Carolyn Burton, founder of Totally Pilates, says:

I have been practising Pilates for over ten years  – and after experiencing the significant benefits, decided to turn a hobby into a career.

My osteopath recommended Pilates, as I had been suffering from whiplash pain in my back and neck for ten years. Within weeks, I noticed improved flexibility and mobility – and as the months went on, I discovered that my posture was improved and I felt stronger than ever. To my relief, the pain dramatically subsided.

I now feel passionately about the benefits of Pilates – and I am keen to show how it could help you, too. Pilates is the perfect form of exercise for strengthening and lengthening. You may be recovering from an injury, or a sports enthusiast looking to improve your core strength and flexibility. Perhaps you are looking to improve your muscle tone so that you can feel more confident with your body.


I am a qualified instructor with Body Control Pilates, Europe’s largest Pilates organisation, and regulated by their Code of Practice.  Body Control Pilates’ training programmes are widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality. I am also a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals.

My sessions take place in a calm, controlled and safe environment. Classes are effective, friendly and suitable for all ages and from beginners upwards. I hope you’ll join us!”

Body Control Pilates is a registered trademark used under licence.


“Totally Pilates is my sanctuary from the stress of everyday life”

Toni Baxter, 37, a mother of three and play assistant from St Albans has been having private classes with Totally Pilates for six months. She says:
Having a session with Carolyn is my weekly sanctuary – I go in stressed and come out completely chilled. Pilates is a great way to get away from the stress of everyday life. It’s very relaxing and has also helped me with my balance and co-ordination. I’ve also become stronger physically and mentally and more confident with my body. Carolyn is a fab teacher and I highly recommend her.”

“I feel more flexible, energetic and trimmer”

Shahnaz from Woodside Park, has been having weekly lessons since January 2010. She says:
I have been doing pilates with Carolyn for over a year. It has been really enjoyable, and Carolyn being a great teacher, is fun and very accommodating, always giving variations to our exercise routine. I feel more flexible, energetic and trimmer, needless to say I look forward to my Wednesday morning class.”

“I feel fitter, stronger and more toned – especially my abs!”

Nuala from St Albans has been having classes with Carolyn for over 4 years. She says:
I have been taking Carolyn’s classes for over a year now and I love them. I wanted to improve my strength and flexibility and I had been having problems with my neck so someone recommended I give Pilates a try. I am happy to say that my neck problem has been resolved and overall I feel fitter, stronger and more toned – especially my abs! Carolyn is a wonderful instructor. She is very competent and takes great care that everyone understands and feels comfortable doing each exercise. The format varies each week and Carolyn is always trying out different exercises from the ongoing training she does. I love my weekly classes and while I get a good workout I find it very relaxing too!”

“I have experienced a significant and sustained improvement in my posture, flexibility and core strength”

Alison from St Albans has been having weekly classes for over four years. She says:
I have recently celebrated my 50th birthday and since beginning classes with Carolyn just over a year ago, I have experienced a significant and sustained improvement in my posture, flexibility and core strength. this has given me the confidence to work on other aspects of my general fitness and I now run and swim regularly. The sessions are well structured, relaxed and friendly with the flexibility to swap sessions during the course of the week. Carolyn brings a professional approach to the classes and is attentive to individual needs and concerns – I am delighted to recommend her work to new clients.”