We have been monitoring the situation very carefully and foremost in our minds is the safety of ALL clients and staff. We have therefore made the decision to close the studio with immediate effect – and it will remain closed for a period of between four and six weeks In the meantime, Lesley has contact details for all clients of the studio, and will be available by email if required.

We are doing all we can to deal with these extraordinary challenges and can assure you that we will reopen the studio as soon as it is safe to do so. Regular updates will be posted on the studio website and also on our Facebook page, so please check in from time to time for the latest news.

We look forward to seeing you all once life returns to normal.

Joseph Pilates

In WW1, during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, Joseph Pilates was interned and confined to barracks here in the UK.

He used that time to help his fellow internees regain their fitness by adapting their bed frames and springs to develop his unique style of exercise.

He is quoted, later, as saying that he and his fellow internees survived because the exercises helped them stay strong.

Although the studio is currently closed, we can ALL use this time to continue our exercises at home, and to stay as strong and well as we possibly can.

Remember, time is on our side !

Lesley Ackland

I very much hope you are all keeping well and safe at this difficult time.

I would like to thank all of you for your emails, and particularly your updates on your home exercise programs.

I know many of you are also viewing Sandra’s daily exercise clips, posted on the studio Facebook page, and which are inspirational.

Keep it up, and we will see you again in the not too distant future

All the very best from us all


Lesley Ackland’s Pilates in the Crypt studio offers specialist Pilates-based remedial and rehabilitation exercise, and has operated very successfully in Central London for more than 30 years.

Originally based at Pineapple Dance Studios, Lesley moved her practice to new premises in the Crypt of St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1 on Monday 12 th April 2010.