What is Pilates?

Pilates is an approach to whole body conditioning that is adaptable to your unique needs and objectives, small classes are run at Happy Being. Pilates is suitable for everyone irrespective of age, gender, fitness level, ability or experience. Pilates focuses on lengthening and strengthening muscles, improving alignment and core stability. Practising Pilates facilitates better health, pain relief and good body awareness through the development of mind and body connection using the breath.

At Happy Being mat classes are taught (max 5 clients per class) in a warm friendly setting, there is no need to bring mats these and other pieces of equipment are provided.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • Better mindbody connection
  • Core Strength
  • Increased muscle and joint flexibility and mobility
  • Improved alignment and posture
  • Deep Breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Better balance and proprioception

There is good scientific evidence that Pilates is effective in the treatment of non specific lower back pain. It is commonly used for rehabilitation and injury prevention and complements the treatment approaches used by the sports and remedial massage therapists.


What should I expect at my first Pilates Class?
A consultation form is filled in and details of any tight and sore muscles or past injuries are noted and helpful handouts on Pilates breathing are given out before the first lesson. During each lesson the exercises can be adapted to fit with your specific requirements at the time as the classes at Happy Being are small. Every week there is a different class plan and exercises are varied to benefit the whole body, often using balls, bands, arm weights,leg weights or fit rolls.

Do I bring anything with me? What do I wear?
No need to bring anything with you.Please wear light loose fitting clothing.We do classes in socks or bare feet and there are changing facilities if needed.

How long are the classes, will I need to shower after a class?
The classes are 1hr long, we work with slow, flowing controlled movements connecting with the body using Pilates breath.The hour is not cardiovascular work therefore no showering is necessary.


Physio led pilates takes traditional pilates and matches specific exercises to peoples’ needs. Our Physiotherapists have undertaken training courses that are certified by the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute and have years of experience in running classes. Exercises are based on up-to-date evidence in spinal and pelvic stability, strength / conditioning and pain management. Pilates exercises are broken down into clearly defined levels and matched to your ability whether it be beginner or advanced. Exercises are progressed according to individual ability with the goal of returning normal movement and enjoyment of activities.

Physio and Pilates can help with

  • Knees that are stiff and painful from arthritis
  • Persistent back, neck or shoulder pain
  • Confidence on your feet and balance
  • Strengthening to get you moving round home and in the community with more ease
  • Living independently with stroke, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis
  • Getting your life back following surgery
  • Sports Injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Advice towards a healthy lifestyle


Jane Haddow

Mat Pilates Teacher

Edinburgh based massage therapist, Jane Haddow qualified from the London School of Sports Massage in 2004 and has built up over the years a successful and busy practice in the heart of the West End. In 2009 Jane qualified with a certificate in Mat Pilates, Teaching Level 3 CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) and teaches small, friendly classes from beginners to advanced and many of her class members have been coming along to for more than five years.