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COMMUNITY

At SHAPES our community is our driving force. A physical and mental journey to wellness requires community and solidarity. Paola believes in the transformational qualities that Pilates, fitness and wellbeing can bring to your life. Everybody deserves to be loved and treated individually. Everyone is different and when you work out you do so with the intent of making the very best of what nature gave you. Through our Facebook page we will answer your questions, share feedback and you can find a fitness partner to work out with. Paola explains her philosophy: “Our body shapes are different, we cannot copy each other . We are like the Matisse's cut out, original, different as unique and we treat our body as our temple. We work out to get the best of our shape inside and outside"

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VIDEOS

Our high definition videos are filmed regularly under the supervision of founder Paola Langella and uploaded onto the website. Newcomers can try a video for free. You can purchase once-off videos or you can become a member and access as many videos as you want for a small monthly fee and keep your selection of favourites in your personal video library. The videos will lead you through varied programmes that focus on specific body areas, whilst giving you a great overall body workout. New videos are regularly added to the site so that you have something fresh and new to try.

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PROPS

Our videos are structured so that props are not required. All you need is the ground, your body and a tablet of some sort, through which you can access our videos. However, pilates props can enhance your practice. So if you wish to invest in some tools for self-practice, at any point during your journey, we are able to recommend affordable mats, power bands, toning balls and gym balls.

We are really happy to answer any questions you have about props or equipment. You can email us at hello@shapesstudio.co or if you are a member, why not ask for advice from the community on our Members Facebook Page.

SPACES

Our videos can be followed in bedrooms, gardens or corridors. Anywhere you have enough space to lie on the floor with your phone or laptop. Furniture can be moved aside, picnic blankets can cover grass, or you can get your whole office involved. There really is no end to the possibilities. Technology has given us the power to utilise so many incredible spaces within our communities. We no longer need to go to a studio to practice; we can connect to renown instructors anywhere. Even though you can workout anywhere it can be really beneficial to prepare a special area. It can help your concentration, relaxation and mindfulness to have a special space where you go for your workout moments. Paol has a clean, white space of her home where she can workout in peaceful surroundings.

Testimonials

Amelie

Paola is very enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. Her tailored video lessons allow me to work each part of my body according my daily necessities. Since I started these Pilates classes my headaches have incredibly decreased and my posture has improved. Highly suggested.

Amelie, 23, Italy
2019-01-21T16:42:56+00:00
Paola is very enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. Her tailored video lessons allow me to work each part of my body according my daily necessities. Since I started these Pilates classes my headaches have incredibly decreased and my posture has improved. Highly suggested. Amelie, 23, Italy

Fay

The process we have together has been built over time. When I met you, I knew you understood how I was feeling in a way others didn’t and I trusted you to look after me from the off. Now after we see one and other the feeling I have is one of empowerment and freedom. Freedom in my own body and mind to move without pain. And empowerment to love and understand my own body in a way I never felt possible.
Love,

Fay,38,UK
2018-10-11T11:27:38+00:00
The process we have together has been built over time. When I met you, I knew you understood how I was feeling in a way others didn’t and I trusted you to look after me from the off. Now after we see one and other the feeling I have is one of empowerment and freedom. Freedom in my own body and mind to move without pain. And empowerment to love and understand my own body in a way I never felt possible. Love, Fay,38,UK

Micha

Pilates is wonderful. It allows one to get in touch with ones breathing and one’s body. Through the breathing technique, one starts feeling the individual muscles respond, with an overall effect. After 6 months of heaving HIT training in the gym, I could not see any results – no clear muscle definition, no weight loss and no added strength in the muscles. In less than 5 weeks of pilates, I have see all of the above. My body has responded to the pilates. If I did Pilates every day, I am sure I would be a better person for it!. (Micha)
2018-10-11T11:27:52+00:00
Pilates is wonderful. It allows one to get in touch with ones breathing and one’s body. Through the breathing technique, one starts feeling the individual muscles respond, with an overall effect. After 6 months of heaving HIT training in the gym, I could not see any results – no clear muscle definition, no weight loss and no added strength in the muscles. In less than 5 weeks of pilates, I have see all of the above. My body has responded to the pilates. If I did Pilates every day, I am sure I would be a better person for it!. (Micha)

Vicky

I love Pilates because it strenghtens the important parts of my body (eg core) - gives my body good shape - and I feel fantastic after a pilates class (with Paola.....)!!
I have been working with Paola for 3 years. Before this I permanently had pain in my left shoulder and lower back - and while I had an exercise regime going to the gym I now realise it did not address some important physical aspects of my body. Having 2 lessons per week with Paola has transformed my body and changed my life. The continual work strengthening my core, abs and glutes have changed the way I look and feel. The stretching and muscle lengthening exercises make me feel loose and pain free - and twenty years younger!! Paola is an inspirational, motivational teacher who has an incredibly high level of knowledge about the body, and how to exercise in a beneficial way. (Vicky)
2018-10-24T05:56:39+00:00
I love Pilates because it strenghtens the important parts of my body (eg core) - gives my body good shape - and I feel fantastic after a pilates class (with Paola.....)!! I have been working with Paola for 3 years. Before this I permanently had pain in my left shoulder and lower back - and while I had an exercise regime going to the gym I now realise it did not address some important physical aspects of my body. Having 2 lessons per week with Paola has transformed my body and changed my life. The continual work strengthening my core, abs and glutes have changed the way I look and feel. The stretching and muscle lengthening exercises make me feel loose and pain free - and twenty years younger!! Paola is an inspirational, motivational teacher who has an incredibly high level of knowledge about the body, and how to exercise in a beneficial way. (Vicky)

Jody

I first met Paola whilst attending a group pilates class. She was so vibrant and committed to the ethos of pilates, really motivating and friendly. Under Paola my practice improved and I felt more confident of my skills'
'During my pregnancy I did one-to-one classes with Paola. She was so nurturing ( but still tough which was important for my practice) and I new I was in safe hands. Paola is very knowledgeable of pilates and pregnancy pilates. She has an infectious smile and such a lovely vibe. She is so committed to the class and working with the person, their ability and their body. I cant recommend her enough!'
(Jody)
2018-10-24T05:57:37+00:00
I first met Paola whilst attending a group pilates class. She was so vibrant and committed to the ethos of pilates, really motivating and friendly. Under Paola my practice improved and I felt more confident of my skills' 'During my pregnancy I did one-to-one classes with Paola. She was so nurturing ( but still tough which was important for my practice) and I new I was in safe hands. Paola is very knowledgeable of pilates and pregnancy pilates. She has an infectious smile and such a lovely vibe. She is so committed to the class and working with the person, their ability and their body. I cant recommend her enough!' (Jody)

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