The Edinburgh Pilates Centre founded by Scotland’s first
ever teacher Jane Paris, is the original Scottish Pilates studio.
In 1994 Chris Blagdon took over the running of the Studio; a long
time dancer with a keen curiosity of how the human system works
in all its facets. Since then the studio has been working flat
people how, with a little hard work, they can achieve results with
their body they never thought possible.
“It never ceases to amaze me how responsive the human body
can be, and, when a person is given the basic tools, how they can
appropriate action” says Chris. People with many years
of back problems behind them can be taught how to strengthen
their weaker muscles,
correct their posture and be taught how to avoid problems recurring
In 1995 the Centre moved to premises in George Street and went
from strength to strength, for a long period having a waiting list
that was almost a year long. "The problem" says Chris "was
getting good teachers. There were teachers around but few with
the kind of experience & expertise that I was looking for".
Over the decade at George Street Chris managed to build a small
team of high quality instructors who were able to maintain the
high standards he had set for the Centre.
By this time however, 'Pilates' had become a household word with
classes available from gyms to local halls throughout the country. In
order to keep to his vision of quality and a more personal and
individual approach to tuition, Chris decided to move premises
once more. In September 2006, the EPC reopened in new premises
in Abbeyhill, with a light and airy studio based in a converted
Victorian school owned by Edinburgh Council. The decision to reduce
overheads has enabled Chris to keep to his principles regarding
the teaching of Pilates, and avoid the commercialisation that has
occured in some areas of the 'Pilates Movement'.
Chris now undertakes all teaching at the EPC, with the valuable
assistance of Pat Morais. Pat, a fully qualified teacher of Yoga
and Alexander Technique in her own right, transferred from the
George Street studios with Chris and teaches at the new Abbeyhill
studio on Mondays.