Following a successful pilot of on-site physiotherapy-led pilates at the QE Hospital, we are pleased to confirm that regular paid sessions are now taking place on-site – starting from this evening!

Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to promote strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness and endurance. It focuses on precision and control of movement through a variety of exercises, including stability at the central core. The majority of the sessions are based around mat work with exercises also done in standing. Exercises can be varied depending on your ability and any musculoskeletal injuries you’re managing.

Ann-Marie Ginnever and Kate Graham are both musculoskeletal physiotherapists employed by Gateshead Health and working in Outpatients Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, particularly in the management of upper limb conditions. Both are fully qualified in teaching Pilates and have completed the APPI (Australian, Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) course, teaching their method. As the duo are teaching Pilates within the context of improving health and wellbeing, their classes are titled ‘Physiotherapy-Led Pilates’.

Two 4-week programmes comprised of weekly classes will commence from 5:30pm this evening, and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing colleagues with the opportunity to get active at Gateshead Health with the help of two qualified instructors.

Those who registered interest in our three pilot programmes were offered first option on places, but we are also now accepting expressions of interest for any future programmes.

Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a cost of £20 to access the four-week programme, payable in cash at the first session. Those who are unable to make a certain date during the four-weeks can switch day (eg from Tuesday to Thursday), but no refunds will be available for missed classes. To apply for a space (or find out more), please contact us directly on [email protected].