What people say about our classes

Jan’s Story

“Having suffered with chronic lower back pain for more than 30 years, I haven’t been able to get beyond being able to stand for around ten minutes at a time and I was unable to walk continuously for around fifteen minutes.After only ten Pilates sessions with Jacquie, I am now able to stand for double the length of time I could. I walked to my local shops and back this week, without having to sit down for a rest. Total time spent walking? Almost double!I am 100% certain that this is a direct result of attending Jacquie’s weekly classes. Imagine what I might be doing this time next year!

Jacquie herself has a lovely caring manner which, combined with her expertise, makes her an inspiring and encouraging teacher.Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison


Angela’s Story

Pilates Bridge of Allan

Angela standing tall and smiling after her Pilates Class at Bridge of Allan Sports Club

Angela started coming to my private Pilates Studio at Bracken Lane, Stirling in May 2016. She was in recovery after falling 20 feet off an indoor climbing wall and fracturing her T11 and T12 vertebrae. She spent many months in hospital followed by intense recuperation and physiotherapy. Once she had reached a degree of mobility it was recommended that she start doing Pilates to further her recovery. Upon her first private class with me, I asked her what her expectations were from Pilates. Her response was “to be pain free” and “confident in a class situation.” Six months down the line, Angela has now returned to her favourite pastime of climbing (mountains and indoor climbing walls). She is a regular attendee at my Tuesday morning Pilates Class in Bridge of Allan.

“Jacquie Robertson who owns Beaumont Body shaping is so passionate, enthusiastic and experienced about pilates and cares attentively for the individuals at the class. I’m so happy to have found a wonderful instructer as looking after my back is now part of my career and a job for life !” Angela

Gordon’s Story

“I started Pilates because my posture was awful, I had recurring chronic neck pain, back pain and a rotator cuff injury. The sport I play competitively, curling, was more difficult for me as a result.  I needed a regime change to impilatesprove my posture and strengthen my core muscles to enable me to continue to play. Further I needed to alleviate the chronic pain.

I decided upon Pilates having researched the systems. I happened upon your web site as a local expert in the spring of 2016. The private lessons you kindly provided my wife and I persuaded me that the regime was the way forward. Your group classes are excellent, fun and have without doubt gradually changed my posture and attitude. I am not pain free but only the cuff injury remains a nuisance. I am much more flexible, relaxed and fitter in the space of 3 months. The curling season has started well too!

Thank you so very much for all of your guidance… I realise that there is still much to do and be achieved but I’ll get there. Even the garden has been kicked into shape in the last month!” Gordon

Jeans Story

I was introduced to Jean in the summer of 2013 and started her on a course of 1 to 1 lessons. As she has severe scoliosis of the spine, I had to make the necessary adjustments and modifications to enable Jean to exercise safely. Initially working through the fundamentals of Pilates (breath, posture, flow) she quickly grew stronger. I have seen her grow in confidence and strength over the years. She has gone from barely being able to walk or sit comfortably for any length of time to being able to enjoy long walks with her new puppy. I continue to work with Jean on a regular basis.

“Jacquie has been working with me for the last six months and the improvement in my posture and well being has been noticed and commented on by several of my friends. I’m 54 years old and developed a scoliosis in my spine during my teenage years. I didn’t really suffer any pain at thispilates time and it didn’t bother me much until I was into my 30’s. From then on I have been treated by physiotherapists and osteopaths, I’ve attended pain clinics for acupuncture and I’ve worn a tens machine and been on various painkillers.

Some treatments worked for varying lengths of time and other treatments had little or no effect. Latterly I was attending a private physiotherapist every six weeks and taking 5 gabapentin a day.
I had constant pain. It hurt getting in and out of the car. I couldn’t stand up straight from a sitting position and it was painful sitting down. If I walked for too long I started to bend forwards and couldn’t straighten up. Standing upright was very painful so I tended to stoop.

A chat with a neighbour about Pilates led me to Jacquie and she started working with me last August on a weekly basis. By the beginning of December I was standing straighter and had better flexibility through my back. I was able to exercise every day and providing I didn’t overdo things I was staying pain free.

Jacquie has made a huge improvement to my overall well being and health in a very short space of time.”  Jean 

Student Feedback Survey

Jacquie: What benefits have you gained from the classes
KW: The benefits to me are specifically around general core stability, strength and balance as well as toning areas which don’t change with dieting.  Also as someone who has had a number of various injuries the affected muscles in these areas have seen significant improvement in flexibility and strength.  
Jacquie: What difference have the classes made to you?
KW: Physically I am stronger and a little leaner and able to do things I was struggling with before – e.g. When asked to do things like zen rockers I could barely make myself rock never mind sit up and control it!
Jacquie: What keeps you motivated?
KW: My motivation is keeping as strong and active as possible as I near retirement so that I can enjoy these times with family and friends. I enjoy the company and banter we have in class – we are a varied bunch in terms of ages and lifestyles but all get on.  Having smaller more tailored classes has many benefits such as your class leader taking good care of each of us. Jacquie ensures we can do the exercises to the best of our abilities and adapts them to suit our injuries and ailments – and that’s speaking from experience!  
Jacquie: What is your favourite class?
KW: My favourite class is Barre – it’s hard work but tones brilliantly and is (in a weird way) fun. I wasn’t a fan of Pilates before but I love that too now. Karen

Comments on our Callanetics Classes

  • “Immense improvement in my back and neck – I had serious problem previously I have also lost the flab around the tummy area.” Donna
  • “Going to sports classes on your own can be intimidating, but these classes are the most friendly I’ve ever attended.” Emma
  • “I felt a little apprehensive going to a predominately female class; however I was immediately put at ease by the informal and friendly atmosphere. I also dropped a jeans size within four classes.” Jim
  • “I have lost inches from my hips and waist. A former work colleague said I looked 10 years younger, plus I’ve worn a mini skirt for the first time in 15 years! Getting loads of compliments!” Sheila
  • “I have tried many ways of exercising and keeping fit but never stuck to them before. With Callanetics it’s fantastic, enjoyable to do and the results are fab!” Jane
  • “Someone asked me yesterday where I got my peachy bum and I told them Callanetics. I had a look myself, and it really has lifted! Also my legs have slimmed down enough for me to wear a playsuit.” Alexis
  • Bought a top 2 years ago from Topshop at size 14 that didn’t fit with the plan to shrink into it! Labels are coming off it at last and I’m wearing it on Saturday night!” Sarah