A Little About Me


Hello, I am a Level 3 Body Control Pilates Instructor, running classes in Windsor, and surrounding area.


I started doing  Pilates after the birth of my son, and could see and feel the benefits so clearly, that I decided to train up to become a teacher myself. He's a big strapping lad now so it was a long time ago!


My classes will be informative, but also fun, as I truly believe that if you enjoy doing something, then you will do it well. 


I am regularly attending workshops to improve my own development, but to also improve that of my clients, and I hope to have everyone doing intermediate and advanced exercises eventually. I'm aiming for my clients and I to develop together. 


Jayne x 


P.S. I know you are wondering why "Pegs Pilates", well, Peggy is my middle name and I've decided to embrace it :)




History of Pilates


Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in the late 1800's. He was a sickly child with rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever. He was determined to overcome his fragility, and used lots of different approaches rather than follow an established fitness regime. You can recognise elements of these in his teaching. Yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self defence, dance, circuit training and weight training. He chose aspects of all of these to develop his own body, and he worked out a system which had the perfect balance of strength and flexibility. He first taught detectives at Scotland Yard, but when the First World War broke out, he was interned and helped out in the camp infirmary, and furthered his techniques by teaching fellow internees. After the war he returned to Germany, and encountered the world of dance. In 1926 he decided to emigrate to the United States of America, and it was on the boat to America where he met his future wife, Clara, who shared the same views on fitness. They set up a studio in New York, where to start with, most of his clients were boxers. The studio soon attracted ballet dancers, actors and actresses, gymnasts and athletes, all anxious to learn from Pilates. 


Joseph Pilates called his method "Contrology", and it was only after his death that teachers started to call it Pilates.




Body Control Pilates


Body Control Pilates was set up by Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson in early 1994. They decided to create a progressive approach to Pilates that was revolutionary in that it placed a greater emphasis on Pilates matwork. This became the Body Control method. In doing this, and by creating a programme that trained teachers in matwork rather than all asspects of Pilates, (reformer, cadillac, barrels, chairs) Pilates suddenly became accessible to so many more people as it was now being taught in church halls and school sports halls, rather than in the rarified and expensive Pilates studios. 

The guiding principle of the Body Control Pilates Method was, and remains, to make the benefits of Pilates available to all, through high quality teaching that is both effective and safe. 

Body Control Pilates is unique in that it prepares the body for the classical Pilates exercises. This preparation is critical as we need to bear in mind that many of Joseph Pilates regular clients were dancers or gymnasts who were extremely fit, and the average person would not be able to follow the "Full Mat" without injury! Therefore, these exercises have been broken down so that they can be taught step by step, layering on the skills needed to ultimately do the "Full Mat". As clients progress, they learn good biomechanics, which help improve their posture and overall strength/flexibility while preparing them for the more advanced work. 




"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, in 30 you'll have a whole new body."

Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology










Gylly works closely with medical practitioners to ensure a safe and effective method of exercise ,  she regularly attends workshops  and courses and is constantly updating her repertoire to enhance her own development and also that of her clients.




Gylly works closely with medical practitioners to ensure a safe and effective method of exercise ,  she regularly attends workshops  and courses and is constantly updating her repertoire to enhance her own development and also that of her clients.