I have been teaching Pilates since 1999 and qualified at the renowned Body Control Pilates Association when it was still in its infancy. This is my second studio, and was opened in 2006. Previously I had a studio in a large physiotherapy clinic, where I gained most of my experience in rehabilitation and remedial work. I trained in Classical Ballet in my early 20’s, and have always been interested in fitness and movement. After University, I moved to London and worked as an aerobics teacher and personal trainer. I wanted to find a form of exercise that would benefit all bodies and involve more focussed body movement, and so, I found Pilates. I live in Muswell Hill with my husband and 3 daughters
I was a serious martial artist for many years; sparring competitively, teaching in my free time and involved with my National Association. However, I have suffered back pain for as long as I can remember and sustained a serious back injury in 1998. Pilates got me back into training, and though it was the exact opposite of what I thought exercise should be, I saw the benefit of the discipline of controlled and intelligent movements. Pilates allowed me 10 more years of high impact martial arts that I feared were gone forever. It is this experience of being able to continue what I loved most that drives the way I teach pilates. My passion is to get people better and to get them to do activities they think are beyond them. It’s far more rewarding than the sales job I had in the City.
I started as a personal trainer in my 20s and later became a Pilates teacher exclusively. I went on to train in the Franklin Method which focuses on Mind body practice, and the use of imagery to improve movement / performance. My background is in martial arts ( wing chun, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu jitsu) I am very much interested in rehabilitation having sustained injuries of my own over the years (The most notable of which was disk replacements in my neck.) I can very much relate to Clients who may be suffering with injury and I marvel at the benefits Pilates can bring. Pilates is the road to recovery in my book. I enjoy teaching it and helping clients make Pilates their own, I encourage people to move well and move often.
I come from a martial arts background and practice Brazilian jiu jitsu so I find Pilates indispensable for keeping the body balanced, integrated and for rehabilitating the body. I very much enjoy helping others discover better posture and sharing my enthusiasm for moving intelligently. Pilates has changed my life for the better, it reconnects the mind with the body and is a mindful practice for me.
I am currently studying with Eric Franklin in Paris, learning about biomechanics which I have found very useful in my pilates practice.
I am very interested in movement and seem to find myself on courses quite regularly. Apart from the above, I am very much interested in Acting and have a masters in acting for film, I sing Sinatra and Dean Martin songs in a nursing home once a week, I enjoy playing guitar and I love to travel.
I have been exercising all my life. As a child I did ballet, contemporary dance and jazz dance.
When I became an adult I started going to the gym. I also did some yoga classes but later on, when I first tried Pilates I truly fell in love. I began to feel hip pain after I had my child and I knew Pilates was the answer to my problem. After only several classes my hip pain was long gone. This made me realise that Pilates was the right thing for me and I knew that I had a passion for it straight away. From then I decided to study Pilates and become a professional Pilates teacher.
For me, Pilates is a journey, teaching me the possibilities and wonders of the beautiful human body. I take in my clients problems and worries and I do everything I can to teach them the true potential of their bodies.
I began practicing Pilates in 2003 having suffered minor back problems for several years. In 2006 I opted to leave a 10 year career in investment banking for a healthier lifestyle, and subsequently decided to train as a Pilates Instructor.Â I gained my original certification at Pilates International in London and went on to obtain a further Masters Program certification at the prestigious Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado USA. I studied medicine at Cambridge University, a background which gives me a particular interest in rehabilitative Pilates. I’m a keen traveller and have spent a lot of time in South America, including living & working in Argentina.
I started learning Pilates at this studio in 2006 after being told to stop all high impact sport due to multiple sites of arthritis: knees, neck and hands. Pilates was a saviour and it was an easy decision to train to be a teacher when the opportunity arose in 2010. I apprenticed at this studio and qualified at Body Control Pilates in London with honours.
I have always been keen on health and fitness and was once an Olympic squad gymnast, so I understand the pressures the body can be put under. Pilates is a way to make beneficial changes to your life without having to cut out anything that you enjoy.
I strive to teach our clients how to re-align their body and strengthen their core without having to think about it, making it fun, so that it becomes a natural process within their everyday life. I hope that Pilates can help you as much as it helped me.
I came to Pilates in 1997 as I had sustained a back injury. Over a period of 6 months a physio ‘fixed’ me using pilates techniques. Apart from the fact that I was very grateful to be pain free again this experience also taught me the power of Pilates to help people recover from injury and I also gained an invaluable insight into how to teach other people.
I have been teaching Pilates since 2005, often working alongside physiotherapists and other health professionals. I also studied Pilates in the USA over a period of two years where I gained a Masters in Pilates from the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado – the “Harvard of the Pilates World”.
I am a Graduate of the Yoga Academy. I studied yoga with Simon Low, co-founder of Triyoga and founder of the Yoga Academy, one of the world’s leading yoga teacher training schools and study centres. I continue to study with Simon and am currently completing my RYT500 hours (500 hours of continuing professional development for the Yoga Alliance, UK and USA).
I believe that what you learn and achieve on the mat can help you in your everyday life.
I have been teaching Pilates for over twenty years but was first introduced to it whilst studying at a performing arts college in London, where I took classes with Alan Herdman to improve my strength and flexibility as a young dancer.
I left dance college and worked as a professional dancer travelling around Europe and Japan until my late twenties. In 1997, I retired from dance and started my teacher training at ‘Pilates International Centre’. I
continued working here for a few years before moving on to work and train further at ‘Belsize Studio’.
I also work in a primary school where I draw on my knowledge of Pilates helping children with special educational needs refine their fine and gross motor skills.
I have been teaching fitness for over 15 years. I gained my original Exercise to Music qualification with the YMCA, and then completed a degree in Health and Fitness. Since then I continued my fitness education and gained a variety of qualifications along the way.
Combining my love of dance and fitness, I have worked with a wide range of clients from pensioners and people with disabilities to elite athletes, musicians and dancers.
I’m an advocate for promoting fitness in the community and have set up exercise therapy programmes for people with acquired brain injuries as well as running exercise sessions for cardiac rehab patients.
After years of teaching high energy , high impact classes, I discovered Pilates. Not only did I discover that this was the perfect solution for rebalancing the body, it also prompted me to deepen my understanding of the anatomy of movement.