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What is Pilates?

Pilates is a uniquely precise and intelligent approach to exercise and body-conditioning, which gives you a leaner, suppler, more toned body and a calmer, more relaxed mind.

Long popular among dancers, gymnasts and others who knew of it, Pilates has now been discovered by a wider public - from those who want a stronger back or flatter stomach to those with specific injuries or medical problems that Pilates can help; or else, simply those who want to get fit or de-stress.

Pilates is a gentle, non-aerobic exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles, and improves posture, without stressing the joints or the heart. Indeed, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors now recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.

Pilates teaches balance and control of the body and mind and that ability spills over into other areas of ones life.

What Are The Benefits?

  • A stronger, healthier back
  • Inner core strength
  • Improved balance
  • A more toned, mobile and flexible body
  • A leaner, longer look
  • A flatter stomach
  • A better body shape
  • A better balance between strength and suppleness
  • Better posture
  • A straighter spine
  • Better co-ordination
  • Greater body awareness
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Relief from stress
  • General fitness
  • A sense of calm and well-being

Who Can Benefit from Pilates?

Pilates is suitable for everyone. Although still popular among dancers, gymnastics and athletes it is equally suitable for most men and women, from 8 to 80! It is particularly suitable for:

  • The middle-aged and elderly
  • The young at school or college
  • The desk-bound and inactive
  • The pregnant and post-natal
  • Those needing Pre- and post-operation strengthening
  • Those referred by their doctor, physio, chiropractor, osteopath or other practitioner

Athletes who want to prevent injury and for those who suffer with:

  • Back pain/ache and other back problems
  • Scoliosis/curvature of the spine
  • Poor posture
  • Neck and shoulder pains or problems
  • Stiffness, joint pains and muscle pains, whether caused by arthritis/ osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia or Parkins's Disease
  • Injuries: Sports and others
  • Whiplash
  • Stress

About Liz

Liz Synnott A.I.S.T.D (London) Ballet, Modern, National, Ceccetti Ballet Associate (Australia), Pilates Instructor (P.I.A. Australia).

Dancing myself since the age of 3, I successfully completed all my Ballet and Modern examinations with outstanding results. In 1995 I qualified as a Dance Teacher at the Deborah Capon College of Dance in Kent, England, gaining my Associate Teaching Qualifications in Ballet, Modern and National from the Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) London. I also completed all my I.S.T.D. Tap examinations up to a professional level.

For two years I worked on Carnival Cruise Lines in the Caribbean as a Dancer and Dance Captain where I gained invaluable experience as a Professional Dancer. In 2000, I moved to Australia where I spent four years teaching full time in several Ballet Schools in Sydney. It was during this time that I studied to become a Pilates Instructor, gaining my qualifications in Pilates Matwork Level 1-3 and Pre-Natal Pilates with P.I.A. (Pilates Institute ofAustralasia) in Sydney. Following that, I went on to establish my very first Pilates Studio. During this time I also gained my Ceccetti Ballet Associate (Sydney).

After 10 years overseas, I returned home in 2005 and set up my Pilates Business in Greystones. Three years later, Thrive Pilates and Dance Studio was established. With over 13 years of teaching experience I am excited to spread my enthusiasm for Dance and Pilates.

The Studio


  • What is Pilates?
  • What Are the Benefits?
  • Who Can Benefit from Pilates?
  • About Liz
  • The Studio