Pilates

Success stories

Jackie

Ruth

Pam

I first joined Cara’s class a few years ago after spending a year in the QMC with a seriously ill son (now well and at Loughborough Uni). This left me out of step with other Mums and feeling quite alone, yet the moment I stepped into the class I felt welcomed and part of a community. It didn’t matter about age, ability, sex we were all just there to get strong and have a bit of a laugh. It wasn’t about being Pilates/yoga zombies, just hitting the shapes, it was about asking your body to move a little more than it’s used to.

During COVID Cara kept us going with (often hilarious) online classes, which she has kept up, so if you miss a class there are a number of ways you can catch up. During COVID I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and had to undergo massive surgery, thanks to Pilates with Cara I left hospital a week before I was due to, left ITU days earlier than expected and although I have a weakness in my shoulder, my surgeons are astounded how far I have come from such serious surgery.

On a lighter note, at 50 ish you don’t expect to make new friends, but I have; really good friends, including Cara. These classes are for anyone, there are different levels of intensity, she always modifies for body types, I went dizzy the other week and I just did the whole class on my mat. Cara has built a great community and I’m very proud to be a member of it
Sarah-Jane
Cara is knowledgeable in every aspect of Pilates. I was first introduced to her in 2018 when I joined a reformer class she was teaching, later I followed her to mat work classes.

Cara is impressive in her approach, putting everyone at ease, promoting self-confidence, and getting to know her class members strengths and weaknesses.

She gives an excellent explanation which is easy to understand even if you are new to Pilates. Although you will be working to improve your physical condition you will find her classes are calming and soothing. You are guided through each movement where Cara highlights which muscles should be engaging, which parts should be stretching, and of course, breathing. She really helps you focus your mind.

Cara is a joy to listen to, kind, supportive, good fun with a lovely sense of humour.

My personal experience is that of improved posture, strength, flexibility and mobility. After suffering with hip and back pain for many years I am now pain free with improved posture.

To anyone looking to join Pilates I would highly recommend booking with Cara. You will become aware of your body, and your posture giving you the motivation to improve yourself. You will find muscles you never knew you had.
Caroline
I started Pilates about 3 years ago. I went because I was having lower back and hip issues and I thought Pilates was just about the body's movement and core strength.

It very quickly became apparent, that it was not only helping me physically but more importantly it was supporting my mental well-being too.

It helps to reduce my stress levels and just clear the mind. When I am in the class it blocks out all the unwanted noise of life and gives me space to breath. It sets me up for the day.
Michelle
I had been struggling with back pain due to Spinal Stenosis. I had previously been a keen walker, but I could not walk for more than half a mile without having to sit down. As a result I became more and more inactive, and my general fitness deteriorated. I knew I needed to increase my fitness and strength, but I struggled to even stand up for more than a couple of minutes. It was then I found out about seated Pilates and it sounded just the job for me.

I carry excess weight and I was a little nervous about whether I would be able to do it and I didn't want to make a fool of myself. I needn't have worried as Cara made me feel very welcome and I was encouraged to work at my own speed and within safe limits for my back.

I can walk much further now, approximately 3 miles before the pain starts. I'm hoping that I continue to improve and progress to standing Pilates as I get stronger.

There is nothing to be worried about so go for it!
Leslie
I wanted to find a local Pilates teacher for regular weekly sessions. I was a bit concerned that it might be too difficult.

I am not very bendy, and I previously did a class which was a bit too advanced for me and knocked my confidence. However, I found it was friendly and you were very welcoming and put me at ease. It didn’t seem hard to do although I am bad at co-ordination.

Also, everyone is well spaced out. The class feels very inclusive, and the exercises were enjoyable to do.

The exercises seem easy but have a powerful impact and all are welcome whatever mobility you have.
Helen
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always done some form of weekly exercise. In 2018, aged 64 I was finding Zumba difficult as the arthritis in my swollen knees deteriorated. I tried Line dancing as a possible alternative but that caused me to exacerbate the problem where I had to take time away from it for my knees to recover somewhat. And then through the letterbox came a flyer advertising a ‘free taster lesson’ with Cara Tatterton Pilates. I took that taster, and 5 years later I’m still with her, every Tuesday.

Being coached by someone who can tailor each move to the individual’s need is a huge bonus. In my class one person doesn’t kneel (knee replacement, arthritis), another can’t lie flat, and so on . After a hip/knee replacement there are various movements you just can’t do for a time and therefore Cara always has an alternative position and movement for you. In her class there isn’t anything you can’t take part in. I still did Pilates without the use of one hand after a Carpel Tunnel operation. She simply guided me through it without pain.

After doing high impact exercise for so long and then switching to Pilates, you may well think it's going to be a soft option. “DON’T UNDERESTIMATE, the power of Pilates”. I say this to people who tend towards, “there’s not enough action in it for me, I need to sweat”. I see it like this, and now from experience: you can put as much or as little effort as you want into a Pilates Class. No different from a high impact exercise class. Except you are not madly thrashing about. Pilates is suitable for most everyone. Come and join us. You won’t regret it.
Jan
I retired at the end of March this year. Having spent years sitting at a desk in chairs that offered me no real support, I was very concerned about my hunched shoulders and stooping posture. Having done a little research, I felt that Pilates could possibly help me to improve my posture.

By chance, I met someone I know who had just been to one of Cara’s classes in Shepshed and she told me that Cara offered a taster class. I left her and went straight to the Church Hall to see Cara. Having never been to a Pilates class before, I was concerned that I would not be able to keep up with the other people in the class.

The pace of the class is just right. I was able to follow Cara’s clear instructions and keep up with everyone else in the class. After the class, I could tell that I had stretched my body and I felt that I had more movement in my neck and shoulders. I really enjoyed the whole hour and left the class looking forward to returning the following week.

Booking a taster class is the ideal way to find out if Pilates is for you. There is no cost or commitment involved. Cara is so welcoming, and you are quickly put at ease.
Susan
I decided to contact you because I wanted to take part in some sort of physical activity when things started to reopen after covid restrictions.

A friend sent me a link to your website, and I took it from there. As one gets older and particularly during lock down, I feel self-confidence starts to wane. So, I was concerned that it may be too hard for me.

I found the class welcoming and friendly and Cara is considerate of any health issues the class members have, making sure no one pushes themselves too hard. I found the stretches and breathing particularly good. It is a nice calm atmosphere and very relaxing.

I would tell anyone who may be unsure to give it a try.
Celia