Class members feedback - What do they really think?

Isn't it interesting how different teachers can be ... even though they teach the same 'thing'!?  I love experiencing a variety of styles. But my main enjoyment comes when a class is free flowing - and moves link together almost like a dance. Not everyone will like my style of teaching..... but I do aim to please and am grateful for the feedback that suggests I'm getting it broadly right! 

Teaching for so many years has taught me lots about both myself and others.  It's been an incredible journey. Take a look at my latest BLOG too: Is 3 decades too long? 

Below are some quotes from genuine new and established class members. We'll continue to add to these with feedback from both men and women and all ages. Our lovely clients cover a real mixture of backgrounds, from medics, to office workers and busy retired grandparents. Our youngest customer is 18 and our oldest is 80. So you can imagine I have to be able to cope with all manner of health requirements. Pilates as we all know is excellent for strengthening your core and posture. It maintains movement, brings ease of movement and helps someone feel strong and more energetic. I really hope I am able to teach well into my older years.... so that I grow old gracefully with my clients!

Here are some client views that we hope you will enjoy reading. 

Anna: "Just a thank you for today, I’m well chuffed with myself for managing to plank for so long from my knees 😄 and for the first time believe I will be able to do it on my toes some time next year!"

Lawrence:I started Pilates in 2012 after back surgery for a slipped disc. My neuro-surgeon was pretty clear that although the operation was a success that was just the start and it was over to me to do physio to strengthen my back. A Spanish doctor I worked with recommended Pilates and that was how I found myself in Lindsey’s class in Clifford. I have to say it has been transformative - I went from having a weak back and pretty regular bouts of back pain to no pain or back issues at all for the last 3 or 4 years. It has had a spin off benefit on cycling, running and skiing too - all of which seem to have magically become easier and with less aches and pains afterwards. Having done a weekly class for more than 5 years I can safely say no two lessons have been the same and Lindsey has a brilliant ability to keep it varied, interesting and challenging. And for anyone who does a stressful job its great to have 90 minutes of relaxing ‘me time’ to focus on your inner self as well as your inner core. Strongly recommended!

Sue: "When I moved to Wetherby in May 2017 I had been doing Pilates for 8 years and I needed to find a new class/teacher. I asked around and a neighbour recommended Lindsey as a very good class (she herself has attended for years ), if I could find a space. I had a couple of trial runs before I began the class properly after the summer break in September and realised immediately how fortunate I was to have found such a good instructor. Her classes are varied and testing she is always very welcoming and makes them interesting but maintains a professional approach. I mainly do Pilates to try and maintain a degree of suppleness and mobility to counteract stiffening joints and to retain some muscle strength if possible. I think I achieve these aims. It isn't exactly fun but it is enjoyable hard work!!! I also like the fact you can “catch up “ classes you have missed. Linton Village hall is warm clean and a pleasant environment and I enjoy the social aspect of attending a class especially as I am new to the area".

Sheila: "I enjoy Lindsey's classes as they are professional as she is trained and knows plenty about the body so I feel safe and trust what she guides us to do. The selected music and occasional stories from Lindsey's teaching past work well, plus it gives me a contrast to my yoga class which I enjoy too. I always feel better for the exercises both being good but different and it's important to me to be part of a group of all ages".

Iris: "I have known Lindsey for many, many years having attended her Aerobic and body tone classes, so it did not take much persuading for me to join her Pilates classes. She is such a positive and enthusiastic person with a great outlook on life which comes across in her classes. She teaches you to focus on your breathing and body awareness and when done correctly bring the movements into focus. Pilates is low impact, slow movements and a great way to strengthen your core muscle, muscle alignment and flexibility. I have benefited enormously from Lindsey’s classes in particular:- A stronger core muscle, improved body balance and most importantly my posture. My lower back is stronger and I am a much more flexible person now."

Domini: "I had been thinking about doing a Pilates class for sometime, I had seen the benefits that my husband had gained from going to Lindsey's men's class after his back operation 6 years ago (since going he hardly has any pain, hasn't needed the further operation on his back that they thought he might need, and he seems stronger, fitter and has more energy), he was coming back from the classes with great enthusiasm! I enjoy everything about it, the positive, non aggressive, encouraging style of teaching, the attention Lindsey gives to each student at a level that is appropriate for them, and the steady progression we have made in the class. I'm amazed the number of different positions and exercises Lindsey knows, and ways to adapt them. My husband is still coming home having done a new exercise after all this time! As a beginner you have to concentrate so much on breathing and positioning your body correctly that all other thoughts from the day leave your head. It feels like 'me time' and its fun! Afterwards I feel relaxed, but then the next day I have more energy and feel more supple. I'm enjoying getting to know a few other people without it being too intrusive. I could go to a class several times a week!

Carolyn: "I've been going to Lindsey's Pilates classes for several years. Having tried other classes, Lindsey is definitely the best teacher I've met. Lindsey has an amazing way of noticing small details and is able to correct me when I'm not quite in the right position. Her classes are always enjoyable and I come away feeling I've really worked.  Since starting Pilates I know I've improved my posture and core strength and hope to continue for many more years"

Paul: “I was drawn to Lindsey’s Pilates class because I’d enjoyed attending her Ashtanga yoga group a few years earlier. I had been looking for an opportunity to hook up again and the Monday night class at Sicklinghall provided the perfect opportunity. Lindsey’s delivers her class with great energy and enthusiasm. She is attentive and aware of the varying capabilities within the group, ensuring that everyone gets what they need from their practice. Lindsey delivers a perfect blend of good humour and professionalism. Time in class always flies. I’m already feeling improvements in core strength, posture and that all important sense of ‘wellbeing’.”

Izzy: "I had been thinking about wanting to try Pilates for a while as I have heard from friends that it is a good form of all round exercise, particularly as we get older .   I have never enjoyed “traditional” exercise classes as I feel I am quite uncoordinated so Pilates seemed a good choice.  I found out about the day-time classes on the internet; as I am not working, evenings did not interest me. The website is informative and professional and it was nice to see all Lindsey’s qualifications and experience clearly outlined in a friendly format. The classes are hard work, but I expected that as this is not the sort of exercise I am used to!  I find Lindsey is really helpful and listens to any problems I, or anyone else mentions, then works it into how she presents the class; she gives different levels of each exercise, which is really useful as this allows for all abilities (or lack of in my case!)  I also find that she is very patient with any lack of understanding of an exercise and always has time to correct and assist.  Each week is varied, which is good, as this builds a greater knowledge of muscle use, or mis-use! I am really enjoying (??) the class and feel that I am making progress; I am much more aware of how I stand, sit and move around which is helping my general mobility. One other point I like about the classes is that, if I miss one, there is the ability to “slot into” another class during the week – that is a very handy option".

Chris: "I work as a painter decorator so the strain on my back is considerable, but I do need to find a way to ensure I can continue working and enjoying life with the minimum of pain. I have tried a number of Pilates classes over the last few years, but since joining Lindsey’s classes have found a marked improvement in my flexibility and a significant reduction in the discomfort and pain I had been suffering. The classes are always varied, and we try new things each week, which makes them really enjoyable and challenging. Lindsey is aware of each of our particular issues so always takes this into account and ensures we are not putting any undue strain on any weaknesses we have. I would recommend Lindsey’s classes to people at all levels".