Vicki, has been studying hard over the last few months, working towards the Pre and Post Natal Fitness Qualification and I am very proud to say Vicki has passed it with flying colours.

We’re excited to announce that we will be adding Pre Natal Pilates classes to our timetable next month (June)!

Vicki worked as a Midwife for several years in her long nursing career so she is really excited to have the opportunity of sharing her knowledge of Pregnancy and Pilates with mums to be!

Here’s a little background on Vicki:

‘My interest in pregnancy and the miracle of birth began as a young girl and was instrumental in my decision to become a nurse. After qualifying, I was fortunate enough to be posted on a gynaecological ward. My duties included caring for women, some of who were experiencing difficult pregnancies.

I had the joy of having 2 children of my own and eventually was able to realise my dream of becoming a midwife. I completed my BSC (hons) in midwifery at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and continued to work there for several years.

During this time, I saw first-hand the importance of diet and exercise on health and well-being and began trying to eat well and exercise on a regular basis. I discovered that exercising with other women in an exercise class not only helped to keep me fit bus also offered a more social avenue which I found very appealing. During one of my exercise classes I met and became friends with one of the fitness instructors, Nicola Carless. I was so impressed with her classes that when she opened her own studio, with her help, I trained and qualified as an exercise instructor. Since then, I’ve continued my fitness training and teaching, adding Pilates after personally experiencing the many benefits of this type of exercise can give. Pilates identifies muscular imbalance and enhances core stability. It improves balance, relaxation, increase flexibility and mobility giving a great awareness of posture and alignment.

Interest in health and fitness and how this could promote well-being lead me to the decision to become a practice nurse. During this time I ran my own clinics including contraception and baby vaccination clinic. Although I enjoyed this work I wanted more time to concentrate on my main passion of exercise as an instructor and have now completed a level 3 designing pre and postnatal exercise programme and can use my knowledge and experience to offer specialised Pilates classes’

Prenatal Pilates

Pilates is one of the safest most effective ways to exercise during pregnancy. It strengthens the pelvic floor and prepares the body for a smooth prenatal phase leading to the birth. It helps  with all of the conditions associated with pregnancy including, improving posture, circulation and well-being. It also helps to prepare for giving birth and promotes a quicker recover afterwards as well as preparing you for the physical demands of motherhood.

Postnatal Pilates

Postnatal Pilates offer a safe effective way to strengthen, realign and get back into shape after having a baby. It speeds up postpartum recovery and strengthens the body and mind for the new demands of motherhood. Whether you have a vaginal or caesarean delivery postnatal Pilates targets particular muscle groups and problem areas that mothers face after pregnancy. These exercises can be started after your 6 week check following a vaginal delivery and after 8-12 weeks with your doctor’s consent following a caesarean.

Prenatal Pilates Classes will be starting at The Studio in June 2018. There are a maximum of 12 spaces in each session. We want to keep the classes small so that we can give everyone the attention they need. The session will include Pilates exercises plus Vicki will give advice on health for pregnancy, preparing for birth and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

For more details about the prenatal Pilates classes, which will run as a three week introductory course from June 5 on Tuesdays from 5.15pm to 6.15pm contact Nicki at

The fee is £30 for the 3 week introductory course.