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boutique central sussex
pilates studio with tansy blaik-kelly

offering both group, and 1:1/1:2 matwork and studio pilates.

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group matwork
pilates classes

intimate classes of up to six people,
ranging from morning energiser, to intermediate level.

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tailored 1:1 & 1:2
matwork pilates sessions

on your own, or with a partner,
a fully-integrated session, designed for your specific needs.

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tailored 1:1 & 1:2
studio pilates sessions

on your own, or with a partner,
a session specific to your needs and goals

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a comprehensively equipped
pilates studio environment

fitted with a selection of balanced body, stott & peak pilates equipment.

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a calm & relaxing
contemporary pilates space

a sanctuary for pilates, wellness and movement.


boutique studio


turning tide pilates

Founded in 2007 by Tansy Blaik-Kelly, Turning Tide Pilates has evolved into a successful boutique Pilates studio in Uckfield, East Sussex, offering group and private classes in Matwork Pilates, and 1:1/1:2 sessions on the Pilates studio equipment.

We believe that ‘Core Is Key’, through both strength and stabilisation, and that its importance through every stage of your life, is fundamental to a happy, healthy and productive lifestyle. Turning Tide Pilates acknowledges your needs through a holistic approach, seeing the whole picture, in order to understand the small picture. Ultimately we feel that the classes we offer have to take in this ‘big picture’ approach, and that your well being is our primary goal.

Turning Tide Pilates has openly encouraged diversity within its client base, providing classes for all ages, genders, and physical abilities. We believe well being, health and vitality should be universal. Varying group classes are provided for a mixture of needs and levels. Private sessions are tailored to your specific needs, whether you are looking for a remedial, rehabilitative or recreational outcome.

tansy blaik-kelly

A calm, sensitive and friendly teacher, with over twenty seven years of personal Pilates experience, Tansy strives to help clients achieve their physical potential through developing a healthy and happy body.

Tansy has a background in dance, and began learning Pilates at ballet school in 1987 with Alan Herdman, founder of the UK’s first Pilates studio. Although professionally she chose a different path, with a successful 17 year Costume career, working in theatres across London’s West End, and touring nationally and internationally, Tansy continued with Pilates classes throughout.

Having personally felt the many benefits to her own health, fitness and vitality from Pilates, in 2006 Tansy decided a career change was needed, and began retraining to teach its many benefits to others.

Tansy’s interests lie in encouraging the body to return to more natural movement patterns. Exploring the inter-relationships between body, mind and movement, promoting greater comfort and better posture in your body, reducing the mechanical stress that can contribute to pain.

Tansy is also one of the fantastic team of teachers at Brighton Pilates Studio in Hove.

In 2015, Tansy is undertaking 11 months training in Structural, Functional and Experiential Anatomy, with the international teacher Gary Carter.

Qualifications & Training

  • Certified Power Plate® Level 2 Acceleration Trainer
  • CThA Accredited Seated Shiatsu Massage Practitioner
  • CMA Accredited Meditation Teacher & Level 2 Reiki & Seichem Practitioner
  • Qualified First Aider At Work
  • Fully DBS (Formerly CRB) Checked
  • Full Professional Commercial Insurance through Balens Specialist Brokers

Ongoing Development

Since qualifying to teach, I have continued my education through specialist workshops and courses.
To date these have included:
  • Standing Pilates
  • Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Finding the Flow, Getting Beginners Moving
  • Pre/Post Natal Pilates
  • Gait Basics and Posture
  • Therapeutic Pilates for Neck Problems
  • Pilates for Seniors
  • Pilates and Osteoporosis
  • Developing Your Mat Classes: Exploring With Balls
  • Developing Your Mat Classes: Exploring the
    Magic Circle
  • Understanding Lower Back Pain
  • Palpation of the Spine
  • Pilates for Horse Riders
  • Garuda Matwork
  • Exploring the Pilates Arc Barrel
  • Pilates, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Gyrokenisis
  • Advanced Pilates Matwork
  • Innovations in Pilates
  • Pilates in Clay
  • Pilates for Men
  • Fletcher Fusion Teaser™
  • Precautions and Contraindications in the
    Pilates Studio Environment
  • The Core Through the Legs
  • Practical Tools for the Prenatal Client in the
    Pilates Studio
  • Progressions and Regressions in the
    Pilates Studio Environment
  • Pilates Post Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Class Planning and Cases Studies
  • Spiralling Arms, Shoulder Girdle Freedom and Function
  • Psoas “Breathing Through The Legs”

medeana findlay

Medeana spent her early career working as a science technician and environmental scientist.  She then took a P.G.C.E. course at the University of Sussex, and a wide-ranging and fulfilling career in teaching followed.

Medeana had always believed in keeping fit, and had experimented with a range of exercise-related activities, including dance and yoga. Then she discovered Pilates, and it soon became clear, that this was the system of exercise that she had been searching for, because it encompasses so many of her interests and beliefs. Above all, she was fascinated by its potential to benefit the well-being of children and adults throughout life, and so she decided to train as a Pilates teacher.

She trained with the Polestar Pilates UK team at Moss Pilates, and completed much of her apprentice teaching and personal mastery of the Pilates repertoire, with Tansy Blaik-Kelly at the Turning Tide Studio. During this period Medeana also studied with Liz Bussey, movement therapist and international health and fitness presenter.

Since qualifying, Medeana has continued to follow her passion for learning more about Pilates, by participating in a wide range of workshops and courses, including those with a focus upon Pilates for Bone Health and Osteoporosis. She now enjoys teaching clients of all ages who have a wide spectrum of personal movement goals. Her own passion for all things equestrian has led to her working with a number of riders, who, since practising Pilates, have reported benefits in their balance, alignment and even dressage scores!

sarah kearney

Sarah trained as a Pilates matwork teacher in London with Jessica Moolenaar, Mindful Pilates. In her classes Sarah is interested in finding increased awareness of alignment, stability and ease of movement.

Before gaining her Pilates Foundation Matwork Teaching Qualification, Sarah trained as a dancer completing her dance degree at Laban Centre London (now Trinity Laban) in 1999. It was during this time through classes with Susanne Lahusen, Peter Curtis and Teresa Kelsey that Sarah became aware of the benefits of Pilates and how it could support her dance training and day-to-day well being.

While working as a dance teacher, Sarah studied for her Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and was awarded a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Sarah has worked as a dance teacher in a variety of settings including further education, adult recreational classes and as part of creative learning teams for companies such as Rambert and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. Her 10+ years experience as a contemporary dance teacher influences her approach to exploring movement and connections through the body.

Sarah’s Pilates teacher training included workshops that covered: Pilates repertoire, postural assessment, Pilates and osteoporosis, first aid, anatomy and physiology, among others. She continues to expand and deepen her knowledge of Pilates by attending specialist professional development trainings.


the nice things that our clients have to say about us…

  • I only started Pilates 6 weeks ago but every week I get more and more addicted! Tansy is so patient and helpful and I felt comfortable and at ease from the very first session. I do a lot of sport and have noticed that Pilates is the best way to stretch out my muscles and tensions and improve my breathing. I have already recommended the sessions to my mum and would happily recommend them to anyone else. Thank you so much!

    Francesca, Newick
    Francesca, Newick
  • My Pilates experience to date has been very positive… I have a prolapsed vertebra… I could not walk down stairs without a great deal of pain shooting up my left leg into my thigh. This pain has decreased considerably and I can now walk downstairs again with little discomfort. Thank you Tansy!

    Phyl, Uckfield
    Phyl, Uckfield
  • I began Pilates with Tansy over a year ago on the recommendation of my osteopath. Tansy has helped considerably with my rehabilitation after a back injury and has gradually built up my muscle strength and stamina. I am pleased to say I am now able to comfortably attend an Improvers class. I can recommend Tansy without hesitation; she adds a personal touch to her classes and is able to tailor exercises to your personal needs.

    Sylvia, Heathfield
    Sylvia, Heathfield
  • I have been attending Pilates with Tansy for about 3 months. I was very nervous at first as I was recovering from a back injury. Tansy made me feel at ease immediately with her calm, professional and very friendly approach. I have continued to recover and thoroughly enjoy our classes; we have a laugh and work hard. My confidence has grown and grown and my mobility has improved greatly. Tansy is a fantastic teacher and I would absolutely recommend her.

    Rachel, Uckfield
    Rachel, Uckfield
  • Tansy is a treasure. She teaches in a calm, clear and measured way making the exercises gradually more demanding as strength improves. I thoroughly enjoy her lessons and, for the first time ever, actually look forward to taking exercise. Her weekly lesson provides me with an hour of pleasant conversation and escape from my busy life. I feel fitter and stronger since taking up Pilates with Tansy and I can recommend her without reservation.

    Margaret, Buxted
    Margaret, Buxted
  • Tansy appears to me to be a rare find: someone who teaches with kindness and sensitivity but also who has been practising her subject matter since a very young age! This provides us, the students, with reassuring confidence in her knowledge and the ability to trust that what we are doing is safe and positive for both body and mind. Learning Pilates under Tansy’s guidance is changing the way I move through my daily life and I whole-heartedly encourage anyone reading this to begin the same journey – your body will thank you!

    Nicki, Hove
    Nicki, Hove
  • I am 93 years old, I had a left hip replacement ten years ago and a left arm fracture a year later. In recent years I have been glad of the service of a Masseuse, Physiotherapist and Osteopath. I wanted routine exercise that would promote coordination of movement. I have found Pilates helpful. Tansy has given me a set routine that I try to follow for half an hour almost every day. It took about five half-hour visits to demonstrate and write a description of the exercises and to see that I did them correctly. I was not able to achieve this in a group class. The time between visits can be arranged as seems most convenient. I’m still 93, but I can touch the floor with my fingers and with straight legs!

    Kathleen, Hove
    Kathleen, Hove
  • Having experienced work related back & general posture problems over many years, I had often attempted Pilates exercises using various self help books but with only a moderate degree of success. I recently concluded that to learn the benefits of Pilates correctly I would need the help of a professional teacher, & Tansy has proven to be a most excellent choice. In recent months Tansy has effortlessly guided me through the principles of Pilates, teaching me a wide range of exercises many specifically aimed at easing the particular problems I had been experiencing. I now find my general posture & flexibility has greatly improved, back aches & pains have eased, & I feel more confident in general, which is all the more important when one reaches more mature years like myself! I have found learning Pilates with Tansy to be most enjoyable, her relaxed & friendly approach, combined with encouragement & advice, praise when merited, all help make the learning process both fun & leaving me with a sense of achievement. Pilates has now become part of my daily routine, & hopefully will do so in the years to come.

    Gareth, Framfield
    Gareth, Framfield
  • Following breast cancer and post viral fatigue, my muscles felt weak with no tone. I have now had private Pilates classes with Tansy for a few months, with very positive and noticeable changes. I also have a back problem, and Tansy gives me classes to suit my specific needs, with great benefit. And, she is great company, so all in all a very positive experience!

    Siri, Uckfield
    Siri, Uckfield
  • I joined Tansy’s Pilates Class some 3 months ago with long-standing back injuries and breathing problems. Regular Pilates has given me so much relief. As time goes on, the Pilates exercises that Tansy gets us to do every Friday have helped me develop stronger abdominal muscles, which are starting to support my injured back. I was also interested to learn that proper breathing is so central to Pilates. I have found that deep breathing has gradually strengthened my lungs, so that my asthma is now well under control; gone are the need for nebulisers and hospital visits! I have been so impressed by the benefits that I am enjoying with Pilates, that I now attend 2 Pilates Classes with Tansy every week.

    Nargis, Uckfield
    Nargis, Uckfield
  • I have been coming to Tansy’s class for nearly a year now, and have always found her very easy to get along with. Her classes seem to go so quickly, as she fits so much into them and it’s always different each week. I have a lot of aches and pains and Tansy always seems to sort them out!

    Cheryl, Hove
    Cheryl, Hove
  • I had not been getting on at all well with Power Plate® and was just about to give up on it when I found Tansy. It is amazing the difference the right teacher can make. She is warm, popular, friendly, and a very gifted teacher with the ability to recognise what each individual needs. The increase in my strength is incredible. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone.

    Heloise, Hove
    Heloise, Hove
  • Tansy’s classes are such a pleasure to attend. She explains what to do in a way that is easy to follow, and at exactly the right speed. I have had problems with muscle inflammation for almost a year, but since attending two months of Tansy’s Pilates classes, I am totally mobile and flexible again.

    Sylvia, Seaford
    Sylvia, Seaford
  • My introduction to Pilates with Tansy has been an absolute pleasure. She has managed to combine increasingly technically challenging lessons with plenty of fun and lots of laughter, and I already feel an improvement in my posture, breathing and general well-being.

    Lucy, Hove
    Lucy, Hove
  • I’ve really enjoyed discovering Pilates with Tansy’s intro class. We’ve progressed a lot in a short space of time, building up our strength and confidence with some new exercises each week. Tansy has a calm, relaxed approach, making for an encouraging and friendly atmosphere. Pilates is making a huge difference to my recovery from a back injury so I’m delighted, and I’ll be continuing to the next level.

    Caroline, Hove
    Caroline, Hove
  • It’s only been four weeks now since I started attending your Pilates class at Active4Less, and I just wanted to thank you for making my Sunday mornings so special.  I always feel revitalised after class, and being rewarded for all the hard work one does all week.  I certainly can’t help but notice that I’m becoming much more conscious of my posture & breathing.  Few, if any, aches & pains that’s for sure.  I’m also seeing an improvement in my body’s flexibility which, at my age, is a great thing.  I really look forward to your classes which are so relaxing. You also seem to have a passion for Pilates and have a great approach to teaching.  Thank you so much for sharing the knowledge.

    Norah, Hove
    Norah, Hove
  • What a difference a year can make! This time last year my left leg muscles were so weak that I struggled when out country walking to get over stiles, having to use a walking stick and lift my left leg with my hand.  Imagine my delight when recently I called out to my husband “Look at me!” as I scaled a stile without any problems or assistance.  A year of coming to pilates just once a week has made a huge difference to my general well being, I feel so much more confident, hold my head up high and walk with a spring in my step.  Thank you!

    Jan, Uckfield
    Jan, Uckfield
  • When I finally decided to join Pilates about a few months ago, I knew that this exercise works for me! I remember on my first day, I went in with a back pain, came out with pain already alleviated. It was a miracle! But that miracle is nothing without the help of a very warm, friendly, knowledgeable, not to mention very popular and gorgeous, Tansy! Yeah, we all could do it, with aide of youtube and DVD’s and doing it on our own, but nothing compares to the fact that Tansy is there with you all throughout the exercise, guiding and reminding you to breathe (in case we forget). It doesn’t just feel good and proud to be a part of Tansy’s group but also to be able to finally control my body, get fit and be free of pain! If I’d have the chance to do it, I’d do it more and forever! Way to go and more power to you, Tansy!

    Marife, Uckfield
    Marife, Uckfield
  • Pilates with Tansy is both beneficial and fun, after nearly a year my flexibility and movement is the best it’s been for a number of years, I would recommend Tansy and her classes to anyone who wants to increase their suppleness in an enjoyable way.

    Ross, Uckfield
    Ross, Uckfield
  • I started Pilates with Tansy in February, my daughter’s wedding was in May. My goals were to improve my posture (no rounded shoulders in photos) firming stomach and arms – was this too much to ask? Attending classes with Tansy once a week started to change my shape and I felt more flexible. The atmosphere is always happy and relaxing, with Tansy guiding, counting and making sure we breathe correctly through all the exercises. So now 8 months on… My posture, is almost ideal – I notice I stand up straight without thinking, and also my sitting posture is more upright. My body and arms are firmer, and my back never aches after gardening now, and I don’t have to ask “Does my bum look big in this?” because it’s also firmer – all thanks to Pilates taught by an excellent teacher. So don’t think about it… book a class… get happy in your skin!

    Vivienne, Uckfield
    Vivienne, Uckfield

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frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

If you’ve never done Matwork Pilates before, a 1:1 session is the best place to start – you will be introduced to the Pilates principles and learn the skills necessary to get the most out of your classes.

Group Matwork Classes are limited to a maximum of 6 participants, and run in blocks of 5-7 weeks, for clients to progress together through each course. You’ll need a password to book into these classes, as spaces are strictly limited.

1:1 and 1:2 Studio Equipment sessions can be booked to suit your budget but we recommend at least once a week to gain benefit.

How often should I practise Pilates?

How long is a piece of string?! Ideally the quickest results will be seen if you can attend 2 sessions a week but life has its limitations and any time is better than no time. You can use what you learn in class to improve your posture through your daily life. You can also practise at home between sessions.

What do I wear to class?

Comfortable clothing that allows you to move with ease and safety are best, fitted clothing is better when working on the equipment. Jeans are never suitable!
For hygeine reasons please wear socks (Socks are available to buy at the studio if you forget to bring some).
Gentlemen, if you choose to wear shorts to class, please wear fitted cycle/compression shorts underneath.

How long will it take before I notice results?

This will differ from person to person but you will get out at much as you put in – attending more classes or 1:1 classes is likely to have the fastest results. As a general guide you should start ‘getting it’ and begin to feel it in your body within a few sessions. As with anything, incorporating some of the principles into your everyday life will help to release faulty movement patterns, and create new ones.

Can I injure myself doing Pilates?

Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Injuries are uncommon.
However, If you don’t exercise already or you’re recovering from injury, it’s advisable to check with your GP before starting a class.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educateand restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function. It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and GPs recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.

What are the health benefits of Pilates?

There are many reports on the health benefits of Pilates.
Pilates can help improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, re-educate the body towards more intelligent movement patterns, as well as relieve stress and tension.

What kind of Pilates class is right for me?

Matwork classes use both the pilates mat, as well as small apparatus – balls, bands, rings and foam rollers – to support and challenge you.  Group Matwork classes are recommended for those who like the social aspect of a class environment and who can commit to a scheduled time each week.

The Pilates Studio is the ideal environment to support movement, whatever your age and experience. The equipment uses spring tension to provide support, but to also add resistance to increase the challenge. Pilates Studio sessions are the perfect way to re-educate the body towards more intelligent movement patterns. They are perfect for anyone who would prefer to work on their own individual movement goals or who may have had any injuries or movement imbalances.

Can Pilates help reduce back pain?

Pilates can help with back pain, provided it is taught properly and practised with care. There is more to healing from back pain than strengthening the abdominals (as is commonly perceived). Both teacher and client should work together to help correct faulty movement patterns and strengthen the whole body to enable a life with less pain.

Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates is more likely to have an impact on your shape – toning and streamlining your appearance rather than your weight. However it can support weight loss along with a healthy diet and aerobic exercise such as swimming or cycling. Hopefully the classes will help you to feel more comfortable with your body based on a more toned muscle system and an improved mind-body connection.

Am I too old for Pilates?

Never! Pilates is suitable for people of all ages. Clients at Turning Tide Pilates range from 15-96!

Do I have to be very fit to do Pilates?

No. Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. Practitioners say it’s a more gentle way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury. Pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone less active, and it can challenge someone very fit. However, before starting any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP if you have a health condition or an injury.

I have a medical condition – can I still participate?

It depends on the condition, but due to the versatile and low impact nature of Pilates it is probable that Pilates will be safe for you to do and might even help improve your condition. However, to be sure you will need to provide Turning Tide Pilates with full details of your condition and may need to check with your GP before starting classes. You will need to include this information on the New Client form provided when registering and keep Turning Tide Pilates updated on any changes in your condition.  You might find that 1:1 sessions are more suited to you.

I have a busy life and I travel a lot. How can I do Pilates?

By booking into 1:1 sessions when you’re here. We’ll focus on building a tailor-made Pilates exercise programme so that you can work on it anywhere anytime.

How do I pay?

You reserve and pay for your class online. We use Paypal which is an easy, convenient, and secure way to pay. You can pay using a credit card, bank account or direct from your PayPal account.

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

Pilates is different from most exercises out there because it’s non-impact and safe, and it really works on using the body as a whole. You’re either lying on your back, on your side or kneeling on the floor where it’s safe. When you move the body, you’re trying to move it from the powerhouse, using your abdominal wall to protect your back. You’re also working the body very evenly and symmetrically, making sure one side is not working harder than the other.

Pilates machines look like torture devices! Why would I want to get on something like that?

Some Pilates equipment can look like some kind of medieval torture device, which is ironic because it makes you feel so good!

The Pilates Studio is the ideal environment to support movement, whatever your age and experience. The equipment uses spring tension to provide support, but to also add resistance to increase the challenge. Pilates Studio sessions are the perfect way to re-educate the body towards more intelligent movement patterns. They are perfect for anyone who would prefer to work on their own individual movement goals or who may have had any injuries or movement imbalances.

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