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Welcome to the Jane Thomas Pilates website

Welcome to the Jane Thomas Pilates website. Here you will find information on us, everything you need to know about us, and — sometimes (keep checking back) — even some simple Pilates exercises you can try yourself at home.

Pilates (pronounced pill-AH-teez) is in fact one of the best exercise formats you can follow — whatever your fitness level, and whatever your age — from 18 to 80+. Pilates is a multi-muscle training technique which — when done correctly — can increase strength, flexibility and mobility.

It was designed around 90 years ago to support general daily activities so is suitable for people who do not otherwise train. On the other hand, the more active also find it highly beneficial as a cross-training technique.

Our Aim — Why Do We Do It?
Freedom for you: freedom from aches, pains and injuries; freedom of movement; freedom to live an active happy lifestyle.

How Do We Do It?

By focussing on individual needs, we show you how to build your strength from the inside out. Our team of Instructors will work with you to improve mobility, posture, and flexibility.

What Do We Offer?
Small-group Pilates matwork classes in a venue near you. Try one of our classes for free.

Our Money-Back Guarantee
We know that what we offer our clients is the best Pilates experience available. We stand by that with our money-back guarantee — try us for two classes, and if you don't agree that we offer the best classes, the best value-for-money, and — quite simply — the best possible Pilates you can get, then we will refund all your money. No nonsense, no quibble, no fuss!

Reformer classes
For more details about our micro-group (four people) Reformer classes, check out this page here.

Online classes
Our latest introduction is complete online Live Pilates classes, with a timetable of around five classes a week. These are available for just £10 a month on our Monthly Payment Plan. You can join as many Live classes as you want, and all classes are also available after the class to watch in your own time.

Online Live classes are either in FaceTime Live format (you’ll need to be on Facebook to view these live), or on Zoom (so you need to have the Zoom software on your device to watch these live —
instructions here).

The recordings of these Live classes however, are available in standard video format.

Our online Pilates classes are so popular that we have created a new website called JTP Zone, to hold all details about Live and recorded classes specifically for our online clients. For potential new online clients however, the website also explains how our online Pilates classes work, and how to join. You’ll find
the new website by clicking or tapping here.

One-to-one Sessions, Biomechanics
If you are looking for individual Pilates sessions, or want to work on Pilates Reformers or require Biomechanics sessions, these are all provided by our associated company Pilates in Loughborough — click here to visit the Pilates in Loughborough website. Note that this is the original Pilates in Loughborough, providing the best individual Pilates, Reformer (and other equipment) Pilates, and Biomechanics experience you can possibly obtain. Don't accept any lower experienced, lower qualified alternative.

Jane Thomas Pilates — the best possible Pilates experience — guaranteed!


What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise technique that was invented for injured dancers nearly a century ago by ex-carpenter and gymnast Joseph Pilates. He devised the exercise programme in the 1920s based on 34 original movements. As such, Joseph Pilates was the first person in the west to promote a holistic approach to exercise — his philosophy was that our lifestyle is chiefly responsible for our body’s ills, and are reflected in our posture and movement.

Is all Pilates all the same?
In short — no! Well, not now anyway.

Upto the year 2000 however, Pilates
was the same wherever it was practised. Pilates prior to that date had been quite fixed. Joseph Pilates had defined the method quite precisely, and even trademarked it to protect his rights. He controlled how it was taught, by making sure his team of Pilates Instructors only taught new Pilates Instructors in the exact same manner. There was a hierarchy of Instructors, and they strictly maintained the trademarked method worldwide. Our very own Jane, for example, was trained by an Instructor who had been trained by one of Joseph's original Instructors. For want of a better term, the original Joseph Pilates method is often called Classical Pilates.

In 2000, Pilates had grown phenomenally worldwide. Joseph was long gone, and Pilates was straining at the seams. A court case defined that Pilates could no longer be trademarked and from then on could be classified simply as a generic exercise method — similar to
aspirin, which used to be a trademarked term referring to the drug asetylsalicylic acid, but is now used whether made by the original trademarking company or not.

This had two results:

1 First, training organisations other than those original hierarchy of Pilates Instructors could teach new people to teach Pilates. As well as the existing Pilates Institute and similar organisations, many new organisations were created to train aspiring Pilates Instructors — Modern Pilates, Stott Pilates, Fitness Pilates — all adding their own take on traditional classical Pilates
2 Second, and a little worryingly, anyone — trained or untrained — can call themselves a Pilates teacher.

In general, Pilates Instructors trained prior to 2000 will all be classical Pilates Instructors. Instructors trained after this time could be trained classically, or otherwise, or indeed have little or no training at all.

This has since left a bit of a minefield when it comes to choosing a Pilates Instructor. What sort of Pilates will it be? How well has the Instructor been trained? And even, how safe will the exercise class be? The answers are that you should check what type of Pilates you will get, you should be certain that type of Pilates is what you want, and — for your safety — you should check that the Instructor has been trained with an accredited training organisation.

And, just for the record, as well being Pilates Coaches, we also
ARE an accredited training organisation — we train Pilates Coaches, our own as well as others. People come to us for their high-quality Pilates training, so we can formally guarantee that all our Pilates Coaches (we call them Coaches rather than mere Instructors to show the high-quality we demand on our Pilates training courses) are of the very best ability you can possibly find, anywhere worldwide.

What we offer
All of our Pilates Coaches have been properly trained with accredited training organisations — either ourselves, or before that with others — so they do know their stuff, and they all teach Pilates both safely and correctly. We also restrict our group matwork class size — to an average of 12–14 participants — for reasons of safety and correct tuition.

Currently we offer classical Pilates through a dedicated team of Pilates Coaches.

Classical Pilates (aka Clinical Pilates)
Classical Pilates is the original Pilates adhering to the Joseph Pilates principles, available for everyone — though also suited as a rehabilitation exercise to anyone with any medical or health concerns — which is why it is sometimes referred to as Clinical Pilates. It is the most precise method of doing Pilates, adhering to Joseph's original principles of preciseness and control of movement. This is also the type of Pilates you need if you have been referred by a health professional such as a doctor, a physiotherapist, an osteopath, or a chiropractor.

What we offer is, we believe, the best Pilates instruction available. We stand by that, and we guarantee what we do.

Why are we so committed to what we do? Well, we think different about exercise; our whole philosophy is based upon Pilates and the beneficial effects it can give; and we know that when people try us, they stick with us.

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What does Pilates do?
Pilates teaches you to hold your posture correctly. It helps to balance the torso and trains core stability by building abdominal, pelvic and back strength. Many medical experts believe when the spine is in alignment and supported properly by strong abdominal muscles, the involuntary functions of the body such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, elimination of waste and psychological health are all improved. Breathing is a large part of Pilates, teaching you to protect the spine through correct breathing — which in turn helps to increase energy.

Properly executed, all Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, not only developing greater strength but reducing the risk of injury. Every exercise is a thought process, which teaches us to become more aware of what we unconsciously do with our bodies. This allows us to develop the areas that need special attention and readdress the balance.

Pilates moves are designed to work your powerhouse muscles — abdominals, lower back, thighs, and buttocks; what we call the core. The result is a body better aligned and at less risk of injury. Practising such exercises on a regular basis can also help you move more freely and gracefully.

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Pilates and sport
Over the last few years Pilates has revolutionised sports science and is being used to enhance sports performance. During sport, repeated movement means that certain muscles are being overused and the delicate balance can be upset: hips, neck, knees, shoulders and lumbar spine are the most vulnerable. Pilates can help restore the body's balance — realigning the body and encouraging natural movement, so enhancing performance.

We have worked with Olympic athletes and other top sports people, achieving some brilliant results.

Pilates and injury
Pilates works within the boundaries of symmetry so it is an ideal exercise format for those who suffer from mild pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and other conditions that affect muscles, bones and joints — all without risk of further pain or injury. It is said that Pilates speeds recovery from injury or surgery by improving mobility, posture, strength and coordination. Pilates provides a new approach to exercise where its participants feel lighter, appear to be more toned, stronger, and more active. In fact, most participants say that Pilates makes them more aware of their posture throughout their daily routine. They feel more relaxed and energised.

Another of our specialities is Biomechanics. We have also coupled Pilates exercises with Biomechanics, for many of our clients who have suffered pain, injury, and long-term discomfort, to achieve some life-changing results.

Overall, Pilates — correctly instructed and practised — increases strength, flexibility and endurance. It improves posture, alignment, co-ordination and balance without bulking up your muscles.

Pilates is ideal for most of us and for all ages — from absolute beginner through fitness enthusiast to Olympic athlete!

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Joseph and his wife Clara

Our Team

An introduction to the Jane Thomas Pilates Team

A Message From Jane
We have gathered an absolutely amazing team around us here in the Jane Thomas Pilates family. The qualifications and expertise we have — and share between ourselves collectively — are truly staggering in breadth and depth. I am so proud of them all, and I am so happy that we can share all this experience with you, our clients.

Whether you come to a group matwork class — in a venue near you — or come to the Studio for one-to-one sessions or micro-group Reformer sessions, I hope you take full advantage of the JTP Team, our expertise, and what we all have to offer you. We exist because of you, and everything we do is all for your benefit.

Jane xx

Jane qualified as a Pilates Coach in 1999, started to teach in local gyms, leisure centres and community colleges, and then in 2003 opened her own specialist Pilates Studio. The Studio meant she could combine group matwork classes with more specific one-to-one training. She also introduced the Pilates Reformer to her clients.

Jane is a Level 3 Coach in the Pilates Matwork Programme, and through CPD has studied the Pilates Reformer, Wunda Chair and the Tower. She is also a Biomechanics Coach, a Back on Track Lower Back Pain Specialist, a BeActivated Coach, and a Pelvic Floor Health Specialist Pilates Coach.

Jane was one of the first Pilates Coaches in the East Midlands, and since then has mentored many other teachers in the area, and from 2016 became a training provider for the YMCA Awards for their Level 3 Pilates Matwork Diploma.
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Jane has enjoyed working with Derby County Football Club, being their Pilates specialist for 3 seasons. She has also worked with Olympic athletes and elite sportsmen and women throughout her career. But her favourite thing is watching people grow in confidence as they get their bodies moving with Pilates practice and feeling different about their bodies.

Her aim all those years ago was to make Pilates accessible to as many people as she could, with a level of care that made everyone who joined her sessions feel like individuals, and special.


Jenny comes to us from a fitness perspective, having been in the fitness industry for over 27 years.

She has travelled the world teaching fitness, and — for many years — owned and ran her own Personal Training business in Dubai.

Since coming back home to the UK, Jenny has spent some time looking at the fitness industry here, and has made the move to specialise in Pilates with us here.

Along with Jane, Jenny is a Biomechanics Coach.

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Mary joined us after having her first baby Ellen only three years ago. Ellen has been joined by sister Lily since then and is already doing Pilates with Mary, and aims to be our youngest fully-qualified Pilates Coach… ;-)

Mary is helping us create some brand new Pilates-based ventures. For example, Mary is our Internal Quality Assurance Lead Coach in our Pilates Coach Training Centre.

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Sue is one of our Beginners Specialists, so she may be your Absolute Beginners Course Coach, or your Specialist at the Studio, when you start Pilates.

Sue joined us from an educational background, bringing her love of helping people into her Pilates classes and sessions.

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Traudi is another of our Beginners Specialists, promoting Pilates to those with new to it — giving you the best possible experience.

One of the latest to join our expanding Pilates Coaching team, Traudi could be your first stop when you take up Pilates with us for the first time.

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Tanya is another of our Beginners Specialists, aiming to bring Pilates to as wide a range of people in the community as possible.

Like Sue and Traudi, you may well enjoy Tanya’s experience when you join us for Pilates for the first time.

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Cara is another of our Beginners Specialists, coming to us from a corporate background.

Cara is also a Pelvic Floor Health Specialist, running occasional Pelvic Floor Workshops in the area.

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Anna came to us from a personal training, leisure centre, and gym background to be one of our great Pilates Coaching team.

If you are new to Pilates or not, Anna’s classes are just the ticket for you.

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We are delighted to welcome Zoe to our Team. Zoe comes to us from a London-based Pilates Studio — and is a certified Pilates and Classical Ballet Instructor with international teaching experience and a background in professional dance.

Zoe’s trust and first-hand experience of the positive health and wellbeing benefits of Pilates led her to a career as a Pilates Coach, and she has qualifications to teach all levels including her specialised areas of Pre and Post-natal Pilates; Reformer Pilates and Matwork Pilates.

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Gem is a level 3 matwork Pilates instructor and Sports Massage Therapist who qualified over 12 years ago. Gem joins us with a passion for helping people heal their bodies through movement and massage.

Over the years Gem has worked with a range of clients. She has been the Performance Sport Soft Tissue Therapist at Loughborough University for over 9 years and when not keeping the athletes in top condition Gem can be found running various classes, one-to-one sessions and helping people care for their bodies through treatment and Pilates.

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Gail is a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, working from our Studio on Wednesdays, and Saturday mornings on behalf of her company Poise Remedial Massage. Appointments with Gail are booked directly with her.

Gail is an Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage member, qualified to the highest UK level available.

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If you email us to enquire about joining, chances are that you will get your reply from Karen — who is our New Client Advisor.

Often described — rightly — as our Glamorous Assistant, Karen also runs our phenomenally successful Catchups System, as well as significant chunks of our administrative work.

Keeping fit has always been a priority for Karen, and she is definitely a Pilates enthusiast, so you may see her in class...

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Often described as the core of the Team (just bringing a Pilates analogy in there...) Keith is the
Jane Thomas Pilates Senior Administration Executive. Yes, well, mmm...

Anyway, if you email us, chances are Keith is the other one of the two people you'll probably get a reply from as — along with making coffee, washing up, booking appointments and such like — emailing is his main job. Well, there's more to it than just that. Keith takes care of the very website you're reading now, for example.

Qualifications? Keith has good O-level results in Metalwork and Technical Drawing, passed his driving test first try, and (as you can see from the photo) likes dodgy backstreet West End musicals...

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Pilates Matwork and Pilates Reformer Classes

Our Matwork Pilates Classes
We run small-group Pilates matwork classes in various venues in Loughborough, Hathern, Rempstone, Old Woodhouse, Sileby and Quorn. New venues are being added frequently, so please keep checking back to see if we have classes in a venue near you. Also, if you know of a venue where you would like to see our Pilates classes, please let us have details and we will try our best to help you out.

We are committed to guaranteeing our clients the best possible Pilates experience, and our small-group matwork class size is just one aspect of this. Our average group classes are of around 12 participants, which we know is the only way of making sure our Pilates Coaches are able to see everyone in the group throughout the class. We do not believe that correct Pilates can be attempted in larger classes.

Absolute Beginners Courses
Even better, our Absolute Beginners Classes have a maximum of only 10 participants. We absolutely know that you cannot get a better way to start Pilates than this. Absolute Beginners Courses are one-off, six-week courses; following which you move into any of our regular matwork classes around the area. Get further information of when and where the next Absolute Beginners Course is by contacting us here.

Our current Pilates classes (both small-group matwork and micro-group Reformer) run on the following days and times, and are in the venues listed here below. Classes marked
* are generally more suitable for Beginners to Pilates (though our talented Coaches are generally able to accommodate anyone into any class).

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While many of these classes are fully booked, we do currently have some spaces in some classes. Please ask for details.

Matwork Course Timetable 2019/2020
Our matwork courses run on the following weeks, between September 2019 to August 2020.

Please note: All planned dates are provisional — illnesses, emergencies, venue closures and other issues may mean that some classes may not take place at their planned time. A replacement class WILL always be arranged.

This is as definitive a list as we can make it in advance of a whole year, so please make sure you check that a particular class is running before you go — we may have rescheduled the class due to circumstances beyond our control.

Weeks beginning:

Course 1 (13 weeks)
  • 2 September
  • 9 September
  • 16 September
  • 23 September (No Old Woodhouse classes ONLY on Friday 27 September)
  • 30 September
  • 7 October

2 week half-term:
(Old Woodhouse classes ONLY on Friday 25 October in lieu of above)
(Wednesday Rosebery Street Medical Centre classes on 23 October in lieu of below)

  • 28 October (No Wednesday Rosebery Street Medical Centre classes on 30 October)
  • 4 November
  • 11 November
  • 18 November
  • 25 November
  • 2 December
  • 9 December

3 week xmas

Course 2 (11 weeks)
  • 6 January
  • 13 January
  • 20 January
  • 27 January
  • 3 February
  • 10 February

2 week half-term
(except Monday 24 February 6pm & 7pm, & Friday 28 February 5.30pm & 6.30pm Hathern Community School classes, and Tuesday 25 February 9.30am Rosebery Street class)

  • 2 March
  • 9 March (not Monday 9 March 6pm & 7pm, & Friday 13 March 5.30pm & 6.30pm Hathern Community School classes,
    or Tuesday 10 March 9.30am Rosebery Street class)
  • 16 March
  • 23 March
  • 30 March

3 week easter
(except Monday 20 April all St Gregory’s Social Centre, Sileby classes, Monday 20 April 6pm &7pm Hathern Community School classes, and Tuesday 21 April 9.30am Rosebery Street Medical Centre class — these classes are running)

Course 3 (12 weeks)
  • 27 April
  • 4 May (No Friday classes on 8 May — run in lieu on 5 June)*
  • 11 May
  • 18 May (No Monday classes in St Gregory’s Social Centre, Sileby)

2 week half-term
(except all Friday classes run on Friday 5 June, in lieu BH 8 May) *

  • 8 June
  • 15 June
  • 22 June
  • 29 June
  • 4 weeks over summer

Please note: All planned dates are provisional — illnesses, emergencies, venue closures and other issues may mean that some classes may not take place at their planned time. A replacement class WILL always be arranged.

All courses — at whatever venue/day/time — will have a total of 36 classes during the year.

* Early May Day Bank Holiday 2020 is on Friday 8 May — not Monday 4 May…!

You can also download this Matwork Course Timetable for reference, by clicking here.

Enrolment and Joining Us for Matwork Pilates
Contact us direct
via this link for further details and for enrolment. This is the quickest and easiest way to enrol.

General enrolment is through our Monthly Payment Plan, which gives you a discount for your Pilates courses and ensures your place in your class throughout the year, as well as four included classes to choose from our Summer Timetable.

Other than this, classes
are not available on a pay-as-you-go system, and minimum payment is for the course (generally around 11-13 weeks, depending on educational terms) in full in advance, but payment this way loses the discount and other benefits you have as a Monthly Payment Plan member.

Our Catchup System
We run all regular matwork courses with a
Catchup element, whereby if you know you will have to miss a class in your course — and let us know in advance — for illness, holiday or any other reason, you can Catchup at any of our other classes, space permitting. You need never miss a Pilates class.

Special Note: Catchups must be taken within the current term. Only in exceptional circumstances will we endeavour to carryover Catchups to the following term. All Catchups must be taken in the current year (ie, September to August): Catchups leftover at the end of our year will be forfeited.

The way to contact us to let us know that you will miss one of your regular classes, and book your Catchup space is by
following this link here.

Please make sure you specify the exact time/day/date/venue of the class you will miss, and likewise the exact class you would like to Catchup in, with alternatives where possible.

To allow us to administer the Catchup system, we need 24 hours notice of a missed class to be able to guarantee a Catchup space, though we will do our best to help even without 24 hours notice.

Note: you must check first with us whether the Catchup class has room. If you arrive without checking, you will be turned away if there is no space.

Note that — due to small class size guarantees — our
Absolute Beginners Courses/Workshops are not included in the Catchup system, although we do try to help where possible.

Our Reformer Pilates Classes
All Reformer Pilates classes are in our central Loughborough Studio. These are micro-group classes (only 4 participants) so places are
very strictly limited. There is more information about our Reformer classes (and what a Reformer actually is) here.

Reformer Class Timetable 2019/2020
Our Reformer Timetable for the current year is available to view here. The timetable also includes information about enrolment onto our Monthly Payment Plan for Reformer classes. Get further information about available spaces in our Reformer Pilates classes by contacting us here.

Beginners Reformers
We often have new Reformer classes starting, and these are initially (usually) at a beginners level — suitable for anyone who has never done Pilates before, or who does a matwork Pilates class and wants to supercharge their Pilates with an additional Reformer class. We announce these new classes initially in our free weekly Newsletter (you can subscribe to the Newsletter by entering your details in the box near the top of this page).

Frequently asked questions about our Pilates courses

What should I wear?

Basically, any loose-fitting clothes — just wear leggings, fitness shorts or tracksuit type trousers with a loose waist and a t-shirt. Please wear socks — and no trainers or shoes. Avoid belts, and clothes with buckles and zips, or made out of rigid material such as denim, as they can restrict movement and make stretching difficult — they can also make lying down very uncomfortable.

What should I bring to the class?

Mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own fitness mat if you prefer. A cushion and a small towel may be useful too, as you may wish to use them to support the head and neck or to assist you when sitting.

I'm pregnant. Can I join a Pilates class?

Pilates is an excellent form of exercise with many advantages for your health if the pregnancy is progressing normally with no history of miscarriage and you have exercises previously with us. There are just certain moves which will need a little adaptation for you in order to ensure your comfort and the comfort of your baby plus some that are inadvisable as the pregnancy progresses. It is important that you are aware of the adaptations before joining a general class as we may not always be able to alert you to them every time in a whole class situation. If you have not been exercising with us prior to your pregnancy contact us here for further information.

I suffer with bad back pain. Can Pilates help?

Many people find Pilates extremely helpful for back pain as it does encourage the muscles that support the spine to work effectively. Pilates is, however, an exercise programme not a medical treatment. Do take advice from a medical professional as to whether Pilates would be suitable for you.

I'm quite fit. Will Pilates benefit me at all?

Oh yes! Pilates improves the function of the core muscles, helps to tone the body, increases flexibility and is an aid to good posture. So, if you already workout regularly, adding some Pilates exercise to your routine provides better balance for the body as you work every muscle on each side evenly. It is therefore perfect as a cross training technique.

How many sessions do I need?

How long is a piece of string? Your objectives and reasons for wanting to do Pilates depend so much on your level of fitness, agility, and inclination. A thorough assessment of your requirements will be made on your first visit. For those who have been referred by an osteopath/physiotherapist, it is highly recommended that you have a private session during which a more thorough assessment can be made.

What happens during an assessment?

Your instructor will enquire about any existing medical conditions or injuries as well as why you want to take up Pilates.

Inclement Weather Policy

Please be aware that wherever possible we will continue to run ALL classes whatever the weather — provided it is safe to do so — but sometimes due to snow and ice we are sadly forced to cancel. Fortunately, however, this hasn’t happened very often in all the years we have been teaching.

If we do have to cancel a class, then — time permitting — we will send an email out to everyone on our newsletter database (so please take the time to ensure you have given us your email recently). 

If you haven’t heard from us and want to check if a particular class is running, then please either email, text or call. Thank you.

If we do have a bad winter and have to cancel a few classes, then we will ensure there is still a way for you to exercise via our online workouts. This is a great way to keep exercising and keep spirits up when disruption is caused! 

If we ARE forced to cancel a class due to inclement weather, sadly we still have to pay for the hall hire. Therefore, no refunds will be made to class participants. We will, however, try to add another week or night onto the course, but this may not be possible so is not guaranteed. For logistical reasons with the halls we hire, this may also be on a different day and time to the original course, and may even be in a different hall.

We will also try as an alternative to provide a session for you to do at home via email. Again, however, this is not guaranteed.  

Thank you for taking the time to read and understand our Inclement Weather Policy. Please be assured we will always try our very best to provide a class or a session for you to follow if we are forced to cancel at any time due to bad weather conditions.  


The information found within this site is for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice from your own doctor or any other health care professional. You are welcome to use this information, but you are also reminded that Jane Thomas Pilates or any one of our staff is not responsible or liable for any injuries occurred by performing any of the exercises given or diagnosis made by a user based on the information shown within this web site. Always consult your own GP, if you're in any way concerned about your health or anything associated with it.

Beginners Start HERE!

Beginning Pilates

Our Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops are the absolutely
best way you can start Pilates


You wouldn't start to drive a car without taking lessons first, would you? Imagine if the world was full of cars with untrained drivers...

Pilates is no different. We make no secret of the fact that over the years we have met many people who say they do a Pilates class, yet have no idea of even the most basic Pilates principles. Quite apart from the fact that they would not be realising the benefits Pilates should have brought them, we believe this is a waste of time and money. We are committed to making sure this does not happen with our clients — and that's why we run our
Beginners Classes, as well as Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops.

Beginners Classes
Our Beginners classes are an ideal to start Pilates. They are run at selected venues, days & times, depending on interest. They are not intended as a structured course, but are at a low level sufficient for anyone to join without any Pilates or fitness experience. Also, if you’ve done exercise before, and want to encompass Pilates into your fitness regime, they form a great entry point.

Absolute Beginners Courses
Group size of our Absolute Beginners Courses is limited to a maximum of only ten participants in a class. This is the ideal number to make sure you get the best possible learning experience, in an extremely cost-effective way.

Absolute Beginners Courses are usually run as (approximately) 6-week courses.

Small group size means courses are quite intensive, and it ensures you get highly personalised training so that you learn all the Pilates principles to a proficient level — ideal before you move on to a Mixed group. Or, if you feel more comfortable, you can join another
Absolute Beginners Course, immediately following.

We have four main advantages when it comes to our Absolute Beginners Pilates Courses, that nobody else offers you:

1 We are Pilates specialists!
2 Your Absolute Beginners Pilates Course is in a very small group — a maximum of only ten
3 Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a FREE highly illustrated and descriptive book and ebook
4 Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a whole set of FREE online videos, allied to the ebook — one video for each week’s class

Now let us explain in detail. We are Pilates specialists — Pilates'R'Us — Pilates is our raison d’etre, it’s why we get up in the morning, it’s why we exist, it’s what we do! We don't do aerobics, we don't do kettle bells, we don't do spin, we don't do any other fitness training. We just do Pilates.

Our Absolute Beginners Pilates matwork courses are in very small groups at a venue near you — with a maximum of only ten participants, all at the very same Absolute Beginners level as you.

As everyone is at the same level there is no time wasted by advanced level participants demanding your Instructor’s time.

Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a FREE highly illustrated and descriptive book and ebook, explaining in detail the exercises and stretches of each week’s class, so you can read about what you have learned in class and practise at home. You can even see a sample of the book here.

The real book is 52 pages long, and is full colour, fully illustrated and describes each of the six week Absolute Beginners Course classes.

Each Absolute Beginners Course is accompanied by a whole set of online videos, allied to the course — one video for each week’s class — so that you can view the exercises and stretches of each week’s class at home, at your friend’s house, on holiday — anywhere you have internet access.

You can watch the video for your week’s class any number of times, so that you can practise the class as often as you want over the week.

There's a short sample of one of the videos for you to view here — it corresponds to page 11 of the sample course ebook you can see above.

Everything is coordinated so that you have a structured, progressive Pilates programme...

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We are confident that what we offer you as a beginner in one of our Absolute Beginners Courses is the absolute best, and the most economical programme you can have for starting Pilates. And it is a complete programme! All our courses, including Absolute Beginners, and our regular classes, are structured and planned so that you have continuous and steady improvement in Pilates throughout your Pilates experience with us — something you simply cannot get in a large group class, anywhere else, with anyone else.

You cannot lose. You can only benefit from the freedom and mobility that Pilates can give you.

Absolute Beginners Workshops
We also run occasional Absolute Beginners Workshops in our Loughborough Studio. These are micro-group (only up to four/five people) classes, comprising three hour-long sessions over three weeks, with the aim of getting you fully up-to-speed, so that you can move in to one of our regular matwork classes in a venue around the local area. If you have some friends and want to jump-start your Pilates, then our Absolute Beginners Workshops are ideal.

You get all the same benefits as in an Absolute Beginners Course — the FREE highly illustrated and descriptive book and ebook and the class videos — just in a more private environment with just three other participants and your Pilates Coach.

Absolute Beginners Courses & Workshops
You will not find a better way to start Pilates — guaranteed!

Contact us directly for more information about our
Absolute Beginners Courses and Workshops.

Contact Us

Contacting us

best way to contact us is by using our Contact Form here.

Alternatively, our mobile number is 0777 801 9765. If we are teaching though, we will not be able to answer.

Reformers At Home


Do you have a home Reformer? But after the initial flush of exercising with it do you still use it? We’ve heard from many of you do have a Reformer and… No, you don’t use it anymore — simply because you’ve run out of things to do on it.

JTP Reformers At Home method could be what you’re looking for. We have weekly workouts and special activity workouts for you — all developed with home Reformers in mind.

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So… dust off your home Reformer and checkout the JTP Reformers At Home method. Bring Pilates Reformer into your home life.

Click or tap here for all the details…

Useful Links

Useful Links

Here are some local businesses we often work with to improve your life, and would recommend:

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Pilates in Loughborough:
Our sister company, where you can find all sorts of individual Pilates, Biomechanics and Pilates Reformer sessions. Pilates in Loughborough is the first and only Pilates and lower back pain relief specialist studio in the area.

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Poise Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy:
Poise is run by Gail, who is an Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage member, and brings her services to our Studio two days a week.

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See Fitness and Therapy:
SEE Fitness and Therapy is run by Sophie, who is qualified in Sport and Exercise Therapy along with Personal Training. Sophie offers assessment and treatment, rehabilitation, sports injury management, exercise therapy, and tailored fitness programmes from our Studio. Phone Sophie on 0793 913 8582 for more details.

A Note About Costs

We have a Monthly Payment Plan to pay for your small-group Pilates matwork classes— which is £27 a month. That means our single matwork class rate averages out at £9 per class.

Please note: We do not have any pay-as-you-go classes.

If you join
two standard small-group Pilates matwork courses with us the Monthly Payment Plan is £48 a month, which averages out at £8 a class.

We believe this represents the absolute best value-for-money you can possibly find for such high-quality small-group Pilates matwork classes. You will not get a higher standard of group matwork Pilates at any price. You have our money-back guarantee to prove this.

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Inspired by the COVID-19 crisis, and my passion to keep my clients exercising, I have been overjoyed to bring online matwork and Reformer Pilates classes to the mainstream. All is explained on our new JTP Zone website — just click or tap anywhere here to go to the new website for all details about online classes, and how to join us.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you in an online Pilates class with me.

Jane xxx