I am an experienced Body Control qualified Pilates Matwork and Reformer teacher. I am a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
I have undergone extensive training to qualify to Level 4 (highest level attainable) with REPs as a Specialist Instructor in the Management of Low Back Pain and am a Back4Good Practitioner. This training has been externally accredited by SkillsActive and REPs (who oversee quality and standards for the UK health and fitness industry) and endorsed by BackCare, the UK national charity for healthier backs.
The Body Control Pilates association is renowned as a world-leading education provider for Pilates teaching and is widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective teaching of the highest quality, with smaller classes ensuring close supervision and support.
My interest in fitness spans over 25 years. As a teenager I practised martial arts for several years (reaching 1st kyu status) and my initial interest was in strength training. I qualified and worked as a Fitness Instructor and a Personal Trainer, building an established clientele. It was in the early 90s after sustaining a knee injury during martial arts training that I had to seek a low impact alternative to maintaining my fitness. I was introduced to Pilates for rehabilitation and soon discovered it to be very challenging, effective and enjoyable.
After experimenting with different Pilates classes, I was drawn to the teaching style of the Body Control qualified Pilates teachers because of their level of knowledge, quality of teaching and their attention to detail. Experiencing the many benefits first hand, I was inspired to become a Body Control Pilates teacher in 2005 and found a closer personal connection that has reshaped my approach to fitness and teaching.
I feel the studio equipment/Reformer repertoire compliments my two passions of strength training and matwork Pilates by challenging stability, technique and strength through the use of the resistance springs.
As a member of the Body Control Pilates Association I regularly attend approved development courses and workshops, which I thoroughly enjoy. This offers all members a great insight into the latest medical research including evolving and innovative approaches in the teaching of Pilates. This in turn benefits you and your progress and learning.
I take a personal pride in delivering a creative experience each time I teach and gain great satisfaction in seeing the positive effects that Pilates can have on your quality of life and well-being.