Mind and Body Practices

Mind and Body Practices

We encourage a holistic approach to whole body healthcare, acknowledging the role of both the physical and psychological in creating true health, fitness and wellbeing. In addition to Classical Pilates, our teachers also deliver a range of mind and body practices, including yoga, myofascial release and BodyTalk. Massage, meditation and many other practices are offered by external practitioners from our treatment rooms.

BodyTalk is an exciting Healthcare system designed by your body
. BodyTalk seeks to address the “whole person”. This means that no aspect of the human psyche can be overlooked, be it emotional, physical or environmental. In BodyTalk, we have developed a whole-healthcare system that supports and promotes the wellbeing of any person, animal, or plant.

As WholeHealthcare™, BodyTalk understands the profound influence the psychology of the body has on our health. Instead of focusing on the symptom, BodyTalk finds the underlying causes of illness by addressing the whole-person and their whole-story.

Every choice, and every experience in your life, has contributed to your current state of health. Each scar, laugh line and injury has a unique story and a history. BodyTalk takes into consideration your whole-story. Your life-style, genetics and history are all drawn upon to establish a personalized approach to Healthcare that brings about lasting changes.

BodyTalk recognises that each system of healthcare and each practitioner have a unique knowledge and skill set. BodyTalk is designed to integrate all fields of healthcare to create a complete approach to health and wellbeing. This includes referring a client onto another Healthcare practitioner or field of healthcare when necessary.

BodyTalk sessions are offered at Breathe by Charlotte Nielsen Adv. CBP, BAT, CBI. To find out more and to book, please contact Charlotte on 07811 21582 or charlotte.bodytalk@btinternet.com. For further information about BodyTalk, visit the IBA Global Healing website or click here to watch a video by Charlotte Nielsen.

Starting on 4 October 2017, Dianne Hancock of The Mindful Body will be leading a new class at Breathe on Wednesdays from 7.30-8.30pm.  Dianne teaches movement and mindfulness.  Her classes will give you a better understanding of how your body moves and why you may experience pain or difficulty. At the end of each session you will get up feeling refreshed, relaxed and raring to go! Struggling with repetitive injuries or lost confidence in how you move? These classes are for you!

About Dianne: I am a fully accredited teacher of The Feldenkrais Method (graduated from the International Training Centre in 2010). I am delighted to link up with Breathe Pilates as the method can be so beneficial to people interested in improving their movement capability. If you would like to know more about the Feldenkrais method see my website: diannehancock.co.uk. The best way to find out if Feldenkrais works for you is to try a class or one to one session.

Visit Dianne’s The Mindful Body Facebook page for videos and lots more information about Feldenkrais. She also recommends visiting the Feldenkrais Guild website: www.feldenkrais.co.uk. For information about Dianne’s sessions contact: dianne_hancock@hotmail.com or 07708055309

Revive Sports Therapy, owned and run by Jane Ibbotson, offers a range of services for all your rehab, performance development and relaxation requirements. Soothe sore muscles, return to fitness following injury or simply treat yourself to some maintenance muscle care.


Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport and/or injury. This makes sports massages ideal to treat injuries and as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, the range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

Deep Tissue Massage is slow, deep, and very specific – working either against or with the fibres of muscles, tendons or ligaments. Deep tissue massage can be used to break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries. Because deep-tissue massage increases the flow of blood throughout the body, it helps reduce the inflammation that causes pain. Deep tissue massage can also help alleviate muscle tension that is often a side effect of chronic pain by loosening the tight tissue clusters.


Movement and mobility programming is offered at Breathe by Jane of Revive Sports Therapy. The physical benefits of movement therapy include greater ease and range of movement, increased balance, strength and flexibility, improved muscle tone and coordination, joint resiliency, cardiovascular conditioning, enhanced athletic performance, stimulation of circulation, prevention of injuries and pain relief. Mobility exercises are a great way to not only improve flexibility but optimise physical performance both in and out of the gym, and are available to address imbalances, improve physical efficiency and posture.


Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that will benefit all. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. It can create many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.


For more information or to book a session with Jane, simply email j.ibbotson@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.revivesportstherapy.org.uk. Breathe clients receive 15% off all treatments.

James Ford of Evotee leads clients in meditation sessions at Breathe Pilates. Learning to meditate was the best thing James ever did for himself and now he wants to share it with you.

Our minds often behave like wild animals and get us into all sorts of trouble. Meditation is the tool we use to tame the wild side of our own minds. Some dream of lowering stress and anxiety, while others want to be more productive and mindful. Learning to meditate will help you at home and at work, with your personal and professional relationships. But best of all, it will improve the relationship you have with yourself.

James has been teaching meditation at Breathe for well over a year now and is happy to teach small groups or give one to one instruction. For more information or to enquire about booking a meditation session with James, phone 07791 272652 or email him on james@evotee.co.uk

James spends a lot of time writing about mental and physical health over at the EVO•TEE website. He has put together this page so you can learn more: www.evotee.co.uk/meditate

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a physical therapy technique used to treat and rehabilitate restriction and tension in soft tissue. Fascia are sheets of connective tissue which surrounds muscles and organs and a major role in the mobility and stability of joints. Like muscle, fascia has the ability to contract and relax and it can also be damaged, which reduces its cushioning effect, resulting in lines of tension and restriction throughout the body.

An MFR session involves gentle yet sustained pressure on restricted fascia, encouraging the fibrous tissue to lengthen and return to their normal resting state. MRF therapists balance knowledge gained from an initial postural assessment with a tactile assessment, feeling and stretching their way into the fascial network to gently manipulate areas of resistance.

For more information or to book a session with Nina, email info@breathe-pilates.co.uk. More information about MFR can be found on Myofascial Release website www.myofascialrelease.co.uk

As a qualified Sports Massage Therapist, I offer full body massage and targeted, area-specific massage. Sports massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue of the body, which can help relieve musculature aches, aid recovery from exercise, restore muscle balance and increases range of movement. The massage will reduce tension and provide relaxation, so you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage, however I also offer pure relaxation massage.  Introductory sessions are available at a discounted price, which will also include a 15 minutes consultation to help establish treatment goals, ensuring each session is tailor made for each client’s individual needs.

Since qualifying I have worked in the NHS as a Therapy Technical Instructor (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy assistant) and have also supplied massage therapy treatments for charitable events and for amateur athletes.

Treatments Offered: Sports Massage (Full body or area specific), Relaxation Massage, Exercise Advice.

Introductory Massage Session (including 15 minutes consultation*):

  • 1 hour 15 minutes – £25
  • 45 minutes – £15

Consultations consist of discussing medical and exercise history, goals of treatment and posture assessment.

Massage Session:

  • 1 hour – £35
  • 30 minutes – £20

10% student discount available.



BSc (Hons) Sports Massage, Exercise Therapy and Sports Psychology: First Class, 2014

VTCT Level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy – 2013

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (ongoing)

Fully insured and registered Sports Massage Therapist (CSP)

Thai Massage is a floor-based massage, which is done with your clothes on but massage oil can be used on certain areas like feet, hands, shoulders, neck and face (if desired). It uses rhythmic acupressure and stretches, and works on unblocking the ten Sen energy lines, as well as rebalancing the body’s overall vitality. It is a very thorough practise and that is why it is longer than normal massage sessions.

Price: £80 for a 2 hour session or £70 for an hour and a half.

To book a session, contact Sam by phone on 07853 070073 or by email at sam@symmetrypilates.co.uk. You can also read more about Sam on our Meet the Team page.

Eric Wilkinson of Sun Moon Yoga runs weekly rehabilitation yoga classes at Breathe on Mondays at 6.30pm. For more information and to book, please visit sunmoonyoga.co.uk.