About Grove Pilates
Our studio is separated by a mat and an equipment space. The mat space is on the 1st floor and is light and tranquil. Our equipment studio is on the ground floor and is homely and fully stocked with all the main studio apparatus such as a cadillac, reformers, and chair.
“I started Pilates a number of years ago and have never looked back. I used to get regularly occurring sore back and shoulder problems, but Pilates has really helped: I find that I get problems if I don’t go.”
“A number of years down the line I still attend the Monday evening group classes. Pilates has had a big impact on my life. Not only do I feel better, I like to think I look better too! I put this down to some dedication on my part, but more importantly, down to Anaya’s patience and enthusiasm, and her ability to pinpoint her students’ needs and developing individual solutions to meet them.” (Maia Adams)
“I was attending bigger group classes in the gym, but these classes don’t compare. They are small bespoke classes with teachers that seem more hands on and who are able to work with my needs and goals” (Olivia Best)
Our mat classes are small bespoke classes with experienced Pilates teachers that know how to provide you with as much individual attention as possible in a group setting, work with your injuries, and help you reach your goals. We have a maximum of 10 people per class. Small equipment may be introduced which includes resistance bands, small balls, toning circles, and foam rollers. The small equipment helps to challenge and support the body, enhancing your workout.
Working on the studio equipment is a wonderful way in which to exercise both safely and supportively. Through the support of weighted springs and the feedback from the equipment, you can build your strength and stamina giving you an all-round body workout. It is also an excellent complement to rehabilitation; numerous physiotherapists advocate and use studio Pilates for just this reason.
We offer classes with a maximum of 3 people when using all the equipment or 4 for reformer classes. Private lessons are available on an individual basis, or with a ratio of one teacher to two people. Private lessons enable greater focus on your individual needs helping you to achieve the best results. Shared lessons with friends are fun and economical whilst still giving you individual attention.
The reformer works like a rowing machine giving you resistance through springs and pulleys. It also has a moving bed which you can perform exercises to strengthen your legs, arms and back.
The Cadillac/Trapeze table is a versatile piece of equipment which can be used to replicate many of the mat exercises. Again it is used to assist exercise through support and resistance of springs and bars. It can be used quite dynamically and exercises on the Cadillac can be quite acrobatic.
The Chair is a challenging piece of equipment which works with a pedal and springs. The pedal can be used for foot and arm exercises whilst supporting spinal mobility. It is also great for those who find lying on their back difficult as you can sit upright and perform the majority of exercises.
We only employ the best teachers, all trained to the highest industry standards. All our brilliant teachers are trained in Body Control Pilates or other internationally recognised training organisations.
Tish is the studio owner and manager. She will be your point of contact for booking and assessments.
Tish recently took over Grove Pilates from Anaya Grover. Tish is not a pilates teacher but a yoga teacher and gait realignment therapist (Anatomy in Motion). Her belief is that no one needs to be in pain and the body is perfectly designed to move out of pain and self-heal. Through yoga, pilates, massage and gait therapy we can easily maintain a happy, healthy back and body.
Tish has run Jiva Health, a yoga and pilates studio in Earlsfield and Wimbledon for 8 years. She works with the best in the anatomical field to further her knowledge of movement without tension. She only works with experienced pilates teachers at Grove Pilates.
Tish will be your contact for all enquiries and booking.
Ashley is an experienced, passionate and energetic Pilates Instructor. She has extensive rehabilitation experience working with Physiotherapist and as a Physio-assistant. She believes a healthy mind is a result of a balanced and pain free body, regardless of age and injury. She also feels it is important to maintain a cheerful and vibrant atmosphere in the studio.
Pilates is a way of life for Ashley, she thrives on new challenges and goes above and beyond to help clients. She is trained in both New York/Classic, Stott and Polestar Pilates but has done full circle and prefers the Joseph Pilates classical style as she believes you get stronger more quickly. Ashley prides herself on constantly updating and educating her knowledge of Pilates. She has completed her Pre and Post Natal Pilates course
Thushara Gibson is fully trained and qualified by the International educational faculty Body, Arts & Science (BASI). Thushara is trained to teach mat and machine pilates, including the reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, ladder barrel, spine corrector and avalon system.
After taking voluntary redundancy from her 20 year career in the publishing world, Thushara practised Pilates as a way of regaining core strength and muscle tone following 2 pregnancies and too many years of desk work. Upon feeling and seeing the benefits of Pilates in her own body, Thushara decided to embark upon a career teaching this unique and remarkable exercise technique. Thushara truly believes in the Joseph Pilates’ quote: “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body”
Thushara is available for mat, group reformer, semi-private machine and private classes.
Nathalie trained with Body Control Pilates as a form of rehabilitation following a slipped disc. She also has a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Eager to further her understanding of the human body and Pilates knowledge, Nathalie qualified as a Matwork Pilates Instructor with Totum Fitness in 2011 and perused Cadillac and Reformer qualifications with Pilates Body Europe.
She is looking to further her Matwork qualification in Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis) taking this in 2015 with Body Control Pilates
Tunde has always been enthusiastic about exercise, participating in many forms of physical training over the years, ranging from gymnastics at a young age, aerobics; circuit training; running; yoga and Pilates. Initially Tunde began attending Pilates classes due to a persistent knee injury caused by the impact of physical training, she was so impressed with the overall benefits of Pilates and she has never looked back. She has been practising Pilates for the past 10 years and because of her desire to share the many benefits of Pilates with others, she decided to train as a Body Control Pilates teacher.
Tunde is passionate about Pilates and has a safe and friendly approach to teaching. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals. In 2011 she began teaching private one-to-one sessions, which is great for those requiring individual attention. Tunde also teaches group matwork classes, incorporating the use of small equipment. Clients regularly give feedback of greater body awareness, improved fitness levels and overall wellbeing.