ABOUT PILATES BODY AWARENESS
OUR BEGINNERS CLASSES
Beginners classes are a place to start to get a sense of what Pilates
, and Chris's
teaching in particular, can do for you.
The man who started it all off, Joseph Pilates
, liked to say "In 10 sessions you'll feel a difference"
beginners classes, entirely coincidentally, happen to be delivered in blocks of 10 classes, we don't think it will take anywhere near that long for you to know whether something good is happening.
We think one class is all you'll need
A Taster class is your chance to find out for yourself what our Pilates classes are like, and costs £15.
It lasts 1 hour, and can be booked online
any week in termtime
for either -
6.00pm Wednesday in Angel, Islington, London, or
7.00pm Wednesday in Angel, Islington, London, or
3.55pm Saturday in Angel / Highbury, Islington, London.
You just need to book
by 5pm on the Monday afternoon of the week you want to come...
This is best booked at the end of your Taster class.
It can be booked in a block of 5 (Introductory)
or 10 (Full)
weekly classes. The class times and venues are the same as listed for Taster classes above.
You don't have to stick to any one class, but can mix and match them from week to week as convenient. You can even catch up 2 classes in one week if you've missed one the week before.
First Courses obviously only take place in term
but they don't have to start at the beginning, they can be started in any termtime
week. The best time to start is right after your Taster class, taking the Taster as the first class of the course
CLASS IN ACTION
teaching a Level 2 Pilates class at the Urdang Academy, London
OUR STUDENTS TALKING
"I love Chris Hocking's teaching and my classes with Pilates Body Awareness"
What do our other students think? Twenty-four of them tell it like it is...
...recovering my waist
"I somehow lost my waist...
but with stretching and Pilates exercises I hit form again."
..a sense of wellbeing
"I emerge with
a tremendous sense of wellbeing...[and] remain active and relatively agile"
...recovering from injury
had to do a lot of Pilates to rehabilitate my shoulder joint and get the use of my arm back."
[After a serious accident]
...ending back pain
"After persistent back problems...
I found Pilates exercises enormously beneficial... [They] are now a daily routine for me..."
...is for people of
all ages and fitness levels
...is a simple system of stretches and exercises
...combines the best of East and West
lean, toned, graceful body
...restores your natural strength and balance
...counteracts sitting at a desk all day
...helps massively with all sport
...will make you feel better
...is gentle and safe
HOW PILATES STARTED
The technique was conceived by the remarkable
before the First World War became adept at
every exercise system he could find, from
Graeco Roman wrestling
A remarkable athlete, professional boxer, self-defence instructor, expert skier and diver, by the end of the war he'd put the best of everything he'd learnt into one coherent stretching and exercise discipline.
On moving to New York, his technique became massively popular in the modern dance community, from where the word about The Pilates Technique
started to spread...
THE PILATES TECHNIQUE
The Pilates Technique shares with
an emphasis on stretching and flexibility
, and with the
a keen awareness of postural alignment
, but it
is uniquely distinct from either
in it's concern with the body's core musculature as the cradle of
our strength, co-ordination and balance.
A powerful body-conditioning method, healing technique
mood enhancer and fitness
training, Pilates has helped
hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to
maintain and develop their bodies' natural flexibility, dynamism and vitality to an advanced age
Pilates will develop a longer, leaner
and more toned body, improve posture
and relieve stress and tension. It is as ideal for athletes looking to
and avoid injury
is for those with back pain
or who wish to prevent the
physical effects of a sedentary lifestyle creeping up on them.
Precise and controlled, Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise and
in fact plays a key role in many injury
rehabilitation programmes in dance, sport
and general practice.
Although sometimes seen as being more relevant for women,
technique originally for men - and Joe himself was something of a "man's man", a lover of boxing,
whisky, women and fine cigars. He once remarked,
"In 10 sessions you will
feel the difference, in 20 you will see a new body, and in
30 you will have a new body."
He believed the Pilates Technique
"develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical
vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit"
. There are now millions who
would agree with him.
OUR HIGHER LEVEL CLASSES
teaches Pilates classes in London at 5 distinct levels, all the way from Beginners on a First Course
at Level 1, through Second Course students at Level 2 all the way up to Level 5 students, who are engaging with the highest international standards of Classical Pilates
Students will of course move through these levels at their own pace...
These classes are for PBA
students who would like to keep their momentum going through the Xmas and Easter breaks.
Extension Classes are open to any student past their first term...
These 2-hour workshops give Chris
a chance to explore a subject in some depth. They start with a physiologically sound
warm-up, and move on to themes such as Toning up for Summer, Pilates on a Chair, Partnered Stretching, Introduction to Classical Pilates
Moving on from Epping and the wonderful Simon, we are offering two London Pilates Days in 2014. Featuring morning and afternoon Pilates classes, which frame a truly sumptuous lunch, these are now at the remarkable, and much more local, Clerkenwellbeing
. This is an extremely elegantly converted period building with dining, social and library areas, as well as an excellent studio with natural daylight, and is moreover a mere 10 minutes walk from the Urdang Academy
CLASSICAL PILATES CLASSES
This training for Pilates teachers, Pilates trained professional dancers,and advanced PBA
students covers the really
tough stuff - the 35 original matwork exercises created by Joseph Pilates
Highly trained body workers and PBA
students at Level 5, together with some appropriate Level 4 students, are
welcome to apply for this class...
PRIVATE PILATES CLASSES
Private classes are only available during termtime
, as shown below -
Mondays 8.00 - 9.00pm
Available to both PBA
students and the public, this one hour class costs £70.00 for one person, £80.00 for two people, and £90.00 for either three or four people...
CORPORATE PILATES CLASSES
For between 10 and 20 students at the venue you select and feel comfortable in anywhere in London, the fee
for this special class is £130.00 for 70 minutes.
Venues situated outside London zones 1 & 2 but still within zone 5 will incur an additional transport charge of £30.00...
BACK PAIN & PILATES
Chronic Back Solved
"I had a chronic back,
a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it's completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like
With our unique upright posture, and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, it is little wonder that the miraculous and complex balance of our spine can sometimes depart from the optimum enough to cause painful back problems
The good news is that Pilates exercises quickly start to restore the body's innate core strength and stability, re-introducing natural support and balance to the spine. This starts a smooth process of radically reducing, and frequently completely eliminating, all back pain.
Former English cricket captain Mike Atherton
and TV/movie star Jennifer Aniston
are not the only ones to have radically helped, or completely eliminated, their back pain with Pilates. Far from it...
PILATES & FITNESS
There is a big gulf between the professional sportsperson, already highly trained and looking for that slight extra edge over their competitors, and the rest of us with our frequently sedentary lifestyles. What we all have in common, however, is an ability to benefit from the growing awareness that Pilates gives a unique kind of fitness
that no other discipline can quite replace.
, core strength and flexibility
help massively whether we are sitting at a desk, running for a bus, or playing sport for enjoyment at amateur level...
FLEXIBILITY, AGEING & PILATES
I Stopped Groaning
"I was 50 and... feeling
1,000 years old. [After starting Pilates] I stopped groaning. When I get out of the car now, I
don't go arrggghhh."
"VISIBLE BENEFITS: Pilates can
- reduce aches and pains
- strengthen muscles and improve flexibility
Only those who die young never age, but the rest of us move on.
As the years gather about us, flexibility
and strength can easily fade as an under-used body gives in all too easily to rigidity and weakness. In this era of increasingly sedentary lifestyles, that's the gloomy news about ageing
The flip side, however, is the good news - that muscles regularly worked and stretched in the right ways, as Pilates does, will not just retain their strength and flexibility
far longer than we imagine is possible, but will have them increased. Ligaments, tendons and joints that regularly go through their full range of movement in Pilates sessions will stay flexible and responsive to a surprising age
GOOD POSTURE & PILATES
"The best thing you can
do for your posture"
In an increasingly sedentary world, hunched over our computer screens and sitting still for hours at a time, it is easy to find ourselves slipping involuntarily into unhelpful bodily patterns.
At best, poor posture will not flatter our appearance or impression on other people, but at worst it can lead to chronic back pain
, headaches and other distressing physical symptoms.
, with its strong focus on restoring our body's natural core strength and balance, will immediately start to break down these poor postural patterns and build a strong central support for our body, causing it to lengthen and straighten naturally...
PILATES & PHYSICAL/SPORTS INJURIES
Rehabilitate My Shoulder
had to do a lot of Pilates to rehabilitate my shoulder joint and get the use of my arm back."
[After a serious accident]
When we sustain any significant physical injury
, the muscular balance of our body will be disrupted. Depending on the extent of the injury, this imbalance may become significant in itself and lead, in turn, to further injuries
Pilates, being an exercise and stretching discipline entirely aimed at keeping our bodies balanced, can have a crucial role to play in helping any injured muscles and tendons re-acquire their original strength and function as rapidly as their healing allows...
OUR PRESS REVIEWS
"Pilates-based exercise will leave you feeling energised... the benefits can be very far-reaching"
Read some of our other reviews...
To consistently teach Pilates matwork to the highest of standards,
the PBA standard
To help and inspire every student who comes into class
To create a safe, friendly and uplifting
environment in which all can achieve
To educate, encourage and give strength
Celebrating 25 successful years at the cutting edge of London Pilates in 2012, Chris Hocking
released Pilates Body Awareness
's Mission Statement...
originally developed the Pilates technique in England, but when he died his method, although established to some degree in the USA, was still almost unheard of in the land of its birth. It was Alan Herdman who, having trained extensively with several of Pilates' closest disciples in New York, brought the precious knowledge back to the UK, and London, in the 1970s.
One of the earliest students at his London studio was the young ballerina and choreographer Chris Hocking
, whose enthusiasm for the Pilates technique quickly took over her promising professional dance career. As her own precise and inspirational teaching became more and more in demand, she went on to found the UK's
first, and arguably most influential, group matwork school, Pilates Body Awareness in 1987.
The Central London school has been at the forefront of the explosion of interest in Pilates in the UK ever since.
YOUNG CHRIS HOCKING