Body Control Pilates

Body Control Pilates is Europe’s leading Pilates organisation. They are a renowned world-leading education provider for Pilates teaching, and their membership body for Body Control Pilates teachers is the largest professional Pilates organisation outside the USA.

Body Control Pilates is seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality.

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It was co-founded by Lynne Robinson and Gordon Thomson in London in 1995.

The method offers a detailed  programme of exercises for both mat and machine work, all of which are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. Body Control believes that many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work.

This is the essence of the Body Control Pilates Method.


Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective and medically approved.


Central to the Method is ‘awareness of your own body’ and each and every exercise is built around its eight basic principles:

  1. Relaxation
  2. Concentration
  3. Co-ordination
  4. Centring
  5. Alignment
  6. Breathing
  7. Stamina
  8. Flowing Movements

By working on the deep architectural structure of the body, ‘core stability’ is achieved, and then maintained, through increasingly complex movement sequences. Your body awareness is heightened by bringing together mind and body – Body Control Pilates literally teaches you to be in control of your body, allowing you to handle stress more effectively and achieve relaxation more easily.