Margate Pilates Studio was established in 2018 by Neil Smith and Cat Proudfoot to provide Pilates classes for all in the Thanet area. Having both taught in Margate part time for around 4 years, and upon meeting eacher other realising Neil had been the first teacher Cat had ever been to, it made sense to work together to create a full timetable and space to teach in.
We keep our classes small to ensure the highest standard of teaching for clients of any ability. See our stories below to see why we love Pilates.
Having had back issues from an early age & 2 spinal operations in 2001 & 2003, a Physiotherapist recommended Pilates. After a few sessions Neil’s back pain was almost gone, through sitting & standing with better posture & finding everyday tasks & movement so much easier. It worked so well that in 2004 Neil decided to become an Pilates teacher!
Neil trained with the Pilates Institute and qualified as an instructor in 2004. In 2012, Neil spent four years studying with Karin Locher (2nd generation teacher) from Contrology-Pilates-Method Education, one of only two UK schools accredited by the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
Cat started practising Pilates at the age of 18, from that moment she knew that she wanted others to know how beneficial Pilates could be, not only as a means of rehabilitation, but also for everyday life. She believes strongly that the development of deeper body awareness using the Pilates method can lead to better overall health and wellbeing.
Cat trained with Sasha McLennan through the Pilates Foundation in London in 2014 and has developed her teaching practice further ever since. Having trained in Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Pilates for Cancer patients and most recently Pilates for Children, her specialist interests are within those remits, working with womens health and hypermobility.
Cat prides herself on providing a supportive and empowering environment for anybody, working on functional movement to not only assist you in class, but in everyday life also.
Cat has an exceptional eye for detail this translates into everything she does especially Pilates!
Using gentle encouragement and the correct exercises she helps improve your overall mobility and strength.
Not only have I attended Cat’s classes myself, as an Osteopath I refer my patient’s to her as I know they are in very safe, knowledgable hands and that she will be able to help them with long term management of their complaint.
Cat’s teaching is suitable for all from the absolute beginner to the more advanced.
GEMMA DAWSON - REGISTERED OSTEOPATH