I first came across Pilates when I went to dance college in London, aged 16, it really helped me to gain the strength to do the ballet that I loved, and helped to sculpt my body, especially giving me the core strength that is so important for dancers.
My teacher, Conchita Del Campo, at London Studio Centre, saw how much I liked the exercises and, thinking I would be a good teacher, decided to train me up so that I could take over her classes while she was on holiday! The classes included mat work and studio work including the reformer and cadilac.
At this time Pilates had just started to become more accessible to the average person, rather than just celebrities and dancers, so I decided to do another course – Body Control Pilates.
After training I went on to teach a number of classes in London before I got my first professional dance job. Since then I have balanced my time between teaching and dancing all over the world.
After retiring from dancing I set up my Pilates classes in the local area in 2008 starting with just 2 classes.
I am a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and a REPs level 4 Lower back pain specialist instructor.
I have done courses in small equipment including bands, small balls, Big balls, weighted balls, foam rollers and rings. Other courses I have done are standing Pilates, older person Pilates, antenatal and post natal, and bone health.
I am currently working towards my level 4 qualification and I have just passed my exam for Diastasis Recti Recovery (April 17)
After recently having two kids myself, I can see the benefit of Pilates for many woman after childbirth. This is an area I am particularly passionate about.
Every year I continue to do training courses to keep up to date with the latest advice, and finding new and interesting exercises to bring to class. In the same way I like to keep my clients on their toes by bringing in different equipment to class.
Come along and see for yourself how good you can feel!