Teaching Pilates: my happy place.

Why Shapesmith & Well?

Before becoming a Pilates teacher I had a career that ranged from political lobbying to telecommunications regulation. I spent years sitting at a desk, working against deadlines and feeling the stresses and strains of long-hours culture. In one of the workplaces we had access to lunchtime Pilates and yoga classes, as well as an on-site gym. Without those outlets, I'd have been buried by the stress I was living under. Teaching Pilates and providing corporate Pilates classes gives me a chance to create that oasis of wellbeing that I was lucky enough to experience.

What’s your approach to fitness and wellbeing?

I strive for balance….It’s the simple stuff we know and ignore. My approach is about doing and enjoying a little bit of everything. I make sure that I do some exercise or some kind of movement everyday (yup, brisk walks count). I eat everything, I know that fad diets don’t work, neither does cutting out food groups because it’s trendy. I am as happy with a chocolate bar as I am with an avocado.

What makes you teach Pilates?

Pilates makes me happy… I took my first Pilates class in 2002 and (having trained to teach Stott mat Pilates) I taught my first class in 2013. Helping my clients to challenge and exceed their expectations is thrilling. It’s great to see people get the benefits from a particular Pilates exercise and grow and develop. All the teachers that I work with possess that same passion for sharing, challenging and supporting our clients Pilates practice

What do you do away from Shapesmith & Well?

Away from fitness I am an aunt, oldest sister, friend and godmother. I enjoy being surrounded by the wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful. I love spending time with family and friends over delicious food in great surroundings, in London and beyond. Pilates takes up a lot of my time, so I have to make sure I get the balance right and see friends and family often because that is what rejuvenates me and puts the biggest smile on my face.

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