With over 22 years of experience, I began my career in 2000 after graduating with a BSc Sports Science degree.
I have enjoyed the experience of working with such a variety of populations, for a variety of reasons, in a multitude of different settings - from cardiac rehabilitation, falls rehabilitation, GP referral exercise, sport specific gym individuals, mixed ability exercise classes, 1-1 personal training, in gyms, clinical and studio settings. However, Pilates was a discipline I kept applying to each individual with profound results.
The creation of Caldwell Pilates allows this rural community to enjoy Pilates in a selection of accessible locations here in Herefordshire.
I bring the exclusivity of classic and bespoke Pilates to my teaching.
I ensure my students experience safe and effective Pilates instruction with clear demonstration, hands on correction, and cueing, so they learn to master the art of breathing, body position and mindset.
I teach to a mixed ability, should you be a beginner, in rehabilitation, or advanced, I ensure every single client is provided for with their own unique level of Pilates. I passionately plan my sessions with original, interesting, and functional content to keep clients motivated and enjoying their experience. I am a self confessed Pilates nerd who is continuously learning so that I can be the very best version of a Pilates teacher.
I am hugely humbled by this inviting, kind, inclusive and safe community - we create a wonderful environment to move on the mat.
I like to say you should think of it as the best biomechanical movement exercise you can give your body, mind and spirit.
Mat Pilates is a method of exercise performed standing, sitting and on the mat. It consists of low impact muscular strength, endurance and flexibilty movement. Pilates emphasises correct postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance.
Pilates embraces the six original principles; Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, Flow, and Centring.
We apply these principles in the practice of Pilates. Pilates is a superb balanced programme embracing the discipline of strength, flexibility, balance, and co-ordination.
Pilates is the namesake of Joseph Pilates who engineered the exercise system to bridge the gap between mind, body and beyond. His goal was to create an exercise system that enhances everyday life, rehabilitation, and healthy functional movement. Pilates encompasses the art and science of human movement. It is very diverse and adaptable, suitable for all, and offers a vast range of exercises suitable for those with restricted mobility, to even the most elite athletes. Pilates is proven to be beneficial for both men and women, and is engrossing for those that practice to appreciate the body, breath, and mind connection. Pilates is for anyone that wants to reach their true physical potential, and to function at an optimal, pain-free level. It can be ideal for people that simply want to find balance in their lives, no matter their lifestyle choices - truly, Pilates is for anyone.
Everyone I teach has their own personal reasons for choosing Pilates, whether it is for; fitness, rehabilitation, pre/post-natal, sport specific, stress management, posture improvement, increasing flexibility, proprioception, strength, or enhancing active daily living.
The results speak for themselves, both your mind and body will embrace the benefits.
Increase core strength.
Back health management.
Support joint & soft tissue health.
Injury prevention / rehabilitation.
Increase muscle tone.
Increase muscle strength.
Improve respiratory health.
Increase body confidence.
Support relaxation & stress management.
Mindful positive thinking.
Reset, recharge & ground yourself.
I have attended Emma's Pilates classes for a number of years after losing strength from having two children. My strength and flexibility returned so quickly. I was surprised by the speed and effectiveness of Pilates. As a chiropractor, I have since recommended many of my patients to attend Emma's classes to improve their strength, flexibility and reduce the risk of relapses with neck and back pain. Emma is hands on with her teaching and suitable for all abilities. She modifies excercises that may not be suitable for certain conditions, so as a practitioner I can be confident that anyone I recommend will be looked after and trained as an individual to an extremely high standard.
A significant part of my work as a Spinal Physiotherapist is encouraging exercise. I have complete confidence in recommending Emma for Pilates, not just for back pain but for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Feedback from those I refer has always been brilliant. Emma takes time to ensure both correct level of excercise and progressions over time, making adaptations to excersises for anyone recovering from injury. Pilates is a very beneficial form of exercise and we are lucky to have an instructor like Emma locally.
Unable to deliver my normal timetable of Jiu Jitsu classes due to Covid restrictions, I was looking for alternative activities to keep my students occupied and the doors of my club open.
Emma’s Pilates class has provided the perfect answer and is a huge hit with my students.
The classes are clearly adapted to the demands of Jiu Jitsu, and Emma’s enthusiasm and drive to get the the very best out of our students cannot be faulted.
Such is its popularity of her class, it will become a regular addition to our timetable once things return to normal.
Unfortunately back in June I broke my back mountain biking. Following a brief consultation with an NHS physiotherapist and recommendations to use Pilates to aid recovery I contacted Emma. She has done a brilliant job of designing routines which have returned me to full health. Emma designed specific routines based on a detailed knowledge of my injuries. The system worked really well, a 1 to 1 where we worked out what was needed. Emma then sent me videos of the routines, I worked on them for 4 weeks then had another 1 to 1 where we developed the next steps and checked I was doing things correctly. I would highly recommend Emma.
I have been attending Emma's classes now for 14 years. I have done both her high impact and pilates classes and can honestly say that I have loved them all. I love the way she gives lots of information, instructions and is able to recommend a range of movements to suit our individual needs and abilities. Emma maintains professionalism whilst being warm and friendly. She looks over us as we are working out and can soon spot if someone is struggling. I love her classes and have no problem recommending her!
Following a painful and debilitating back injury, I was taking painkillers daily and desperately searching for a healthier alternative. When a friend suggested I try Pilates, I was fortunate enough to find Emma; she has been my Pilates instructor for the last 7 years and what an amazing lady she is. I no longer take painkillers and I'm stronger and healthier than I was before my accident! Emma is the perfect mix of professionalism and warm and friendly. Her classes are great fun, no one week is ever the same and she always adapts exercises to suit all ability levels, recognising every individual's specific needs. She has even provided online classes during COVID-19 lockdowns to keep us all going. Amazing! I really can't recommend Emma highly enough, she's such a positive influence in my life!
I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips and lower back and have been in excruciating pain. I’ve recently started Pilates classes with Emma and found that my movement has greatly improved. Emma is very knowledgable and will structure my routine to suit my ability. Highly recommended.
We have been clients of Emma’s classes now for many years. In our fifties and active we wanted to do something that helped us to stay fit for life and to carry on with our individual hobbies, horse riding and trail riding. Thanks to Emma, we are both fitter and more supple and stronger than we were years ago. A true testament to Emma’s expertise and skill as a teacher. She is the most professional, motivational and knowledgeable instructor. Always cheery, friendly and helpful. Supremely fit herself, a great communicator, she delivers the classes in a manner that suits clients of all levels from beginner to advanced. All ages take part from people in their twenties to their seventies. We rarely miss a class, she is always on hand to instruct or correct all done in a friendly, calm respectful manner. She has a completely holistic approach to wellbeing and we look forward to our sessions each week. You really don’t feel that you are just another client. You actually feel like a valued member of a very friendly like minded club. Would encourage anyone thinking of taking up classes, you won’t be disappointed, Emma really is excellent.
I joined Emma’s Pilates class nearly three years ago. Her classes are so enjoyable and beneficial, I suffer with back problems and Emma’s professional, experienced and knowledgable teaching has really helped me. Her teaching style is friendly and supportive; she gently guides you with humour and compassion and offers exercises for all levels to ensure everyone progresses and gains from each session. I would thoroughly recommend her classes to anyone wanting to participate in high quality Pilates! She goes above and beyond to meet every client’s needs.
After much searching to find, Emma's class was a blessing. She is very thorough on medical history & ailments before you start the class. Emma always remembers to differentiate levels for health issues & continually walks around to check up on correct posture, etc., but also to see if you're managing without any discomfort. Always welcomes every individual as they arrive & to continue supporting us through lockdown had been delightful, thank you Emma! Highly recommend you!
I started attending Emma’s classes 6 years ago after I had suffered with a back injury. There were times that I couldn’t move out of bed and cried in pain. Thanks to Emma I’ve been pain free for years! Thank you Emma!
I have known and worked with Emma for almost fifteen years in her Pilates, body work out and gym classes. I have also been to many different classes throughout my life in different parts of the world too. None of them have ever matched up to Emma’s classes. I value her presence in my life as a guru and a friend. She has a disposition that creates a calmness in the room, she is modest, gentle and above all, kind. We are all treated the same no matter how advanced we are. She is determined to make the class as productive for us all and brings in a lot of kit for us to use too. Her knowledge in Pilates is huge and she is always there for us when we have questions. We are a very happy class who have been together for a long time. I think that is the best testimonial any teacher could have.
Emma's pilates classes are fantastic. I began 2 years ago whilst looking for ways to compliment running and swimming. I was amazed at how the sessions not only increased my strength, but also reduced injuries. I used to suffer when training to run longer distances. Emma's passion for excercise and wellness really gives her classes a vibrant and lovely energy and she has adapted to teaching online brilliantly! Even after 2 years of attending Emma's classes, they are always fresh with new techniques and methods being taught. Highly recommend!
Emma is a brilliant teacher of Pilates. Her onscreen explanation of the various exercises is brilliant. There are options for all levels of clients and no two sessions are the same. She reacts to requests for exercises for common ailments such as lower back strain, hamstring problems and will concentrate on different areas of the body. Emma is very quick to respond to queries and takes her role very seriously. She continues to progress her own learning and this filters into her lessons giving us variety of approach and use of a wide range of equipment. This latest pop up class for gardeners was a case in point. It focussed on strength and balance moves for those of us keen on wielding the spade, hoe and axe!!
Since starting regular weekly Pilates sessions with Emma, I can honestly say I've noticed a marked improvement in my general physical well-being. (Better posture, less inflammation and improved energy levels to mention a few). Although I train in a demanding contact sport, I was blown away by how imbalanced and weak some of my muscle groups were. The great thing about Emma, is that she was able to pick up, almost instantly, on these imbalances and tailored each exercise to allow for every level of participant. I thoroughly enjoyed these sessions, and would highly recommend Emma's classes, as you're guaranteed to see improvements in all areas of health!