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Explore frequently asked questions about the Pilates Method.



Pilates Encounter is a small, family run Pilates studio owned by husband and wife, Matthew and Jayne Atwell.


In this duo, Matthew is the Pilates teacher, and we work together on all aspects relating to the studio’s day to day running.


We offer a variety of Pilates classes which take place in our fully equipped Pilates studio in the heart of Chepstow in South Wales.

We enjoy providing Pilates classes for people from all parts of Monmouthshire and the surrounding areas, including the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.

Having relocated to the area after 5 years of running a vibrant Pilates studio in London, we love sharing our experience with Chepstow, and look forward to supporting your Pilates Encounter with us.

Click below to find out more about us.


Whilst incorporating Pilates mat repertoire, we specialise in teaching Pilates apparatus classes using unique pieces of equipment invented in the early 1900's by the Method's founder, Joseph Pilates.

This special apparatus uses springs to create resistance, allowing the user to achieve highly targeted results in less time.


Spring resistance allows an exercise to become more supportive, or more challenging, making sessions equally good for people of any age and fitness level; including those with rehabilitation needs, age related concerns, athletic cross training, pregnancy, occupational health issues and much more.

Our Pilates studio houses a Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector and Wall Tower - alongside many other smaller items which include Magic Circles, stretchy bands, foam rollers and small weights.

Click below to read about our class options, enrolments, session prices and teaching schedule.

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People often wonder what our classes can help them with.  So, what can Pilates do for you?

We have worked with many different issues and conditions, some of which are listed below to give you more of an idea of the breadth and scope of our work:

  • Occupational health imbalances

  • Age related conditions

  • Arthritis

  • Hyper-mobility

  • Pregnancy and post-partum support

  • Depression, anxiety and stress

  • Pelvic floor and continence issues

  • Hip, knee, wrist replacement rehabilitation

  • Back problems, including disc issues and nerve referral pain

  • Neck and shoulder discomfort

  • Foot injuries and imbalances

  • Marathon / triathlon preparation

  • Competitive sport cross training

Stretching on a Mat


Want to see what the studio looks like inside?

Never seen the original spring-based Pilates apparatus before?

Click below to visit our video gallery where you can find a digital tour, plus examples of exercise repertoire in action.


Would you like to discuss your needs and goals before booking a class with us?

A free consultation is a great way to find out if we are a good fit, and can be done in person at the studio, or over the phone.

Book your free consultation now.


Please submit the adjacent form to get in touch, or to book a free consultation with us.


Alternatively, please feel free to call us instead.

Phone: 01594 843464‬


All classes take place at the following location.

Address: Manor House, 9 Bank Street, Chepstow, NP16 5EL

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