Nicola Howarth Pilates Nic

New for 2016 – Nicola is now offering Barre Concept classes in Twickenham! Barre incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet, in addition to the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning. For more information, take a look on her website.

Nicola Howarth Pilates logoNicola Howarth Pilates offers private lessons and group matwork classes, including pregnancy pilates classes, in Twickenham. Pilates involves controlled and flowing movements, which condition and can improve the way you use your body. It targets the deep postural muscles, encourages correct alignment and builds strength. It also increases body awareness and is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension – especially useful if you’re pregnant or running around after the kids all day!

Nicola has been a pilates enthusiast for over 17 years now, including during her time as a professional dancer. She set up Nicola Howarth Pilates in 2009, and currently offers group matwork classes for different abilities on Mondays and Wednesdays in St Margaret’s, and also pregnancy pilates classes on Wednesday evenings, which are suitable from 16 weeks pregnancy.

Pregnancy pilates helps to improve breathing, posture, balance, strength and flexibility, and can make a huge difference to the way you feel and carry yourself during pregnancy. It is also lovely to take a little bit of ‘me time’ as a mum-to-be, and lots of women report their babies seem to enjoy it as well, joining in by moving and stretching!

Pilates is safe during pregnancy, and also prepares you for labour, birth and post-pregnancy. Postnatal pilates is one of the best ways to get back into shape quickly after having a baby, as classes specifically target those problem areas that mothers face after pregnancy (regardless of whether you’ve had a vaginal or caesarean delivery). It strengthens core and back muscles, and speeds up postpartum recovery.

Group classes cost £60 for a six-week term, and there is a maximum of 12 in a class. You just need to take yourself, as Nicola provides mats, head cushions and all other equipment. Nicola also offers private classes, which are particularly useful if you want a tailored programme to suit your needs. These can be done one-to-one or with others as a private group session (for example with your antenatal class), and Nicola would provide all equipment and go to your home for convenience. Private lessons cost £45/hour 1:1, or £60/hour 1:2.

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Nicola Howarth Pilates group classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at All Souls Church, Northcote Road, St Margaret’s, TW1 1PB. For more information, you can call 07971 561823 or email


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