Jules Hardman

Testimonials

I have been one of Jules clients for just over a year. My aims were to increase my core strength and flexibility as a key part of an overall improvement in my fitness. Jules’s Pilates classes have significantly helped me in all these areas and have also as a welcome side effect drastically improved my performance and ability in my other fitness activities.  Not only that but the classes are thoroughly enjoyable and something I look forward to doing. There are of course other alternatives, but if you want to learn Pilates properly and practice it with accuracy then Jules classes are the only ones to choose.

Mark Edgeworth, Alderley Edge

 

As days draw shorter and the cold increases, the lure of our Winter retreat in Western Australia continues to be irresistible. Squash, golf and the beach beckon!

One day in 2008 was no different, a game of squash followed the next day by 18 holes of golf.

Waking up the next morning I could not move, my back was in agony and it was the following day before I could even get to the Chiropractor. I had listed to 45 degrees and was seriously worried as to whether that was the end of my life as I knew it.

I had intensive daily treatment until the time to return home.

I continued my treatment of Physiotherapy but was advised to take up Pilates as well. Do real men do this? I asked myself. But advice is there to be taken so I took it up.

Since then, whilst I have had a few twinges, my back is now manageable. I have learned the real tenets of Pilates………strengthening the core muscles and improving flexibility.

I have been to Jules’s classes from day 1 and have found her to be an excellent teacher and someone who clearly loves her job.

David Connor

 

“I started Body Control Pilates with Jules about a year ago in an attempt to improve problems with years of chronic low back pain. I’d never done Pilates before so I started in a beginners group and am now attending an intermediate class.

The difference in my day-to-day life is amazing. I can now enjoy all the things back pain was preventing me doing such as horse riding, going for long walks and working a 12 hr nursing shift and being pain free at the end of it!

The classes are very friendly and the hour flies by. I have never looked back.”

Elaine Holman

 

“I started Pilates classes in January 2015, mostly triggered by having had open-heart surgery and a defibrillator fitted in autumn 2012.

I felt I was losing flexibility in my upper body, and was looking for some exercise to help to alleviate the problem.

I have found the classes really useful, with a good range of exercises to improve balance, core body strength, and flexibility.

The 1-hour lesson seems to fly by, and is quite taxing without physical discomfort.

Christopher Jones

 

“I have practiced yoga for many years and honestly only took up Pilates with Jules two years ago to support and encourage my fourteen year old daughter who I felt should take up Pilates to improve her core strength and posture. I felt that starting Sophia at a young age was important.

Pilates is a very different discipline to yoga and took me a couple of blocks of classes to get into it. I persevered to support my daughter and because I liked Jules and thought she was an excellent teacher. Thank heavens I did because I progressed from Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced all within the first year and I absolutely love it!

Pilates has given me the best core strength and stability that I have ever had. I still run religiously and practice yoga but Pilates has strengthened my lower back and given me defined abdominal muscles.

Needless to say Pilates has given me amazing core strength in a very short space of time and I wished I’d discovered it earlier in my life (Sophia is almost seventeen now and still practicing) but it’s never too late to get fabulous abs and an amazing teacher helps!”

Leander Biggin

 

“I have been having Pilates lessons with Jules for 5 years now & I love it. Every class is different & Jules is very enthusiastic about doing new courses & training so brings lots if fresh ideas to the lessons. Since doing Pilates my body shape and posture have noticeably improved & my back pain reduced significantly.”

G. Irvine, Osteopath

 

“Classes with Jules are amazing! Yes, she works you hard but the benefit you feel is worth it! Having been a dancer then going to a sedentary desk job with a long commute my body was not in a good way. I suffer from lax ligaments and if I miss a class I really notice! Her classes are calming and welcoming but what I like most about Jules is how she develops the exercises over a period of weeks. You never feel like something is impossible because she builds you up to everything slowly and, most importantly, safely. Jules explains exercises really clearly and is hand-on in making sure you are doing is correctly to gain the most benefit. After a year of classes with Jules I am stronger and able to understand what I need to do to manage my pain. I highly recommend trying Pilates with Jules!”

Louise Platt

 

“Since taking up Pilates I have noticed a real difference in my riding. I attended the classes Jules specifically held for riders and these have helped me to become more evenly balanced in my body and more aware of how to isolate movement in my limbs (which enables me to independently use arms and legs whilst riding). My core strength and posture have also improved allowing me to sit deeper in the saddle and use my seat more effectively. The exercises helped me to lose tension in my back and shoulders, and consequently my horse responds with a much more relaxed set of paces. Jules is a great teacher as she ensures that everyone in the class is doing the exercises properly and will come round and make adjustments as necessary. She is also very good at responding to people’s individual needs. I would highly recommend Jules to anyone who wishes to improve their riding!”

Alison Brown

 

“I started Pilates in January in addition to physiotherapy following a spiral fracture of my lower left leg. The break left me with restricted movement, numbness and loss of balance and Pilates has helped and is still helping my recovery. Because of my 3-month disability I also suffered with back and hip pain and this has also been controlled with the classes. The exercises are not too energetic yet really work your muscles improving movement range, posture and coordination. As a bonus the classes are enjoyable and relaxing.”

Phil Graham

 

“I first started Pilates lessons with Jules 18 months ago, at the recommendation of the physiotherapist I was seeing at the time following an acute lower back problem which has now resolved.  Since then, I’ve continued the lessons as I enjoy them so much and always feel great afterwards.  The lessons help both with specific stretching, strengthening and postural improvements, plus give a general feeling of wellbeing.  After a day’s work in a busy office I usually arrive at the lesson with general neck and shoulder tension, which by the end of the lesson have completely gone.  I also find the lessons with Jules very relaxing, informative and friendly.

I have learned that accuracy is important with Pilates exercises to ensure correct alignment and therefore benefit; Jules explains and demonstrates the exercises clearly and ensures everyone in the class is performing the exercises safely and accurately, making individual adjustments where necessary and giving an alternative exercise to anyone who has any difficulty or limitation due to either a past or current injury or problem.

Jules also offers Pilates classes for specific sports and I have enjoyed and benefited from her Pilates for Skiing classes, which helped both during skiing due to improved posture and balance; and also before and afterwards with skiing-specific stretches.

I would highly recommend Jules’ classes.”

Catherine Bainbridge

 

I’d recommend Jules’ Body Control Pilates classes to anyone. She is patient, explains movements brilliantly and I look forward to how I feel after each session.

I arrive at class every week with some level of discomfort that’s built up over the week, but I know that I’ll  leave the class feeling amazing.

All I need to do now is practise at home!

Lisa Barnes