Pilates and Barre

Explore, Restore & Release the Core

Sometimes we need a little more core focus to really target those digestive and pelvic issues. Pilates and Barre can help in those cases. After all, Lotti Berk who started the method which we nowadays know as Barre famously said “If you can’t tuck, you can’t f***” She was reputed to have a very active love life – even in her later years! So you may understand why Barre might fit perfectly into an intimate health programme…. I also found Barre the most useful practice for bloating and digestive issues when I underwent chemotherapy.

Pilates hardly needs explaining as it has become well known for improving core strength including the pelvic floor, posture and flexibility. It has often become the exercise of choice for anyone with back pain caused by muscle tension, pelvic floor or gut issues. Always have it checked by your GP before you undertake an exercise programme.

A little more about Barre

Barre is a fusion between ballet, Pilates, Yoga and functional fitness. It was originally devised by Lotti Berk.

Barre is a full body workout: the standing exercises target the pelvic floor, legs, bums and stomachs. We also use small weights to strengthen arms and the upper body. And classes usually end with a floor-based workout that targets the abdominal muscles.

Movements are carried out standing and on the floor. You will need small weights, a small 7 or 9 inch ball and a Yoga mat.

I hold a certificate in Barre Fitness.

A little more about Pilates

The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). Nowadays, Pilates is probably best known for its emphasis on the “core”, for improving the body’s functional stability and mobility to ultimately make everyday movements and breathing easier and more pleasurable.

Pilates can help to change those habitual movement and postural patterns that lead to muscular tension, physical dysfunction and pain. Pilates exercises combine strengthening and stretching and engage the whole body rather than just individual muscle groups. This whole-body focus and combination of strengthening and releasing helps us to become stronger, more flexible and mobile and can improve our posture and ability to move better in daily life, not just in class.

Pilates offers a full body workout and yet, at the same time, many people report that they feel relaxed after class. Pilates himself said “I base my method on the baby and the cat, the cat rests completely and it moves completely”. The Pilates Method can be so relaxing that it has been found in medical studies to improve sleep quality. And yet, at the same time, Pilates can increase our vitality and energy. Many of my clients report feeling more relaxed and yet at the same time having more energy and vitality.

In addition to my qualification as a classical and adapted Pilates mat instructor, I also trained in Garuda Mat to add more sensuality to the classical Pilates and in Trigger Point Pilates to release muscle tension more effectively.


Lower back pain can have many causes, some of which can be related to digestive or pelvic dysfunction. It is best to have sudden onset of backpain checked by a medical professional, such as a physiotherapist or your GP before undertaking an exercise class. Often backpain can be remedied by exercise that targets its root cause. However, backpain may also signal more serious issues so you might want to confirm with your GP that exercise is the right treatment for you.

I hold a GP referral qualification for lower back pain

“So much less pain since attending your classes” Nina