I came to Pilates after sustaining a sporting injury to my shoulder and upper back. I quickly became interested in the intelligent approach to the body work and found that the exercises I was doing as part of a mat routine were helping to strengthen my body and eradicate the pain caused by the injury.
This revelation caused me to change direction in my life and train to become a Pilates Instructor. All these years later I am still learning and enjoying seeing the changes in my clients’ movement patterns and strength. The following are my principal qualifications although I regularly attend courses and workshops to keep me up to date in many areas of specialism such as Breast Cancer and ‘the ageing population’.
In 2000 I trained with Body Control Pilates to become an instructor. Many years on and I am still enjoying every aspect of teaching and watching clients become stronger and change their movement patterns. I regularly attend movement workshops and continue to learn more. A particular area of interest for me is integrating fascial movement with Pilates. Below are my principal qualifications.”
In 2014 I trained with Anatomy Trains in ‘Functional Release for Structural Balance’. This combination of postural body reading, massage and appropriate functional exercises gives me another fantastic tool in my bag, to help correct imbalances in the body
2018 Diploma in Slings Myofascial Training – Art of Motion Academy, Bern, Switzerland.
Bringing together my interest in fascia and my experience as a movement teacher this course changed the way I taught and trained my own body. This is a fascia-focused training course which aims to provide the body with structural integration and functionality with long-lasting benefits.
2019 EBFA (Evidence Based Fitness Academy) New York – Barefoot Strong Instructor
This course covers foot and ankle function, barefoot exercises for different foot types, barefoot balance training and barefoot running. All barefoot exercises are applicable to both men and women of all ages and skill levels from basic to professional. These are frequently integrated into my Dynamic, Balanced and Strong classes.
2019 Course Designer and Educator for Anitmatum
I am part of a team designing and delivering in depth movement and anatomy courses to already qualified teachers. Having taught for the past 20 years and watched clients use various exercises and movements to re-educate their body, it is now time to use my experience to good effect.
Sarah Gurr holds a BSc Physiotherapy (Wits) and is a fully certified APPI matwork Pilates teacher, qualifying in 2005. She is currently completing her APPI reformer training.
Sarah is also a Paediatric physiotherapist working in private practice. She is particularly interested in promoting back care and healthy living. Sarah is available for Pilates 1 to 1 for children and is intending to run reformer classes for teens.
Her qualification as a physiotherapist puts her in a great position to deliver safe and effective exercise to our clients.
Joanna qualified as a Pilates Matwork Teacher with Body Control Pilates in October 2017.
Joanna has worked as a Nurse for the last 20 years in both Intensive Care and Endoscopy. She has had an interest in practising Pilates for 14 years, finding it a great way to maintain muscle and core strength and flexibility as well as a means of relaxation from hectic family life.
She enjoys running, walking and swimming and is aware of how Pilates keeps the body well-conditioned for daily life and sporting activities. As a nurse, Joanna has lots of experience in supporting and encouraging clients whatever their ability and health status. She is adding to her Pilates training with further courses and workshops to deepen her understanding of Pilates.
Joanna first discovered Pilates while seeking recovery from a minor sports injury. She joined a local Pilates class and was amazed by both the physical benefits and the improved sense of well-being that she felt. Consequently, she chose to study the Pilates method as well as the philosophy behind it.
Joanna regularly attends workshops and courses, gaining new qualifications and furthering her studies in Pilates, Movement Education and, more recently, in Slings Myofascial Training. This keeps Joanna up to date with any new information within the industry and just as importantly keeps her classes fresh and interesting for her clients.
Joanna is particularly interested in functional anatomy (fascia and biomechanics) and this informs my teaching practice. Her classes are structured not only to give her clients exceptional Pilates experience, but also to teach them about their body and its natural movements. You will be amazed to discover how much comfort and ease can be gained by finding your breath and alignment and by rebalancing your fascial tension lines within your body.
Joanna takes great care in understanding your history, your injuries and limitations while working with you to develop a stronger healthy body that is waiting to emerge.
Sophia Vrissanaki Hughes teaches Pilates Matwork and Pilates Studio classes, communicating how to move with more ease and grace and to develop a stronger, more balanced body.
Learning Pilates with Sophia in group, private or shared private sessions will give you the close attention and reassurance to make a positive improvement and best investment on your health and fitness.
Sophia qualified with the Pilates Foundation in 2004 and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey Roehampton and a Diploma in Deep Tissue and Holistic Massage Therapy. She is currently training for a Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy (ACMT) with Jing Massage, with the aim to expand further her knowledge of anatomy and movement mechanics and to help those who would benefit from manual therapy techniques. Sophia has completed over 400 hours of Pilates training with leading UK Pilates teachers at the Laban school in London. She has more than 10 years’ experience of working professionally with Physiotherapists and Osteopaths, so she is adept to helping people in rehabilitation through Pilates.
Kristine Sommerlade is an experienced movement teacher of 30 years who has worked internationally as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and Artistic Director.
In her Mat and Reformer classes she draws on the Pilates repertoire and her dance training to raise her students and clients’ kinaesthetic awareness of healthy and efficient movement patterns. Kristine is currently a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University where she has developed a Pilates-inspired body conditioning programme for BA Dance Education students. She is a qualified Polestar Pilates Mat teacher who is studying for her Reformer qualification.