About Me

About Pilates

I have been in the fitness industry since 1996 initially as a gym instructor after my two sons started school.  I took my level 2 Pilates matwork qualification in 2004 and in 2013 retrained with Body Control Pilates and am now a Level 3 Certified Instructor and Level 3 Bone Health Specialist. I am also a qualified Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist.  I am passionate about Pilates and want to help people feel fitter and stronger.  Classes are small and friendly and all ages and abilities are welcome.  I have an on-line booking system so please have a look at the current schedule.

Nikki Harlow

Body Control Pilates offers a comprehensive programme of exercises for matwork. They are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. We believe that many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work. This is the essence of the Body Control Pilates Method.

Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective - and medically-approved. It is of an holistic nature, being based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation. Central to the Method is 'awareness of your own body' and each and every exercise is built around its eight basic principles: 

  • Relaxation

  • Co-ordination

  • Alignment

  • Stamina

  • Concentration

  • Centring

  • Breathing

  • Flowing Movement

"In 10 sessions you will FEEL the difference, in 20 you will SEE the difference and in 30 you will HAVE A WHOLE NEW BODY" ... Joseph Pilates...



For Current Class Schedule

TLC Pilates


09:30  - 10:30 

Gentle class aimed at those with low back issues, osteoporosis or those who prefer a more gentle class.
Harder options are also offered in this class

Intermediate Pilates


18:30 to 19:30

A harder class for those who have done Pilates before and want to work harder. Maximum number 10

Mixed Pilates


09:30 to 10:30

This class is suitable for anyone who has done Pilates before. There will be harder options for those with experience.

50/50 HIP and Matwork Pilates


18:30 to 19:30

This class will include elements of HIP Pilates combined with traditional matwork pilates. Previous pilates experience essential

HIP Pilates


09:45 to 10:35

Combining core strength, balance and coordination with an energetic cardiovascular element HIP Pilates is the answer to many people’s search for a functional ‘feel good’ workout.
No equipment is needed, just a mat and a light pair of hand weights. Flowing, structured sequences taught in 50mins, I promise you wont need any longer!.



I have been attending Nikki's pilates classes for years and  thoroughly enjoy them.
The classes are small, which allows Nikki to provide a more personalised class.

Sue H

I have recently had a full ceramic hip replacement.
The physiotherapists were impressed and delighted with my ability to move and weight transfer from day one. This was without doubt helped by being as fit as possible before surgery. I have been one of Nikki's students in recent months and also for a few years before my first hip surgery.
Pilates is one of the best forms of safe exercising before surgery as core strength is vital to enable comfortable exercising and movement post surgery. Even if you have a lot of pain before the surgery there are exercises that are possible that will not be too uncomfortable to do. I would recommend you do this if you are able.
I am looking forward to returning to full fitness and resuming my Pilates classes.

Sandra H

It is so noticeable what a difference your Pilates style of classes has made to my physical well-being. This has also meant me feeling less stressed about my knee or back locking due to my improved core (I think?!).

A year ago, I couldn't walk up the steep flight of steps at Denham Station without my knee locking and having to stop. Last week, I walked up without any hint of problems at all and sailed through! I'm sure this is all down to Pilates. ……..

……… It will be good to make others aware that there are different styles of Pilates
and ways of teaching it in smaller classes. A lot of people I know have tried
Pilates, the wrong type and in a bigger class (like my first attempt) and got
put off!

Johanne K

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