Helen Rackowe Pilates website



Helen Rackowe Pilates  Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, BA (Hons), PGCE

Max 12 per group to ensure quality tuition.

(Reserve your space early to avoid disappointment)

A fantastic opportunity for absolute beginners and those new to Helen’s classes to learn about the basic principles of Stott pilates.

Helen is now taking new bookings for the Beginners/ Improvers Class held from 7-8pm on Mondays at Chapel Spa.
This is a relaxing and friendly class focussing on working your core strength, developing lean muscle tone and correcting postural alignment. Max 12 places to allow for greater progress.  Contact Helen today to reserve your place. New term starting Monday 3rd June.

Join us in the ‘Introductory Pilates Workshop’ on Tuesday 28th May to get started. Call Helen on 0796 833 5202 asap


Unlock your body’s true potential

“ In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates

Helen Rackowe is a specialist STOTT PILATES instructor offering group class at selected venues in the Cheltenham area. She is an ex professional dancer and dance teacher with over ten years teaching experience and over 15 years practice in Pilates.

To view a current timetable of Helen’s classes or to book a place please visit the following website


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The sessions are friendly and focused and are suitable for both men and women of any age. Helen works with a wide range of clients from those aiming to increase their fitness levels and aesthetic to older individuals and those who are rehabilitating from injury. Pilates is widely endorsed by physiotherapists, GPs  and Osteopaths and is a controlled, safe and effective form of exercise which can be enjoyed by anyone of any age or ability. Pilates is a holistic form of exercise which balances the body as a whole leaving you feeling strengthened, lengthened,calm and energised at the end of every session

Classes are 1hr long, mat based and often incorporate light equipment such a toning balls, fitness circles and foam rollers. You will be led through a series of exercises which aim to target a broad range of physical types and areas of weakness and pain. The exercises are controlled and tend to be performed in long fluent sequences without the necessity for endless repetition. Groups are kept to a maximum of 12 clients to ensure quality of tuition and personal feedback.


STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach which has evolved from the original teachings of the late Joseph Pilates to incorporate modern scientific evidence on the human anatomy and spinal rehabilitation. STOTT Pilates has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most respected pilates training providers. STOTT Pilates ensures its instructors adhere to a code of practice, professional ethics and continuing education . Training incorporates extensive practical and anatomical examination making its instructors very much in demand.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

– Significantly improves posture, balance, body awareness and alignment.

– Increases flexibility, strength and control

– Develops long, lean and toned muscles

– Relieves Stress and Tension

– Facilitates injury prevention and physical rehabilitation

– Alleviates aches and pains (particularly lower back pain)

– Improves incontinence control

– Offers a safe and effective form of post natal exercise

– Improves performance in sporting activities

– Enhances physical and emotional well being

How does the technique work?

The principles behind the technique are firmly rooted in musco-skeletal and anatomical fact. Predominantly it targets the deep core muscles which are the deep abdominals, pelvic floor and spine. Simultaneously it educates the individual on how to breathe effectively and recruit the correct muscles to bring about positive postural change.  Pilates greatly increases the relationship between mind and body, strengthens the core, tones, stretches and rehabilitates the body allowing for greater flexibility and ease of movement. Individuals work towards a stronger, more mobile and better aligned physique whilst aiming for a long lean body shape.