About Retreat Pilates

We are a private boutique Reformer and small equipment studio offering private, duet and small group sessions

About Retreat Pilates

Hello! I’m Tess, founder of Retreat Pilates. 

Over the years I’ve witnessed the benefits of Pilates first hand, not just for rehabilitation, but also its ability to change postures and sculpt the body. Pilates has always been important to me and was key to my recovery from a road traffic accident. It has become a way of life for me and I’m keen to share the benefits with others. The strengthening, mobilising and realignment of postures brought through Pilates is well known, but the psychological benefits of giving people time out to simply focus on their breath and improve their proprioception is hugely rewarding for my clients and myself.

I initially qualified as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor with YMCA. Since then I have also successfully completed a conversion course to be certified by Body Control Pilates. Body Control Pilates is widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality, with teachers working in more than 40 countries. It is Europe’s largest professional Pilates organisation.

I am continually refreshing my knowledge with additional courses by Body Control Pilates, Can Rehab and Lisa B Pilates, and have taken speciality qualifications including working with clients who have Osteoporosis, Cancer rehabilitation and training older clients. I also have weekly lessons on the Reformer, Tower and Chair to work on my personal development.

My loyal client base of different age groups and abilities come to Retreat to the Hills for Pilates and enjoy the time focusing on their own well-being. I hold small group classes, solo sessions that really help focus on an individuals own needs, duets of friends and family members. Clients also have access to an online library of recorded mat pilates sessions to support their training and offer them the flexibility of an additional session at home.

My goal is to give clients a better understanding of what Pilates really is; to increase their body awareness, how it moves, how focusing on your breath can aid movement and clear your mind, and how good alignment and posture can improve your life in and out of the studio.

Tess Founder of Retreat Pilates


– YMCA  – Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates

– Body Control Pilates – Level 3 Matwork Pilates Teacher Training

– Body Control Pilates – Pilates in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

– Body Control Pilates –  Level 3 Physical Activity and Health Considerations for the Older Adult

 -Body Control Pilates – Level 3 Designing Pilates Programmes for Bone Health

– Body Control Pilates – Diastasis Recti

– Can Rehab – Level 4 Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation

– Lisa B Pilates Academy for Teachers – Introductory Reformer Course

– Lisa B Pilates Academy for Teachers – Progressive Reformer Course

– Lisa B Pilates Academy for Teachers – Springboard

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

Pick up any newspaper, online article on fitness and you will at some point read, (or be told by a Medical Professional), to try some Pilates. 

But what can you really expect to gain from regular practice. 

One of the greatest benefits I see clients gaining isn’t something they come in expecting to find; a greater understanding  and connection to their own bodies. That mind body connection is so important. We use breath work a lot and simple exercises like footwork on the Reformer can become almost mindful. 

Your circulation will be boosted, and due to the need to concentrate on your movement you can expect a reduction in both mental and physical fatigue. 

A more obvious benefit is a more uniform muscular development, not in a bulky way but stronger across all areas as in every session we we work every part of your body, and move your spine in every direction. 

Core strength is one benefit that is often touted and this is true, but the resulting more obvious benefits to this strengthening is a reduction in lower back pain, improved posture and better movement in all your daily tasks. 

Flexibility also does improve, along with your balance. 

There are so many other benefits you can expect, but one of the best ones I feel is progression and that sense of achievement on always challenging yourself to be more and do more. If you commit to a regular training schedule in and out of the studio you will find that you will see improvements in so many areas. But don’t just take my word for it, you can read my clients testimonials and come and try a session. 

Tess x 

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