“I think many people are not aware of the importance of breathing in Pilates exercises. I have asthma, and I find the emphasis on controlled breathing very helpful, I invariably go out of the session breathing better than when I came in. When I am not well I use Pilates exercises and visualisation to help me control my breathing, and having strong core muscles and improved posture enables me to remain more active during bad spells.

The emphasis on slow, controlled movement and the relaxed atmosphere make it an ideal environment for those with breathing problems – there is no competitive spirit or pressure to “keep up”. Theresa is very aware of one’s specific difficulties and encourages everyone to work in an individual way. I have been coming to classes for over 10 years and I am convinced it has really helped me to live with my asthma.”

— Meredith Wilson