I have been full time in the health and fitness industry since 1995 when I was a Fitness Instructor at Champneys Health Resort in Tring, Hertfordshire.
In the eight years I was at Champneys, I gained qualifications and experience in teaching most aspects of fitness, both on a group basis and also working with clients individually. I was the Fitness Manager at the Resort for the final 4 years of my service.
I qualified to teach Pilates (Pilates Institute, London) in 2000 and left Champneys in 2003 to set up my own business, providing privately run Pilates classes, Personal Fitness Training and Sports Massage Therapy, in the High Wycombe area.
Over the years, through working with clients, and also from keeping my own body pain free and moving, I started to recognise the true potential of Pilates in recovery, rehabilitation and injury prevention. It’s this potential that continues to influence my classes and the way I teach today.
In 2012, I embarked on 3 years of Clinical & Sports Massage Training with the Jing Massage School in Brighton. In addition to refining my massage skills, this training has also improved my knowledge of anatomy and physiology, myofascial bodywork and trigger point therapy. My renewed understanding of chronic pain patterns, commonly due to misalignment and imbalance in the body, has significantly effected how I structure my classes.
Last year I completed a BTEC level 6 dissertation about the ‘effect of proprioception training on the balance skills in the over 60’s’. The results were so encouraging that elements of the study have been introduced into weekly Pilates classes to help reduce ‘fall risk’.
When it comes to pain reduction and management, massage and Pilates go very much hand-in-hand. My ongoing training in human anatomy and body work continues to challenge my understanding of the body and all its intricacies; it fuels my passion and positively influences the way I teach my Pilates clients and classes.