One-to-One and group classes

in South-East London

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More Than Pilates

Energising movement classes with release, breath, stretch, strength and awareness work for the WHOLE body. Combining Pilates, functional movement and corrective training on and off the mat and incorporating small props such as balls and bands.

Gentle and holistic mat-work class using Pilates based exercises, awareness, release and breath work. Props will be used for support, variety and challenge. Small group allowing for the class to be adaptable, diverse and specifically tailored for all ages, fitness levels & abilities.

Women's Health

Women's health has always been close to my heart and in my work I aim to support both physical and emotional health for women. I am running a specific Women's Health class where I combine Pilates, Yoga, functional movements and corrective exercises on and off the mat. Small props such as balls and bands will be used to both aid tension release and to provide variety and challenges. 60 minutes of movements are followed by 15 minutes optional relaxation.

  • Concerned about your pelvic floor or abdominals?
  • Suffering from stiffness or unexplained pains?
  • Recently had a baby or abdominal / pelvic surgery?
  • Want to return to exercising / moving with more ease?
  • Interested in learning some simple and fun exercises you can fit into your day-to-day life?
  • Need to relax?
Then this class is for YOU!
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Functional Movement Training

Based on Applied Functional Science a convergence of physical, biological and behavioural sciences this process involves functional movement assessment, training and conditioning as well as rehabilitation and injury prevention.

It is a practical and active process for every individual regardless of age or ability. In a nutshell: movement re-education tailor made for YOU.


I regularly teach half-day movement workshops that target particular areas of the body with the aim to improve body awareness, release tension, create freedom of movement, develop strength and improve overall well-being. Topics include:

  • Beat Back Pain
  • Women's Health - Pelvic Floor
  • Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders
  • and others ....

Each workshop teaches easy to follow exercises and simple daily activities that fit into a busy life.

Contact me for dates and locations of the next workshop or if you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area.

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Pilates - locations, times and prices

Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 BCHC Moderate to Intermediate Level, 6 people £12 term sign-up, £14 drop-in
Tuesday, bi-weekly 19:30 - 20:45 BCHC Women's Health (Pilates & Yoga combined), 7 women £14 term sign-up, £16 drop-in
Wednesday 18:30 - 19:30 Hervey Road All Levels, 10 people £10 term sign-up, £12 drop-in
Thursday 09:30 - 10:30 BCHC Moderate to Intermediate Level, 6 people £12 term sign-up, £14 drop-in
Thursday 10:30 - 11:30 BCHC Moderate Level (suitable for beginners) 6 people £12 term sign-up, £14 drop-in
Thursday 19:45 - 20:45 Hervey Road, with Kat All Levels, 10 people £10 sign-up, £12 drop-in

BCHC Blackheath Complementary Health Centre, 184-186 Westcombe Hill, SE3 7DH (small groups only)
Hervey Road Sports Field Pavillion, SE3 8BX

Classes run as courses (block of 5, 6 or 7 weeks) following the school term calendar.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Drop-ins may be available - please check before coming along. You can contact me HERE.

If signing up for the term make sure to book your place in advance; payment for the whole term is on the first session (no cards - sorry). Drop-in fees are payable on the day.
For term bookings there can be no refund for missed classes but I offer catch-up classes wherever possible.

Classes are open to all. Please contact me if you:
    • have injuries or conditions that inhibit certain movements or cause pain,
    • are new to Pilates,
    • have not done Pilates for a while,
    • are pregnant or recently had a baby,
    • are unsure about the right level of class for you.
I may recommend a 1:1 session first to assess your needs and help suggest the most suitable class.

If you cannot see a suitable class on the timetable do contact me as I might be in the process of arranging a new class. Also, if you have friends or colleagues who are interested in joining a class why not start your own group? I would be happy to accommodate a new group depending on availability in my timetable.

Blackheath Complementary Health Centre, SE3 7DH 7UT

Tuesdays fortnightly 17:30 - 20:30

Wednesdays 08:30 - 11:30

Contact the center directly on 020 8293 5380 / 5405 or

35 Banchory Road, SE3 8SL

Available by arrangement

Contact me

60 minute session £65
Cancellation Policy Please note I operate a 24 hour cancellation / rescheduling policy. If you miss your appointment, cancel or change your appointment with less than 24 hours notice, I reserve the right to charge you the full amount for the session.

Katharina (Kat) Hesse

Yoga and Pilates teacher, Somatic Movement Educator, Feldenkrais practitioner (in training), BSc (Hons) Health Science, MA Education

"to make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy pleasurable"
Moshe Feldenkrais

Kat has been teaching Pilates since 2008 (Pilates Foundation qualified). She is also a Yoga teacher (level 4 diploma, British Wheel of Yoga®) and holds qualifications in Exercise Referral for Lower Back Pain, as a Somatic Movement Educator, as well as a BSc(Hons) degree in Health Science. Kat is presently in the latter part of a four year training as a Feldenkrais practitioner.

Kat has taught open classes, special events, on teacher trainings and has delivered workshops for teachers and the NHS. Kat continues to be inspired by her regular teachers, as well as by attending regular workshops, trainings and continuous professional development.

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Kat will start teaching classes in South-East London in September 2018. She says "I remember going to my own first Pilates class. It was 1986 and there were only a few Pilates studios in London. I was a very active, sporty 21 year old - with a knee injury. So here I was, being told to “do less and feel more”. I was puzzled by this method that focused on small, precise, slow movements and yet I also quickly fell in love with it, especially when teachers combined it with somatic practices like Yoga, Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering. Pilates, Yoga and the somatic practices of Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering have profoundly changed the way that I move and how I feel about myself and about the world. I love teaching people to understand their bodies better, to “trust” their bodies again (which can be hard after an illness or an injury). I am particularly interested in how we form habits and how we can free ourselves from unsuccessful, possibly even damaging habits, how movement relates to our sense of self, and (in Moshe Feldenkrais’ words) “to make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy pleasurable”. I am also experienced in rehabilitation work (particularly back, shoulder, neck pain) and have an interest in cancer (I am a breast cancer survivor) and osteoporosis, a condition that often affects young athletic cyclists and dancers, not just the aged. My classes are open to all abilities. My open Pilates classes are a mixture of Feldenkrais and Pilates. My open Yoga classes tend to start with a somatic exploration to bring awareness to a particular area of the body and then take this awareness into a Yoga Flow. I hope to meet you in class soon!