New Time and Pilates This Easter

The clocks have gone forward, the days are longer, the weather getting better.  With this in mind the Tuesday class will now begin half an hour earlier at 0930, leaving everyone more of the morning left to resume their work or head out to play.

The usual classes will run over the Easter weekend so if you’d like to join me for Pilates on Good Friday 15 April at 0930 or Small Equipment Pilates on Easter Monday 18 April at 1800, that would be great.  Rumours I’ll be teaching the classes dressed as the Easter Bunny are completely unfounded…I’ll save that outfit for Christmas.

Need cheering up?  Here’s Elvis with the best version of Are You Lonesome Tonight…”sing it, baby!”

PS. You’re not alone, never forget that.


Happy Pilatester!

Not too late to book into one of the online PILATES X MELISSA classes taking place this Easter.  Join us for a healthy hour-long, non-chocolate treat for your body and mind over the holiday weekend…

  • General Pilates class on Good Friday at 0930
  • Small Equipment Pilates class on Easter Monday at 1800

I’ll be hiding Easter eggs in amongst the exercises for you to find over the course of the session…not really, that would be silly…as well as messy.

To book online for the classes over Easter and next week please visit this page of my website.  I can process bookings up to 15 minutes before the start time of any class in case it suits you best to sign up on the day.

Enjoy your Easter holidays.  Keep moving.

To close, a choice choon from St Vincent’s forthcoming album, Daddy’s Home.  Finally, my green business suit is back in fashion!

Happy Easteriness!

Easter is coming and the rabbit is getting fat…or something like that.

Here is our Easter 2018 Pilates class timetable…

  • Maundy Thursday
    • 1230-1330
    • 1800-1900
    • 1900-2000
  • Good Friday
    • no classes
  • Easter Saturday
    • no classes
  • Easter Sunday
    • no classes
  • Easter Monday
    • no classes
  • Tuesday 3rd April
    • 1815-1915
    • 1915-2015

To close, one of my favourite songs about chocolate…


Pilates Inspiration – Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

Finnish photographer, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen movement-based images are beautiful.

Most of the photographs below are from her Coal Coast series, a culmination of Konttinen’s three years spent documenting life on beaches between Seaham and Hartlepool.

Her Step by Step project from the eighties explored mother-daughter relationships through a dancing school in North Shields. The book of the same name is said to have inspired the film Billy Elliot.

The last image of the girl on the space hopper is from her Byker project, a seminal documentation of the community of terraced streets in Newcastle’s East End, which were demolished to make way for Ralph Erskine-designed Byker Wall Estate in the 1970s.

Only one album to play at this time of year, Patti Smith Group’s Easter.  Have a relaxing long weekend.  See you on the other side.



Easter 2017

Easter 2017 is just around the corner, which means a few changes to the timetable of Pilates classes at The Wellbeing Studio.  The following sessions will NOT take place over the Easter break:

  • the 0930 and 1030 classes on Good Friday 14th April
  • the 1000 class on Easter Saturday 15th April
  • the 1230 and 1900 classes on Easter Monday 17th April

The 1130 Piloga class at Strode on Easter Saturday 15th April will also NOT take place.

There are plenty of other Pilates classes happening in the weeks either side of the Easter break of course.  If the session you normally attend is not running, why not book into a different class if you’re available.

Looking for an alternative to buying someone an Easter egg?  Embody Pilates gift vouchers are available from £10.  More details via this link.

To close, two Easter bunny-themed tracks from Echo and the Bunnymen and Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins…






Easter Holidays 2016

Ballet dancer dressed as a rabbit

The Easter Holidays are on the horizon so to confirm, the usual sessions on the following days during the Easter Holiday weekend will not take place at The Wellbeing Studio:

Easter Saturday 26th March
Easter Monday 28th March

For those who normally attend the 10.00 Saturday morning and 12.30 Monday lunchtime sessions, you’re very welcome to come along to any of the other classes on the weekly schedule.

There will also be no Piloga class at Strode Leisure Centre on Easter Saturday.

Looking for a healthy, chocolate-free Easter present?  Why not buy an Embody Pilates gift card for a friend or family member?  They’re available from as little as £10.  More information about the gift cards on offer and how to buy one, via the link.

To close, here’s fake cleric and folk rock god, Father John Misty with his thought for the day…