Jayne Shillabeer - Full Motion Pilates

Jayne's Pilates Story

Always on the go

As an active person, sitting still or lying down and doing things slowing has always been a challenge for me. I could never understand in my early 20’s why anyone would want to go to a Yoga class to meditate and bend, when they could be jumping around the lounge to a home workout or pounding themselves silly in a Step or Aerobics class at the local gym. As for Pilates, well, not many people had even heard of it, let alone tried it then. Fast-forward 15 years and in my mid thirties, I discovered running. Great I thought, a free cardio workout, fresh air, music blasting through the earphones and the freedom to run wherever and whenever the mood took me. Bliss!

Help, my body is wearing out!

Escape the officeAs I hit my late thirties, I discovered to my disappointment that things were starting to go wrong: pulled Achilles tendons, nagging lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, to name but a few minor ailments. Corporate life wasn’t helping either. Long periods of driving up and down the country, hours sitting at a desk working on spreadsheets, then a burst of running. It wasn’t the ideal way to maintain a healthy body, let alone a healthy mind. I needed something different: something to maintain my fitness yet challenge my mind and body, something to help with the backache and pulled muscles. I needed someone to teach me how to understand alignment, so I could avoid over using joints and muscles; I needed to learn how to squat without bearing down on my pelvic floor; I needed to learn how to use my core to avoid a recurring hernia and heal a diastatis; how to postion my spine to avoid exessive compression of the lower back...the list goes on! I needed to learn how to use my body , in a way which would allow me to continue doing the things I love (including running) and allow me to exercise and continue living an active lifestyle until the day I die. Step forward Pilates!

Finding Pilates


My lovely friend Sarah, who lives hours away and always looks amazingly fit and healthy, is a Pilates Teacher. She always used to tell me how great Pilates was and I was really keen to try it for myself.

Being too far away to try her classes, I started a Fitness Pilates class at the local sports centre and became hooked. My appetite for Pilates was unleashed and I wanted to explore more. I visited a Body Control Pilates class. What a difference! At first, I hate to admit, I was very slightly bored. It was too slow, too controlled and too precise. I decided to persevere, knowing that if Body Control Pilates has almost 1,400 teachers working in 40 countries, there was a very good chance that I was missing something.

To my surprise the slow, precise movements encouraged me to become more mindful about how and what I was moving. It taught me about correct joint alignment, breathing correctly, good posture, use of my core to support my body. Precision, focus and concentration to achieve the correct positions, left me feeling calmer, energised and refreshed after each class. No rushing, no wasted energy, movement of the whole body, connection of the mind and tips on alignment to help with my everyday life, from standing in the queue at the supermarket, to running, gardening and even a better driving position. From there I’ve gone onto teach the Body Control Pilates Method and want to share the amazing gift of movement to all ages and abilities. Movement is freedom!

Pilates for everyone

Pilates for everyone, anywhere

Whatever your age or ability, there is a Pilates class, style and teacher out there for you. Some gyms and exercise teachers focus on 'fitness Pilates', which is slightly different from our approach. We focus on the 'functional movement' approach, helping you discover how to move your body in the way it was designed to move which in the long run will make you stronger, more efficient and able to exercise and move freely all day, every day. 

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