It all began in 1999 - frustrated by my lack of progress following a cycling accident - I stumbled across a piece in a health periodical about Pilates. It made complete sense. Pilates had found me.
I chose to train with Michael King and, alongside his partner Malcolm, I would travel to the City of London over a two year period. Qualifying to teach both mat work Pilates and individual tuition.
My love and devotion to the Pilates method has never dimmed.
A bit about Michael:
Michael was originally a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance with the newly formed Pineapple Dance Studios, Convent Garden London. Two years later he was offered a position in Texas managing the Pilates studio at the Houston Ballet Company where he stayed until 1990. During this time sponsored by the Houston Ballet, Michael traveled across the USA visiting and training at studios. In New York, he studied with Corola Trier and with Romana Kryzanowksa at the original Pilates Studio. Michael also worked in the Voight Centre in Los Angeles for five years teaching fitness programs as as well as at many other Pilates Studios including Winsor Pilates in Los Angeles. He moved back to Europe in 1995, where following a two year contract in Switzerland, he returned to London.
Michael's training programs are now taught in over 30 countries worldwide and have been instrumental in the development of national and international standards in recent years.
Developed nearly a century ago, Pilates’ innovative method is more relevant today than ever before and can help relieve back pain and poor posture stemming from our sedentary habits and stressful lives.
Exercises are inspired by control, centre and flow. Described by Joseph Pilates as “the complete coordination of the body, mind and spirit”, Pilates activates your awareness to engage the muscles of the spine, abdominals and pelvic floor.
The goal of a Pilates practice is to increase overall strength and flexibility. Pilates movements can be (and are) adaptable and are therefore well-suited for all ages and fitness abilities. To become the best version of you: with a body that works with you and not against you.
My Pilates Classes
I offer a range of classes either from the comfort of your own home with my video on-demand or come along to one of my venue classes - the choice is yours.
VIDEO ON DEMAND BOOKING
Born from necessity, and continued through desire, my videos are an opportunity to follow a class in the comfort of your own space and at a time that works for you. I record three sessions each week:
Revitalise 45 minutes. Restorative 20 minutes & Rejuvenation at 10 minutes.
Weekly Drop-in Venue Classes
Pilates mat class is a small-group format featuring a series of dynamic exercises focusing on the use of our “power house” muscles to stabilise and lengthen the body.
I emphasise Joseph Pilates’ original exercises while modifying movement and structure when needed to maximise benefit from the work. Focus is on proper alignment and mobility of the spine along with recruitment of the deep postural muscles to increase strength, flexibility and improve posture. This is all done in a relaxed and informal atmosphere to encourage interaction and friendship.
The 10 Session Loyalty Card is now into its 23rd year!
How it works: you simply show your loyalty to class by paying in advance (for 10 sessions) and l re-pay your loyalty to class by discounting your classes by 15%.
You can use your Loyalty Card at any class and at any time. It is not a course. You can always pay as you go if you choose.
All classes 55 minutes.Pay per session £10.
My Pilates Barn & Private Tuition
My Pilates Barn sits peacefully in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers privacy should you wish to see me alone or with a friend. To make it even better I can offer a video to watch at home following our session.