Thomas, Lytham (Small Group Class)

I was treated for back-pain at Clifton Hospital by Andrea the Physiotherapist.  She recommended that I study Pilates.  I looked for a local class and I found you on the internet!

As you studied at University with Andrea she told me a bit about you so I did not have any worries or concerns about working with you.

I have found it beneficial to work with you.  I have learnt a number of exercises from you which have improved my fitness, not only Pilates exercises but other types as well, for example iMoveFreely.

The best result I have got is that I have incidents of back pain much less frequently than before, and when they do occur, they do not persist for long.

Eva, Goosnargh (Small Group Class)

I wanted to maintain fitness and mobility as the years progress.

I didn't have any concerns at all about working with you or Pilates.

I'm finding the classes very enjoyable and beneficial,  your classes are informative, as to how the muscles and the body work and to enjoy the benefits of Pilates.

The best thing about working with you is that I now have better posture and flexibility of muscles and body.

Pauline, Fulwood (Small Group Class and Private 1-2-1 course)

I enjoy your classes and the variety of exercises you introduce in them. When you offered some additional one to one classes over the summer I thought it would be a good opportunity to work on my shoulder and arm which had been feeling stiff.

I felt very relaxed working with you and confident that you would be able to offer me a bespoke programme of exercise.

I appreciated  the effort you put into making sure that I had the best exercises for me, making sure that I did them correctly and at the same time making it enjoyable.

My shoulder feels much 'freer' than it did before I started working with you which is a relief to me, thank you.

Cath, Chartered Accountant (Small Group Classes)

Before I started to work with Cath I didn't’ do any exercise – I sat behind a desk for 8 hours a day; I felt stiff, lethargic, etc. I was a bit worried about joining the sessions as I hadn’t done anything like that for years. I found the personal course a great way of getting ready to join a class.

Working with Cath has been great – to start with I struggled with some basic stuff, but even I cans see and tell the difference.

One of the best things about working with Cath is how supple I have become (I had to see my GP and he was amazed how supple I was - proof that it is all working!”

Linda, Retired NHS Director (Private 1-2-1 sessions and Small Group Pilates)

When I met Cath I was fairly new to retirement from a busy, stressful career and still in the process of readjusting to my life. It was important to me to look at how to maintain and improve my fitness and health appropriate to my age and ability

Before starting I had no experience of exercise classes at all, so felt like a total novice. It was the fear of the unknown.

Working with Cath has been enlightening, supportive and motivational. She has encouraged me to see Pilates as an integral part of my life.

I can see a huge improvement in my body shape and flexibility and the process has been enjoyable and entertaining!

Mel, Preston (Small Group Pilates)I have always loved exercise. However, I never had any strength in my stomach; also I suffered with a bad back. I heard Pilates was excellent for then, the one day Cath’s leaflet came through my door, and I have never looked back!I didn’t have any reservations before working with Cath. As soon as I spoke to Cath over the phone I felt welcomed, part of the family. Then I went to my first class; Cath welcomed me on into the group as part of the family.

Working with Cath has been excellent. Cath looks at everyone’s needs and abilities. Since going to Cath’s class I have lost a dress size, I can complete Pilates sit ups which I could never do. My back is brilliant now - thanks Cath!

One best thing about working with Cath – there are so many: Losing a dress size, gaining strength in my inner core, not suffering from back ache, always looking forward to the class on a Wednesday night.

Rachel, Garstang (Small Group Class)

In 2010 I injured my back during an exercise class.  I struggled to walk properly but with intense physio I returned back to normal.

The pain returned in 2012 after long drives to work and my work becoming more office based.

Cath was recommended to me. My concern was hurting my back again.

Cath was very approachable and I felt at ease with her.  I have been attending the classes for over a year now and my back pain has gone.

The added bonus is the change to my body shape.

Janet, Chronic lung condition (Small Group Class)

I wanted to tone up my core muscles that help me to cough and also to improve my posture.

All of the exercises are helpful in some way or another – I really appreciate the alternative moves for when I have pulled muscles.

I can cough for longer! Which helps my chest condition and I am more aware of what I need to do on a regular basis to help improve my posture.

Having a laugh whilst exercising help too!

Veronica, Goosnargh (Small Group Classes)

Having bad posture, stiffness of my neck and painful hip joint.

I found the bands strengthened my whole body, both the blue and purple ones.

I am conscious of my posture and find myself correcting it if I have a bad stance. Greater movement in my neck. Much more strength i.e. I can get up from a kneeling down position without having to hold on to something. My lifting capability has improved. Pelvic floor muscles have definitely improved.

Cath is an excellent teacher who makes what could be a drudge into an enjoyable experience. Any problem area, Cath will try to address and incorporate suitable exercises into class for the best benefit of all.

Sheila, S.M.I.L.E Group (Chronic Pain)

Our Pilates classes began when Cath was asked to come once a month to our S.M.I.L.E pain clinic, which covers many disabilities for each person, I have pains from my back etc and very personal problems that my disabilities have caused.

Pilates sessions are very enjoyable as a group, one it encourages us to do our best, with Cath's teachings and encouragement, also carrying out our Pilates moves taught, that bring out the good feel factor, plus a big boast to Cath to see her teaching of Pilates is successful to us all.

More gentle flexibility which gives us confidence to keep us trying. In our group, it’s the none stop laughter backed by never ending personal advice from Cath to overcome any problem, body wise, Cath in S.M.I.L.E Group we are all that much more uplifted by your teachings of Cath Hopkinson Pilates Skills.

Cath while your Pilates classes are 100%, the sense of humour you bring to them is very uplifting, while taking NOTHING away from your teachings.

Anne, Darwen (Private 1-2-1 course)

"Thank you very much for your invaluable advice and instruction which has demonstrated the effectiveness of expertly taught Pilates.

I hope you appreciate the difference you have made."

(Attended sessions due to chronic neck/shoulder pain and within 3 months had considerably more movement and less pain than she had had for the previous 5 years).

Janet, Walton-le-Dale (Private 1-2-1 course)

"Pilates, to me, had always been a mind numbing experience, where I spent the hour of my weekly class, watching the clock, willing the session to end and trying to convince myself that it was doing me good!

I decided to give it one last try before abandoning it for ever and arranged one-to-one sessions with Cath Hopkinson. From day one, I didn’t even think about looking at the time, as Cath kept my interest throughout the hour each week. We started with the basics and I found that I was actually doing exercises that were part of Pilates, as routines in my daily life. We have now moved on to all kinds of interesting moves, using different pieces of equipment.

The best bit is that when I get something wrong, there is no feeling of “being admonished by the teacher” but being allowed to break the tension by laughing about the mistake and trying again.

I have to be honest that I really enjoy the weekly sessions – something that I didn’t believe would ever be the case!"

Leesa S, (Chartered Physiotherapist, Small Group and private 1-2-1 sessions)

I chose individual classes when I was pregnant and feeling some pain and discomfort in my pelvis. It helped me prevent the pain worsening towards the end of my pregnancy by maintaining some core stability. Following the birth of my daughter, I was still suffering from weakness in my abdominals due to the muscles separating quite significantly.

The classes have helped to reduce this separation and increase the tone in my stomach muscles.  The classes are tailored to the want/need of its members, targeting different areas specifically so benefiting everyone appropriately. The grading of exercises allows everyone to be able to get maximum benefit without pushing too much..... Unless you want to of course.     My stomach muscles are resuming to more normal strength and tone. My flexibility is increasing gradually which is great for encouraging me to continue with the classes.

Cath is particularly approachable as a teacher and is always able to reply to emails or phone calls if needed – with a sense of humour!!

This is a rare quality and we are lucky to have found her.

Vicki, Thornton (Small Group Class)

When we first met you were running classes after work which was very convenient, when you left and started classes in Great Eccleston I followed as I really enjoyed your exercise classes.

I had no worries about working with you at all, you are easy to get on with and good fun to be around.

I always enjoy your classes (whatever the type of exercise), and love the fact that everyone is friendly and has a laugh at the same time.

I would probably have to say the Pilates which has helped my back problems immensely by strengthening my core.  I rarely have problems with sciatica which has been a big problem in the past.

Thank you for all your help and advice over the years 🙂

Liz, Longridge (Small Group Classes)

I first met you at a taster day at Alston Hall. You inspired me to join your class, firstly at Great Eccleston and then Longridge

I was unsure how I would adapt to a different style of teaching having been to a different class previously.

The class is fun and challenging. I have learnt how to keep ”a more mature body” active

I have an intermittent problem with my knee. Pilates with Cath has helped me manage it and enabled me to have less or no pain.