Applied Pilates - St Albans, Hertfordshire

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by Susan Pieterse on The Applied Pilates Centre
My journey
Occupation: Food Development

I wanted to share my experiences of joining the Applied Pilates community. Two years ago, having struggled hugely to find a way to improve my health, fitness, lose weight and prepare myself for a hip replacement I joined Applied Pilates and started on a journey. Throughout the process both Teejay and Susan have encouraged me and helped me to conquer my fears. Teejay has kept me physically mobile through when I’ve been really suffering with pain and using his treatments have enabled me to walk and work when I was doubled up!Applied Pilates is more than just a pilates centre, it is a fantastically supportive hub… I am now hooked!I am now 8 weeks post my hip replacement and I’m back on the reformer enjoying the healthy banter…. 30 kilos lighter and enjoying a new found energy and vitality and being encouraged and supported back to fitness. I am absolutely convinced that my quick recovery had a significant bearing on my fitness as a result of my pilates which I managed to keep doing up until the week before my operation.Thank you Teejay and Susan for having a really unique set up and for helping me to get to where I am today, I am truly grateful.

by Marie Stannard on The Applied Pilates Centre
Best Pilates Ever!
Occupation: Psychotherapist

I have attended many reformer classes, but nothing compares to this place. These guys really know what they are talking about. Their carefully-designed workout has improved my posture, toned my body and strengthened my core beyond belief. Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from there, and I fully intend to attend until I die.ps. They are also great people to spend time with!

by Victor Mayer on The Applied Pilates Centre
Logic approach to my injury – Excellent!!!!!
Occupation: Retail

After having a car incident, I started with a back ache that was quite annoying. After visiting my GP and various specialists, they mentioned it was a muscular/skeletal injury and I had to take medication and do physiotherapy. After countless visits to several physiotherapists, I became quite frustrated that I was not getting any better. I did my research and was able to find appliedpilates. I visited Teejay in pain and absolutely frustrated. After checking me over in the first visit, he started doing some manual adjustments and massage. After several visits, I started with the machines. I can not tell you the difference it has made. This place is excellent and I strongly recommend it to all people looking for an alternative for injury treatment. Just brilliant! Thank you Teejay, Victor Mayer

Problem solved! Let rehab begin!
Occupation: Campaigner

Teejay found the cause of the back pain I’d had for ages within minutes! One leg is shorter than the other. Now getting used to a higher shoe and no pain. Fantastic! Thanks Teejay and thanks to Susan for getting me carefully back on track. What a super team!

Lower back
Occupation: Medical Devices

Having had a CAT scan showing my 5 lower disc’s are all severely worn and being told by a specialist consultant there was no more he could do for me I came to see Teejay after a friend recommended him. I am back playing golf and tennis and my core is going from strength to strength. With the treatment sessions on the table alongside the pilates if anyone can get you up and running again its Teejay!

by Rodney McNamee on The Applied Pilates Centre
Back muscle injury
Occupation: Property Developer

Applied Pilates Centre was an absolute saviour today! Can’t rave enough about Teejay Sogunro skills! I could barely move and in so much pain when I went in and felt 100% more human when he had finished working his magic!! No cracked ribs after he had done his investigation and able to function so much better! Doctors hadn’t a clue!

Back to work
Occupation: Tour Manager

I have recently been completely incapacitated with acute lower back pain and muscle spasm. I am self employed, in a very hands on profession, and this left me unable to work in any way. I started researching chiropractors, osteopaths and the like and then some friends recommended seeing Teejay. I have had a very positive experience in doing so.In three sessions I have gone from painful restricted movement (crawling in some instances), to walking upright and being able to function without any painkillers.Coming up for me next week is a very important live event that I am working towards attending. Teejay has devised an intensive treatment program, with advice and targeted strengthening exercises to work on inbetween sessions. I am delighted to say I am going to make it!Top man, and most importantly top results.

by Jayne Taylor on The Applied Pilates Centre
My former self back again!
Occupation: Hairdresser

After a long 3 day labour 13 years ago my beautiful daughter was born but unfortunately my coccyx got so damaged that I could not sit for longer than 10 minutes at a time, the pain was awful, with damaged ligaments and nerves. I also had a prolapsed disc in my spine and was again in agony and could not do any of my normal activities for 3 months a year ago. So I started at Applied Pilates with Susan and Teejay after them both being highly recommended. My life has changed so much…..I can now sit without being in pain and my normal activities have all resumed without being in pain. After having steroid injections every year for 12 years into my coccyx and spine I’ve not had to have anymore and hopefully shall never need another ever again thanks to my weekly Pilates workout. A huge thank you to the lovely and very clever Susan and Teejay! My former self is back again! X

My holiday rescued….
Occupation: Professional Services Partner

I have been attending session with TeeJay for almost a year, in order to focus on building my core strength following diagnosis of early onset osteoporosis. TeeJay is very knowledgeable and caring. A couple of months ago in a unconnected incident I damaged my back. I mentioned to TeeJay that I had a holiday in the Maldives coming up and that I would most likely be unable to go diving, the main activity for me. He not only worked out the issue, but was able to find a treatment (including him coming in to work well before his normal start time very early the morning I was due to fly out). As a consequence I was just fit enough to get my diving done. Thank you so much.

I can run again!
Occupation: Swimming Teacher/Coach

Having fractured my hip in January 2015 and desperate to run again, I was advised to get checked out by Teejay before I caused more damage. With Teejay and Susan’s specialist knowledge and help my legs are stronger than they were before and I’m now building up my run distances. I’ve also ‘found my core’ and I’m learning to engage it! Thank you both – I’ll be recommending you to anyone who’ll listen!

by Steve Ratcliffe on The Applied Pilates Centre
Amazing results for my knee pain – no surgery for now!! thank you!!
Occupation: High Quality Carpenter – Cabinet Maker!!

I would just like to thank you very much for, first of all being a really nice man and for helping me to get back on my feet, really appreciate for all of your expertise and reassurance. I look forward to seeing you on the 25th, and thanks again,and will definitely recommend you to all the people I know. Steve

by Nick Winspear on The Applied Pilates Centre
Applied Pilates & Teejay’s Magic
Occupation: Airline Captain – Commercial Pilot

I have been gong to Applied Pilates for about 3 years to improve my posture, core strength and flexibility. I can attend fairly regularly in the winter but work precludes visits in the summer. I really notice the difference in the seasons and it’s a relief to get back in to the swing in November.I also have some osteo arthritis in my knee, at least that’s what the consultant thought.Teejay zeroed in on the issue even though various previous MRI scans and Physio concentration on my knee had not really found the problem. Sometimes the right experience is required and when Teejay pushed on the calf and thigh muscles, my reaction gave a clue. When I recovered we startled treating the muscles and we discovered that my left calf was ok and my left shoulder but a career lifetime of sitting on the flight deck has left a legacy of knotted muscles that he is gradually loosening up.

by Gary Spanbok on The Applied Pilates Centre
Really works!
Occupation: Electrician

After a second prolapsed disc I tried lots of physio, osteopathy etc. I found nothing worked so I decided to try Applied Pilates. After a few weeks my core and back are really strong and I have my confidence back and enjoying life again! I highly recommend Teejay and Susans’ sessions. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

by Eleanor Stewart on The Applied Pilates Centre
Back pain gone!
Occupation: Senior Buying Manager

After back surgery to remove a prolapsed disc I was still experiencing intermittent back pain 2 yrs later despite regular osteopath visits. I was recommended to reformer table pilates and wish I had known about it years ago. My back pain has disappeared thanks to Teejay and Susan who have been supportive and fantastic teachers. My core strength has improved massively, back pain has been cured and now take weekly classes to maintain my well being. The classes are small and friendly and very welcoming. I can’t recommend the Pilates Centre too highly, excellent results and feel like I have a new lease of life.

by Natalie Kelly on The Applied Pilates Centre
Why didn’t I start years ago?!
Occupation: Actuary

After years of physios telling me “Pilates, pilates, pilates!” to help my back, I finally listened and started coming to group sessions with Teejay and Susan. After just 4 short months I have seen a noticeable improvement in my strength and have considerably less discomfort in my lower back. I find that many of the techniques I am learning are starting to become instinctive in my everyday life and this is making a big difference.I thoroughly enjoy the group sessions – there is a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that is warm and welcoming, and it is also inspiring to watch those who are more advanced and know what I might be able to do one day!I wish I had started years ago – thanks Teejay and Susan!

by Natalie Newton on The Applied Pilates Centre
By Far My Favourite Pilates Studio
Occupation: Senior Digital Project Manager

I initially decided to try pilates after being recommended by a colleague who had been promoting the health benefits of the exercise. I found Applied Pilates via a quick Google search and was instantly impressed by the tailored and personal approach that Susan and Teejay take.

In the 10 months that I have been attending Susan’s sessions I have noticed my strength and flexibility increasing significantly and I have noticed that I have also become more toned with greater muscle definition. Susan has ensured that my routine has adapted as I’ve improved and I find it’s the one exercise that I can stick to even after a busy day at work, or recovering from a cold.

I’ve attended other pilates studios with friends but Teejay and Susan’s sessions are by far my favourite; their expert knowledge and experience shines through and the classes are always friendly and welcoming.

Back to strength again
Occupation: Professional squash player

I have been struggling with a back injury that was on and off for the past 3 years. This not only limited by professional training but also my day to day life. Teejay started to work out the route of the problem and once that was established, Teejay then slowly built my core strength up with various exercises, stretching and treatment. 8 weeks later and I haven’t had a problem since, I’m still doing my exercises and will continue to do so. Very greatful to Teejay and will always be the number one person I go and see and recommend when injured or looking to strengthen. Many thanks, Jack

Long overdue praise
Occupation: Doctor

My praise for the team is long overdue. Susan and Teejay helped me get back to skiing after I snapped both ACLs. Ever since I started attending their pilates classes my slipped disc has not bothered me. Thank you for enabling me to enjoy life as I have used to!

great!
Occupation: Chef

I can’t recommend Applied Pilates enough.
Susan and Teejay are wonderfully patient and thorough teachers, always advising and supporting you through every different exercise.
My core strength has come on leaps and bounds since I have been attending classes. The hour flies by and is always very friendly and enjoyable.

by Sharon Doyle on The Applied Pilates Centre
Highly Recommend!
Occupation: Teacher

I have been attending Teejay’s classes for over 10 years. Initially I met him when he ran a Pilates mat class and he was able to help beginners and the more advanced in the class by differentiating the exercises. He could always adapt them too if you had a particular injury or problem. As soon as he set up this studio to run classes I signed up. Both him and Susan are so knowledgeable and friendly. The classes are enjoyable but you also work hard! I rarely miss a class because it has kept my back problem at bay and it is the only way I have found to keep my core strong.

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