When I came to Lesley over 25 years ago, I had three small children and a lower back scoliosis. I was rarely out of pain. Even worse than the pain was the way in which my back dominated and limited my life. Like so many sufferers, I lived in constant dread of the moment when my back would ‘go’ and weeks of pain and immobility would follow. Following an MRI scan at a hospital, a consultant told me that nothing could be done and that my condition would steadily worsen. A tough thing to be told at 32.
Luckily, he was wrong. After just a few sessions with Lesley, I found myself moving without pain. Many years later, my scoliosis has improved to the point where my osteopath (who I rarely see these days) says she can barely detect it. I’m far more supple than I was at 30 and, though my back does still occasionally give me problems, I know exactly what to do to make it better. I actually find my scoliosis interesting rather than frightening, and I really enjoy the stronger body that Pilates has given me.
But Lesley’s uniquely holistic approach and technique go beyond the physical. All the people who teach for her are exceptional – inspiring, intuitive and caring – and the atmosphere in the studio is one of intimacy, support, humour and calm. I never leave a session without feeling lifted, both physically and mentally and there have been many times over the past 25 years when my sessions in her studio have been far more than just exercise – they’ve been a kind of sanctuary too.Julie
Lesley Ackland is an expert in all forms of fitness and well-being, having run her successful Pilates Studio in Central London for over 30 years. Teaching Pilates – based exercise has seen her become remedial exercise consultant to The Birmingham Royal Ballet for five years, as well as selling over 100,000 copies worldwide of her best-selling Pilates books, bringing the studio into the home.
With 30 years experience in specialist rehabilitation and recovery after spinal surgery, hip replacements and knee surgery with her unique Pilates – based method, Lesley has a solid academic background as well as an intuitive understanding of the psychology behind teaching and group dynamics which underpins her approach to Pilates and the constantly evolving techniques based on sound anatomical principles.
‘Lesley Ackland Pilates Studio’ moved to a beautiful new, bright, high – ceiling premises at Bloomsbury Space, St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2HR on Monday 12th April 2010. An integral art gallery within the Pilates Studio will plays host to regular exhibitions featuring work by artist Sandra Turnbull and photographer Robert Goldstein.
30th Anniversary Speech