EQUIPMENTCLASSES

Equipment Classes

These sessions really assist both beginners and more advanced clients to get the most out of their Pilates - ensuring that you get the exact level of workout you require and opening up a whole new and exciting aspect of your Pilates Practice (maximum of 5 participants per session)

Using the Big Equipment gives you increased support and awareness, enabling you to get a distinct defined feel for each movement, assisting you to execute each one perfectly, while gradually building up your strength and flexibility to take on the harder mat exercises.

Please do feel free to contact us for more information, or to book your initiation - 01395 514 162

The Pilates Cadillac - sometimes nicknamed "the torture table" because of the look of various attachments and the frame which surrounds the table! - is a piece of apparatus that offers more than 80 exercises (plus variations) based on spring resistance.

Benefits of exercising with the Cadillac include:

  • strengthening the core muscles
  • developing spinal flexibility
  • toning of the shoulders, back and other muscles
  • helps to make the existing mat exercises more challenging

The Reformer makes a dramatic impression when you first see one, and an even more dramatic change in the body when you use it.

The Tower is attached to some Reformers mimicking part of the Cadillac.

So what makes the Reformer so special?

The crux is in the gliding platform on wheels, on which you can sit, kneel, stand or lie on your front, back or side. The platform is attached to a different number of springs which provide variable resistance, allowing clients to slowly build up strength and flexibility.


Benefits of exercising with the Reformer and Reformer with Tower include:

  • promoting length, strength, flexibility and balance
  • postural alignment
  • excellent core stability
  • increased overall muscle awareness

Benefits of exercising with the Wunda Chair include:

  • improves balance whether sitting, standing, or lying on the chair
  • improves posture through pelvic and scapular stabilization exercises
  • works spinal flexion and extension
  • increases strength, lean muscle tissue and, in turn, metabolic function

Also known as the 'Step Barrel', this popular piece of equipment is designed to focus on the core abdominal, back, and shoulder muscles.

Specially conformed to the natural curvature of the spine, the barrel shape allows the user to gently stretch the lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebrae, making it beneficial for those with both upper and lower body pain.


Benefits of exercising with the Pilates Spine Corrector include:

  • stretches the core muscles
  • builds flexibility, endurance, co-ordination and muscle tone
  • releases spinal tension and relaxes the entire body

It consists of ladder-like rungs and a rounded barrel-like surface on which a multitude of stretching, strengthening and flexibility exercises can be performed.

Benefits of exercising with the Ladder Barrel include:

  • isolating deep postural muscles
  • challenges the body on all planes of movement

Jumping against springs (when attached to the Reformer).

You can lie down and jump against the springs to get your heart rate up without any jarring to the ankles, knees, and lower back.

You can also jump in the side-lying position on one leg and the work is focused into the glutes - excellent for a peach perfect derriere!

Benefits of exercising with the Jump Board include:

  • improved strength
  • increased bone density (without the risk of falling or over-balancing)

Recent scientific research has concluded that jumping is possibly the most effective exercise because of its effect on our lymph systems. The bouncing motion moves and recycles the lymph and moves the blood supply through the body many times during the workout, helping to de-toxify the system.

More interesting news is that jumping/rebounding as exercise has been studied by the space agency NASA and found to be 68% more oxygen efficient than other forms of exercise. This means that you can exercise quite vigorously without feeling out of breath, but still gain the same benefits you would from jogging, but without the impact on your joints. A win-win situation if ever there was one!

Delighted to be introducing into the Studio in 2018 the Pilates Arm Chair. This is excellent for upper body strength and is used in a sitting position so ideal rehab.

Pulseroll is a Vibrating Foam Roller that is the NEXT GENERATION OF FOAM ROLLING. Used by various types of Professional Athletes including GB Athletes, gym and Pilates practicioners, while also endorsed by leading physiotherapists. It is also ideal to help with long standing muscular problems such as back pain or tight shoulders.

Monday: 11.00 - 12.00

Tuesday: 17.15 - 18.15

Tuesday: 18.30 - 19.30

Thursday: 9.00 - 10.00

Thursday 10.15 - 11.15

A course of six sessions, to be used during a 6 month period, costs £17

Payment by session is £18 per session

I have been studying with Linda on a regular weekly basis for the past few years with the small equipment Pilates.
With every class Linda guides you expertly & safely through a specially choreographed session always ending with a delicious relaxation when your body 'sings' with the Pilates fizz! I have now felt confident enough to start working in Linda's beautifully stylish Pilates big equipment studio and once again with Linda's expert tuition, support and guidance, it's an experience not to missed!

Sharon Hull - July 2014

Linda is a brilliant teacher. I have practised Pilates with her for several years and have recently started attending her equipment classes, which have definitely benefitted my mat work. By communicating her huge wealth of knowledge and her enthusiasm to us, she teaches that Pilates isn’t just a set of exercises, but by being more aware of our bodies, it can enhance many aspects of health, wellbeing and everyday life; Linda was especially helpful to me following a difficult recovery from a hip replacement. Together with positive encouragement and gentle but firm persuasion she helped to improve my fitness and range of movement and I can now say positively 'haven’t I done well!' and how much better I feel for it.

Sara Taylor - July 2014

I am in my sixties and suffer from auto immunise disease which affects my skin, joints and kidneys. Linda and the Pilates she has tailored for me have helped me to retain a great deal of physical fitness, suppleness and to feel mentally positive and enjoy life.
Thank you Linda and thank you Pilates.

Dorthe Fowler - August 2014

We had a great time and look forward to a return. Next time I hope we can both join you in the Pilates studio because I've really benefited from your wisdom!

Ed Slater (Captain of Leicester Tigers, who enjoyed a Holiday with Pilates March 2015)

Can't recommend this studio highly enough. Linda, who runs it is inspirational, prepared me so well for my hip replacement and gave me the confidence to resume "normal" life

GB April 2016

I came to see Linda following a long period of injury that had kept me away from my running and triathlon activities. I’d tried massage, stretching, physiotherapy, podiatry (and numerous exercises from the internet!), but even though these all helped, they never quite got to the root of things and I began to lose faith that I’d ever get back to doing the sports that I really enjoyed. After a recommendation from a friend I thought I’d give pilates a try and since that first session with Linda, I’ve never looked back. Linda has been fantastic at identifying what I need to work on as an individual and how best to go about it in order to address my specific issues I’m continually learning from Linda about how my body works and finding out how to improve my strength and flexibility, not only throughout my core, but also throughout my whole body. Crucially for me, I’ve recovered from my injuries and now if I feel a niggle after running or cycling, I know what to do to address it. Pilates has been a real eye-opener for me and I can’t thank Linda enough for helping me back to full fitness … being able to put on my trainers and go for a run in the countryside is a real joy and wonderful to be able to do again!

JB February 2016

My original reason for trying Pilates was vanity - mainly because I had heard I could get the long sought after flat tummy - but after only a few months of bi-weekly pilates equipment studio sessions I also said goodbye to my back pain, hip niggles and other joint problems related to a busy working life, stress and ageing!
After two years, I revel in the strong 'core' muscles I have beneath my toned tummy and how flexible and fit all my joints are now.... Pilates is a whole body and mind experience and I feel better than I have for years!
I wish I had discovered Pilates years ago - but its Linda's special qualities that have made all the difference for me: she gently guides me through my professionally designed personal Pilates programme and keeps an expert eye on my progress. Even when I am in a busy studio her watchful eye means she is ready to offer me her personal attention when I need it and she introduces new exercises to sustain my interest , kind words to boost my confidence and always ensures I get the most out of my time in the studio.

JN 2017

“Working in the beautiful, tranquil setting of the Sweetcombe valley, Linda is a knowledgeable, empathic and positive pilates teacher. I would recommend anyone facing joint replacement surgery to use Pilates preoperatively, the more you can strengthen the core & the relevant muscles beforehand the easier & quicker will be your recovery to full mobility after. I would recommend everyone to try it, you’ll be amazed at the results! Thank you Linda.”

GB 2017

My Pilates journey started in California where I live for 7 months of the year. I have worked with three different, highly thought of practitioners in California. When I discovered Linda Macaulay and started working with her, I realised what I had been missing in California. Linda is the most experienced and grounded Pilates teacher I have had the privilege to work with. She is a kind and genuine person for whom I have tremendous respect. I live with health challenges including Rheumatoid Arthritis, severe Osteoporosis and have had my knee replaced twice. I am also preparing for a hip replacement in the next couple of months. Linda designed a personalised program for me in her equipment studio. Linda designs programs for all of her students. Linda's equipment studio is state of the art. The Pilates equipment she trains us on includes the Cadillac, Reformer, Wunder Chair, Tower, Barrel and other smaller pieces of equipment. Equipment classes are limited to five students so that Linda can give her undivided attention to each student as needed. I thought I understood how to use my core, but until I met Linda I didn't realise how wrong I was. Linda has helped me discover my core and taught me how to use my body healthily. Many people I know who take Pilates classes take mat classes only. Mat classes are extremely important, and Linda, again has a superb mat studio and offers a fabulous range of classes, however I would stress the need to practice both mat and equipment Pilates. It is all about balance, precision of movement, developing the use of our muscles correctly, and most importantly of all, under expert supervision. This is what Linda Macaulay offers. Linda is dedicated to continuing her own personal Pilates practice and works hard with continuing education from which she brings back new ideas for her students. Linda is a classic Joseph Pilates practitioner and in my opinion when you work with Linda you are working with the best. My Pilates journey started in California where I live for 7 months of the year. I have worked with three different, highly thought of practitioners in California. When I discovered Linda Macaulay and started working with her, I realised what I had been missing in California. Linda is the most experienced and grounded Pilates teacher I have had the privilege to work with. She is a kind and genuine person for whom I have tremendous respect. I live with health challenges including Rheumatoid Arthritis, severe Osteoporosis and have had my knee replaced twice. I am also preparing for a hip replacement in the next couple of months. Linda designed a personalised program for me in her equipment studio. Linda designs programs for all of her students. Linda's equipment studio is state of the art. The Pilates equipment she trains us on includes the Cadillac, Reformer, Wunder Chair, Tower, Barrel and other smaller pieces of equipment. Equipment classes are limited to five students so that Linda can give her undivided attention to each student as needed. I thought I understood how to use my core, but until I met Linda I didn't realise how wrong I was. Linda has helped me discover my core and taught me how to use my body healthily. Many people I know who take Pilates classes take mat classes only. Mat classes are extremely important, and Linda, again has a superb mat studio and offers a fabulous range of classes, however I would stress the need to practice both mat and equipment Pilates. It is all about balance, precision of movement, developing the use of our muscles correctly, and most importantly of all, under expert supervision. This is what Linda Macaulay offers. Linda is dedicated to continuing her own personal Pilates practice and works hard with continuing education from which she brings back new ideas for her students. Linda is a classic Joseph Pilates practitioner and in my opinion when you work with Linda you are working with the best.

BS 2017

LINDA

I first came into contact with Pilates in 1985 and found that this form of exercise completely encapsulated all my beliefs about fitness, the Mind Body connection and the ensuing ongoing health of both body and mind.

Previously, I had trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM) in London, which inspired further my innate love of dance and movement. This lead me to explore different forms of exercise and movement, which included achieving an Aerobics Instructor qualification.

On discovering Pilates, I studied to become a Pilates Instructor, completing an apprenticeship at Wayne Sleep's Studios in London and working with Gordon Thompson (later of Body Control Pilates fame). I then instructed at Wayne's studio, and at other London studios, until moving to Devon in 1994. In 1993 I undertook further training with the Pilates Institute, to become an Instructor Member of the Pilates Institute.

My Diploma in Counselling qualification and ongoing trainings informs and underlines my belief that as Joseph Pilates said:

"It is the mind itself that shapes the body"
and that:
"Your biography becomes your biology"

I regularly attend Master Classes and further trainings in London, Spain and USA making sure that I am in touch with all the latest research into Pilates, and most importantly to challenge my own Pilates Practise!

"Pilates for Life is an unending Journey - it is not the arrival that is important but how the journey is conducted and experienced that matters."


KIRSTIN

My journey into Pilates started because I had, from the age of 19, inherent back problems which would regularly disable me for a week at a time! Therefore, when Linda suggested that I start Pilates during my first pregnancy (2002) it seemed a very sensible thing to do.

I really enjoyed the Pilates Matwork sessions and quickly realised that it was making a significant difference to the strength of my back. I continued doing Pilates right up to the birth of my eldest daughter. Pilates now is an essential part of my life both for body, mind and spirit; as I teach full time in an International School and have two children my life is very busy and demanding.

Because of my personal experience of the enormous benefits of Pilates and my enjoyment of this form of exercise, I trained with the Pilates Institute, qualifying as a Pilates Instructor in 2008.

I absolutely love Pilates and really enjoy instructing my classes, working on new choreography and seeing the positive differences that Pilates makes in people's lives. I teach all levels of Pilates - which also includes a class for men! I continuously work on updating my technique, continuing to study all areas of Pilates and am currently in the process of training to teach children (5 - 16) through SmartyPilates