White Feather

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”

– Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates?

Pilates was originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century as a series of mind-body exercises targeting the deep stabilizing muscles around the abdomen and spine to strengthen the whole body. Joseph called his exercise method, “Contrology”, the practice of controlled movement with regulated breathing. Joseph Pilates complemented his exercises with a variety of equipment, called "apparatus". Each apparatus builds upon basic mat work by introducing resistance to enhance flexibility, strength, mobility, body alignment and core stability.


Pilates has since evolved through modern theories of exercise science. By incorporating biomechanical principles into movement, Pilates helps people of all ages to develop body strength, flexibility and endurance without building bulk or stressing joints. Pilates helps to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. Strengthening these internal deep stabilizers also promotes proper alignment of the body to alleviate back, shoulder and neck pain and to move with ease and with better energy.

Joseph Pilates

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”

– Joseph Pilates

Benefits of Pilates

Is this suitable for me?

You will need to be relatively fit. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.

What do I need to bring?

You will need walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. You'll want to bring some food/lunch which you can easily eat. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena. You can see the recommended kit list here.

I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?

This is up to you depending on your budget. There are loads of campsites through to bunkhouses, B&Bs and hotels in Llanberis, Capel Curig and Betwys-y-Coed.

What's not included?

Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport.

How much is the trip and how do I book?

The guided walks for the weekend costs £49 per person (with discounts for multiple people). To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions. Simply select the day you want to join in for Snowdon and press book now!

What are the Terms & Conditions?

Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.

I've got some more general questions...

Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!

How do I get there?

If you're not driving, there are trains to Llandudno Junction or Bangor. Buses are pretty bad so you may be better off hiring a car or getting a taxi. Failing that I may be able to pick people up from stations if needed. If you are willing to offer a lift please let me know.


Founder & Instructor

Carolyn discovered Pilates in 2010 when she was looking for a solution to alleviate chronic neck and shoulder pains while working in a corporate office. She quickly found the benefits of Pilates to be transformative. Through increased body awareness, Carolyn developed improved postural alignment within herself.


As her discovery of Pilates continued she noticed the exercise required strong mental concentration in order to mobilize the body in controlled movements. This strong mental focus created more space in her mind, similar to the effect of meditation, providing psychologically uplifting support to complement Carolyn’s physical training.


Carolyn has continued to use Pilates as a tool to build strength and create balance for her body and mind. The effect of feeling centered and energised after each practice has kept her on the path of Pilates. Even after a difficult childbirth experience, the benefits of Pilates formed the core of Carolyn’s postpartum recovery. 

As an enthusiastic and a consistent practitioner of Pilates, Carolyn completed her first Pilates instructor certification in 2016 and has continued to passionately pursue further certifications and courses. She finds human anatomy fascinating and believes everyone could enjoy and benefit from practicing Pilates.


Carolyn teaches functional and challenging exercises to help her clients restore muscle balance and improve body strength in a biomechanically healthy way. As in her own life, Carolyn helps clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily lives by mastering the principles of safe and efficient movement. 

Originally from Taiwan, Carolyn studied in the U.S. and received a Bachelor degree in Business from New York University. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Carolyn Kao

Uplift Pilates Founder & Instructor


  • Total Barre®  Certified Instructor, 2019

  • STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor Reformer Level 1,  2019

  • Pre/Post Natal Certification (Pilates International Academy),  2018

  • Pilates Instructor All Populations Mat 1 (Pilates International Academy),  2016



Uplift Pilates is located in the heart of Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Parking is available at Hopewell Center (Kennedy Road

Entrance) or Wu Chung House Carpark (Queens Road East Entrance) 

5 minutes walk from the Wan Chai MTR station 

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