"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier."
Joseph Pilates, age 86


The Pilates method encourages the use of the mind to control the muscles, resulting in better looks, improved health and the feeling of ease and confidence.




 “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are
William Shakespeare


Happiness is primarily dependent upon good health

J. Pilates thought that as humans we are losing physical qualities due to negligence and bad body usage and that this loss is affecting our overall happiness and well-being.

His training regime has been developed and refined as an exercise method for over 80 years through observation and practice embracing the areas of health and beauty, fitness and rehabilitation and overall well-being.

The Pilates method helps to:

  • Improve health and fitness
  • Prevent pain and rehabilitate injuries
  • Increase strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Improve posture
  • Minimise stress
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Benefit the cardio-respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems
  • Minimise complications in later life
  • Develop body awareness

Pilates is an exercise system suitable to all, regardless of age, abilities and body type.



Your Health

Sampson Pilates is committed to promoting healthy living and have strong links with various health professionals and highly skilled therapists, developing individual treatment programmes for the benefit of clients.
These include experts in physiotherapy, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, remedial massage, nutrition and weight management.

For more information please contact the studio.


Nutrition and Weight Management Course

This course has been designed for Level 3 Advanced Instructors or those studying for this qualification.  In some circumstances, applicants may be accepted without Level 3 qualifications and this is dependent on the agreement of the Course Tutor.

Course fee:  £800

The course comprises 16 hours of class contact in 8 sessions held over a period of up to 6 months.
The course can be offered on a flexible basis so that students can commence their training anytime throughout the year and choose their attendance to fit in with their other commitments.
It is estimated that a minimum of 40 hours of notional learning are needed to complete it.  Of these, 16 hours are spent in guided teaching and learning and at least 34 hours are spent on support learning and home study.

It is an optional additional unit for students training to teach Pilates.

This course has been endorsed by the Register for Exercise Professionals and merits 16 Continuing Professional Development points.

Course Structure
The training is based on a series of two hour sessions spread over a period of up to 24 weeks. 

The following topics are explored :-

Professional etiquette
Introduction to nutrition and weight management
Dietary assessment methods
The macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates and fats
Energy balance and calculations
The micronutrients –vitamins, minerals and trace elements
Hydration and fluid replacement
Food groups
The concept of a healthy diet
Non-nutrients in food – alcohol, biologically active components and food additives, drug-nutrient interactions
Food labelling
Food supplements
Disordered eating – anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
Weight management – weight gain and weight loss
Vegetarianism and exclusion diets
Pregnancy and lactation
Athletes – improving sporting performance

Nutrition Course - Full Details

Anatomy and physiology course

This course is aimed at providing a foundation in Anatomy and Physiology, incorporating all the core theoretical knowledge for the Mat Industry Award at Level 3.

The underpinning knowledge includes applied anatomy, physiology and functional kinesiology, including the study of the skeletal, neuromuscular, cardio-respiratory and endocrine systems.

The course will particularly appeal to those who wish to study health and fitness, complementary medicine or simply wish to improve their knowledge in this area.



Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and includes:

  • Observation of work
  • Verbal and written assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Portfolio submission
  • Final Assessment


Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements. However, students will be required to have basic English reading and writing skills (minimum L2)

Prerequisite: you are required to study the following book for this course: The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey, 2003, Lotus Publishing.

Study hours
Approximately 16 guided learning hours.

Price: £180 plus VAT @ 15%. For Pilates International NVQ students the price is included in their training fee.

Further Information:
This course will soon be available as a Distance Learning course 

EFR (Emergency First Response, medic course) is coming soon. Students from other teacher training programmes and the general public are welcome to attend the course at a cost of £120 (including course books and certification). This qualification is necessary to become a professional Pilates Instructor and is complimentary for Sampson Pilates students (only payment is for course books and certification envelopes).



Vocal Training

Vocal Training Includes:

  • A workout for the voice
  • Breathing - prepare to speak
  • Support and connection
  • Freeing and placing the voice
  • Being centred
  • Habits – good habits, bad habits
  • Tensions – good tensions, bad tensions
  • Extending the vocal range – vocal personality
  • Connecting with words and clients
  • Choosing effective language
  • Effective listening
  • Creating good energy and atmosphere
  • Owning the space: commanding and controlling the studio/teaching space through voice and body

Jane Eden - Vocal Development Instructor. BA Acting SDI Cert.
Jane trained as an actress at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Gold Medal, Cameron Mackintosh Award) and the Yale School of Drama. In addition to her acting work, she has considerable experience in training professional people within voice and presentation skills workshops.
Jane came to Pilates International in 1998 to rehabilitate after a back injury and has been practising Pilates and teaching trainees ever since.