About Melissa Jane Pilates & Garuda
Welcome to Melissa Jane Pilates and Garuda©
- General body conditioning
- Strengthening and Toning
- Pregnancy & Post-natal Pilates
- Injury Rehabilitation
Melissa Reinke , Founder
Pilates is now one of the most popular forms of exercise, with millions of people practicing worldwide. Here in the UK, its appeal has been ever growing since it was introduced from America by Alan Herdman in the 1970s. The technique was originally developed in the early 1900s by it’s namesake Joseph Pilates. Of course methods and techniques have been refined over the decades, but the basic principles remain the same.
Pilates is a form of exercise designed to elongate, strengthen and revitalise the whole human body. Pilates concentrates on stretching and moving your body to increase balance, flexibility, core strength and muscle tone.
The beauty of Pilates is that almost anyone can participate regardless of their fitness level or age. The benefits of Pilates are threefold.
Why Choose Us?
See what some of our clients say about us…
“My fitness level has never been better”
‘I started doing Pilates with Melissa three years ago. My fitness level has never been better, and all the chronic aches and pains I had for years have disappeared.
Pilates has taught me how to connect and engage all my muscles on a regular basis, dramatically improving my posture and making my other exercise more effective. Melissa is an amazing (and fun!) teacher who supports and challenges to your specific needs and abilities.’
‘Dynamic, invigorating and vibrant mixed in with lots of fun and dedication, Melissa’s classes are always interesting and tailor made for each individual’s needs. I would do a class with her everyday if I could! Great for the body and mind.. PERFECT!!’
“Anyone who is fortunate enough to have Melissa as a pilates teacher should feel very blessed indeed.’”
‘Melissa has inspired me to take pilates to a more advanced level. She is able to accurately spot my areas of weakness and constructively advises how to correct them.
Every lesson is a challenge and is so diversified. I feel the best I have felt in years and am at my optimal weight and fitness. For the first time in years my old shoulder injury is not bothering me. I look forward so much to every session with Melissa and leave with a sense of real achievement and satifaction every time. Anyone who is fortunate enough to have Melissa as a pilates teacher should feel very blessed indeed.’
“Simply I think she’s the best.”
When I first came to work with Melissa Reinke, I had been doing Pilates for nearly 20 years in an assortment of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and London and consider myself if not a devotee, at least with some knowledge of what a good studio can offer.
Working with Melissa has been way above any other experience and the effects of our twice weekly work outs have been inspirational.
I’ll add that I am a 75 year old woman who maintains an extremely physical 12 hour a day job that I am convinced I would not be able of doing without the work and pleasure put into my physical regime.
Simply I think she’s the best.
“She’s just the best and lovely too.”
I have always suffered from tension headaches as a result of my shoulders being up around my ears worrying about something but from the day I started my 1-2-1 lessons with Melissa 3 years ago, I can’t remember the last headache I had! I now stand with a better posture, I’m more flexible and I’m much stronger. It’s a lovely satisfying part of my week that I hate to miss. She’s just the best and lovely too.
“I am really pleased to have found Melissa”
Having tried a number of Pilates teachers over time, I am really pleased to have found Melissa. I have had a number of recent joint problems and operations and Melissa has been very skilled at working with and around these, ensuring I get maximum benefit from a session and work to my limits – but remain pain free. She’s also terrific company and I always look forward to my hour with her.