What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.

Pilates is a holistic exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and condition the body. It suits all ages and fitness levels and is helpful for overall wellbeing and general fitness.

It targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine and focuses on improving postural awareness, coordination, endurance and breathing control using gentle exercises and stretches.

It can assist recovery from injury and muscular pain and prevent reoccurrence.

Practitioner:  Alison Beckett

Alison Beckett

About Alison

Alison developed her Pilates skills as a natural adjunct to her extensive physiotherapy expertise. She trained and qualified with The Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) in London .

A Chartered Physiotherapist with over 25 years experience she has treated a broad range of conditions. She continues to work in the NHS, treating patients with neurological conditions.

Pilates has become an integral part of her physiotherapy programmes. It compliments all her treatments and is beneficial for general fitness, specific health conditions and overall wellbeing.


What Alison’s clients say

“Alison is a gifted and experienced physiotherapist and pilates teacher. She is always well prepared and makes every session enjoyable, building from the one before, but also responding sensitively to the needs of the moment. I don’t know how I would have recovered the full use of my arm (after injury) without Alison’s help. She really knows what she is doing.”


“I have been working with Alison on my lower back and hip pain for several months now and she has really helped me. My discomfort is greatly reduced and mobility is increased. Thanks for all your help Alison and look forward to our next session.”


“Alison provides both pilates and physiotherapy in one package. Because she is a fully qualified physio you feel completely safe with all the movements. If you are having a bad day, she can adapt the movements so that you always manage something. Pilates has given me back movement in my spine and upper back, more strength in my legs and a feeling of wellbeing. After years of pain in my lower back, hips and knees, pilates really has been a life-changer.”