Chris Hocking
Pilates Body Awareness Profile
Skillfully structured graded Matwork classes from Beginners to Advanced for well being, strength, flexibility, agility, a healthy spine, better posture and more
Christine Hocking


Skillfully structured graded Matwork classes from Beginners to Advanced for well-being, strength, flexibility, agility, a healthy spine, better posture and more
 energy. Affordable group tuition & progression through well structured levels, evenings and Saturdays in Central London EC1 with one of the UK's first and finest Pilates teachers.

PBA, an enduring ever-evolving school of Pilates Matwork established in 1987 by Chris Hocking, offers a high quality service, safe, thorough, effective tuition and good value for money. £17.50 for a 1hr Taster Class (see Offers) and £115 for a flexible starter course of 10 weeks. .



New Format for Intensives

The previously 3 day intensives have changed format. Now they are to be held over 2 days with a Saturday component of 1 and a half hours and a Sunday component of 4 and a half hours. This thorough and in-depth programme is available to PBA students, and is to be offered also to Teachers of Pilates, Yoga and Dance who meet the qualification requirements (Special combined price of £70) Welcome to PBA.  Please see CLASSICAL page for further details.


Congratulations to PBA and all who have made this possible
Launched in 1987, Pilates Body Awareness is 30 in September 2017. It was the very first Matwork system of Pilates classes to establish itself in London.

We are a mixture of all ages and backgrounds, some have been with the school since the beginning and some have only just joined us. We are all here to at least maintain if not better our health. We are nurtured by enjoyable graded classes, Levels 1-5, and leave taller, lighter, brighter, more relaxed, muscle balance restored and tension reduced. Founder teacher Chris Hocking's pledge to her students has always been to teach group Matwork classes to the same standard as her impressive training in the early UK Pilates studios, the same attention to detail, application of corrective and remedial material, anatomical insight and a broad, progressive, forever fascinating range of effective body-sculpting material. PBA has much to offer to the new student estranged from exercise and looking for considered tuition, and to a more experienced student looking for an expert in the field and progression into authentic, advanced, Pilates body-work.

See JOINING for what to bring with you to class... and also 'Pilates Body Awareness' on Google Maps for photographs of kit and reviews.



  • Joseph Pilates Matwork


    Joseph Pilates Original Exercises!

    The original matwork sequence for everyman and woman pre-dating and then evolving, circa 1930s, 40s and 50s, alongside Joseph Pilates' teaching for invalids and injured athletes/dancers using the innovative equipment in his first movement therapy studios.

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  • Pilates Practice Backbends


    How to get the most out of your Pilates Practice: Backbends
    by Chris Hocking, November 2016

    Announce in class that we are working up to backbends and a discernible groan is released even in the advanced groups. Good Pilates students also find backbends tough because of the ills of the sedentary life style... but at least they are doing something about it and benefiting from correct practice.

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