Orthopaedic & Back-Care Pilates

These classes draw on the principles of precise and controlled movement that form the foundation of Pilates but are specifically tailored for people with orthopaedic conditions or back pain to help improve, maintain, or restore physical function.

Orthopaedic Pilates Classes

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Athlete with back pain


The back is comprised of a multitude of moving parts that constantly work together to enable our bodies to function. Over time, or through injury, small changes in these moving parts and the way they work can affect how we move, and for some people this can eventually lead to back pain.

Back-Care Pilates is a 12-week, Pilates-based, corrective exercise course designed specifically for people with back pain.

Back-Care Pilates Course

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What the course involves


The course uses slow, gentle and controlled movements that are performed standing up, sitting on a chair, and sitting or lying on a mat. You will be guided through small and simple movements that will help you to regain control over your back and your body.

The sessions use stretching, mobilisation, and strengthening exercises to train the abdominal and back muscles that support your spine. These exercises will help you to improve your posture and develop your awareness of neutral spinal alignment as these are essential in maintaining a healthy back. Your hip and shoulder joints also play an important role in how stress is placed on your back during everyday movements, so the course includes exercises to help you improve your strength and mobility in these areas too. All of this will enable you to reduce uneven stresses on your spine, improve the condition of your back, and help you to live a happier, healthier life.

Class performing stretches to relieve back pain

In each session, you will be able to work at your own pace so that you can focus on safe and effective movement. All the exercises are adaptable, and can be modified to suit you and your body.

Each week you will be given advice on exercises you can do at home throughout the week that will aid in your recovery.  By the end of the 12 weeks you will have accumulated an ‘exercise directory’ that you can continue to use after the course.

Each course consists of 12 one-hour sessions, delivered over 12 weeks (one session per week).

Who the course is suitable for


This course is suitable for people with no experience of Pilates, as well as those who have done Pilates previously.

Your safety is paramount, so before you enrol on the course I will talk with you about the nature and cause of your pain, and about any medical diagnoses you have received, in order to ensure it is safe for you to participate. In very rare cases, this course will not be appropriate, but it is suitable for over 95% of people with back pain.

Booking on to the course


Places on each course cost £150 for 12 weeks and are limited to 10 places per course to allow for focused supervision.


Start dates for 2020

Tuesday, April 7th - CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 15th - CANCELLED


If you have any questions about the course, or would like to book a place on an upcoming course, please click here to go to the Contact page.

If you’re interested in one-to-one delivery of the course, then you don’t have to wait until the beginning of the next course to start. One-to-one delivery of the Back Care Pilates course takes place in the comfort of your own home and costs £450 which includes an initial postural and movement assessment. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your requirements, or if you would like to book a private course, please click here to go to the Contact page.

After the Back-Care Pilates Course


If you want to continue with Back-Care Pilates after you've completed the twelve week course, you can join the Continuing Back-Care Pilates sessions that are held at the times outlined below. More detailed information about these sessions will be provided to you during the twelve week Back-Care Pilates course.

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