Elizabeth Slade - 2019
Jan's Yoga classes are a perfect mix of Yin and Yang Yoga poses combined with meditation and Jan includes some life-affirming readings, which compliment the season. Working with Jan has been instrumental for me in increasing self-understanding and self-love, which has importantly enabled me to access a new state of calmness and relaxation in my work as a performer.
Barbara Halstead - 2019
Your in-depth Pilates knowledge, your easy style and the happy atmosphere make for extremely enjoyable classes, which I really appreciate.
Chrissy Hopkins - 2018
I started Jan’s classes about 6 months ago
and have loved the warm and friendly atmosphere of her studio. Every week Jan
manages to vary her exercises to cover the whole body so you can never get bored. Her
experience and knowledge is immense and she really understands the workings of
the body so can cater for all abilities and
different issues that some people may have.
I really love your classes Jan.
Thalia Kenton - 2018
Jan makes Pilates such fun you forget you're doing it! She is a considerate and experienced teacher who is always mindful of individuals and tailors classes to suit everyone, making this a perfect 'mixed-ability' class. She is entertaining and her studio is a cosy haven. Classes are small and friendly and I can't recommend them enough. Thanks Jan!
Lara Cetinich-Cory - 2017
I was initially very hesitant to try Pilates, but since joining Jan's class I have been truly converted. You are a wonderful instructor and I feel as if I'm doing my body such good in your classes. I've been using muscles I never I knew I even had which makes a great addition to my fitness routines.
Anna Shaw - 2017
Jan, I just wanted to say that I have been struggling with debilitating anxiety for the last 20 years and thanks to you and your fantastic Pilates class and some seriously good CBT counselling that I have recently started - I am now slowly coming out the other side. Just want to say thank you and I am so glad I found you. What you do is truly amazing and you have changed my life. Again - thank you.
Carol - 2017
Dear Janet, I have wanted to have some photos of your flowers from your garden. In giving this card with a photo of your peonies it allows me to put into words my thanks for the guidance you have provided, which has enabled me to have a greater body, confidence and better positive. Not forgetting my "Beyonce glutes":-)
Amy Penny - 2017
Jan is such an amazing teacher. I have learned so much. I enjoy going to the class every Wednesday. It has improved my core strength and help with my anxiety also. Thank you Jan.
Emily - 2017
I always enjoy reading your emails.
They are always written so
beautifully. Informative, interesting, up-beat and caring.
You certainly have a real gift
as a Pilates teacher. With your knowledge, sense of humour and caring nature.
You feed the body, mind and spirit.
I always leave your classes feeling grounded and peaceful.
And the relaxation at the end
finishes the classes off perfectly, and is a must!
I'm so glad I found Pilates. Your classes are really fun and enjoyable - and thanks for keeping it interesting and challenging.
Izzy Cooper, The Studio - 2016
Can I take this opportunity to say a MASSIVE thanks for this year and everything you have done for me! Your care, attention and professional guidance has been highly appreciated and seriously put into action! You have helped instil confidence in me where I never though possible after my back surgery.
Emily Goldie, The Studio - 2016
Thank you for the great class last night and for looking after us so well with all your very thoughtful and very much appreciated cooling off techniques. Those cold eye packs for relaxation were wonderful!
You're always so attentive to our needs and you do so much to look after our bodies, minds and spirits.
You are a great teacher and I really do enjoy our classes.
Niki Truebridge, The Studio - 2016
Great to be back at pilates, cannot believe how much I love it, should have started years ago. In saying that there are many things in the lessons my physio taught me when my back collapsed to get me back on track many years ago. I guess sometimes you just need someone to inspire you and push you along, so thank you. Your classes are great.
Baz Green, The Studio - 2016
Thank you for your Pilates classes over the last 3 months. Since the middle of March you've introduced this fit-ish middle age bloke (Baz's words, not mine as he is very fit and not middle age:) to the world of pelvic tilts, proprioception and listening to my body. As a runner it has helped immeasurably and I don't think I would have been anywhere near as good at my recent trail marathon without your excellent, patient, precise teaching. It will stand me in good stead for working up to ultras. It isn't a girl's only activity, men can learn so much from these cross-training exercises both in-class and taking it back home and I'll continue to sing about the benefits.
Chrissy Judds, Marlow and The Studio - 2016
I have been attending Janet's Pilates classes for at least three years now and they have become a key part of life! Janet is an outstanding teacher who has the ability to personalise moves for each individual in her class as is necessary.
During these three years I have been pregnant twice and continued attending the classes as long as I possibly could. Janet has a vast knowledge of what exercises and positions can and cannot be done during pregnancy and tailored my moves as necessary. My body and mind always felt much more at ease after a class. I am sure Pilates contributed to the very calm baby I had - I shall keep you posted re the second baby!
Katie Frame, The Studio - 2015
"I first met Jan when
I did one to one Pilates classes with her which I loved but now I really enjoy
the small and intimate group classes in her fantastic new studio. I've had
recurrent upper back, neck and shoulder problems for the last 15 years but
practicing Pilates has really helped with this - in fact one chiropractor said
to me that if everyone did Pilates or Yoga she would be out of a job and now I
see why! Jan is a really attentive instructor who has taken time to understand
my 'weak spots' and always offers alternative Pilates moves to ensure I don't
incur any issues in these areas. I always feel so relaxed after the classes and
sleep better too - they're a real de-stressor and now part of my weekly routine
- I hate to miss one!"
Emma Coles, The Studio - 2015
I joined Jan's Yoga class in February. I was keen to start Yoga, having not attended a class before I was a bit nervous about not being very good or being disruptive. I was also nervous as I was mid treatment for breast cancer and had lost my hair, I was quite self conscious about it.
In Jan's class I found a small community, a peaceful class which became pivotal to me.
I have flexibility that I didn't believe possible for me, a fantastic group of people and such a wonderful teacher, support and friend in Jan. Yoga is now a fundamental part of my life and so much richer as a result.
Maxine Ashman, David Lloyd and the Studio - 2015
Jan provides a very personal and
informative Pilates session. She is able to demonstrate all the Pilates moves
and talks you through each section so you can understand what to achieve and
how it should look, even if you are regular attendee the little hints and tips
she provides are invaluable to ensuring you are getting the most from your
Pilates moves. She has a warm, attentive, friendly but professional persona
making the classes relaxing, informative, ensuring you get the most out of the
session to build core strength and flexibility.
Jan was truly excellent and
understanding whilst I was pregnant and was able to adapt moves for me as the
months went on. She was always on hand to provide correction or in fact suggest
different moves or techniques if certain moves were uncomfortable. You never
feel under pressure in Jan's class, you can work at your own pace and with the
options she provides you have all the different levels to work at or work
If you have never tried Pilates
before then now is your time to start with one of Jan's classes, you will be
back for more.
Tony, Pilates, Bourne End - 2015
Until retirement I thought I was very fit, enjoying
regular walking, swimming and the gym. A visit to the well man clinic about
this time soon disabused me of my smug approach to life and in a very few years
I faced a series off illnesses, two of which are chronic conditions.
The discovery of Parkinsonism and the side effects has
so far proven the most devastating. The exercise regime I previously enjoyed
had in some ways to be limited and even stopped. Day to day living became
I looked at exercise options, as a result, earlier this
year I decided to try Pilates. I liked the idea of involving the mind and inner
core body strength.
After a few months of attending weekly hour long classes
I have noticed a significant increase in the strength within my body. It is not
my intention to advocate this discipline for all, but it suits me. Our
instructor Jan has a varied weekly syllabus, she takes an individual interest to ensure all understand what
they should do and how this should be done and is careful to ensure any
individual physical weakness or injury is suitably catered for.
It is my intention to pursue this discipline whilst able
as I am feeling a noticeable benefit, and who would wish to miss the social
atmosphere in a local café following our work out?
Dee Baines, Pilates, David Lloyd - 2014
Just wanted to say I really, really enjoy my Pilate's classes at David Lloyd with you . We have good fun but also work hard to achieve the result .
So keep up the good work and look forward to my class later. Keep smiling.
Harriet Sparks, Pilates, Marlow
I have been attending Janet's
classes for 18 months and love every minute!
I wasn't sure that Pilates
would be for me but I was having major back problems and advised to try and now
I am completely mobile and touch wood, hardly any pain.
Janet is friendly, funny and
very professional and I know I am in safe hands. If I am struggling she
helps no matter how many people come to her class I always feel I have her full
attention. Her knowledge of the human body and Pilates is amazing… I
totally recommend her classes.
Jane Mason, Pilates, Bourne End
Last year I suffered a back
injury whilst working (gardening). After diagnosing a trapped nerve in my lower
back, my consultant recommended Pilates. I joined Jan's class in Bourne End in
January 2014 and I have to say the benefits were instant! My sciatica symptoms
diminished dramatically, my stomach muscles started to take on a new lease of
life and I felt taller and calmer. Jan's classes are really enjoyable and she takes
the time to get to know all of her members, taking into consideration various
ailments/ conditions that may or may not be suitable for certain exercises.
Pilates, David Lloyd, High Wycombe - 2014
I started doing Pilates after a
second operation. The first was a slipped disc and the second was a L4/5
discetomy. I was desperate to do something that was pro-active in terms
of caring for my back. My physio recommended Pilates. I
thought this was going to be dull but I was wrong. Jan is passionate
about Pilates and there is nothing more attractive than someone who is so
enthusiastic about their craft. The time goes so quickly because she uses
a variety of exercises and of course she is tremendous fun. There
have been many times when I have wondered if I could spare the time to go but I
know it will make me feel better after and it ALWAYS does. My
back feels strong now and I have no worries about my back anymore because
Pilates has not only help strengthen my back and core muscles but it has also
changed my posture. It is great!
Sue Coote, Pilates, Marlow -
Jan makes the class very
enjoyable and is a friendly and warm instructor, who makes sure that she pays
special attention to any of us who have aches & pains, giving different
levels for each exercise so we can choose how hard to push ourselves.
I joined Jan’s class over a
year ago as working at my desk all day plays havoc with my posture, and I am
keen to stay mobile, as I get older!!
I often start the class with an
aching neck and shoulders up to my ears - by the end of the class the shoulders
are down, neck mobile and I feel calm, centered and aligned.
Pilates benefits so many people
with any level of fitness – I would recommend anyone giving Jan’s class a go!
Stacey Plant, Pilates, Marlow -
Pilates at lunchtime is a
welcome distraction from the office environment, sitting at a desk on a
computer all day long is not good for my posture and Pilates with Jan has
changed not only the way I sit, but physically I have also noticed a
difference. It's relaxing and I have found my core strength is much better. I
have recently taken up running and the Pilates breathing has helped with this
Kay Galvin, Pilates, Marlow -
I started classes with Jan in
September 2013, having never done any Pilates work before. I worried about not
following exercises or not having good balance, but I needn't have. Even just
one session a week has given me a much better consciousness about my whole body
and my troublesome neck stiffness has gone! Jan is a great teacher with a
lovely balance of pushing each of us as far as we wish and having fun!
Liz Southgate, Pilates, Cookham
I have benefited from Janet’s
Pilates classes very much. I find it helpful in improving
muscle tone and the stretching, and other exercises also helps
There has been a good balance
to work all parts of the body. I can't do high impact exercises due to a
knee injury and osteoarthritis and also a hip replacement.
Janet works us hard enough to
get toned, but also makes it fun.
Simon Wilde, Pilates, Marlow -
I have been attending classes
with Janet for several months now, and have benefitted greatly from the way she
runs her classes, ensuring everyone is doing the right thing and bringing her
natural exuberance to her teaching as well.
I have a very stiff lower back
and Pilates definitely helps with keeping it as strong and supple as possible.
I would heartily recommend Pilates and Janet as a teacher.
Angela Plah, Pilates, Bourne
End - 2014
I have been going to Pilates
for 8 years and joined the Bourne End class about 10 months ago. It's great for
strengthening, toning and for your balance. A calm controlled work out where
you feel you have worked your muscles. Jan's positive attitude leaves you with
a smile ready for the day standing taller and straighter.
Sukhy Shergill, Pilates and
Body Balance, David Lloyd, High Wycombe - 2014
VERY BIG THANK YOU. You are a
natural. Keep up all the good work. Jan I can't thank you enough the difference
you have made since I have been attending your classes. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.
Nikky Stafford, Pilates, Cookham - 2013
I have only been doing Pilates
for a short time but I am thoroughly enjoying the classes. Jan is always friendly,
welcoming, clear and precise with the exercises and constantly checking that we
are doing them correctly - now if I can just stop eating cakes and biscuits
then maybe I will get the body I long for!
Paula Friesen, Pilates, Cookham - 2013
I find that Pilates is a tough
but gentle way to exercise both the body and mind and the results are
good. After an hour with Janet I feel all my aches and pains have gone away and
I walk at least an inch or two taller! It is a great way of improving
posture and finding all those muscles you never knew you had. Classes are fun
and enjoyable and great for both new recruits and more advanced converts as
Claire Merrison, Body Balance
at La Roche - 2013
I always look forward to my BB
classes with Jan. Jan's soothing voice and clear direction make learning
moves easy. If there was only one class I could do it would be Jan's Body
T Warren, Pilates, Cookham - 2013
I have been attending Jan's Pilates
class for one and a half years. I would highly recommend Jan for the range of
exercises she utilises, her teaching style and her genuine desire to see
improvement in you from the benefits of Pilates. I have been to a number of
classes in London (including reformer Pilates) and I can honestly say that Jan
is the best Pilates teacher I have ever had. Jan's attention to detail and
passion really come across. I have most definitely felt the positive benefits
associated with this form of exercise and I always look forward to her
Elaine Hughes, Pilates and Body
Balance, Castle Royle - 2013
I started Pilates and Body
balance about 5 months ago having realised that I was strong on the upper body
(being a Sports massage therapist) and strong legs (horse riding being my main
hobby) however I was very weak round the abdominals and 'inner core '. Under
the fantastic and joyful teaching of Jan on both Pilates and Body balance, I
have found that I am not only much stronger (bootcamp is a lot easier now!) but
also much more toned round the midriff (hurrah!) and generally feel so much
better in myself. It really focuses me on engaging my stomach
muscles rather than being lazy and relying on the back muscles on a daily basis
which helps me in everyday life and hopefully will keep me healthier for many
years to come. Thanks Jan for keeping me encouraged and amused, you
really are a class 1 teacher ! Elaine Hughes at E&H Massage
Sally Powell, Body Balance, La
Roche - 2013
I have been practising Balance
for over 12 years. It combines building core strength with body flexibility all
wrapped up in motivating and moving music. The cherry on the top is a fun,
professional teacher in Jan. She is the friend to our struggling bodies
and most importantly to us. Chewing the fat whilst opening the
hips... it's a good laugh!
Sue Carter, Pilates, Cookham - 2013
I have got so much out of going
to Janet's Pilates classes. As a sufferer
of Rheumatoid Arthritis this type of exercise is not only one that I
can actually do, it helps to keep me mobile which is a huge issue in RA.
Another plus is that Janet
gives me realistic alternatives and modifications to exercises that I would not
otherwise be able to join in with. I can still feel a real part of the
group and have fun whilst I'm at it!
John Morton, Pilates and Body
Balance, Castle Royle - 2013
I have been attending Jan's
Pilates and Body Balance classes for 6 months and have seen significant
benefits during this period. Firstly, was a weight loss of 12 lbs,
which really surprised me. Secondly, there was an increase in my core strength
and flexibility. This has had a positive impact on my golf game resulting in 4
wins in an ongoing winter competition at Castle Royle and a reduction in my playing
handicap to its lowest level ever. Jan is an inspiration and I can honestly say
I look forward to attending her classes, even though they do start at 7 am, and
then heading out onto the golf course!