Jill

In my mid-50s I’d recently had physiotherapy for knee and ankle problems. My physio advised me to look into a series on one-to-one Pilates lessons, after we agreed that I didn’t know where my muscles were, or what I was supposed to do with them if I found them.

I’ve found Karen very approachable, engaging and encouraging. She’s sensitive to what my body’s able to do, and quick to accommodate any special needs. She makes the learning easy and fun. And I’m beginning to be able to use my muscles to help me get through my days more easily and comfortably.

Sheila

I have been attending Karen’s Pilates classes every Friday for the past 3 years now and I must say it’s been very worth while and something I should like to keep going as long as I can. I find the classes do make a difference. Karen has a very relaxed and friendly approach with everyone, there was a time when I might have thought I was too old for something like this but Karen has helped change my whole attitude. I would say to anyone my age, go on and give it a try.

Evelyn Mathison

I had tried other Pilates classes but found I just wasn’t getting any benefit from them. I felt I was just a number in the class. Karen explains everything clearly & makes sure you understand what you are doing. I’m more aware of my posture now & know my body is not so tense.

Karen makes the class fun & takes time to tailor the sessions to suit you. She is vey helpful & flexible in her approach to you.

Emma Cowan

I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant and I attended antenatal classes with Karen up to 35 weeks of my pregnancy. I’m a very active person and enjoyed regular cardio classes and running at my local gym however as my pregnancy progressed I had to give up my running and a number of fitness classes. I decided to try Pilates as I wanted to stay active throughout my pregnancy and was also advised that Pilates would be good for my joints, back etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Pilates classes and Karen was an excellent teacher. She would talk through each exercise ensuring that I was happy and comfortable. I would highly recommend pregnant woman to take up antenatal Pilates with Karen. I will definitely keep up Pilates after my baby arrives and ensure it becomes a regular exercise along with my cardio fitness classes 🙂

Inken

About two years ago when I had a very bad spell of lower back pain, an Osteopath recommended private Pilates classes. I found Edinburgh Pilates through the internet and have been attending semi-private classes for the last two years. Karen’s classes helped me to slowly build up my core muscles again which were totally neglected due to fact that I have an office job and had to commute between Edinburgh and Glasgow. I felt in good hands as she takes the time and effort to tailor the classes to the individual needs, even if there is two or three people attending. After the classes I always felt refreshed and a lot more relaxed. I also think that my posture has improved, I learned how to “protect” my back by using the core muscles and what to do in a crisis situation. Unfortunately, I cannot attend any more classes as my job situation changed but I will miss my Tuesday night Pilates sessions and my class mates Jean and Teri. Thank you Karen for your help and guidance, I really enjoyed the classes. I will try to keep up Pilates at home.

Heidi

Edinburgh Pilates - Heidi

When I started my current job about 12 years ago I remember receiving comments about my upright posture, but now after all those years of sitting crunched up over a computer my shoulders had collapsed forward (for want of a better phrase!)

My sister had discovered the benefits of Pilates and worked hard on encouraging me to go but with a skin problem which often restricted my movement I didn’t feel up to it.

I then began to feel so still and unfit that I knew I had to do something. I found Karen after an internet search. Her replies to my query emails showed a caring person.

After a few weeks my sister visited, and as I saw her off on the train a text came through, “your posture has improved” – fantastic!

Lessons can be hard work and challenging but never more than you can cope with. Above all lessons are fun and time time always flies past. On driving home after one lesson I had to re-adjust my rear view mirror… I was sitting taller.

Karen’s lessons are excellent and have really been of great benefit.

Denise Murray

I have recently just started pilates with Karen, and as a complete beginner I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’m almost finished my first block with her and am really enjoying it!

What I like most about her sessions is the way she breaks every thing down, so you learn how to do the exercise and what the aim of the exercise is. She likes to make sure she’s getting a quality movement from you rather than how many you can manage, which is what I had thought it was all about.

If something has gone a bit wrong with the way I’m doing an exercise, she is quick to help out and won’t let me continue until I know what I need to watch out for and focus on. I’m nearly at the stage where I can spot some of my own mistakes and its a good feeling when it’s worked and I can notice the difference! There’s plenty of laughs in the sessions too.. does giggling use core muscles? hope so! she really seems to know how to get the best out of every one, it’s worked with me and I’ve seen it work on other new people.

Looking forward to another block and have also got my auntie interested in joining next session.

Siobhan McAndrew

Edinburgh Pilates - Siobhan

I first started group classes with Karen when I was pregnant with my third child, and then continued with one to one classes in the post natal period. Before my baby was born she was easily able to incorporate me into a group class, with the appropriate tweaks and equipment necessary for advancing pregnancy. The one to one classes after the birth have been excellent in regaining core strength, improving posture and generally stretching out muscles tightened by carrying children and car seats. I would highly recommend her to anyone,male or female, pregnant or not. Her beautiful studio is easily accessible and traveling from Morningside by car was no problem. As a mum of 3 herself she very much understands that sometimes things do not run to plan and that classes are missed. The fact that she allows you to make these classes up at a later date is tremendously useful, and exemplifies her unique and understanding nature.Thank you, Karen!

Alison Hinds

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I started Pilates classes with Karen a couple of months ago after years of neck stiffness and lower back pain due to a busy job which involves a lot of travelling and many hours spent in front of a lap top each day. I have just finished my first block of one-to-one Pilates classes with Karen and am already noticing that I have less stiffness and more flexibility in my neck despite having to miss the odd week due to work commitments. Karen is a very patient and encouraging teacher who has really helped to motivate me and encourage me to believe that I can regain mobility.

I have tried group Pilates classes in the past but was never convinced that I was doing the exercises properly-Karen gives clear instructions and tailors lessons to suit my needs which is great. I will definitely continue with one to one classes with Karen and look forward to seeing further improvements over the coming months!

Maria Martin (50)

Edinburgh Pilates - Maria Martin

I have suffered from chronic back, hip and knee pain for over 3 years and to be honest I felt ancient! at 50 years old I thought my physical life as I knew it was over!

I’m a keen walker and spend a lot of time up north walking in the hills with my dogs for hours at a time. It seemed I could only manage half an hour before the pain kicked in and I would have to turn back and go home.

My physio Melanie suggested I try ‘Pilates’ and gave me Karen’s details, so with some reservations I got in touch. The setting is perfect for me, I’m no ‘high impact girl’ and lots of women in tight lycra displaying tanned bodies to pumping music scared me to death! No worries on that score, Karen’s classes are small, 3-4 max and personal, Karen is dedicated to your time with her and gives each of us the attention we require to perform the exercises properly for the best results.

I’ve also been taking circuit training sessions with Karen and feel sessions like these have been good for me, something I never thought I’d manage to do, getting the benefits of a cardio work out without agonising joint pain is what I’d been looking for, I discovered you don’t need to train to the point of exhaustion to feel the benefits! plus my physio feels it’s doing me good too!

The encouragement has seen me through some ‘Low points’, my confidence in my ability to attempt some of the more challenging exercises is growing, I’m stronger and I even remember to use my ‘Core’ during daily life. I think my turning point was when I decided to really invest in my health, buying clothes, bags, shoes and other luxuries have never been an issue but investing in my health always seemed to be last on my list.

It’s a big turn around for me and I am now reaping the benefits, after all, no point in buying beautiful shoes, if you’re not strong enough to wear them!! and show off a great posture! So if you are reading this, take my advice and give it a go, be patient and watch what happens, as the advert says, ‘your worth it’! Huge thanks to you Karen, couldn’t have done it without you.