Welcome to Woo Pilates.
I am Wendy Collings, your Pilates Instructor. I am a qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master based in Bishop Stortford. I have a passion for improving both the mind and the body.
I started practicing Pilates in 2010 after my first daughter was born. During my pregnancy I suffered with lower back pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) also referred to as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), where the pubis symphysis (joint between the two halves of the pelvis) increased too much and caused pain, instability and limitation of mobility and functioning in the three pelvic joints.
The birth of my first daughter was quite traumatic and left me with further pelvic damage. Just over a year later and during my second pregnancy, I was involved in a 4 way car accident which left me with chronic lower back pain and whiplash. Luckily and with the help of my Pilates practise, I went on to have a very quick and enjoyable birth with my second daughter.
Along with being genetically hyper-mobile, I realised that Pilates is something I needed to continue with on a regular basis for the rest of my life. Gone are the painkillers and most of my discomfort – my strong core now protects my back and I have learnt how to keep my hyper-mobile joints within normal range of movement, to help prevent injuries. At the end of 2012, I knew that if I could help myself, then I could also help other people through experience from my own journey. I left my sales career in London behind and trained for 12 months with The Body Control Pilates Association to become a level 3 Pilates Teacher. It was the best move I ever made!
Pilates in Hertfordshire
I run all my classes from my beautiful new studio in the heart of Bishops Stortford Town Centre. My classes are a max of 12 per class. I also hold Private classes. Pilates classes are payable in advance in half-term blocks and work out to £10 per class. 1-2-1’s are £45 per hour.
I like to encourage and help my clients to improve their body awareness and alignment and enjoy creating personalised programs to help each client reach their full potential in the class and then carry over those skills to everyday activities and sports.
Since qualifying, I have completed, amongst others, the following workshops with Body Control Pilates – Pregnancy Ante & Postnatal Pilates, various small equipment workshops, Intermediate Pilates, Movement, Adaptions, Childrens Foundation Course, Teaching Children 5-11 years, Pilates for the Older Person, Pilates for Scoliosis, Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis).
Love Pilates, Love Life
Now I’m free from the pain and stress my old body used to give me, this is exactly how I feel! My two daughters love that I can once again pick them up and hold them in my arms without wincing.
We have a team of dedicated pilates, reflexology, acupuncture, reiki and yoga instructors here at Woo Pilates – to learn more about them click the button below.
“THE PILATES METHOD OF BODY CONDITIONING IS COMPLETE COORDINATION OF BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.”
– Joseph Pilates –
Private sessions or Semi-Private sessions
In a Pilates 1-1, you can expect a bespoke programme especially designed for you and your needs. In a Semi Private session you will use the same equipment as in a 1-1 Session but you can share it with one or two of your friends or family (saving on cost). With only 2 or 3 people in the class, I will still be able to give individual cues and corrections, which will definitely improve the results.
Pilates Mat Work
Group sessions are recommended for those who do not have any serious injuries or for those who simply enjoy social interaction of a group class. Groups are combined based on individuals ability to ensure everyone gets the safest, most effective workout. Exercises are broken down from the original mat to make them safe and achievable, with the use of additional equipment such as balls and bands, to help assist the movement or to encourage more resistance.
Group classes run for 5-8 weeks, during term time only and are payable in advance, non-refundable or transferable.
I currently teach a number levels of Pilates Matwork – Beginners-Improvers, Improvers-Intermediate and Intermediate-Advanced classes.
Beginners – Suitable for those who have never tried Pilates before or still struggle to grasp the concept of neutral pelvis or scapular stability.
Improvers – Suitable for those who understand and maintain neutral and scapular stability in different positions e.g. standing, lying, four point kneeling etc…
Intermediates – Suitable for those who understand and maintain neutral and scapular stability in different positions e.g. standing, lying, four point kneeling etc, have a good, sound understanding of Pilates and are wishing to further challenge themselves. To improve on their skills and strength, by learning and performing more advanced exercises.
All equipment and mats will be supplied, you’re welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer. Please wear comfortable clothing, i.e. a leotard, leggings or gym clothes with a reasonable close-fitting T-shirt or top. You can choose to wear socks or not, but they can be useful, so please bring a pair with you. Before your first session, you will need to complete and return an Enrolment Form, where you can give details of any injuries or conditions to ensure that you exercise safely. Please look in the Enrol section for a form to complete and return online or to print off and return in person or post.
We use a variety of small equipment in my classes – NeuSpines, Foam Rollers, Pilates Circles, Toning Balls, Swiss Balls, Soft Balls, Triad Balls, Bands, Spikey Balls, Wobble Cushions and Myofascial Trigger Release Balls!
“TRUE FLEXIBILITY CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY WHEN ALL MUSCLES ARE UNIFORMLY DEVELOPED.”
– Joseph Pilates –
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