I am Joni and I am the founder of The Pilates Company. My Pilates journey started over 12 years ago while working as a commercial Lawyer in Sydney. Instantly I was in LOVE. I had been a dancer from a young age through to university, and I enjoyed movement and how it made me feel, but Pilates took it to a whole new level. I am hyper-mobile so it's always been important for me to be kind to my joints. Not only did Pilates help me create a stronger body, overcoming the negative effects of sitting at a desk for much of the day, it reconnected me to my body, helping to reduce the stress and anxiety caused by my demanding job.
Fast forward 10 years, and a move back across the world with my husband and two young daughters, and I decided to finally pursue a dream that had been niggling at me for so many years. I had discovered how effective Pilates was with my own body and I wanted to share this benefit with others. So with my desire to help people not only see, but feel better in themselves. I took a leap of faith, said goodbye to law and I trained extensively with the highly regarded and internationally recognised Body Control Pilates.
So here I am; converting one person at a time to be a Pilates addict!
I believe that every single body can benefit from this incredible method. I fell in love with Pilates and I want to take you on a journey to help you create a stronger, leaner, healthier and more confident you.
Level 3 Matwork Body Control Pilates teacher
"The mind, when housed within a healthy body, possesses a glorious sense of power"
- Joseph Pilates -
At The Pilates Company, my goal is to provide personalised and quality Pilates instruction to individuals of all levels of fitness. As a client you will benefit from an individualised program designed to address your specific goals. You will receive hands on (as Covid permits) and detailed instruction and encouragement. My classes are small to ensure you can progress and gain the benefits from the class.
In time you will find that the benefits of Pilates are not just physical, but you will leave my classes feeling revitalized and with a profound sense of wellbeing.
The Pilates Company is conveniently run from Salt Water Studios in Worthing. With its light and airy studio, it provides the perfect atmosphere for you to let go of your daily stress, focus on yourself and achieve your health and fitness goals.
I also offer classes online via Zoom. This gives you the opportunity to still get the immeasurable benefits of a Pilates class, without having to leave your home, which may suit you and your lifestyle better.
Joseph Pilates was born in Dussledorf in the late 1800s. As a child he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He was determined to combat his ill heath by experimenting with various forms of exercise. Joseph created the method of exercise (then known as contrology) by taking what he believed to be the most effective features from yoga, gymnastics, skiing, self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training and combining them to form his own system that reflected a perfect balance of strength and flexibility. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier.
Joseph based his work on three principles: breath, whole-body health and whole-body commitment; with the whole-body incompassing mind, body and spirit.
It is in the honouring of the Pilates Principles that the depth of the work is achieved. These Principles are traditionally cited as:
Centring (core connection)
Having benefited himself from his new form of exercise, he stared teaching these techniques to others. Today the technique is utilised in a wide variety of body conditioning applications.