bone mineral density decreases after the age of 35 and becomes more rapid in women following the menopause. The incidence of osteoporotic fracture is 1 in 3 women over 50 and 1 in 5 men. The areas most likely to be affected are the wrist, spine and hip.

In order to reduce the likelihood of having an osteoporotic fracture, as well as eating a healthy diet and getting enough vitamin D, starting an exercise programme which includes weight bearing through the bones to strengthen them, challenging our balance reactions to prevent trips and falls, and focusing on strengthening the anti gravity muscles that help us maintain an upright posture can help significantly.

If you think you may be affected why not click here and sign up for our Pilates for Osteoporosis class, or give us a call on 020 8876 5690? This is a class taken by our Physiotherapist and Pilates teacher, Fiona, and it’s specially designed to address all the issues that could lead to an osteoporotic fracture.

Dance Tone and Stretch Class

Do you love dance? Do you love exercise? Do you love music? Then this is the class for you!

This is an energising class to build strength, cardio fitness and control through the body; the perfect mix of dance and fitness,  pilates and yoga. Sophie teaches you moves that stem from classical technique and Barre, improving your fitness and muscle tone whilst enjoying the music and having fun. The class also incorporates light weights to tone the upper body, roller work to stabilise and Trigger point balls and bands to release muscle tension at the end of class.  You will feel increased flexibility and energy, and you don’t have to be a dancer to feel the benefits! Come and try the class and get that Spring in your step!

Benefits of Pilates Classes

Pilates works primarily on the deep supporting muscles of the stomach and back and so is excellent for strengthening the back after injury or simply improving ‘core stability’ which is so important for sport.
The Pilates exercises are designed to improve posture, especially around the neck and shoulder area.
Pilates helps improve flexibility through the spine and also in your legs and arms.
By improving body awareness Pilates can help with balance and coordination.
Most of all they are ‘safe’ exercises to do when recovering from injury and are perfect for those people who don’t wish to sweat it out in the gym but want to keep in good shape!