About The Pilates Studio Whitstable
The Pilates Studio Whitstable is run by registered Osteopath Gemma Dawson BSc (Hons) Ost and classes are held at Whitstable Wellness Centre on Cromwell Road.
Mrs C, Herne Bay
I am thoroughly enjoying my Pilates classes. I like the relaxed atmosphere within the Centre and Gemma explains the technique in a very clear way. I am also enjoying the feeling of control I have got in my back.
Mr S, Whitstable
I have been having private Pilates sessions with Gemma over the last couple of months. I am finding it really beneficial to my back. I have had a long-standing back complaint, which on the advice of my Doctor I started having Pilates lessons to help. I decided private lessons were more suitable as I wanted to benefit from the individual attention to my condition and I have not been disappointed. Each session is tailored to my needs and improving my spinal strength plus my back complaint is most definitely less of a complaint! Long may it continue.
2nd set of 6 weeks with Pilates and it is really helping. I am feeling fitter and more toned.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a complete body exercise program which lengthens, tones and strengthens muscles to improve core strength, flexibility and muscle balance. Pilates is not only beneficial as a form of exercise to strenghten muscle it can also aid with the following:
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle imbalance
- Poor posture
- Post pregnancy aches
- Sports Injuries
At The Pilates Studio Whitstable Gemma uses techniques in line with the Australian Physiotherapist Pilates Institute (APPI) This entails a 30 minute 1:1 session to allow Gemma to determine your ability and allow for you to understand the Pilates method sufficiently to have the confindence to perform the exercises safely as part of a class. For those that have completedPilates classes before this may not be necessary however this is at Gemma’s discretion.
During pregnancy the body experiences many hormonal and muscular changes which puts stress on the body and cause muscles to weaken, ligaments to stretch and joints to over load. The body becomes unbalanced, and the unbalanced body loses stability and strength. Pilates during pregnancy helps the body as it goes through these changes, improving posture, balance and muscle tone without placing placing further stress on the body.
Antenatal Pilates classes are held on Saturdays at 11am with Joanna Janicka.
Gemma is a registered Osteopath with the British Osteopathic Association and the General Osteopathic Council. She practices Osteopathy throughout Kent and at the Whitstable Osteopathic Practice.
With a keen interest in providing her patients with a self-maintenance programme, Gemma started using the Pilates method to increase mobility and spinal stability.
Gemma enjoys keeping active with cycling, trampolining and swimming. She has two horses who provide her with valuable insight into the importance of balance, not only in the saddle but also within the body.
Andrea has been teaching Pilates since 2007 and practising for 15 years. She trained with The Pilates Foundation in London and in that time has been teaching general matwork classes, and working privately with small groups and individuals.
Originally from a nursing background, Andrea finds this experience invaluable in helping people improve their quality of life through Pilates. This may involve improving core strength, flexibility and general fitness, rehabilitation of injuries and joint conditions, or simply working towards a better sense of well being.
Andrea is experienced in working with clients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, as well as people who have had major surgery. Following the birth of her first child, Andrea started working more specifically with pregnant and post natal women, and has advanced her training in this field by training with Rachel Rafiefar (A thoughtful body).
Fran qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2007 at Kings College London and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. She has worked for the NHS and in the private sector as both a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor.
Having practised Pilates since 2000, Fran went on to train as an instructor with the APPI from 2008-2010, and she has since acquired experience in pre and post-natal Pilates, reformer Pilates and Pilates for children and teenagers. She enjoys working with clients on an individual basis, as well as doing group work for both rehabilitation and general fitness. Her special interests include hyper-mobility, scoliosis, ante and post natal, arthritis (including juvenile) and ACL reconstructions.
Previously a competitive gymnast and coach, Fran now enjoys dancing, swimming, cycling and, of course, Pilates!
Cat started practising Pilates after suffering from a spinal injury eight years ago. From that moment she knew that she wanted to show people how beneficial Pilates could be, not only as a means of rehabilitation, but also for everyday life. She believes strongly that the development of deeper body awareness using the Pilates method can lead to overall health and wellbeing.
Having spent her childhood playing all sorts of sport and enjoying anything that meant she didn’t have to sit still, the obvious next step for Cat was to become a Pilates instructor. She went on to train with the Pilates Foundation in London, where she taught matwork classes and developed her work with individual clients and smaller groups.
Joanna gained her teaching qualification with Body Control Pilates London in 2011. Since then she has enjoyed continuing her training by attending further courses and seminars providing up to date, relevant and more enjoyable sessions for my clients. I am qualified to teach up to Advanced level matwork, Reformer classes as well as Ante and Post Natal.
Joanna is passionate about movement as an injury prevention and rehabilitation tool, as well as Pilates providing a way of feeling toned, internally supported and lengthened.
10:30-11:30am Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
11:30-12:30pm Beginners Group with Andrea Creary
12:30-1:30pm Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
6:30-7:30pm Intermediate Group with Fran Thompson
7:30-8:30pm Beginners Group with Fran Thompson
8:30-9:30pm Pilates Conditioning Group with Fran Thompson
9:30-10:30am Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
10:30-11:30am Pilates on the Ball Beginners Class with Andrea Creary
6:00-7:00pm Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
7:00-8:00pm Mixed Ability Men’s Group with Andrea Creary
8:00-9:00pm Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
9:30-10:30am Improvers Group with Andrea Creary
11:00-12:00pm Postnatal class with Andrea Creary
12:00-1:00pm Spinal Rehabilitation a class for those that have encountered injury such as discal injuries (not acute) with Andrea Creary
6:00-7:00pm Mixed Ability Group with Andrea Creary
9:30-10:30am Pilates on the Ball Class Intermediate Level with Andrea Creary
5:00-6:00pm Beginners Class Joanna Janicka
6:00-7:00pm Intermediate Group with Joanna Janicka
7:00-7:45pm Spinal Rehabilitation class with Joanna Janicka
9:00-10:00am Mixed Ability Group with Joanna Janicka
10:00-11:00am Beginners Group with Joanna Janicka
11:00-12:00am Antenatal Pilates Group with Joanna Janicka
9.30-10.30am Mixed Ability Group with Cat Proudfoot
Mat classes are £8, Ball Classes £10 and Antenatal £9 all classes are payable in a 6 week block (£48, £60 and £54 respectively). If you are unable to attend for your class you are able to make up the session within the same week with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Classes are NOT limited to school terms like many other Pilates groups.
1:1 classes are available at £40 per hour, smaller group classes are available for you and your friends or a family price is available on request.
All classes are held at
Whitstable Wellness Centre
166d Cromwell Road,
See our contact page for more details and directions.
To book a class and assessment please call Gemma on 07751 848913 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect when attending your class
The Pilates Studio Whitstable is set with Whitstable Wellness Centre located in the heart of Whitstable.
Whitstable Wellness Centre is a bright and airy self-contained studio that is on one level and totally private meaning that you don’t run the risk like in other classes of other groups walking through. The studio is fully air conditioned to maintain comfort.
Each class has a maximum of 8 participants per group however the average is 6 people per session.
When you attend the class you will be fully provided with equipment mats, cushions, Therabands etc. You will need to wear loose and comfortable clothing; sports wear can be most useful. Feel free to bring water with you.
Each class starts with a warm up and then progresses on to use a variety of exercises appropriate for the group. You will find that some exercises may feature regularly within the class. This is to help you familiarise yourself with the technique but also ensure we progress at a steady rate allowing for improved control and ability. Towards the end of the class you will stretch and cool down with the last few minutes focusing on relaxation.
You will find that The Pilates Studio Whitstable has a good mix of male and female clients of all abilities. Most people attend to improve their spinal stability and as maintance for spinal health. Although the focus of the class is to improve condition that doesn’t mean it cant be done without a smile, we don’t take things too seriously lets improve our health but have some fun at the same time.