As our life-expectancy increases, we need to look after our bodies and remain as mobile and capable of going about our day-to-day lives as possible: Pilates is the perfect exercise regime for this!

I offer private Pilates Matwork classes at Shaftesbury Chiropractic on a Friday afternoon.

Rather than 'gentle' as Pilates is often described, I prefer to say it offers a vast repertoire of controlled movements, some of which are very subtle – all of which challenge mind and body either in terms of physical demand or movement skill. Pilates is a movement exercise method that is learnt rather than 'done'. It is low-impact (kinder to our joints) and non-aerobic. Movements are performed slowly so that we can improve accuracy and control, leading to a 'quiet strength' rather than muscle-bound, and to great improvements in flexibility and spinal comfort. In a typical group class I aim to take the body's joints through a myriad of movement planes.

I pay particular attention to:

  • helping the spine move better, helping reduce lower back pain;
  • to regaining full mobility of the shoulder girdle (very relevant to 'frozen shoulder' clients) through an exercise repertoire and self-help techniques
  • relaxation skills and self-help through breathing techniques and body awareness.
  • Helping the body become more robust and less prone to injury (Core and upper body strength).
  • Improving balance – not just when standing, but in many of the matwork exercise positions.
  • Ensuring the class is fun, demanding and flies by!


60 mins £45
45 mins £30
30 mins £25


Mark Thistlewood


Friday afternoon other times by arrangement



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