Reformer Pilates at Retreat to the Hills

Reformer Pilates

The majority of the lessons I teach are on the Reformer.

Although the equipment can initially look challenging clients quickly come to love the way it can support their movement and as they grow stronger also challenge them more.

The Pilates Reformer is a machine that offers resistance and assistance through the use of different springs. It is a fantastic piece of equipment with an almost endless repertoire of exercises that can can cater for all levels. 

You work on the reformer seated, standing, prone or supine. Reformer Pilates really challenges your core strength and dynamic stability. 

Depending on your starting level training may be a hybrid of Reformer Pilates mixed with some Mat work, and also the Springboard Tower.

Reformer Pilates sessions can be taught as a 1:1 or as a Duet. If you have any medical conditions that require more focus I always recommend that you have a few sessions on your own first before coming along with a friend. All clients will be asked to complete a simple Health Questionnaire.

I use Balanced Body Allegro Reformers and both are raised from the floor making it easier to get on and off them.

Clients train on a weekly or fortnightly basis and tend to have the same slot each week. Because of this I do run a waiting list so if an existing client is no longer able to attend their slot is up for grabs! If you are interested in starting Reformer Pilates do drop me an email and we can discuss what are the current options.

Private sessions are £35 per hour. A Duet session is £40.

Reformer Pilates Private Lesson in Malvern Ledbury

Recorded Classes

Pilates On Demand pre recorded Pilates sessions can be purchased for unlimited use with a monthly subscription.
Classes are taught as mixed ability and designed to compliment the live sessions. There are also some 15 minute short sessions focusing on key areas for those times when you don’t have the motivation or energy to do a full workout.

The On Demand sessions are available for a monthly subscription of only £10. Once you have subscribed you will be sent an email link every month to view the videos at a time that suits you on Vimeo. You can cancel your subscription at any time. If you are interested please send us an email and we will send you the BACS information.


The Mental Benefits are as good as the Physical

I really didn’t think Pilates was my thing being more of a boot camp enthusiast. I was surprised at how hard it worked my muscles without getting up a sweat. I am totally converted – I know that pilates will always be part of my life now. The mental benefits are as good as the physical. I really enjoy understanding how my body should be aligned correctly and thinking about different muscle groups to work them individually. I could see my muscle tone developing within the first weeks particularly around my waist. I am more conscious of how I sit and stand which can only be beneficial as I am in my early forties! Tess is welcoming, knowledgeable, dedicated and she has a good sense of fun. ;

My Body is Definitely becoming Stronger

I have had quite a few Pilates teachers in the past and I think Tess is the best! It is such a treat to have an hours session with her every week. I can feel myself gradually improving as I get to know the movements and my body is definitely becoming stronger, which for me, was the main attraction of Pilates. ;

A Wonderful Hour of ‘Me’ Time

Tess is an inspiring Pilates teacher, who has supported me both post-operatively and also helping to re-develop my core strength, balance and co-ordination as part of a return to competitive riding.
Tess is clear, structured and pays great attention to each member of the class. She ensures that exercises are performed correctly and to an appropriate level, whilst keeping a sense of humour which improves even the most challenging movements!
In a busy week my Pilates sessions are a wonderful hour of ‘me’ time whilst being physically challenged too!. 

Each Exercise is at the Right Level for each Individual

I get so much out of the lessons. The lessons are enjoyable and relaxed and Tess is adaptable in her approach ensuring that each exercise is at the right level for each individual. Each lesson is varied and I enjoy the sense of achievement after mastering a challenging move! Physically I am stronger, more flexible and generally more toned and the lessons have been invaluable in helping maintain a sense of well-being in amongst the stresses of everyday life! . 

Making a Huge Difference

Pilates lessons with Tess have been a revelation. She is professional but the sessions are fun. She caters for all abilities and is able to stretch some members of the group whilst being mindful of the needs of others. I have found myself really looking forward to our sessions. The next morning I can even reach down with ease to put my socks on (something that has challenged me for a few years)! These pilates sessions are making a huge difference and making me feel so much brighter and in tune with my body.  

A Peaceful Setting in Which to Practice Pilates

Tucked away at the foot of the Malvern Hills, you couldn’t ask for a more peaceful setting in which to practice Pilates. Tess is a fantastic teacher adapting each move to your individual level and incorporating new moves weekly, so there is no chance of getting bored. My flexibility is improving and I always leave a session feel very calm and relaxed.  

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