As you know, I have thoroughly enjoyed your classes over this past year. I am in my early-60’s and was overweight, unfit and with no flexibility, I thought that Pilates would be a good first step in getting into shape for retirement. Since joining your classes I have noticed a lot more flexibility and muscle tone. My masseuse recently commented on the firmness of my muscles. This totally surprised me but it can only be attributed to Pilates as I do nothing else. Finally, I would like to say how much I appreicate the encouragement you have shown me and also the way you manage to provide adaptions to certain stretches so that even I can achieve them. It’s nice not being ridiculed for once! I am very much looking forward to continuing my education with Gently Fit. Thank you for all you are doing for me.
I was recommended by my physio to try pilates 3 years ago, having been diagnosed with a wedge fracture of the spine and osteoporosis. I was looking for a gentle but effective form of exercise that would help me become more flexible, improve my core strength and if possible increase the density of my bones. I have found Joanna’s Gently Fit Pilates together with weights to be a very good combination and have noticed a tremendous difference in my mobility – also improving the recovery rate after too much gardening etc! Joanna has also helped me lose excess weight as a personal trainer and I can honestly say that I have experienced tremendous benefit from her classes, as well as having a good laugh and meeting new friends.
I feel I've learned a great deal and thanks to you, have been able to incorporate new things into my daily exercise routine which really help with my back. I really can't speak highly enough of you, your expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm for the classes you run! It must take the patience of a saint sometimes to put us through our paces ... And I know that I really benefited as regards my lower back pain. At least I know what postures really help me.
My stomach muscles sure feel like they have worked out after Tuesday's lesson. It was good to be back.
Your classes have been brilliant and I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends as a first class instructor. If I am free on Fridays in the future I will give you a shout to see if you have a space available for me to return.
Just wanted to take this opportunity to say how very much I appreciate your style and knowledge of teaching.
I have to say the whole of life these days is a race against time - trying to fit everything in! That's why the Pilates hour is so precious...
Jill M - Chichester
Just to say a huge thank you for the Pilates classes which I know are having a very positive effect on the physical health front for me and I really enjoy coming to them as well.
I started Pilates because of recurrent back issues. Problems started after the birth of my first child, but became exacerbated by the birth of my second, three years ago. Jo is such a good instructor. There is no pressure and you are encouraged at all times to listen to your body, which is something I think we lose track of in our busy lives. I find myself using techniques I have learned on a daily basis and I am so much stronger in my core. I attend a chiropractor twice yearly for maintenance of my sciatica and back issues. Since attending Jo’s classes, my chiropractor is mighty impressed! My back muscle tone is visibly more defined, and I have much less ‘work’ that needs to be done at each appointment, as my core is stronger and supporting me better. I am very rarely in serious pain with my back now!
Jo’s classes are also attended by a diverse group of people. Men and women, all ages. We have great fun and often descend into the giggles. I enjoy challenging myself to do better and learn more about strengthening my body. The joy of Pilates is no competition, you are there for yourself and in our busy lives we do very little purely for self. Can’t recommend an hour at a class highly enough to lift your spirits!
Ros A - Bognor Regis
Good for all abilities, age or gender, mixed with a little bit of fun.
Gillian J - Chichester
An Enormous THANK YOU for all the splendid Pilates classes. Always so beneficial and so delightful. Thank you for giving us so much pleasure.
Sue S. Chichester
When I saw the Chiropractor the other day, she was very pleased that I was continuing with the Pilates classes. It was at her initial suggestion I looked round for a class and started doing Pilates to strengthen my back (I had a disc prolapse many years ago which still causes problems);and my left thigh muscle which had lost some of its strength and to prevent me having falls. She said there was a definite improvement in the way I was walking now and how I 'carried' myself. I do enjoy the classes and my hour of 'me time'. I like the fact that depending how the members in class feel or how their body is on the day there is no pressure and we can exercise at the level we feel comfortable with. I can now do some exercises at a higher level than when I first started which gives me a sense of achievment.
Pilates with Joanna has really helped me so much. I’ve actually grown 1cm because I stand straight.
Decided to try Pilates on the advise of my Chiropractor and physiotherapist - have not looked back. I would recommend Gently Fit to anyone who wants to look after their joints and strengthen their muscles whilst doing something that suits them and is enjoyable. I really look forward to my hour of Pilates - sometimes twice a week.