Online One-to One Pilates

Are you new to Pilates and looking for a class to help get you started?

For those with more experience, are there exercises you do in class you’d like to check you’re doing correctly?

Are you currently injured or experiencing discomfort in your body and looking for guidance about which Pilates exercises will help you specifically address this issue?

Are there exercises in class you can’t seem to get to grips with and would like more in-depth advice to help you master them?

Did you miss one or more of the pop-up PILATES X MELISSA tutorials and would you like me to repeat it just for you at a time of your choosing?

Do you want to treat yourself and do a Pilates class specifically tailored to your individual needs?

Are you concerned about doing one of the online classes where I can’t see you and looking for a more tailored alternative?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you might benefit from an online one-to-one Pilates session.  Unlike the online classes, we would be able to see and hear each other throughout the session, allowing a useful dialogue.  I would demonstrate the exercises and as you repeat them I will watch, providing helpful tips to ensure you’re doing the exercises safely and getting the intended benefit from them.

The online one-to-one sessions cost £17.50 for 30 minutes or £35 for one hour.

To book an online one-to-one Pilates consultation, please email me letting me know what it is you’d like me to help you with, how long a session you would want and a few dates and times when you’re free to have the consultation.

Socktastic Pilates Prize Draw

To help you get the most from your feet, particularly when you’re practising Pilates with me online from home, I’m offering a pair of toe socks (size 4-11) and a pair of Sweaty Betty Pilates socks (one size) to the winner of a prize draw.

To enter please carry out one or both of these two Pilateasy-peasy steps:

  • Follow my website
  • If you’re on social media, follow me on either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook…or all three.  I know, greedy.

The draw is open to UK residents only and closes next Friday 18 September at 1800 with the winner informed soon after.

To close, a Feisty track…

New Pop-up Pilates Tutorial – Taking Care of Your Neck

As voted by you, the next online pop-up PILATES X MELISSA tutorial, the second in the series is on the most moveable section of the spine, the neck.  It will take place on Thursday 20 August at 1900.

During the course of the 30-minute session I’ll take you through a short programme of exercises to help strengthen, stretch and improve the range of movement of your neck.

Who the tutorial is suitable for

The session is open to everyone except those based in the US and Canada who for insurance reasons I’m unable to teach.  Sorry about that.

For those with osteoporosis or osteopenia, certain exercises will not be suitable for you.  I will make it clear during the course of the session which ones you will need to miss out.

If you have any healing fractures or new sprains or strains affecting the neck, shoulder or upper back for which you’re seeing a health professional, please just watch rather than joining in with the exercises and maybe take notes.  The exercises should help you once you’ve completed treatment with your health professional.

How will you benefit

The exercises over time will assist the proper functioning of the neck by improving the strength and flexibility of the key neck muscles, ligaments, tendons and membranes.  This will in turn…

  • release tightness in your neck, shoulder and upper back area thereby avoiding pain associated with misaligned spinal vertebrae and compressed vertebral discs;
  • help you to maintain the 15-20 pound load of your head in equilibrium;
  • improve blood flow to your brain thereby avoiding migraines and headaches;
  • improve your balance mechanism.

What you will need for this pop-up Pilates tutorial

To get the most from the session you will need:

To attend this pop-up Pilates tutorial, please register here with Zoom. Once you have done so you will automatically receive a confirmation email from Zoom (please check your spam folder if it doesn’t arrive straight away in your inbox), which contains a link that only you can use to attend this tutorial. On the day of the session, 5-10 minutes before the start time just click on this link to join the tutorial.

Before the tutorial, if you’re using a tablet or mobile to take part you will need to download the Zoom App from the App store, which is free. If you’re using a laptop and want quick and smooth access to the session, download Zoom Client for Meetings for free from their website. You don’t need any kind of Zoom account to attend my online classes and pop-up tutorials.

Please help me to help others by sharing details of this pop-up PILATES X MELISSA tutorial, inviting any friends, family members and work colleagues you think might be interested in registering to attend.

The pop-up tutorials are free.  There is an option after the session to pay what the tutorial was worth to you or what you can afford.  How to make such a contribution, for those interested in doing so will be explained in the confirmation email you will receive  after registering.

Pop-up Pilates Tutorial – Poll Results

Thank you to those taking part in the recent poll to determine the topic, day and time of the next Pop-up PILATES X MELISSA Tutorial.

Here are the results (zoom in or click on the image to enlarge)…drum roll, fanfare, ticker tape parade…

A close race but the subject you have chosen for your next Pop-up PILATES X MELISSA Tutorial, the second in the series is how to take care of your neck.  It will take place on a Thursday at 1900.

Based on the poll results, the third Pop-up Pilates Tutorial will be on meditation techniques to relieve stress and aid sleep.

The fourth Pop-up Pilates Tutorial will be on how to improve your balance – a top down, bottom up approach.

In the coming weeks I’ll post the date and details of how to register for the next Pop-up Pilates Tutorial on how to take care of your neck.  Watch this space…or if you prefer, watch this one, a video of Laura Marling doing a tiny home concert with songs from her new record, Songs For Our Daughter…

Poll – Choose Your Next Pop-Up Pilates Tutorial

The Pop-Up PILATES X MELISSA Tutorial on the feet in June proved very popular.  So popular in fact that a number of people have asked me to repeat it.  Thank you for your support.

To choose your next free online Pop-up Pilates Tutorial, please vote in the poll below.  It’s anonymous and takes less than a minute to complete…



The poll will close next Wednesday 15 July at 2359 with the results shared later that week.

Happy voting!

To close here’s a moody track from Nadine Shah.  Check out the dance moves.  The video has a kooky Addams Family at a Working Men’s Club disco type vibe…


Changes to the Online Class Timetable

To address what you’ve all told me in the recent survey are the session times you’re most interested in, I’m making the following changes to the current online Pilates class schedule. Starting next week, the week commencing the 22 June, the Monday lunchtime class will move to Tuesday mornings at 1000 and the evening class on Wednesdays will start earlier at 1900.

So, to summarise, the online Pilates class timetable now looks like this:

  • Tuesdays 1000 to 1100
  • Wednesdays 1900 to 2000 *
  • Fridays 0930 to 1030 *

*not suitable for those with osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Once the UK Government and Public Health England give the go-ahead to resume fitness classes and when I believe it is safe for us to do Pilates together again, I will add an initial one or two studio-based group classes to the timetable.

There will always be an online Pilates class option available.

To close, here’s jazz guitarist, Julian Lage’s heart-warming and Fendertastic cover of We’ll Meet Again.  RIP Dame Vera Lynn…

Survey Results

A big thank you to the 114 people who took part in the survey I ran recently.  I now have a clearer idea of your likely intentions when fitness classes are deemed safe to resume and the session times you’re most interested in.

The results are below.  To make each image larger either zoom in if you’re viewing on a tablet or smartphone, or click on the image if using a laptop or desktop…

Interesting reading.  Thank you again for sharing your views with me.  Based on the above findings, I’ve made some changes to the current schedule of online Pilates classes.  Full details on this page of my website.


Pilates for Feet – Suggested Kit

Following on from last night’s online Pop-up PILATES X MELISSA foot tutorial, here are the three items of kit you might want to invest in to continue doing the exercises we covered in the session for yourself at home.  Click the links to find where to buy them online…

  1. Spikey massage ball – 6cm yellow one for small feet or 7cm red one for larger feet
  2. TheraBand – medium resistance
  3. Footsie roller

To close, happy feet wearing tap shoes.  Check out Syncopated Ladies…

The Idea of a Perfect Movement

Thought for the day…

The body’s instinct is to move. The IDEA OF A PERFECT MOVEMENT is innate in our brain, bones and tissues.  Notice how your body feels when you see a dancer…

or when you watch this performance by rhythmic gymnast, Yana Kudryavtseva…

You might notice your body wanting to or even trying to copy these beautiful movements.  At a deep neural, cellular level inside us, they feel known, possible even.

Pilates helps us realise this idea of perfect movement by encouraging us to be present in the body, to breathe correctly, to concentrate deeply, to centre ourselves physically and mentally, to be in control of our movements, to be precise and efficient in the way we move and to flow.