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Birmingham Pilates Studios

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At Birmingham Pilates Studios, we believe that Pilates is more than movement, it is well-being and confidence! It changes more than just your body.

Sarah Birmingham Pilates Owner & Teacher


I’m Sarah Janes – a fully comprehensive 3rd generation Classical Pilates Teacher, owner of Birmingham Pilates studio and founder of our sister studio, VIPilates where we offer private Classical Pilates lessons and small group classes on the Classical apparatus.

My passion for Pilates developed after I took classes over 12 years ago. In 2017 I met and studied under Kirk James Smith (a second-generation Pilates master trainer) from the classical Pilates Centre in Bollington, Macclesfield.

This is where my vision to help others improve their health and lifestyle through Classical Pilates was born. My passion is helping clients make inroads into their Pilates journey no matter where they are at. I love seeing my clients’ mindset change and their confidence soar because of connecting their mind and body through the classical Pilates method. 

My belief is that movement heals and you are on an incredible journey where you never get it done and you never step into the same workout twice. I hold the space for my clients to make changes to their body from the inside out. It comes from the mind first. 

I am always studying and practising with my own body and my promise to my clients is I can help them make the changes needed to get long lasting results. With the continuous guidance of my mentor Kirk James Smith, as well as serving my vast client base, I am now moving into mentoring other teachers who are interested in learning the classical Pilates method. 

My absolute passion is sharing the knowledge and resources I have acquired over the years of my own experience and putting into practice helping teachers bridge their knowledge from where they are currently at to understanding more about the Pilates Method alongside offering exciting teaching opportunities.


Start Your Pilates Journey

Step 1: First Lesson > Step 2: Starter Lesson Packs > Pilates Unlimited
Ongoing Pilates Monthly & Group Pilates

Lunchtime Mat classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, our experienced instructors will guide you through the Classical exercises and their proper order. This will not only help you build strength and flexibility but also ensure that you perform each exercise with precision and control.

One of the key benefits of our studio is the use of apparatus. This specialised Pilates equipment, such as the Tower, Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair, provide support and resistance, allowing you to target specific muscle groups and deepen your practice.

Step 1: Book First Private Pilates Lesson

Book first 1:1 private Pilates lesson or share with a friend (duet)

Step Two: Starter Lesson Packs

Learn the foundation of Pilates with our Starter Lesson Packs   

Our Starter Lesson Packs are the perfect way to start your Pilates journey. With private lessons on Tower, Reformer and other apparatus, you will receive personalised attention and guidance to help you progress quickly and safely. Our private starter lessons will help you build a strong foundation and achieve your goals in no time!

In addition to private Lesson Packs, we also offer you the option to combine this with ‘Pilates Unlimited’, allowing you to come to the studio and practice independently under the supervision and support of our Pilates teachers. With our ‘Pilates Unlimited’ offer, you can practice your skills as much as you want and our teachers will be there to help you!

Ongoing Pilates Monthly

Are you looking to deepen your practice and take it to the next level? Our traditional private lessons are designed to do just that. 

By committing to monthly private Pilates lessons, you will be able to add new challenges, depth and layers to your practice. Our experienced teachers will guide you through the exercises to refine your technique, so that you get the most out of your practice. Ongoing Pilates Monthly is also a great compliment to ‘Pilates Unlimited’ studio practice.  

Classical Mat Pilates

Our Classical Mat Pilates classes are perfect for healthy bodies that want to feel stronger, more energised, improve stamina and flexibility. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced participant, our classes will challenge your body and mind in new ways!  

Lunchtime Mat classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What is "Classical Pilates"?

There are so many Pilates based and Plates inspired variations that bear no resemblance to each other, yet they all claim the name "Pilates"...

There’s a lot of confusion about what Pilates is.  Ask ten Pilates teachers what Pilates is and you’ll get ten different answers. Pilates is, an fact, an old German family name and the exercise method we call Pilates was invented by one Joseph Pilates. He gave it the wonderful name: “Contrology”.

To keep it honest we teach that same system created by Joseph Pilates. With nothing added and  nothing taken away.

The results, benefits, and transformations that people talk about are all true. Pilates really does promote improved joint health, better muscle balance, and younger appearance.

But you have to do the work: there is no magic bullet. And that’s where we come in. We help you develop your own Pilates Practice for improved strength & mobility, better posture & vitality so you can do life better and for longer!

I love a good Pilates quote!

By a strange twist of fate, the name Pilates is now in the public domain as a generic term. You can stand on a rock twirling a hula hoop and call it Pilates. And some do. There are so many versions of Pilates that not only the general public, but the medical profession as well, are confused. There are so many Pilates based and Plates inspired variations that bear no resemblance to each other, yet they all claim the name. This does not mean that they are all bad, Quite the contrary, some of them are extremely good and much needed. But they are not the exercise method created by Joseph Pilates.

... Contrology* is not "medicine" or even "physical therapy" . For it's aim is not specifically corrective but generally body building and co-ordinating. Hence it's uses are neither "patients" nor "treated". Each STUDENT is given as nearly as possible the same regimen and in kinds and amounts equal to his or her requirements under careful supervision. And only if approved by his or her family physician.

*Contrology is the name Joe Pilates gave to his exercise system. It never caught on in his time and it’s unlikely to any time soon. More’s the pity – it’s a perfect name for the Method.

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