About LuxPilates

A trip to a LuxPilates retreat could be just what the doctor ordered. Be inspired and become the best version of you.

Passionate about health and happiness

Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad. It really works.

Pilates was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool. Joseph Pilates was a German gymnast, born in 1883, who dedicated his life to teaching his exercising techniques, believing that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. He believed that by having awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles, and reduce stress.

LuxPilates devote all the attention to small groups of people to ensure a safe pilates workout and to make sure you benefit from the Pilates expertise in an optimal way. We give our clients the time to focus on elements of recovery, strengthening, relaxing and recharging.

The when and why an individual moves is actually a pretty personal act.

Our programmes are praised by everyone from athletes to office workers for their ability to develop strength and correct posture in the key areas of the hips/lower back, upper back and neck. With any given class we will not only focus on the areas that people need to work on, but we also look at individual needs.

 We activate muscles in isolation and then progressively work them in more compound and dynamic functional movements (movements that you are likely to perform during your daily life or use in your field of sport).

All of this significantly improves dynamic stability – the ability of the body to hold itself in better alignment for longer, maintaining upright posture, stability and responsiveness.

We see people working out hard but not always smart. The more we understand about the body the more we recognise that our goals are – and should be – individual.

Our Story

We were searching everywhere for a Pilates holiday that not only looked after clients with injuries but also a place where the clients could be encouraged to another level of movement safely.

We wanted the mix of focused sessions, amazing food, great wine and for everyone to go home feeling restored, stronger and rejuvenated.

I couldn’t find a retreat that ticked all the boxes, and thought other people must be looking too… so I decided to create LuxPilates.

Our retreats also include a range of practitioners. 

Leonie Dykes

 Leonie passion is working with clients to rehabilitate from day to day musculoskeletal aches and pains, illness or injury.

She understands first-hand the importance of the role of Pilates having suffered with hyper mobility, lower back and neck disc issues for many years. Pilates helped Leonie to improve mobility and flexibility in both joints and muscles.

She believes that the exercise makes clients more aware of their movement patterns and their posture. Her passion is to encourage clients to be more mobile, increase their endurance and to understand their movement. Leonie helps clients rehabilitate from a wide range of injury, but has a special interest in Spinal Conditions and Injuries, Sports related injuries and Neurological Conditions.

Leonie is the Founder of LuxPilates Retreats and has trained as a Modern Pilates Practitioner, APPI Practitioner and Personal Trainer with numerous qualifications under her belt.  http://www.ljmodernpilates.co.uk/about

Tracey Gjertsen

Delivering her unique blend of skills as a Chartered Physiotherapist, Pilates Practitioner, Sports Therapist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer.

Tracey has more than 30 years experience in the fitness industry, initially in London where she worked with a number of private health organisations, honing her skills as a group and personal fitness trainer and instructor. Tracey is currently embarking on a Phd in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Also a passionate Triathlete winning her age group on numerous occasions.  http://www.bodymotioncompany.co.uk/about-us/

Yvonne White

As a Surgical Ward Sister and Manager for many years Yvonne decided to start Pilates to look after her own mind and body. From the love of this she learnt to manage her own lifestyle including the aches and pains placed on her from the demanding hours at work.

Now Yvonne has started a new journey having done her APPI Pilates Instructor training. Having experienced what many of our clients go through, she is passionate about helping others learn how to make changes required for either a successful recovery from injury or to help improve lifestyle.