Body Control Pilates®

Strengthening and toning the body.

Developed over 90 years ago by Joseph Pilates

Pilates exercise and body conditioning helps to:

  • strengthen and tone muscles
  • improve posture, flexibility and balance
  • relieve stress and help you relax
  • relieve joint and back problems
  • enhance health of your mind and body
  • create a longer, leaner, stronger body

The exercises target the core postural muscles to balance the alignment of the body, putting less strain on the joints and internal organs. It ensures the correct muscle recruitment pattern is used for each particular movement. It focuses on both the mind and body, helping to relax and create a sense of wellbeing and energy.

Gillian and John

Gillian has been involved in exercise and health promotion for over 25 years. She trained as a nurse, midwife and health visitor and now specialises in health programmes for individuals and companies. She has an MSc in Exercise and Health and trained with The Body Control Pilates Association in 2003. Gillian is registered as a Level 3 Exercise Teacher with the Register of Exercise Professionals.

John has been involved in sport and exercise for many years including coaching rowers. He is equally at ease working with beginners or international athletes. John trained with The Body Control Pilates Academy, Europe's leading professional body. He is a Level 4 Specialist Instructor with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) and a qualified Back4Good® Practitioner and Backcare professional.

What our clients have to say...

  • I thought you might be interested in my feedback from your Pilates class. After every lesson, I feel energised and have a lovely relaxing feeling afterwards. Thank you for your friendly classes. I think you are a fantastic teacher. I look forward to your lessons every week. The best thing I have done this year.


  • I attend Gillian's pilates class regularly and have seen a great improvement with my posture and my stiff and often sore back... In my line of work as a Foot Health Professional, I do a lot of bending and carrying heavy bags in and out of the car putting a lot of strain on my back and knees. Gillian has shown me how to improve my core and suggested exercises to help me on a daily basis. She offers a very personal service and always makes sure that you are doing the exercises correctly and at your own pace. I can highly recommend Gillian and she is a lovely, warm, approachable and professional person who is always very interested in your well being and making sure that you reach your true potential.

    Private client, Taplow, April 2014

  • I was about to give up playing the cello due to shoulder pain but thanks to Pilates with Gillian plus my sissel cushion, not only am I not giving up but I'm thinking of buying a new cello!

    Maidenhead client

  • I have always felt the benefits of regular Pilates exercise on my overall health and well-being. However, I did not expect my doctor's findings at a recent health review. She mentioned that I had 'grown' by half a centimetre and that the curvature of my spine has straightened and lengthened over the past couple of years. All thanks to Pilates!

    Client from group classes in Taplow, May 2014

  • I just wanted to tell you how much my mobility has improved and that I have been able to reduce the amount of pain relief for my back problem since I have been coming to your Pilates class at Norden Farm. Thank you considering all of our various ailments and for explaining the exercises so clearly.

    Norden Farm client, April 2014

  • To be honest I have been delighted with the results that I have achieved in Gillian’s class in such a short space of time. I was suffering with lower back pain when horse riding as I became tired and my back always held me up due to my lack of core. After 3 weeks my lower back niggles were only during my riding lesson and not for 2 days afterwards. This just gets better all the time. My instructor was amazed at how much noticeably better my riding has become. Thank you, Gillian! The classes are fun and varied, too.

    Norden Farm, Maidenhead

  • For eighteen months I had been suffering from sciatica and had difficulty standing and walking. Following a recommendation to try Pilates and a statement that Gillian was a very good tutor, I joined her 'Beginners Pilates' class at Maidenhead's Norden Farm in September 2015. An MRI scan of my spine had shown stenosis and some spinal curvature; I had had a spinal injection which had not cured the problem; my doctor had suggested that I might apply for a 'disabled badge' for the car, but I just wanted to be able to walk again. I found that the Pilates improved my movement and made me feel better so that a return visit to my osteopath in January was much more successful. I have now added some of the Pilates exercises to my daily exercise routine and am able to stand straight, walk and feel generally much better, thanks in great part to Pilates.

    Shirley, May 2016

  • It has been some years since I did Pilates, but now after a year of beginning again I am feeling so much better! It really helps with my well being, both physically and mentally.

    Norden Farm client, 2016

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Group Pilates Classes

Gillian runs group classes in Taplow Village Hall on a weekly basis. Currently classes run on Mondays 1.45pm, 7.30pm and 8.45pm throughout the year. Each class is an hour long with a maximum of 12 people. Mats are provided.

Gillian also teaches pilates classes at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead on Tuesdays at 10am, 11.15am and 1.30pm. Please contact Gillian for availability and bookings for the morning classes. The 1.30 class can be booked online or via the box office.

Box Office, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road. Maidenhead, SL6 4PF

Private Pilates Classes

Individual classes are provided in Burnham in a private, fully equipped Pilates studio. These sessions are each an hour long, and are tailored to your personal needs.

Pilates During Pregnancy

Gillian runs classes for pregnant ladies in her private Pilates studio (commencing from week 16 of pregnancy through til delivery). All exercises are specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of pregnant women with special emphasis on the pelvic floor, breathing, relaxation, gentle stretching and toning. A maximum of 4 ladies can attend each class.

Pilates After Pregnancy

Daytime classes are also available for mums and babies (with a creche facility). These classes focus on getting mums back in to shape physically and mentally after childbirth as well as providing a valuable time for relaxation. A maximum of 4 ladies can attend each class. These classes also offer mums a great opportunity to share experiences.

Both private and group classes incorporate a variety of 'toys' including dyna bands, Pilates power rings (magic circles), spiky balls, wobble boards, foam rollers, hand weights, soft balls and large physio balls.

For more information, please contact Gillian Burn on 01628 666069 or email

Pilates at Home CD

Available to clients who attend classes to complement home exercise programmes.

Pilates for Healthy Backs - Back4Good 'Healthy Back' Class by John Spencer

  • Specially designed exercises to help with the prevention of low back pain
  • Gentle, balanced workouts to strengthen your core and keep your back flexible and strong

The healthy back class is designed to keep backs healthy, whether you already have a back problem or want to prevent a problem occurring. The focus is on managing back conditions enabling individuals to create a more active lifestyle with a structured programme of focused activities.

One-to-one private and small group classes are available. All classes are held in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

Men's Pilates

John also runs specific classes for men within the private pilates studio, currently on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning.

For more information, please contact John Spencer on 01628 666069 or email

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