What is Pilates?

Mat Pilates Classes in Edinburgh

Pilates Class in Edinburgh by Happy Being

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an approach to whole body conditioning that is adaptable to your unique needs and objectives. The Mat Pilates classes are now online Pilates Classes.

Pilates is suitable for everyone irrespective of age, gender, fitness level, ability or experience and Jane teaches people from all these groups. Mat pilates focuses on lengthening and strengthening muscles, improving alignment and core stability. Practising Pilates facilitates better health (particularly back health) and good body awareness through the development of the mind and body connection using the breath.

Pilates instruction by Jane Haddow from Happy Being

Benefits of Pilates

  • Better mind/body 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 lower back pain. It is commonly used for rehabilitation and injury prevention and complements the treatment approaches used by sports and remedial massage therapists like Jane.

The Pilates classes are small and welcoming taught with a maximum of 8 class members and tailored to meet individual needs even in a class setting. Jane communicates and directs the Pilates moves clearly, time is taken in class to correct and advise. Each exercise is shown at a level usually 1-3 and Jane instructs each class member which level is suitable for them based on their ability and what is right for them at that time.

There are 34 original Pilates moves and the majority of them are practised over a term, visiting some of the exercises 3-4 times during a term. There is then the opportunity to develop through the levels of a move during the term and subsequent terms. Class members start off doing beginners level 1 particularly if they are recovering from injury and then move on through time developing balance, strength and flexibility. The classes are fun, effective and often challenging. Jane is keen for her class members to progress and push themselves but this is done in a supported and friendly environment.


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 Edinburgh. 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.