Pilates with Natasha Soliar

Pilates is recognised as being ideal for injuries, core strength, remedial care, toning, improving posture, balance & alignment, for all ages & non-impact. Deep thoracic breathing will strengthen weak lungs, ideal for anyone with breathing issues (smoking, asthma, bronchitis etc). Originally just 36 exercise now much wider range but always with the same precision. Natasha is a classic Pilates Matwork instructor with the Pilates Institute and Pilates Union who flows each exercise into the other using a mind body connection and the Pilates Principles and methods that Joseph Pilates spearheaded through his Contrology program.

site 2Natasha is a highly experienced instructor, with over 20 years of teaching experience, working with all types of ability, disability, mental frailty, age and pre and post natal needs though with all clients she emphasises precision and accuracy above all else: there is no other alternative in her classes. Her teaching is anatomical meaning it is very physically demanding and tailored to the physiology of a Western body rather than a particular generic teaching style, hence why she is so strict on precision.

Unlike other instructors Natasha refuses more work than she accepts and always has done. Her standards and care of her clients encompasses every single detail before, during and after each class from the emphasis on good group co-operation, to individual weekly progress to termly personal assessments to ensure clients are reaching the exact goals they’ve set themselves. Clients who are dedicated to their own health and improvement, both during her class and when going about their daily lives truly thrive under her tuition as her sessions become lifestyle choices that break the physical & mental restrictions spanning decades. She will only work with clients who share those high exacting standards, who are motivated to work hard and succeed for themselves and who recognize the value of working with her specifically.

She uses different pieces of equipment and techniques bi weekly if clients are of a sufficient level to maintain the Pilates principles –  Bender Balls . Swiss Balls . Bands . Blocks . Gliders . Straps . Dumdbells . Energy Balls . Callanetics . Circuits . Barre work . Pilates Evolution – to challenge what has been taught and to ensure the motor neurons are functioning effectively, week in week out.

Classes to Join

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All teaching is done on a 1-2-1 basis

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Pilates Class FAQ

Where are the classes held? – venue, facilities & directions


The Dance Studio. Woodford County High School. High Road. Woodford Green. Essex IG8 9LA

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Mirrored studio. Some yoga mats provided but I recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes.
Toilets. Changing Rooms . Disabled access. Air Conditioned. Free car park

Visit http://www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk/ for directions and nearest tube and train lines. Buses that stop directly outside are W13, 20 & 179 .

If driving use the Vehicle Entrance beside the bus stop on the main road (High Road), which will lead you left to the glass fronted Sports Hall. You can park anywhere in this area.

What are the types of Pilates tuition and equipment do you provided?


Intermediate Pilates – devised for injuries, core strength, remedial care, toning, improving posture, balance & alignment, for all ages & non-impact. Deep thoracic breathing will strengthen weak lungs, ideal for anyone with breathing issues (smoking, asthma,bronchitis etc). Originally just 36 exercise now much wider range but always with the same precision Natasha is a classic Pilates Matwork instructors who flow each exercise into the other using a mind body connection and Pilates Principles that Joseph Pilates spearheaded through his Contrology program. This is not suitable for beginners as it is expected that you know and demonstrate the Pilates Principles

I provide equipment bi weekly which include Bender Balls . Swiss Balls . Blocks  . Bands . Gliders . Straps . Weights . Energy Balls . Callanetics . Circuits . Barre work .

The venue does have mats but I recommend bringing your own for hygiene purposes {I have no idea when their mats were last cleaned} 

I’m not sure what exercise I need – can you analyse my health and well being for me?


Absolutely, in fact most of us need to have 6-8 weeks professional analysis of what’s not working in our lives, which minerals, vitamins and nutrients your body is actively telling you it is lacking, the levels of stress or sleep deprivation etc, simply to accommodate the effects on your hormones and physical and neurological well being .

I offer a FREE 20 minute Consultation so simply email me Natasha@solari-uk.co.uk with a brief synopsis of your concerns and I’ll arrange a 20 minute FREE call

What do I need to bring to my first  class? 


As all booking are pre paid, all of the administration is taken care of before your class so the only thing you need for your first class is

1.Completed Physical Questionnaire which will be emailed to you when you book.

2. your own mat if you have one

3.Bottled non-carbonated water

The Physical Questionnaire is vital as it’s an insurance necessity it helps me help you during the class and also has your Next of Kin in the event of emergencies . If you do not present  this on your first session I’m advised not to teach you as it  will infringe my Professional Insurance so please do not put me in this position.

If you are currently pregnant you need to state this when you book and you will be sent  an additional Pregnancy Physical Questionnaire.

What do I wear?


For Pilates you’ll need socked feet and stretchable clothing .

Lots of sportswear is non stretchable (e.g has no lycra or elastane content) which restricts your movement and is unsuitable for exercise classes. Baggy loose clothing is fine as are short Hijab’s (to avoid being caught in excess fabric) but body hugging / fitted clothing is always best for you to see exactly what your body is doing.

What are the fees?

This semi- Private class of just 5-7 students is just £27.50 per 60 minute class when you booking all remaining weeks. This can be paid in 3 installments of £121.00 received on January 5th, February 5th & March 5th .

If you want to try the class for the first time the fee is £29.95.

I recommend booking at least 48 hours in advance for equipment and space purposes as I pride myself on running exclusive personal training classes of just 5-7 students so once those spaces are fully booked, you’ll have to wait until next term for a space.

I do not advise single drop in sessions on a regular basis as it is;

  1. not effective for you to work in such an ad hoc manner (your body needs weekly sessions)
  2. your brain cannot retain what is learnt with gaps in-between sessions, which will slow down the teaching for my other participants
  3. we only have 7 spaces and I elect to work with clients who want the absolute best for themselves week in week out

Do I need a separate Health Questionnaires for different Solari UK classes ?

Yes, simply because I  will only bring the specific class details that I’m teaching on that day. These Health Questionnaires are a legal and insurance necessity you cannot be taught without it as it invalidates the instructors insurance cover. Your forms should be updated by you as and when you have any ailments or injuries so that I am fully aware in writing, of any conditions you have or develop.

How many people are in each classes


This is an exclusive semi-private class of  between 5- 7 students only

This is why pre booking is essential as we may postpone classes if we do not have the minimum of 3 courses booked at the start of term

What if I class is cancelled what happens ?


Sadly if we do not have 3 people booked on the full course at the start of a term the class will be postponed for a few weeks then, if the numbers are still low the class will be cancelled until the next term.

When you book you are told which number student you are { e.g no. 2 of 4} so you know how many more students are needed or whether the class will be cancelled You will be emailed either confirming the class will commence, giving it a few week postponement or cancelling it until the next term.You will be refunded for whatever you paid if courses are cancelled

Your Pilates class  is Intermediate how do I know if this level is suitable for me?


My Pilates class is only suitable for those with a strong working knowledge of Pilates, and though most things will be demonstrated you will be expected to know and  do the basics without demonstration or instruction. It is suitable for those who are very focused and have evident knowledge of the Pilates Principles  though those with a dance, traipse or gymnastics background are also welcome as their body awareness, placement and ability to take detailed instruction would be an asset even if they don’t have a great deal of Pilates knowledge.

I would recommend booking a single session before booking a course to see if my teaching style is suitable for you and whether the class would be best for you. If you email me before you book I’ll  arrange a call back to discuss this with you but we do have Adrian’s All Levels Pilates class as an alternative.

Will I ache after your classes?


Yes, sometime for up to 7 days after my classes as my regulars often complain . This depends on how physically active you are before we meet will determine which type of aching you will experience. The aches and pains experienced in my classes, and often 3-4 days later, are anatomically constructive and controlled, (i .e by  design / meant to be) therefore are not physically detrimental to you. New clients fall into two categories of pain threshold:

      1. Physical Inactive: you will be aching because you are not used to putting your body in the correct position it was designed to be in, you have little or no body awareness so my classes will be mentally and physically demanding until you adopt these principles as part of your every day existence. This is the equivalent of having  braces on your teeth: there will be discomfort and aching until the teeth are in the correct position which takes time and perseverance. You are also trying to break the bad postural habits of decades unless you have, and maintained, a dance or gymnastics background .
      2. Physically Active – you too will be aching due to me pushing your boundaries both mentally and physically during a class to ensure you maintain the standard that you’ve established and to progress onwards doing harder and more demanding activities.

I have to say I  expect and will be disappointed if my clients  have not “felt” the effects of my classes and the aching is just one way of monitoring the effectiveness of our work.

What about the “bring two friends and you come for free” offer?


Bring two new paying friends to any class and after that class you will be refunded your own fee . It’s our thank you for promoting Solari UK  classes. All 3 students must be doing the same class at the same time and the free session is only viable with new people you introduce to the classes on their first visit.

I’m pregnant can I still join your classes?


Most instructors will simply say yes and get you doing basic “cat stretches”  in a corner whilst the rest of the class does real work . I expect as much from my pregnant clients as my non pregnant; as much effort and as much focus though I do give you more rest times and different variations depending on the trimester you’re in. Many of my Mums worked with me before their pregancy so I can push them much further during their pregnancy as I know their ability and level and they, in turn recover and return to my tuition much faster after the birth, whether natural or Caesarian.

Most women suddenly want to take up Yoga (for the breathing techniques, no doubt ) and think that the 7 months worth of tuition will make a huge difference. I always say that their expectations are  the equivalent of  trying to learn a new language (Yoga) and trying to be fluent (proficient) PLUS adapting to regional accents (hormonal changes) simultaneously within a 7-9 month time scale!! The expectations are totally unrealistic but if you have practiced Yoga or Pilates or even Hi-Impact exercise and are genuinely well practiced at it before your pregnancy, there’s no reason to not continue and blossom throughout the pregnancy . If you’ve not exercised regularly (competently at least 2-3 times a week) before the pregnancy then you need to be realistic; how will you be able to identify which aches of muscles, nerves, ligaments and sinews are correct and intended as part of the exercise and which are dangerous or detrimental?

The fitness industry advise that pregnant women only attend specific Pre & Post Natal, 1-2-1 or groups classes of less than 5-8 students for their own safety. On a positive, good exercise programs not only helps with blood circulation, reducing  DVT and boosting energy levels, it assists and speeds up the physical recovery and cell rejuvenation and overall healing after the birth. For those who are pregnant an additional Physical Questionnaire and Insurance Disclaimer will be emailed to you – do ask for that before attending – and your GP, Mid Wife or medical professionals permission is expected and is your responsibility to seek these before joining any of my classes.  If attending a Pilates or Yoga class when pregnant you will need to bring additional pillows and / or bolsters for support or a rolled up rug / blanket – the more you bring the more support you will benefit from and this is especially  crucial from the  second trimester onwards.

Do you have women only / men only / disabled only sessions? 


As a teacher and educator with over 16 years experience I pride myself on being able to teach all manner of students with all types of needs simultaneously and am a firm believer in an “open door policy”. However, if you’d be more comfortable with single gendered or specialist sessions, I’d recommend starting your own private group at home or at work at a time and place of your choosing for about £6.68 p/p . This way you can select the participants you want for your group without infringing upon EU Equal Opportunities & Discrimination legislation. For more details go to the Private & Workplace Tuition section of my site to see how easily, cheaply and quickly your own classes can be started. 

What conditions have you taught?


I’ve have personally taught people how to deal with and strengthen themselves with the following issues;

*Muscular Dystrophy *Scholiosis *Kyphosis *Rheumatism *Cancer (pre and post operative & non operative patients) *Arthritis *Spinal Injuries; prolapsed discs / compression *Joint injuries/damage  *Hip & Knee Replacements *Metal Plating (back,ankles,feet,shoulders,hands) *Spinal narrowing *Fibromyalgia  *Polycystic Ovary Syndrome *Hamstring Damage *Sciatic Nerve *Motor Neuron Disease * Sight & Hearing Issues *Tendonitis *Cardio Thoracic Patients (pre & post operative) *Asthmatics*Diabetics * Hypertension/High & Low Blood Pressure *Crones Disease *Lupus Sufferers *Graves Disease *Multiple Sclorsis *Repetitive Strain Injury *Insomnia *Depression *Obesity & Body Mass Issues *Pre & Post Natal *Anaemia / Sickle Cell Anaemia

It is always advised to seek the permission of your GP, Physio, midwife or any other medical consultant/ practitioner you’re working with before joining any fitness classes. Please feel free to pass them my details if they’d like to contact me in person.

Do I need any supplements? if so what do I specifically need?


The answer is YES  because the RDA’s set by the EU are based on the 70 year old requirement of the Second World War when life expectancy was considerably lower. I would only recommend 100% potency products by internationally renowned USANA as they are guaranteed for quality, purity and are the No1  products in the world class athletes including Serene Williams, The Women’s Tennis Association, Karina Bryant (2012 Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist) use. Karina told me that she who was using USANA secretly whilst with part of the Team GB 2012 as they were supplied with another inferior products which she never used.

What are the age limits for your classes?


For fitness classes there is no lower or upper age limit set by legislation though I’d always recommend seeking the advice of your GP or consultant when starting exercise programs.

My specialist training for Elderly clients (YMCA) means that I can adapt exercises for their specific needs and my regular Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) means I have the additional approval to work with under 16’s & Special Needs clients. Children can do any of my classes for their well being or medical conditions though I do limit the use of heavy weights / resistance due to the maliable quality of their bone density. I would expect to have parental consent on all booking forms and when paying for anyone under the age of 16 to ensure that the parents approve of the work being done, though this is not currently required by law.

I am regularly CRB checked (Criminal Records Buereau) so am fully approved to work with children of all ages, special needs adults and all learning groups. I have no problem being CRB checked for your own institution should you require it.

Should I exercise if I’m tired or unwell?


No reputable exercise instructor will EVER advise working out when your fatuigued or unwell. If you think about how dangerous it is to drive or work large machinery when you’re unwell or tired, as it compromises reflexes and concentration which will cause accidents, the same is true of exercise. Though this seems to be common sense many people turn up to classes when hugely fatigued or ill and create more problems for themselves and the instructors teaching them. You get no credit for simply turning up, it’s the quality of the work you do  that should be important to you.

Having said this, people who exercise and work hard / intensely  2-3 times a week are usually able to be just as focused and determined when they’re tired or unwell; I myself, have continued with a full day of classes when I’d severed my right hamstrings and dislocated my right hip (2006) so working out or teaching when injured or unwell is not an issue for me because I have a strong will and am extra vigilant about working “to my edge” . Exercising does detoxifies the body and is recommended when suffering with a hangover or a cold but only you can judge whether you have the temperament, stamina and determination of a semi-athlete to work effectively or whether skipping a session to rest and recover properly, would be better for you.

How late can I arrive at  your classes?


We respectfully ask all of our clients to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time as we do not allow late admittance for insurance purposes because ;

      1. vital instructions and safety measures are reinforced within the first 5 mins of a class.
      2. a proper warm up for all classes is a Health & Safety and insurance requirement .
      3. in fairness to the other participants who will be disturbed .

It always amazes me how many people thank me when I cover classes at  gyms and studios for not allowing latecomers (usually persistent latecomers) and mobiles to interrupt the practice. It’s a shame that latecomers and the instructors who allow such bad practice don’t realise how distruptive and unfair their actions are to everyone other paying client in the group.  So, in all of my classes later comers are not permitted as is the practice in all reputable UK Fitness Network gyms, health clubs and studios who allow no late admittance for classes.

The exceptions to this are those who I’ve worked with on a regular basis or who are advanced enough to know exactly how to warm themselves up, without needing my coaching. In these cases if they are late, they will be allowed to join because the health & safety element can be fulfilled, however  my regulars are never late because they have  a very disciplined and hard working ethic so it’s never been an issue

When to call if I need information not already listed here?


Hours to phone are 10am – 21.30pm GMT for all enquiries or booking classes on 020 8523 5145 . Email is always preferred as these can be responded to in unsociable hours .

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Private Pilates Tuition

If you’re not sure what you need, then having two sessions 10 days apart will be ideal to check your current alignment, posture and mobility . I will be able to show you there and then the easy and everyday suggestions which, if adopted,will radically improve your current situation quickly, simply and easily.

In my experience the simplest and most basic of changes at home, work or how you do action tasks, radically improves posture, alignment and therefore the nerve and pain damage the lack of both has been causing to date.

Without these basics being adopted and you being “body aware”, no amount of exercise or training will be able to rectify old issue or prevent new ones

 Initial Consultation for Postural & Alignment Reassignment 

1 x 60 minute consultation

7-10 days later

1 x 60 minute consultation

Face to face only 

£390.00 Add to cart

 

 After the basics have been covered, the Health MOT Consultation is the next step towards getting you back to being your best healthiest most mobile self. You can simply have these two sessions as a stand alone consultation so my advice can be adapted for you to work with your own instructors or health professionals which may be what I advise you as the best thing for you. I’m not possessive, I only look at what would work best for you even, if it’s not working with me beyond the Consultation}

Pilates Program – First month

Ideal for those recovering from injuries or post surgery

6 x 60 minute consultations face to face – first will be today the second will be in 7-10 days time

These 6 consultations will be where you can

1. ask any questions

2. show you how to prevent and deal with pain/injury/ recovery

3. how to get your mindset in the right place to succeed

£1,170

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Full evaluation of your current dietary intake, sleep patterns, lifestyle, activities, goals and aims

Recommendations based on your condition, lifestyle and requirements

Easy to follow summary to articulate your game plan

Photographs on session 1 and session 12 to show you how your posture and alignment has improved (every 12 sessions it’s repeated)

£195

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12 x 60 minute actual Pilates / Fitness session at a time, day and place you choose – we work around your schedule to be taken in 6 -8 weeks

£2,340

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Free Gifts

FREE 7 day supply of USANA Essentials (Mega Anti- Oxidants & Chelated Minerals) rrp £9.95 so you know what optimum nutrition feels like

FREE boxes of healthy snacks (nuts, fruits, flapjacks, chocolate) of your choice delivered to your door

FREE hardback diary to monitor your eating, sleeping, moods and exercise patterns when

£2,925.00 Add to cart

Premier Pilates Program – 11 months

This is crucial to re-enforce the work already established and to give you the best chance of full and permanent recovery.My decades of teaching experience have shown me that once people see improvements they actually stop the remedial and preventative work which then creates the reoccurrence of or a new injury, so they are simply fire fighting.

This 11 month program entails your commitment and dedication to your own recovery on a long term, permanent basis.

  6 x 60 minute consultations whenever you like over the 11 months

These 6 consultations will be where you can

1.ask any questions

2. show you how to prevent and deal with pain/injury/ recovery

3. how to get your mindset in the right place to succeed

£1,170

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Continuing evaluation of your current dietary intake, sleep patterns, lifestyle, activities, goals and aims.

Ongoing adaptations & support

Photographs on a bi-monthly basis to track your progress

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80 x 60 minute Pilates / Fitness sessions at a time, day and place you choose – we work around your schedule to be taken in 11 months

£15,600

£16,770.00 Add to cart

 

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Private FAQs

How does this work?


People are still in need of quality tuition but often find it hard and expensive to get to a gym. With home or workplace tuition you choose a time that suits your group, I travel to you and you’re taught using all the equipment listed for whichever exercise program you choose. It’s much more convienient for a group of Mums, work colleagues or just friends as it’s less formal and works around you. Work colleagues also bond much better and, having worked in offices in Mayfair and The City for many years, I can tell you that even “the Boss” is very respectful of you “going to Pilates” at work than they would be if you left the building to go to a gym or external class 

What if I just want tuition for 1-2-1? How much is that?

 
My prices do not increase if you’re a business or company, I treat all clients to the same rates and discounts. If you’re looking at  home 1-2-1 tuition thats is the same price  as if you have 13 friends join you so I’d always recommend having a few more peopls to lower the individual costs. So if for example you have 14 people wanting a 60 min class at £65, you’d get a £30 discount of you book 10 weeks in one go so £62 between 14 would be just £4.42 per person per class. This is much lower than you’d pay in a leisure centre, gym or studio which has prices that range from £6.95 -12.95 per person per hour and you could be in classes of up to 30 people. 

What is your current availability?

 
 My availability changes all the time but here is a rough guide for my on site, workplace or private bookings. 

  • Tuesday   {London only 1.30pm-6pm}
  • Wednesdays 11am-5pm
  • Thursdays  2pm-6 7.30-9pm 
  • Fridays  11.30am – 5pm  
  • Saturdays  11am-4pm

Please do not call outside of the following hours of 10am – 9.30pm GMT for all enquiries or booking an appointment. Calls will not be responded to outside these hours and often I am so annoyed at being phoned during the early hours of the morning, that I decide not to work with those callers anyway (you’d be amazed at how many people think calling at 3am is appropriate)

Where do we have the class? what space is needed?

 
That all depends on what space you have and how many people you have attending. Here are some examples;

  • Schools & Colleges – this is easy as all have gyms,halls or large that are easily adapted
  • Homes – for small groups of freinds & family your lounge, kitchen, landing/hallway, summer house, basement or conservatory are ideal depending on the numbers you   have  
  • Offices – we usually use the basement or board rooms ensuring that people arrive 10 mins before we start to  set aside the tabels & chairs and everyone helps set the spaces up before we leave
  • Micro & Small Businesses – having taught in a pottery shop and Westminster Abbey, you’d be amazed at where we can find the space to have weekly classes
  • Hospitals & Care Homes –  I usually teach the residents /patients in small groups or in their bedrooms for 1-2-1. Staff have seperate classes in communal areas (lounge or hall) as more space is needed

For Swiss Ball & Gliders smooth uncarpetted floors are needed to allow the gliding of both. For Pilates & Yoga any  floor type is uistable (carpet or non carpet), you’ll be on your own mats or towels anyway so the hardness of the floor will be minimised. This is why it is essential that everyone has spinal support (mat or towels) for Pilates ME & Swiss Ball & Gliders and everyone has a non slip Yoga Mat for Yoga classes. these are classes as “essential safety equipment” by both Health & Safety policy, your own Health Insurers & my insurers. Participants cannot be taught without them and will forfeit that particular class for their own safety.

Does my home / business need extra or enhanced insurance to cover your classes in my home / workplace?

 
Absolutely not . I am FULLY insured with both Public Indemnity and Professional Liability insurance for all of the following;  

  1. all students I teach
  2. all equipment I bring in to use
  3. all exercises I teach all of the exercise forms I offer
  4. all specialist teaching including Over 50’s, Pre & Post natal, Disabled, Mental Health & Special Needs 

My classes in your home or workplace are specifically covered for all spaces that I  teach – schools, offices, abbeys, private homes, care homes, commercial units and specialist health units –  even outdoors in gardens and parks – so this does not affect your home, business or buildings insurance at all. You do not need anything other than the permission to use the space by the company / organisation / school who owns the property. The only issue would be if the ceiling, wall or any structural issue occurred during our session which would be covered by the organisation / individuals Building Insurance and are totally unrelated to us (i.e our exercises did not affect those areas / the isues are not caused by our classes) .

How do I  generate interest amongst my friends or colleagues to see if they’re interested in classes?

 
I’ve done that for you. I’ve collated the following which can be emailed to you and can start generating interest quickly.

  1. Email  –  an advertising email that you can forward to your friends, neighbours and colleagues
  2. A4 Colourful Word poster – which you can add your own contact details to (as Co Ordinator of your group) and place on notice boards etc to generate interest
  3. Poster with detachable cards – for places where you don’t actually know the recipients ( i.e public notice boards,cafes,) I have a poster with my business cards attached at the bottom which can simply be taken by anyone who’s interested. If you tell me where the posters are I can re-route enquiries to you when people call or email .I’d usually post this item to you so all the cards are attached and you simply have to place it somewhere (with the relevant permission of course)

What are the types of tuition and equipment provided?

 
Pilates – ideal for injuries, core strength, toning, improving  posture, balance & alignment, for all ages & non-impact. Deep thoracic breathing will strengthen weak lungs, ideal for anyone with breathing issues (smoking, asthma,bronchitis etc).

Equipment used: Bender Balls .  Swiss Balls  .  Bands .  Gliders . Straps . Weights .  Energy Balls . Callanetics . Circuits

Gliders – core strengthening & balance using these Gliders under the feet or hands to slide across the floor creating a greater “reach” and extension of muscles .Additional tools incoroprated are weights, Stability Balls, combat techniques as great toning & Cardio Vascular workouts which tone & work up a sweat.. Really challenging but great fun and sure to work off excess fat in no time Trademark catchphrase”Glide into your Jeans” is what it’s all about.
Equipment used: Gliders .  Weights . Circuits

Swiss Ball – core strengthening developed simply to balance on the ball & workout simultaneously – great for co-ordination . Weights, Bars, Bands & Bender Balls are also used to intensify the workout . Ideal for weight loss & toning body as this has a strong Cardio Vascular workout which tones & work up a sweat
Equipment used: Swiss Balls . Weights .  Bender Balls .  Circuits  . Bands

Yoga – Hatha, Iyengar & Ashtanga – for greater strength, balance fluidity & co-ordination using various breathing techniques (pranayam). Precision is necessary for every posture  (asana) however  well practiced you are.Ashtanga will only be taught to those very well practiced due to the rapid flow from each asana which is unsuitable for beginners
Equipment used: Straps . Blocks & Bricks

Metabolic Effect – 30 minute rest based workouts (yes,I encourage you to rest throughout) devised to burn fat and enable the metabolism and hormones to keep you buring fat not muscle, tissue or water for up to 48 hours afterwards. This is a month by month program whci is 12 sessions over 4 weeks newly introduced to the UK which has amazing hormonal and fat loss results click here for more details
Equipment used: Dumbells 

I’m pregnant can I still join your classes?

 

Most instructors will simply say yes and get you doing basic “cat stretches”  in a corner whilst the rest of the class does real work . I expect as much from my pegnant clients as my non pregnant; as much effort and as much focus though I do give you more rest times and different variations depending on the trimester you’re in. Many of my Mums worked with me before their pregancy so I could push them much further during their pregnancy as I know their ability and level and they, in turn recover and return to my tution much faster after the birth whether natural or Caesarian Section.

Most women suddenly want to take up Yoga (for the breathing techniques, no doubt ) and think that the 7 months worth of tuition will make a huge difference. I always say that their expectations are  the equivalent of  trying to learn a new language (Yoga) and trying to be fluent ( proficient) PLUS adapting to regional accents (hormonal changes) simultaneously within a 7-9 month time scale!! The expectations are totally unrealistic but if you have practiced Yoga or Pilates or even Hi-Impact exercise (and are genuinely well practiced at it) before your pregnancy, there’s no reason to not continue and blossom throughout the pregnancy . If you’ve not exercised regularly (competently at least 2-3 times a week) before the pregnancy then you need to be realistic; how will you be able to identify which feelings and sensations in muscles, nerves ligamentsand sinews, are correct and intended as part of the exercise and which are dangerous or detrimental?

The fitness industry advise that pregnant women only attend specific Pre & Post Natal, 1-2-1 or groups classes of less than 5-8 students for their own safety.  

On a positive, good exercise programs not only helps with blood circulation, reducing  DVT and boosting energy levels, it assists and speeds up the physical recovery and cell rejuevenation and overall healing after the birth.

For those who are pregnant an additional Physical Questionnaire and Insurance Disclaimer will be emailed to you – do ask for that before attending – and your GP, Mid Wife or medical professionals permission is expected and is your responsibility to seek these before joining any of my classes.  

If attending a Pilates or Yoga class when pregnant you will need to bring additional pillows and / or bolsters for support or a rolled up rug / blanket – the more you bring the more support you will benefit from and this is especially  cruicial from the  second trimester onwards.

Please note for workplace tuition; though I never disclose a condition, the teaching for pregnancy is totally different and the amount of additional support equipment you need will expose your condition quickly to colleagues. You need to bare this in mind when joining  the class as it is not possible you teach you any other way once you’ve disclosed to me that you’re pregnant.

What can I expect from your classes and teaching style?

 
My classes are challenging however advanced you are hence how we achieve permanent, quality results so rapidly (within 3 sessions).This is based on my work with a Muscular Dystrophy & Motor Neuron suffer who achieve realignment to the degree of needing 2-3 inches cut off of her walking stick after just 2 non consecutive 1 hour Pilates sessions as part of 18-20 group of students. My Swiss Ball & Gliders lose AT LEAST 1 dress size in 4 sessions again because I push them hard and they thrive on working hard to achieve those results.

As a teacher I am aware that I have the responsibility of correcting, sometimes lifelong misalignment, injuries or conditions and I relish the challenge for every class I teach. I am observing my students from the moment they walk into my class; how they walk, how they stand, how they carry their bags. I’ll incorporate this information into my teaching even in groups of 27+ but I expect my students to improve, listen and take on board what I teach them, for their own benefit. I work hard for my clients but they in turn must work hard for me, the group and themselves.

I’ve attended classes where instructors don’t explain why you’re doing things, sometimes they don’t demonstrate, or are doing the class with students instead of watching and correcting them. I do not teach in this way as I think this is the most unproductive way of teaching and reinforcing what is learnt. I have 4 layers to each and every exercise especially for Beginners so that what I teach can be understood and absorbed by everyone on several levels, not simply mimicked blindly;

            1. I tell you what the exercise is and why we’re doing it 
            2. I demonstrate how to do it and show you common errors to avoid  
            3. I talk you through (cue you) whilst you do it 
            4. I correct you or make exercises harder for those who need it harder variations 

My classes are not for those who wish to kill time but for those who are seriously committed to ridding themselves of pain/postural misalignment / excess weight etc with thorough, permanent results which will only be achieved. I often refer students to classes other than mine to experience different teaching styles and I have no problem asking students to leave a group if they are not serious about working effectively, to save both their money,my time and the time of the other participants.

Even during a global recession, I select very carefully who I teach and invest my time and energy in and have no problem suggesting people work with other centres/instructors rather than working myself, if I don’t believe we can work successfully and productively together. 

The results of my tuition speak for themselves – please read my clients comments on the main page for my students perception of how I work and how they feel about my  style of teaching and the results they achieve.

What conditions have you taught?


I’ve taught people how to deal with and strengthen themselves with the following issues;   

*Muscular Dystrophy *Scholiosis *Kyphosis *Rheumatism *Cancer (pre and post operative & non operative patients) *Arthritis *Spinal Injuries; prolapsed discs / compression  
*Joint injuries/damage  *Hip & Knee Replacements *Metal Plating (back,ankles,feet,shoulders,hands) *Spinal narrowing *Hamstring Damage *Sciatic Nerve *Motor Neuron Disease * Sight & Hearing Issues *Tendonitis *Cardio Thoracic Patients (pre & post operative) *Asthmatics*Diabetics * Hypertension/High & Low Blood Pressure *Crones Disease *Lupus Sufferers *Graves Disease *Multiple Sclorsis
*Repetitive Strain Injury *Insomnia *Depression *Obesity & Body Mass Issues *Pre & Post Natal *Anaemia / Sickle Cell Anaemia

It is always advised to seek the permission of your GP, Physio, midwife or any other medical consultant/ practitioner you’re working with before joining any fitness classes. Please feel free to pass them my details if they’d like to contact me in person. 

What are the age limits for your classes?


For fitness classes there is no lower or upper age limit set by legislation though I’d always recommend seeking the advice of your GP or consultant when starting exercise programs. My specialist training for Elderly clients (YMCA) means that I can adapt exercises for their specific needs and my regular Criminal Records Bureau checks (CRB) means I have the additional approval to work with under 16’s & Special Needs clients. Children can do any of my classes for their well being or medical conditions though I do limit the use of heavy weights / resistance due to the maliable quality of their bone density. I would expect to have partental consent on all booking forms and when paying for anyone under the age of 16 to ensure that the parents approve of the work being done, though this is not currently required by law.   

I am fully and regularly CRB checked (Criminal Records Beureau) so am fully approved to work with children of all ages, special needs adults and all learning groups. I have no problem being CRB checked for your own institution should you require it.

What level is suitable for my group and what conditions / ailments have you taught?

 

Don’t worry if have a mixed ability group, some will have never done Pilates, Swiss Ball / Gliders or Yoga before or if some are “rusty”, everything will be demonstrated and explained fully before they try it. I don’t segregate my classes into Beginners & Advance groups as often brand new people can progress quickly into advance levels whilst others who have practiced elsewhere for years cannot and they may be disheartened if kept in a beginners group. If participants are well verse in my classes they’ll be progressed within the group to a higher level so whatever  their ability, my teaching is tailor made for each & every individual student. Swiss Ball classes are sometimes segregated into Beginners & Improvers due to the safely issues of being on the ball when elderly, pregnant or inexperienced.

My classes are challenging however advanced participants are hence how we achieve permanent, quality results so rapidly (within 3 sessions).This is based on my work with a Muscular Dystrophy & Motor Neuron suffer who achieve realignment to the degree of needing 2-3 inches cut off of her walking stick after just 2 non consecutive 1 hour Pilates sessions as part of 18-20 group of students. My Swiss Ball & Gliders lose 1 dress size in 4 sessions again  because I push them hard and they  thrive on working hard to  achieve those results. See my clients comments above in grey for my students findings .

This is why my Physical Questionnaires are as detailed as they are – I am only required to ask about issues in the last 6-12 months; I go back to childhood. This is more work for me as an instructor, but I find it’s a much more beneficial for my students (see  above “What Conditions have you taught?”section). It is always advised to seek the permission of your GP, Physio, midwife or any other medical consultant/ practitioner you’re working with before joining any  fitness classes. Please feel free to  pass them my details if they’d like to contact me in person.

Should people exercise if they’re tired or unwell?

 

No reputable exercise instructor will EVER advise working out when your fatuigued or unwell. If you think about how dangerous it is to drive when you’re unwell or tired you can image  that the compromised reflexes and concentration will cause accdidents, the same is true of exercise. Though this seems to be common sense many people turn up to classes when hugely fatigued or ill and create more problems for themselves and the instructors teaching them. You get  no credit for simply  turning up, it’s the quality of the work you do  that should be important to you. 

Having said this, people who exercise and work hard / intensely  2-3 times a week are usually able to be just as focused and determined when they’re tired or unwell; I myself have continued with a full day of classes when I’d just severed my right hamstrings and dislocated my right hip (2006) so working out or teaching when injured or unwell with  flu is not an issue for me. Exercising does detoxifies the body and is recommended when suffering with a hangover or a cold but only you can judge whether you have the temprament, stamina and determination of a semi-athlete to work effectively or whether skipping a session to recover properly would be better for you.

How late can people arrive at your classes?

 
You cannot afford to miss the beginning of any session as all vital for your own health & safety because;

  1. vital instructions and safety measures are reinforced within the first 5 mins of a class 
  2. a proper warm up for all classes is a Health & Safety requirement
  3. in fairness to the other participants who will be disturbed, will have my attention diverted or would be asked to move to make room for latercomers.

It always amazes me how many people thank me when I cover classes at  gyms and studios for not allowing latecomers (usually persistant latecomers) and mobiles to interupt the practice. It’s a shame that latecomers and the instructors who allow such bad practice don’t realise how distruptive and unfair their actions are to everyone else in the group.   

So, in all of my classes latercomers are not permitted as is the practice in all reputable UK Fitness Network gyms, health clubs and studios who allow no late admittance for Yoga or Pilates classes.

The exceptions to this are those who I’ve worked with on a regular basis or who are advanced enough (determined by me) to know exactly how to warm themselves up, without needing my coaching. In these cases if they are late, they will be allowed to join because the health & safetly element can be fulfilled.

What do participants  need to bring to their 1st class? 

 

I will email  you two sheets that you can pass onto your group which are;

  1.  Physical Questionnaire (please email requesting the class you wish to attend so this can be emailed before the class) – besides being an insurance necessity it helps me to help participants so must be  brought  to the 1st class attended by each participant  .If anyone is currently pregnant I will need to be notified and additional  Pregnancy Physical Questionnaire will be emailed to you to pass on to them. 
  2. Student advice : what to wear, what to bring Mat / Towels if not provided at venue; Pilates & Swiss Ball can use 2 large bath towels to lie on if you don’t have a Yoga mat. Yoga students MUST have   non slip Yoga mat. These are classed as essential safety equipment by both the Health 7 Safety guidelines, your Health Insurers and my insurers. Participants cannot  be taught without them and will forfeit that particular class for their own safety.   

Always bring bottled water or non carbonated drinks to keep hydrated . If you  are new / have weak abdominals  bring a long strap, tie or long belt to assist you in sitting up. For Yoga you’re recommended to have blocks or bricks if the venue does not provide them (see venue details) .

I also have some Co-Ordinators Advice (top tips) which I can email to you to ensure you’re not hasseled unnecessarily by your group .Co-Ordinating does get easier after the 1st time but colleagues / groups can sometimes forget they are getiing huge discounts because of the time YOU are putting into organising the group. These tips help you to stay sane and not take on more than necessary even for friends and colleagues  

What do participants wear?

 

  • Pilates; socked feet . stretchable clothing
  • Yoga; clean bare feet . stretchable clothing
  • Swiss Ball & Gliders; trainers . stretchable clothing
  • Metabolic Effect; trainers . stretchable clothing  . bring dumbells

Lots of sportswear is non stretchable (e.g has no lycra or elastane content) which restricts and harbours your movement and is unsuitable for execise classes. Baggy loose clothing is fine as are short Hijab’s (to avoid being caught in excess fabric) but body hugging / fitted clothing is always best for you to see exactly what your body is doing.

What if people want to join after we’ve started the group?

 

Those who want to join after classes have started and rates can do so but will pay a higher rate in fairness to the rest of the group who invested their money in advance to get the group running.

  • Drop in (ad hoc sessions) a standard rate of £9.95 p/p per session .  
  • Pre pay (all remaining weeks) a standard rate of £6.95 p/p per session . Bank Transfer .PayPal . Credit Cards

All of the above paperwork would need to be given in advance as usual and payment would be made directly to me before or just after each session and receipts given directly to the participant. Payments must be made to me in cash and receipts will be issues the week after.

Priority of  space and equipment will go to the students who originally signed up for the course and if either is in short supply, the ad hoc attendees would not be able to join that particular session.

Travel time & Expenses 

 
Neither is charged if within London & Essex and accessible via Public Transport (Zones 1-6 ). All other  locations including international will be discussed on a case by case basis 

When to call if I need additional information?

 
Hours to phone are 10am – 9.30pm GMT for all enquiries or booking classes on 020 8523 5145 . Calls will not be responded to outside these hours as I am often phoned at 3am or 4am by new callers (I then decide not to work with those callers because of the inappropriate and inconsiderate time of their call). Email is always a better prefence as I can answer it when I’m able (usually unsociable hours) and we both have a record of what was asked and answered for future reference. 

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Credentials

Natasha J.Soliar (BAHons . PGCE)

Yoga  Advanced Level 4 Practitioner  – British School of Yoga

Pilates  Level 3. OCR . Pilates Institute . Pilates Union

Metabolic Effect Instructor  – Metabolic Effect, USA

Specialist in Menopause  – Metabolic Effect, USA

Sports Nutritionist –  Fitness Training Company, UK

Body Sculpt  – OCR . Reebok

Swiss Ball . Gliders . Bender Balls  – GLL . Physical Co.

 With Specialist Instructors training in;

Pink Ribbon Program Instructor  – Post Operative after Breast Cancer Surgery

Elderly & Active  -YMCA

Pre & Post Natal  – GLL

Disabled Access  -YMCA

Qualified First Aider  since 2002

Leisure Watch (TDI) Protecting Children & Vulnerable People Against Sexual Offenders & Paedophiles

Mental Health Awareness in Sport  – TTC

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Client Comments

“Hi Tash just wanted to thank you for all your support ! Special thanks for your extra work making sure your students are in the correct position! Physio said I have good posture all down to your voice in my head when I’m standing or sitting! You’re one in a million special lady xx ;o)
Samantha Mathurine, Newham – 26 Feb 2012

“That was the fastest hour of the day. Brilliant!” {1st session attended} Maggie Catling, Westminster School, Westminster  – 4 March 2009

“I go back to work every Monday after Pilates {6-7pm}and find that I do my best work in that hour. .Thanks for class today”. Sumeeta A, Deloittes, London – 9 July 2012

“Natasha Soliar who taught the 9.30 Pilates class on 9th Aug 2008 was really really excellent. She focused on technique & was funny & friendly.Please can we have her teaching this class always? {Studio class of 27}Thanks
{signed comment card given to Co Ordinator at Fitness First Leyton – August 2008

“The most valuable things I’ve learnt is how to control my back pain, I know what to do to prevent pain and what to do to ease pain when I’m experiencing it. Thank you for your help”
Ruth Marshall, Essex – 17 July 2004

“Natasha’s classes are motivating and very focused on getting the best results for you. It is tough at times, but well worth it and Natasha provides a fun atmosphere to work in. The time on Tuesdays {8.25pm} are great for me as I’m able to put the children to bed before I leave. However tired I am, I always leave the class feeling revitalised.”
Wendy Bolton, Highams Park, London – 31 December 2011

“The staff {that attend the on site Pilates classes} rarely have time off . . . . at the age of 51 I don’t think I’ve ever been so fit”
Derek Hoddy, Head of PE & Newhams “Athletics Coach of the Year 2007” – October 2004

“After only 3 Pilates sessions with Natasha, I have lost a good 2 inches from my waist. I’ve always eaten veggie &healthily & done a fair amount of exercise – the only thing that’s changed is the introduction of Pilates, so I’m sure it’s down to that”
Echo Freer Author, Wanstead, London – 26 Jan 2006

“I am really surprise to see only in two weeks I started to feel more stronger a lot better, even I am a lot better in my work and I feel a lot happy.I can go to the shops all day and not start feeling tired after one hour walking. Definatly I am a lot fitter than before. I am really sure that doing exercises helps you to feel better with yourself. Thank you”
Maria Martinez, Spain – 19 October 200

“Since joining your class in December 2005 I have become more supple and have gained increased movement in my hip {following hip replacement}. I appreciate your encouragement and help in such fun surroundings.Thanks again.”
Jan Thurgood, Cambridge UK – 4 April 2006

“I really enjoy working with you and will make an effort to make it.Also I was going to talk to you about training to be a Pilates teacher at some stage next year, it’s{Pilates} fantastic! and you are a great teacher who adapts to all levels, no chance of getting bored!!”
Sarah Harris, Chingford London – 12 July 2006

“As a cyclist regularly tackling 100+ mile sportive events, I have found that regular pilates sessions are an extremely helpful addition to regular training. Stronger core muscles reduce back and shoulder aches and help maintain good form at the end of a 9-hour ride and on long climbs.”
James Griggs, Deloittes, London  – 5 Nov 2012

“We both got alot out of the session {1st session}.For myself my sciatic pain really improved during the afternoon so I was thrilled! We’re trying to bear in mind what we learned.Looking forwrad to seeing you on Wednesday”
L Smith The Pottery Shop E11 – 17 Feb 2006

“Hi Natasha I am finding your classes excellent and very motivating. I consider myself relatively new to pilates and have enjoyed the classes I have attended with you recently, they have been extremely informative and I love to learn new things. I have been much more aware of my breathing and posture for a start.Best regards
Janet Roper, Chingford, London – 12 July 2006

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