Welcome to Woo Pilates.
I am Wendy Collings, Owner & Director of Woo Pilates. 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.
I’m currently on maternity leave until April 2019 with my third baby girl – my family is definitely now complete!
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
There is a team of highly qualified teachers who now work at Woo and between us, we offer Pilates classes and Privates – Monday to Saturday.
You can book and pay for your classes through Teamup. Keep reading for the membership options and prices.
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). There will soon be a section on this website that will give you more information on each of the teachers.
We also now have Iyengar Yoga classes twice weekly at Woo. You can use your memberships for these classes too.
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.
For Terms & Conditions, Pricing, Teachers, Timetable, Term Weeks etc – please see terms & conditions link 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.
1-2-1’s and small private classes are currently available with Claire Crowley & Beverley Nicholas (just send me an email for this) For a 1-2-1, they would be £50 for an hour and are subject to availability. Small Private classes would be more, dependent on amount of people. Fee is paid directly to the teacher. 24 hours cancellation notice is required.
Beverley also offers private classes using the Reformer, Wunda Chair and small equipment – these are suitable for 1, 2 or 3 people at a time.
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.
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
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!