The Benefits of Pilates

The Benefits of Pilates.   If you haven’t heard of Pilates, where have you been?!  Pilates is having its moment in the spotlight right now, with celebrities such as Madonna and Lady Gaga extolling its virtues and who can forget Pippa Middleton’s Pilates bottom? So what makes Pilates so great and why should you do it? […]


Interview with Mike Perry

Mike Perry kindly agreed to be interviewed by  He will shortly be presenting his workshop – Pilates Made Simple.  I ask him to take a seat but he chooses to squat and of course when you realise what Mike does other than Pilates all will become clear. The studio, Pilates in Motion, is in Ealing, West London.  […]


Pilates and Mental Health – Week Three

And release… It’s the third week in to my voluntary classes with a small group of men living with drug abuse additions. Personalities and group dynamics are starting to show, they keep coming back for more and they’re certainly keeping me on my toes! I’m astounded by the level of technique these beginners have: as soon […]


What is Pilates About?

Pilates (or as originally called Contrology) is a form of physical exercise system, developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s, which aims to develop balanced body and mind through whole body health, whole body commitment and breath. “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.  Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of […]


Pilates Matwork Repertoire – The Hundred

The Hundred exercise in Pilates got its name because you hold the exercise for 100 counts.  In classical Pilates matwork repertoire you start your session with The Hundred to warm up, get your breathing strong and your blood oxygenated.  It strengthens your abdominals, develops trunk stabilisation and stimulates coordination. Point of caution: Work at your own pace and if […]


Asquith London

The Story Behind the Brand     As previously blogged, here at Pilates Tree, we are big fans of Pilates and Yoga Wear label; Asquith London. Season after season, their dedication to style and comfort has made them a huge hit in the realm of yoga and Pilates. They truly understand the ethos of Pilate goers. […]


Modifying Pilates: Pilates for Your Type

Modifying Pilates: Pilates for your Type by Katharina (Kat) Hesse © Tailoring Pilates to our clients’ needs is not a new idea. But is this just a matter of looking at their postural and muscular deviations, or can we tailor a programme to suit their individual personalities? Reading Sharon’s blog on Astrology and Pilates (Astrolates), I […]