Pilates Classes

What is Pilates

Pilates is a low impact exercise system, that focusses on core strength, flexibility, posture and muscular imbalances.
Originally called ‘Contrology’, Pilates was named after its creator, Joseph Pilates. When Joseph Pilates founded his studio, around a century ago, some of the first Pilates clients were ballet dancers looking to improve their posture and control. These principles of motor control have also been used to rehabilitate people with low back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries.

What to expect.

At The Thornbury Clinic we believe that Pilates should be instructed in an intimate environment where the instructor has the time to go round to every individual in the class. This enables the instructor to offer feedback, corrections and slight tweaks to the programme to tailor to your individual needs. Due to this you will find our classes have a maximum of 4 people in a class and are all taught in a specialist Pilates, Yoga and physiotherapy rehab studio.

What techiques will be used?

Pilates workouts are mat-based and the small class sizes at The Thornbury Clinic, allow exercises to be tailored to your individual needs. With only 4 people in a class you are guaranteed hands on correction as well as a relaxed and personal environment to practise in. It can be easy to perform the exercises incorrectly, which is why it is important to have an attentive, knowledgeable teacher to ensure correct form. Sarah completed her teacher training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), world leading provider of Pilates treatment and education, with a significant focus on rehabilitation based programmes

Who is it for?

Physio-led pilates is for anyone at any level. Clients range from athletes, patients recovering from injury or operation, to those wanting to avoid injury, become fitter and increase core muscle tone. It is a fun and relaxing way to start or end the day and it will leave you with a healthy mind / body connection. .

When are they available?

We have Pilates classes on Mondays and Thursdays with Sarah at 12-1pm and 7-8pm. Sarah also offers private 121 sessions that can be booked on Monday and Thursday through the day.


Sarah West
Pilates Instructor

Sarah is a Senior Physiotherapist, Pilates and Yoga instructor at The Thornbury Clinic with over 8 years experience in Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation. Sarah has a special interest in pregnancy related pain along with ante and post natal physiotherapy.

Sarah has built a broad repertoire of skills, having worked with sports teams such as Harlequins RFC and as a Senior Physiotherapist in the NHS. She has also gained experience with some of the countries leading consultant obstetricians and antenatal physiotherapists making her a superb physiotherapist for expectant and new mums experiencing pain.

Sarah graduated with distinction in MSc Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton after achieving a First Class honours degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St Mary’s University College, London. She also holds instructor qualifications in Pilates and Yoga, having travelled to India to complete her Yoga teacher training.

Outside her work at The Thornbury Cinic Sarah is a keen sportswoman having competed internationally in Taekwondo, achieving a bronze medal at the 2014 Taekwondo World Cup in Jamaica. She continues to practise martial arts, ran her first full marathon in 2018, and is a keen surfer and snowboarder

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