EXETER PILATES – Estuary Clinic Pilates

Welcome to the Estuary Pilates Studio at the Estuary Clinic Topsham, Exeter. We have a wonderful team of experienced and knowlegable pilates teachers providing both pilates and clinical pilates.

We run a weekly class schedules and workshops.

What we Offer?

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Why the Estuary Pilates


  • Team of Experienced & Knowledgable teachers
  • Professional excellence guaranteed
  • Maximum of 9 students per class enabling personal attention
  • Working within an integrated health team

What is Pilates?

Pilates was created in 1920 by Joseph Pilates as a form of physical rehabilitation, and more recently, used by dancers and other athletes to prepare their bodies for performance.

In his own words, ‘Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit’. Joseph Pilates.

Pilates is another mindful form of exercise, where everything starts from awareness, and the focus is on gaining muscular strength, stability, alignment, and flexibility.

What attracts many people to Pilates is how it develops core strength, working with the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to achieve a healthy back and great posture.

Benefits of Pilates

There are so many benefits to Pilates, and when you start, you may find that other areas of your life are also positively impacted – ones you didn’t realise needed to come into balance. On a superficial level, doing a regular Pilates workout is one of the most effective ways to transform your body shape. In a one-hour session, you will get a full-body sculpting workout, as powerful as a gym session, but with much more benefits to the mind and body as a whole.

These are just some of the typical benefits of Pilates:

  • Boosts the efficiency of the movement in the body
  • Improves posture, mobility and flexibility in the spine
  • Prevention and rehabilitation from injury
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Reduces stress and enhances detoxification process
  • Improves muscle tone with flexibility, leading to long, lean, flexible muscles.
  • Releases endorphins, boosting your mood.
  • The ideal exercise for pre and post natal, due to focus on pelvic floor muscles.

It is particularly beneficial for those with back problems, where the core is weak, and the pelvis has gone out of alignment.

Types of pilates we offer?

Clinical Pilates is aimed particularly at those with back pain, postural issues, arthritis, sports injuries and those with other medical or physical conditions.

Pilates is a conditioning exercise programme that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Pilates applied 6 core principles to the exercises that he developed: centering, concentration, control, precision, flow and breathing. These principles connect the body and mind to improve muscle imbalances, posture, strength and function as well as coordination and lung capacity.

Our Clinical Pilates class is taught by a Chartered Physiotherapist who combines original Pilates exercises with her clinical knowledge of biomechanics and muscle control and function to provide safe and effective exercises that are suitable for all levels. Emphasis is laid upon the control and quality of each movement for optimum results.

Clinical Pilates is ideal for those wishing to prevent injuries, those with existing injuries who require rehabilitation as well as those wishing to join a gentle Pilates class to improve their body’s overall condition, posture, strength and function.

Exercises are performed in standing, sitting and lying on a mat. Chairs are also available. Please come wearing loose clothing.

This is a unique Pilates style, using Joseph Pilates’ original principles combined with the new knowledge of our connective tissue system, developed by Steve Pavis.
Understand how Pilates helps you: walk, run, sit, stand, run, jump, and lift with ease and grace. Restore your health with movement.

Steve studied intensely with Ann & Chris Frederick in Phoenix, Arizona – honing his skills in ‘Fascial Stretch Therapy’ – an exciting new manual therapy that has exploded overseas due to the phenomenal results that therapists are able to help their clients achieve.
Through this new found understanding of anatomy, the principles behind the style of Pilates that Steve had taught all these years no longer added up.
”I thought I could be clever and combine the new fascial anatomy knowledge with Pilates in order to come up with my own unique method. It became clear very quickly that the movements I was coming up with looked very much like the original technique that Joseph Pilates himself created! It was clear that he had created something special – and I needed to know what it was!”
Steve teamed up with Karin Locher (The Contrology Pilates Method and Spacial Medicine). Karin had trained with all the remaining people left alive that Joseph Pilates had originally taught – and indeed discovered that his original technique was something very different from the modified technique of the present day. Steve now delivers CPM Pilates combined the Fascial Stretch Therapy in a new class and accompanying workshop at the Estuary Clinic: ‘Pilates Movement Academy