Working as a Level 4 REPS
Registered Instructor, I meet many people with varying levels of
fitness and various exercise needs. I work with people of all ages and I understand how exercise can change lives, allowing
the young to feel fit and healthy and enabling older
people to maintain independence and quality of life, as well as
helping with many types of injury or condtion and any other
problems experienced throughout different stages of life.
I started working in the
Health and Fitness industry after working in PR and marketing when
I left university. My passion had always been fitness and I soon
took the plunge and retrained to enter the fitness industry, after
realising that an office job was not for me. Working in a health club in Cambridge I soon undertook the
Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor and Nutritional Advisor
qualifications, along with Circuit Training, Indoor Cycling and
Chair Based Exercise For Older People training courses.
I turned to Pilates when I
started to get a 'bad back' which I put down to lots of running
and weight training, putting pressure on my lower back. I was
amazed at how such slow and controlled movements could be so
powerful and effective. Pilates helped me to become more aware of
my posture and taught me how to strengthen the 'Power House of
Muscle' in the core of my body. By strengthening the muscles
which supported my spine, enabling me to move in a safe and supported way, I could continue to do the things I loved.
Further down the line Pilates enabled me to stay strong, with good
posture through two pregnancies, making sure I only did exercises
which were safe in pregnancy and would not damage my muscles, and to regain my
deep abdominal strength and
pelvic floor strength quickly after one natural birth and one
C-section! As the years go by I am finding that Pilates is helping
me to manage changes in my body and manage the symptoms of an auto
immune condition, which might otherwise weaken my body and my
resolve, affecting my quality of life. I am so grateful that I
found this form of exercise for my mind and my body, and If I can
do it, you can too!
I undertook 6 months of participation and observation in qualified instructor's Pilates
classes before starting my training to become a Level 3
Pilates teacher. I have since continued my professional
development by undertaking courses and workshops, including
becoming qualified to teach ante-natal and post natal Pilates after completing
the Pilates in Pregnancy course with Lynne Robinson of Body
Control Pilates, as I knew their training was of the highest
I have also gained my Level 3 GP
my Level 4 Lower back pain specialist qualification, and
undertaken workshops for Pilates for Runners, Pilates for
for orthopaedic conditions, and more recently Pilates for pelvic
floor health. I now run these very popular courses at various
points through the year.
I believe that Pilates is
an amazing method of exercise and I love to teach people both in
groups or as individuals, watching them progress and hearing their
It is important that you
are discerning when looking for a Pilates class. All teachers should
be happy to provide appropriate evidence that they are trained,
qualified and insured, so don't feel embarrassed to ask for this
information when booking. Please see my Certificates section.
Pilates is also very individual
and I believe your instructor should ask
you about any past or present injuries and any postural concerns
you may have, and then work with you, giving you individual
attention in each class to help with these problems.
My class numbers are
limited to ensure individual attention and I aim to provide safe,
effective Pilates classes with clear, understandable instructions
and a motivating, ‘down to earth’ approach.