Pilates and Sport

Pilates has become a key part of the training regime of many top sportsmen and women, a few of whom are pictured here.  Each sport has its own sequence of repetitive movements which, over time, can result in muscular imbalance.  Dominant muscle groups become tight and bulky, whilst those which are used less, weaken and become inefficient.  Pilates, with its holistic view of the body, can help athletes redress this muscle imbalance and postural misalignment, to improve performance, technique and minimise the risk of injury.



The golf swing is biased towards one side, which can create imbalance in the body. Pilates encourages a player to swing from their core rather than from their limbs, which helps to balance out the body against the forces of the swing. Strengthening the core, improving flexibility, building stability in the pelvis and shoulder girdle, and bringing both sides of the body into balance, can help golfers hit the ball further, straighter and more accurately.


Repeated impact with the ground associated with running often results in injuries to the back, hips and knees.  Pilates can help avoid such problems by improving postural alignment, building long, strong leg muscles, and improving joint mobility.



Choreography demands repetitive and often rapid movements from the dancer, which creates imbalance in the body and puts strain on the joints, particularly the hips, knees and ankles.  Pilates has been used by dancers for many years to minimise the occurrence of such problems.

Snowboarding and Skiing

With its emphasis on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles to achieve a strong core, Pilates can help skiers and snowboarders cope with the twisting, side-to-side movements associated with negotiating the slopes.


Football and Rugby

Rapid changes of direction at high speed and powerful movements delivered from unbalanced positions, are key characteristics of both these sports.  Pilates can help players improve their flexibility, co-ordination and stability, particularly the stability of the pelvic region.  An unstable pelvis can result in hamstring tears, a common problem for both rugby and football players. 


The stance and movements associated with batting and bowling place enormous demands on the muscles of the trunk and on the shoulder girdle.  Pilates can help cricketers strengthen their back and abdominal muscles, and enhance the mobility of the shoulder girdle, thereby improving posture and balance and avoiding injury. 


Classes Approved by the Pilates Foundation

All the group classes taught by Melissa in Clevedon now appear on the Pilates Foundation website, and as such they have its seal of approval. 


The Pilates Foundation was founded in 1996 and is the main governing body for professional Pilates teachers in the UK.  Melissa has been a full member since 2003.  The Pilates Foundation was set up with the aim of establishing and maintaining quality and excellence in Pilates teaching.  It promotes the original works of Joseph and Clara Pilates, honouring the original repertoire and principles, while at the same time bringing current knowledge and research to the teaching of the Pilates Method.

Members undergo extensive training, in Melissa’s case a year-long course, with a Pilates Foundation Accredited Teacher Training Provider and pass a rigorous examination process to gain membership into the organisation.  Membership is then renewed annually with Pilates Foundation Teachers being required to meet on-going professional development requirements and adhere to the PF’s Codes of Ethics and Conduct.


Pilates Is For Life Not Just For New Year

Pilates is for life not just for New Year

How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? Keep meaning to come to a group Pilates class, but never quite make it as far of the studio? If that sounds familiar, why not make this the week to change things. The classes at Embody Pilates are open to everyone and suitable for all abilities. No need to buy new sportswear or a mat.  Just wear comfy clothes, come along to class and you’re ready to get started.

No membership fees, just pay-as-you-go, £8 per hour-long class if you pay upfront for six (which can be taken at any time) or £10 per class if you prefer to pay for one session at a time.  And for the next two weeks only, we’re offering students who want to give us a try, the chance of a £2 discount on the full price of their first class.  To take advantage of this offer (which ends Sunday 2 March 2014), book a place on any of our four weekly classes via the contact form, quoting the reference FEB14OFF.

We look forward to seeing you at the studio very soon.


Inside The Studio

For those who are thinking about joining one of Embody Pilates’ weekly open-to-all group classes held at The Wellbeing Studio in Clevedon, here are some pictures of the inside of the studio where the hour-long sessions take place…

It’s a lovely space to do Pilates, warm in Winter, cool in Summer with plenty of natural light for those morning and lunchtime classes when we’re lucky enough to have some sunshine…

There is also a relaxing waiting area where clients can gather before class…



For a virtual tour of the facilities, check out The Wellbeing Studio’s video.  It provides a useful peek behind closed doors…


Here is the weekly schedule of group Pilates classes we run at The Wellbeing Studio.  They are suitable for all ages, abilities, sizes and fitness levels:

Mondays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
Tuesdays: 18.15-19.15 and 19.15-20.15
Wednesdays: 10.15-11.15 and 11.15-12.15
Thursdays: 12.30-13.30, 18.00-19.00 and 19.00-20.00
Fridays: 09.30-10.30 and 10.30-11.30
Saturday mornings: 10.00-11.00

There are no membership fees.  You can pay-as-you-go at £10 per class, or just over £8 per class if you pay the up front price of £50 for six classes.  These can then be taken over however many weeks rather than consecutively.  Please let Melissa know you’re planning to come to a class to be 100% sure of a place.

Embody Pilates operates from The Wellbeing Studio in Clevedon, which is located next door to Six Ways Sports shop on Alexandra Road.  For clear directions how to find us and where to park, click this link.

We look forward to seeing you.

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