Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a mindful approach to moving the body.

The founder of the method ‘Joseph Pilates’ developed a movement programme of 34 exercises which he originally named ‘Contrology’.

‘Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit’.

Joseph Pilates – ‘Return to Life’ through Contrology

Pilates is a somatic resource; it offers a mindful approach to:

  • Alignment -assisting awareness towards a symmetrical and balanced posture
  • Breathing – promoting connection to deeper, slower and regular breathing
  • Centering – engagement of the core muscles to support stabilisation

It also provides:

  • A grounded sense of connection in various exercise starting positions – seated, all fours, supine lying, prone lying and side-lying and standing
  • A sensory connection and support between the floor and various body parts
  • Physical (muscular) and mental (visualisation) relaxation techniques

Pilates engages the use of visualisation and imagery techniques to help:

  • Quieten the mind
  • Dissolve and reduce physical and mental tension
  • Relax the body and breathing
  • Soothe the mind
  • Support healing
  • Promote well-being

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates can help to improve posture, joint mobility, muscle tone, core stability and balance; as well as helping to relieve physical and mental tension and stress.

It offers many physical and mental benefits, these include:

  • Improved body awareness
  • Improved core muscle strength
  • Improved joint mobility and stability
  • Improved posture and alignment
  • Improved balance, coordination and flexibility
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Improved breathing patterns
  • Assists stress management
  • Reduced risk of back pain
  • Reduced neck and shoulder tension

Private Pilates Sessions

If you would like a more personalised and bespoke program to meet specific needs and goals, then a 1-to-1 session or a small group session shared with one or two friends may be ideal.

Debbie is happy to work with newcomers and has worked with many clients with a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure


  • 1-to-1 – £45 per hour
  • 1-to-2 – £50 per hour
  • 1-to-3 – £60 per hour

I also deliver group classes for Newport Live – See group classes list

My approach

I deliver an integrative and holistic approach and adapt the exercises to meet the specific needs of individuals.

I originally trained with Modern Pilates in 2002 and has undertaken further training with Pilates Training Solutions, Stott Pilates ® and Body Control Pilates ®. I am also a qualified yoga teacher (Yoga Professionals).

I am the author of the Pilates Method. An integrative approach to teaching. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Regular group exercise classes and Pilates for Newport Live:

Day Start time End time Class Location
Saturday 9.30 10.15 Legs, bums and tums Active Leisure Centre. Newport High School. Bettws Lane, Bettws, Newport NP20 7YB
Saturday 10.30 11.30 Pilates Active Leisure Centre. Newport High School. Bettws Lane, Bettws, Newport NP20 7YB
Monday 10.30 11.30 Pilates New location starting October 2019
Wednesday 9.30 10.15 Legs, bums and tums New location starting October 2019
Wednesday 10.30 11.30 Mindful movement – a blend of Pilates, yoga and relaxation New location starting October 2019

How is Pilates different from yoga?

Pilates and yoga both emphasise the connection between physical and mental health. The main differences are the exercise positions; and that yoga classes will sometimes include mediation and/or chanting; which are not usually part of a Pilates class.

Please note

If you have any injuries, health conditions or health concerns, please seek advice from your GP or a health professional before starting any exercise programme. You may be required to obtain medical clearance, prior to participation.