turning tide matwork pilates

a boutique pilates studio in uckfield, east sussex

founded by tansy blaik-kelly

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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 small group and private classes in Matwork and Studio Equipment Pilates.

We provide group classes for all ages and abilities.  Whether you are a complete beginner, or at a more advanced level; looking for rehabilitation, or to improve your sports performance; or are interested in a specialist movement class,  our team have just the class for you.

Private sessions are tailored to your specific needs and goals, and provide you with more focused attention.

The Turning Tide Pilates team strive to assist clients achieve their physical potential, through developing a healthy and happy body.

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a calm and relaxing contemporary pilates space

providing a sanctuary for pilates, wellness and movement


meet the team

tansy blaik-kelly

tansy blaik-kelly

founder and studio manager View Details
medeana findlay

medeana findlay

matwork teacher - tuesday classes View Details
sarah kearney

sarah kearney

matwork teacher - saturday classes View Details
tansy blaik-kelly

tansy blaik-kelly

founder and studio manager

Polestar Pilates Studio Equipment Teacher & Pilates Foundation Matwork Teacher

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. Tansy is qualified to teach Matwork, Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates through the Pilates Foundation, as a fully Comprehensive Studio teacher with Polestar Pilates, and as a ​Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Pink Ribbon Program.

Her interests lie in encouraging the body to return to more natural movement patterns, by exploring the inter-relationships between body, mind and movement; promoting greater comfort and better posture in your body, and reducing the mechanical stresses that can contribute to pain.

Tansy is also one of the fantastic team of teachers at Brighton Pilates Studio, and an Assisting Educator on the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course at Evolve Movement Education in Hove, East Sussex.

She is currently undertaking 11 months of training in Structural, Functional and Experiential Anatomy, with the international teacher Gary Carter.

medeana findlay

medeana findlay

matwork teacher - tuesday classes

Polestar Pilates Matwork Teacher

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 Pilates 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 kearney

matwork teacher - saturday classes

Pilates Foundation Matwork Teacher

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.


why not join us

If you are a qualified Pilates Matwork or Equipment teacher
and are interested in joining our wonderful team
please drop us a line




what is pilates?

The Pilates method is a mind-body centring technique, designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance, using movements that involve the whole body, in order to re-educate and restore your optimum muscular and skeletal function. It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. The Pilates method can be modified to meet the needs of the individual, through a range of mat and equipment based training.

Pilates addresses underlying structural imbalances in the body, which can create on-going pain, and difficulty with movement. It can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. Osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. By concentrating on focused movement, awareness of breath control, and reducing mechanical stresses, Pilates can provide the individual with the tools to correct abnormal movement patterns, thus carry these changes into every day functional movement.

Although the method is over a century old, with it’s conception by German-born Joseph Pilates as ‘Contrology’, it is forever evolving, with new research continuing to advance his original teachings and techniques, whilst still maintaining to preserve the true philosophy of the Pilates method.


joseph pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach, near Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1883. His father was a prize-winning gymnast, and his mother worked as a naturopath. Pilates was a frail sickly child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier. He also studied body-building, yoga and kung fu.

In 1912 Pilates moved to England, earning a living as a professional boxer, circus performer, and self-defence instructor for Scotland Yard. However, during the First World War, he was interred by the British authorities, with other German nationals, and taught them wrestling and self-defence. He developed his technique of physical fitness further, during the latter part of the War, when he served as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle of Man, working with patients unable to walk. Joseph developed his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which he himself called ‘Contrology’. He attached bed springs to the hospital beds to help support the patients’ limbs, leading to the development of his equipment known as the ‘Cadillac’. Much of his equipment, although slightly adapted, is still in use today in many Pilates Studios.

Pilates emigrated to the United States in the early 1920s, opening a ‘body-conditioning studio’ with his wife Clara in New York in 1926. The studio featured much of the apparatus designed to enhance his rehabilitation work. It soon became very popular, particularly with the dance community, as it offered a chance to improve technique or recover from injury. Word spread quickly and many celebrities of the day visited his studio. These included dance legends such as Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Martha Graham, as well as the actor Jose Ferrer and the author Christopher Isherwood.

In 1932 Pilates published a booklet called ‘Your Health’ and followed this with another called ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’ in 1945. Through these writings, and his devoted following of students, his method was passed on to future generations after his death in 1967. It was only after his death that contrology became known as Pilates or the Pilates Method.


if your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old.
if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.

joseph pilates


what are the benefits of pilates?

Pilates is beneficial for general fitness, specific health conditions and most of all, for your overall well-being. It corrects postural alignment, and facilitates fluidity of movement, thereby enhancing grace and coordination.

general fitness

  • Improves your posture
  • Improves mobility and flexibility of the spine
  • Delivers muscle tone and flexibility
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Fosters the health of joints through improved mobility and support from the surrounding musculature
  • Complements training for athletes

health conditions

  • Facilitates injury prevention and physical rehabilitation
  • Builds better balance and coordination, particularly for the elderly
  • Offers a safe and excellent form of exercise for prenatal and postnatal women
  • Alleviates aches and pains
  • Helps maintain and can improve bone density
  • Develops the function and efficiency of the lungs with improvement in circulation
  • Offers a safe and beneficial form of exercise for a wide range of medical conditions, including Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis

overall well-being

  • Makes you look and feel better
  • Relieves stress and tension, and promotes a feeling of well-being
  • Expands body awareness
  • Integrates mind, body and spirit
  • Improves quality of life

class information

Classes limited to 6 participants

All mats and equipment are provided

Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a pair of socks to wear for the class

Please ensure all mobile phones are switched to silent

Try to arrive on time for classes.
The first few minutes are crucial to focus, calm the breath, warm up the body, and centre ourselves;
it can also be distracting for the rest of the class


a body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.

joseph pilates


matwork pilates

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. Matwork classes use both the pilates mat, as well as small apparatus – balls, bands, rings and foam rollers – to support and challenge you.

There are currently 32 Group Matwork classes each week, and we are confident that you will find something for everyone.  Classes are limited to a maximum of 6 participants, and run in blocks of 5-7 weeks, alongside the school terms, for clients to progress together through each course.

general level

Suitable for clients of all ages and abilities, including those with minor injuries. Options will always be given, and you will be encouraged to work with your body, and choose the level most suitable to you.

improver level

Suitable for clients who have a good understanding of the Pilates principles, and are ready for a more challenging class.

intermediate level

Suitable for clients who have a good understanding of the Pilates principles, are injury free and ready for a challenging class, combining more advanced repertoire and choreography.

advanced level

These classes will be challenging, so are only suited to clients who are completely injury free, and used to intermediate/advanced repertoire.

bone health and balance

A fun, informative and supportive class. Suitable for all, but specifically designed to be safe and beneficial for Osteopenic and Osteoporotic clients, and for those who would like to improve their overall balance.  It will include Pilates-inspired weight bearing, resistance and flexibility exercises, especially to target hips, pelvis, spine, wrists and ankles, and will also aim to improve balance through movements in standing positions.

barre flow

Combining the technical movement of ballet, with the precision of Pilates. Improve your alignment and flexibility with this energising full body workout.  No experience required. Suitable for everyone without injuries.


Fun and informative Pilates classes designed to provide a positive movement experience for teens.  Developmentally-appropriate exercise sequences will be taught, with modifications given to enable everyone to participate with enjoyment, safety and success.  Pilates breathing techniques to help relax, calm and focus the mind during stressful times, such as exams, will also be introduced. Classes could also benefit your sports, dance, or equestrian performance. Suitable for ages 12-16 years.

saturday circuit club

Do you want to try a different kind of Pilates class?
Join us on the first Saturday of every month for a dynamic session, working your way around a timed circuit, using some small equipment you know, and some you don’t.
Expect to work hard, and don’t forget to bring water. You’ll leave feeling energised, and ready to take on the weekend, the world, AND even the Uckfield Farmers’ Market!

1:1 and 2:1 sessions

Private sessions are ideal for those who would like a session designed just for their body. They are extremely beneficial for targeted results, such as, post-surgery, injury rehabilitation, athletes and performance training, and even those new to exercise.

1:1 – A session tailored to your own specific needs and goals. These goals can include increasing your overall fitness and well-being, athletic training, rehabilitation or pain management.

2:1 – Come with your partner, family member or friend. You will get a fully-integrated session, tailored to your specific needs. A great way to share the cost and keep each other motivated.

pink ribbon program


Get Back to Living… Not Just Surviving!


equipment pilates

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.

The Turning Tide Pilates Studio is comprehensively equipped with a selection of Balanced Body, Stott & Peak Pilates equipment, including Pilates Reformer, Trapeze Table, Combo Chair, Ladder Barrel, Step Barrel, and more.

1:1 session

A session tailored to your own specific needs and goals. These goals can include increasing your overall fitness and well-being, athletic training, rehabilitation or pain management.

2:1 session

Come with your partner, family member or friend. You will get a fully-integrated session, tailored to your specific needs. A great way to share the cost and keep each other motivated!

group equipment session

The Group Equipment Session is for clients with some experience in working on the equipment, but who prefer being in a group class environment.  It will give you a fun, varied and full body workout, with a maximum of 3 participants.  Clients are required to complete a 1:1 session before booking into this class.


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in 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. in 20, you will see the difference.
and in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.

joseph pilates


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turning tide matwork pilates

a boutique pilates studio in uckfield, east sussex
founded by tansy blaik-kelly