PILATES TEACHER TRAINING

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HOW THE PILATES TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME WORKS

We are a Balanced Body Authorised Training Centre. Balanced Body have designed a world renowned programme to make the process easy to understand, flexible and affordable. Courses are taught in modular segments. This gives students the flexibility to choose when to complete the programme. Each module is self-contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.
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THE PILATES TEACHER TRAINING COURSES WE RUN
MAT TEACHER TRAINING

Four modules: Movement Principles, Mat 1, Mat 2 & Mat 3. Each module runs over 2 days. There are assignments for self-study: attending classes, observing classes and teaching classes. After completion of the modules and all assignments there is a final test-out run over 1 day.
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REFORMER TEACHER TRAINING

Three modules: Reformer 1, Reformer 2 & Reformer 3. Each module runs over 2 days. There are assignments for self-study: attending classes, observing classes and teaching classes. After completion of the modules and all assignments there is a final test-out run over 1 day.
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ANATOMY IN 3 DIMENSIONS

A unique exploration into the anatomy of the human body. This is the best way to learn Anatomy building muscles in clay on a specially designed skeleton.
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ABOUT BEING A PILATES TEACHER

Pilates can be a tremendously fulfilling part-time job or career choice. Here we give you some insights into what it takes to become a Pilates teacher.
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PILATES MAT TEACHER TRAINING

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BECOME A PILATES MAT TEACHER

The Pilates Mat Teacher training programme is designed to create thoughtful, creative and successful Pilates Mat Teachers. It will open your mind to the magic of movement and the joy of teaching. The curriculum is rooted in the classical work that Joseph Pilates taught. You will also learn variations and modifications that were developed in response to scientific advances and the needs of today’s student for work that is safe, effective and fun.

The Mat Teacher Training Course is taught in modular segments. This gives students the flexibility to choose when to complete the programme. Each module is self-contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.

COURSE COST & STRUCTURE
The total cost of the Mat Teacher training course is £1,780. However, you only need book and pay for one module at a time, making your maximum outlay £400 at any one time.

There are four modules on the course. Each module is compulsory and they must be taken in sequence. There is a final test-out to gain your full Mat Teacher Certification.

MOVEMENT PRINCIPLES MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
The Principles include the most important information on anatomy, assessment, biomechanics and foundational exercises needed to become a successful Pilates teacher. This module mixes information on how the body works with basic exercises to illustrate the information in movement.  It provides a solid foundation for the remainder of the Course.

MAT 1 MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
An introduction to the history and principles of the Pilates method and the beginning and intermediate level exercises. Each exercise includes training on modifications, challenges, the purpose of the exercise and any precautions for injuries and special populations. How to design and teach group classes and guidelines for teaching seniors and pre and post–natal classes are included.

MAT 2 MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
The remaining intermediate and advanced level Mat exercises for a complete understanding of the Pilates Mat programme. Lectures include progressive skill development to achieve the advanced exercises, programming for intermediate and advanced classes and creating successful Mat classes.

MAT 3 MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
Enhanced Pilates Mat completes the mat training by adding rings, rollers, bands and balls to the traditional Mat exercises. In addition, Enhanced Mat includes functional exercises for the upper and lower body expanding the Mat work beyond the core to develop whole body strength and flexibility. The Balanced Body Programming System is introduced to make class design easy, effective and fun. Adding props to a mat class makes them more dynamic, creative and accessible.

SELF-STUDY ASSIGNMENTS
Prior to the final test-out, students must have logged: 20 Mat personal sessions, 15 Observation hours, 35 Student Teaching hours.

Personal Sessions: Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training sessions they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring instructor.

Observation Hours include watching experienced instructors teach group class or private sessions in person, online or watching the Instructor training videos. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee or self-employed at an appropriate venue. Teaching family and friends counts as well - this is how most students start teaching. It helps build confidence and refine your teaching skills before starting to teach the public. We help you with this process by providing advice & guidance, along with appropriate class plans.

FINAL TEST-OUT
(6 hours over 1 day—£180)
The final test-out involves a written exam and a practical exam. Upon completion of these elements you will become a fully  qualified Balanced Body Mat Instructor and be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

The written exam is a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and a section on class planning. The written exam covers exercise progressions, programming, appropriateness, organisation, special population & safety protocols.

During the practical exam your teaching skills will be evaluated in the following areas: Correct set–up and execution of the exercises; Client safety; Appropriate sequencing; Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class; Understanding and application of the principles; Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class.


EDUCATION PREREQUISITES FOR PILATES MAT TEACHER TRAINING
The prerequisites to starting Pilates Mat Teacher training are that you fall into one or more of these categories:
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A teacher in a recognized movement fitness discipline, e.g. PT, Dance, etc.
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A rehabilitation professional, e.g. Physiotherapist
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A Pilates enthusiast who has practised Pilates for at least 6 months
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SUMMARY OF OVERALL COURSE CONTENT
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Exercise instruction in pre-Pilates and the complete Mat repertoire.
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Instruction in observing, analysing and correcting posture and movement imbalances.
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Cueing, coaching and teaching tips for clients at different levels of ability.
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Safety information for teaching older adults, pre & post-natal women, and  clients with physical limitations.
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Tips on teaching successful group programmes.
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Sample programs to get you started.
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INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF EACH MODULE ON THE COURSE
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Instructor teaching fee
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A detailed full-colour manual
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Certificate of completion
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Marketing assistance to help launch your journey as a Pilates Teacher
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Refreshments: fruit, water, tea, coffee & chocolate!
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WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
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Travelling Costs & Parking
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Accommodation Costs
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Lunches. You are welcome to bring your own food. There are nearby cafes and shops.
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OUR FOUNDATION COURSE PROVIDES YOU WITH ALL THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PILATES MAT TEACHER
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PILATES REFORMER TEACHER TRAINING

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BECOME A PILATES REFORMER TEACHER

The Pilates Reformer is an extraordinarily flexible piece of exercise equipment allowing resistance and support for exercises involving every part of the body. The Programme gives you a thorough understanding of how to use the Reformer to develop core and extremity strength, stability, flexibility, coordination and balance. The wide range of exercises provides a stimulating and fun workout for clients at any level of ability.

The Reformer Teacher Training Course is taught in modular segments. This gives students the flexibility to choose when to complete the programme. Each module is self-contained so you can take them as quickly or as slowly as your schedule and budget allow.

COURSE COST & STRUCTURE
The total cost of the Reformer Teacher training course is £1,410. However, you only need book and pay for one module at a time, making your maximum outlay around £400 at any one time.

There are three modules on the course. Each module is compulsory and they must be taken in sequence. There is a final test-out to gain your full Reformer Teacher Certification.

REFORMER 1 MODULE
(18 hours over 2 days - £430)
This module introduces the Universal Reformer, the centre piece of the Pilates equipment studio and an invaluable training tool. Reformer 1 includes an introduction to safely using the Pilates Reformer for a wide variety of supine, seated and standing exercises for the beginning to intermediate student. Movement Principles include improving lower body alignment, creating balanced muscle development and learning a protocol for effectively training the upper body.

REFORMER 2 MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
This module expands the potential of the Reformer with intermediate and advanced exercises and modifications along with programs designs for special populations including pre–and post–natal clients and clients with osteoporosis and lower back injuries. Class design, dynamic assessment and correcting common dysfunctional movement patterns are also included.

REFORMER 3 MODULE
(16 hours over 2 days - £400)
This module is the pinnacle of the Reformer work and includes advanced and super advanced exercises to challenge clients to achieve their best. Progressive sequences designed to teach students advanced movement skills are included along with an introduction to the revolutionary Principle Based Programming System helping you to create successful classes for clients at any level.

SELF-STUDY ASSIGNMENTS
Prior to the final test-out, students must have logged: 30 Reformer personal sessions, 30 Observation hours, 60 Student Teaching hours.

Personal Sessions: Students can count any classes or Pilates personal training sessions they have already taken. Developing and committing to a personal Pilates practice is an essential part of becoming an effective and inspiring instructor.

Observation Hours include watching experienced instructors teach group class or private sessions in person, online or watching the Instructor training videos. Observation is a great way to understand verbal and manual cueing, program sequencing and to hone your teaching skills.

Student Teaching Hours include any Pilates teaching either as an employee or self-employed at an appropriate venue. Teaching family and friends counts as well - this is how most students start teaching. It helps build confidence and refine your teaching skills before starting to teach the public. We help you with this process by providing advice & guidance, along with appropriate class plans.


REFORMER FINAL TEST-OUT
(6 hours over 1 day - £180)
To gain your final certificate as a Pilates Reformer Teacher there is a one-day Test-Out which involves a written exam and a practical exam teaching a 1-hour class.


The written exam is a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions and a section on class planning. The written exam covers exercise progressions, programming, appropriateness, organisation, special population, equipment setup & maintenance & safety protocols.

During the practical exam your teaching skills will be evaluated in the following areas: Correct set–up and execution of the exercises; Client safety; Appropriate sequencing; Appropriateness of the exercises to the client or class; Understanding and application of the principles; Cueing and the ability to communicate with your client or class.


PREREQUISITES FOR PILATES REFORMER TEACHER TRAINING
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You have a recognised Pilates Mat Teacher qualification.
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There is also an option for people who do not have a Pilates Mat qualification to follow a Reformer only teacher training track. This track involves attending a Movement Principles module (part of Mat Teacher Training). The self-study assignments are also more rigorous. Contact us to discuss.
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SUMMARY OF OVERALL COURSE CONTENT

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Exercise instruction in the traditional Pilates Reformer repertoire along with modifications and additional exercises
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Sample programmes and classes for all levels, including cueing, coaching and teaching tips
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Instruction in observing, analysing and correcting posture and movement imbalances
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Guidelines for teaching older adults, pre & post natal women and clients with back, knee, neck and shoulder conditions
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Equipment safety and maintenance
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INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF EACH MODULE ON THE COURSE
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Instructor teaching fee
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A detailed, full colour manual
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Certificate of completion
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Refreshments: fruit, water, tea, coffee & chocolate!
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WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
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Travelling Costs & Parking
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Accommodation Costs
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Lunches. You are welcome to bring your own food. There are nearby cafes and shops.
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OUR FOUNDATION COURSE PROVIDES YOU WITH ALL THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PILATES REFORMER TEACHER
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ANATOMY IN 3 DIMENSIONS

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A UNIQUE EXPLORATION INTO THE ANATOMY OF THE HUMAN BODY

Build muscles in clay on a specially designed skeleton and imprint the body’s design deeply into your mind. Anatomy in Three Dimensions™ is a compelling, effective, engaging and fun way to learn the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy. By building the muscles with your own hands you will develop a deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

Learn the structure and function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, as well as the origin, insertion and action of the muscles. This course pairs muscle function with specific exercises in order to reinforce and apply the anatomical information to movement. Muscles and joints from the knees through the shoulders are covered.

THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ANATOMY
Anatomy in 3 Dimensions is the best way to understand the musculoskeletal system and integrate anatomical knowledge into your teaching. Learn how muscles move by experiencing each muscle group in action and relating these exercises to functional movement.

This course is designed to help anyone working with the body gain a deeper understanding of how the muscles and bones affect movement. The course has helped Pilates & other movement specialists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths and others to gain amazing practical insight into the body.

On this 2 day course (£400) we will cover the body from the knees through to the shoulders. You will also:
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Review principles of musculoskeletal anatomy
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Understand the structure & function of bones, joints, muscles, tendons & ligaments
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Identify bony landmarks
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Understand joint structure and movements
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Learn the origin, insertion and action of the major muscles of movement
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Learn basic exercises for each muscle group
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Anatomy in 3 Dimensions is great for beginners as well as anatomy geeks. Pilates and yoga instructors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, osteopaths, etc. can all benefit. Join us for the full, 16-hour course or for smaller, more specific workshops. Anyone who works with the body will gain a deeper understanding of how the muscles and bones affect movement. We can also bring an Anatomy in 3 Dimensions class to your facility.
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ABOUT BEING A PILATES TEACHER

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Pilates is one of the top fitness trends in the world. There are always opportunities for good certified Pilates teachers. There are a number of Pilates schools, each offering their own particular slant on Pilates, as well as pathways to becoming a certified teacher. With many, entry to the training plan involves commitment to a substantial up-front sum of money. This is not the case with Balanced Body.

It takes time, money and personal commitment to become a certified Pilates Teacher, but it is worth the effort, both for job satisfaction and earnings potential.The Balanced Body pathway is thorough. A key strength is the modularity of the training programme. You only need to commit and pay for one step at a time. This helps de-risk the process and ease your finances. As a certified Balanced Body Pilates Teacher you will be part of our global family and enjoy unrivalled support and cooperation from your peers and mentors.

IS BEING A PILATES TEACHER FOR ME?
Teaching Pilates can be a tremendously fulfilling part-time job or career choice. You do not have to be the youngest, thinnest, fittest or strongest person to start training as a Pilates teacher. However, you do need a passion for Pilates, especially passing your knowledge to those you teach.There are a few questions you should ask yourself about becoming a Pilates teacher.

Am I a people person?
Communication is at the heart of teaching Pilates. Visual and verbal interaction takes place between client and teacher all the time. Close proximity is almost always part of teaching Pilates. In the final analysis - you don't necessarily have to be an outgoing person to teach Pilates, but do you have to be willing to fully engage with those you teach.

Do I like to teach?
Teaching is different from doing. Are you just passionate about doing Pilates or are you really interested in teaching. Teaching Pilates requires a lot of energy and attention focused on others

Am I attracted to the under-lying philosophies of Pilates? 
Once you commit to Pilates teacher training, you need to understand the full breadth of the Pilates method. That includes the Pilates principles of Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow; as well as the finer techniques of training clients.

Am I interested in how the body works?

If you want to be a good Pilates teacher you need to know about the science behind movement, which includes knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Am I self-motivated? 
Most new Pilates teachers start part-time, gradually building classes, clients and reputation. You will have to work hard at self-promotion and client education to get your teaching career started.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss.

CAN I MAKE A LIVING TEACHING PILATES?
How much you can expect to make from teaching Pilates depends on a number factors, such as your experience & qualifications, where you live, your ability to attract and retain clients and when or how often you are available to teach. Your answers to the questions above also play a part. There are two broad avenues towards earning a living as a Pilates Teacher. Both require comprehensive training and in-depth knowledge, but the path you follow will largely depend on your preference or the opportunities that are available to you.

Working for someone else, e.g. Pilates Studio, Fitness Club
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More predictable
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Average remuneration
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Possible emphasis on REPs
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Working for yourself, e.g. from hired venues
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Have to market yourself
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Higher earnings potential
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Less bureaucracy
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Most new Pilates teachers start off working for themselves on a part-time basis, normally during the evenings and week-ends. This usually carries on until the student has become fully qualified and is in a position to make a more informed decision on the way ahead. Purely Pilates provide advice and guidance on how to get started.
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TEACHER TRAINING COURSE SCHEDULE
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2019 PILATES TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMMME
 
Below are our published dates. If the status is REGISTER the course is available for enrolment. Please use the Register link to book. If you are interested in any of the courses not yet available for registration, please use our contact page to get in touch, or by email or phone.

MP = Movement Principles Module
Mat n = Mat Modules
Ref n = Reformer Modules
AI3D = Anatomy in 3 Dimensions Course
2019 / 2020 Course Dates
Module Price Dates Status
MP £400   Sep 14/15 Completed
Ref 1 £430   Sep 28/29 Completed
Mat 1 £400 Oct 26/27 Register
MP £400 Nov 16/17
Ref 2 £400   tbc end Nov
Mat 1 £400 tbc mid Jan
Mat 2 £400   tbc mid Jan
Ref 3 £400 tbc mid Feb
Mat 3 £400 tbc mid Mar
TEST OUT DATES
To be confirmed.

COURSES BY REQUEST
We are available to run training courses beyond our listed training dates, providing minimum numbers are met.

NOTES
Mat & Reformer courses run over 2 days - Saturday & Sunday. Both course days start at 9:00am and finish at 6:00pm. Reformer 1 is an exception, starting earlier at 8:00am both days.

The course price includes tuition (as per appropriate course description), certificate of completion, manuals and refreshments. For the Mat 1 course, the price also includes marketing advice to help launch your journey as a Pilates Teacher.

If you would like to discuss any of our Pilates Teacher Training Courses, please go to our Contact Page. You can phone, email or fill out the enquiry form. We are happy to discuss Pilates Teacher training with you and answer any queries you might have.

Upon registration for a course, a deposit of £150 is payable to secure your place. The balance of the course fee is payable 30 days before the course starts. All payments are processed via a 3-D secure online payment gateway.


TRAVEL & ACCOMODATION
Our studio is in Stowmarket and is easily accessible from the A14 running between the Midlands and the East coast of Suffolk. Stowmarket is also easily accessible from the A11 - Norwich and southwards, and the A12 – M25 and northwards. As an example of commuting by road 1 hour each way, we can be reached from most of East Anglia, the M25 to the south and Cambridgeshire to the west.

Our studio is a short walk from Stowmarket train station. There are regular trains from London Liverpool Street with a journey time of 1hr30mins. There are also regular trains between Ipswich &  Peterborough and Ipswich & Cambridge, calling at Stowmarket.

We are one hour from London Stansted airport.