“Shoulders down, back flat and melt the ribs.”

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Journalist Sarah Hawes is back for the second class of the six-week course she’s joining us for.
Find out why an hour every Wednesday night in Bexley is the highlight of her week.

Last week, I started Pilates with KTB. I didn’t know what to expect or what I’d be doing.
But after one class, I’m hooked.

I thought it was just gentle exercise for people who couldn’t move around much – how wrong I was!

It’s slow, doesn’t get you sweating or burning loads of calories, but you can feel it’s doing you good.
My current exercise works on the basis of ‘feel the burn and sweat lots’ – but Pilates gives you massive benefits without all of that.

Pilates at KTB is physiotherapy-led, so you get the benefits of both, cleverly brought together by Katie Ballard, who leads the class.
This week, I was in the class with three men – all of whom had various injuries that Pilates is helping them to manage and recover from.

It was interesting to see Katie asking us all to do the same exercise, then coming to each of us to adjust according to injury, strength or imbalance.
By doing this, she makes sure that each of us is working to our ability, capacity and within our own restrictions, without causing pain or injury.
I’ve always had a strong left side but some of the exercises exposed a rather immobile left side and a right side needing a focus on balance. Something I wouldn’t have known without going to the class.

There’s a lot to remember in Pilates – “shoulders down, back flat and melt the ribs” – Katie repeats it many times throughout the class but I kept finding myself only managing two out of three.

But, she says this comes as your body learns to remember them all.

Since last week I have been bringing Pilates into my everyday life. I’m stretching, twisting and giving my spine the movement it was built for.
The hour I spend at Pilates on a Wednesday evening is magic – time to slow down, breathe and think about looking after my body.
I not only concentrate on the exercises I’m doing, but listen to what Katie is saying, to be able to bring it into each day. Last week and this week, she said the spine was built to be moved and stretching is what your body needs, so that’s what I’ve been doing.

My five-year-old daughter has also been joining in – Katie told me it’s great to come to Pilates at my age (37 –eek!) but if children are encouraged to bring the techniques into their lives at an early age, their future wellbeing will benefit.
I’ll be back next week for my third class!

If you’d like to join the classes, see the timetable below, then get in touch to book in.
Classes are £10 if booked individually or a course of six is £54.


10:00 - 11:00 Face to Face

12:45 - 13:45 Virtual

19:00 - 20:00 Face to Face

10:30 - 11:30 Face to Face

18:00 - 19:00 Face to Face

18:00 – 19:00 Face to Face

09:00 - 10:00 Face to Face

10:30 - 11:30 Face to Face