equipment studio teachers
Alison trained as a dancer at Laban and enjoyed Pilates classes there so much that she decided to learn to teach with Alan Herdman, and qualified in 2000. As well as working for him, she has taught in several high - profile studios across London and Essex as well as providing mat classes, including regular sessions at The Place, Laban and Central School of ballet.
Alison has worked with individuals with varied abilities, needs and goals; from elite athletes and professional dancers to those with serious conditions and injuries in need of a particular rehab as well as people who just want to be at the optimal fitness level. She has also enjoyed teaching women at all stages of pregnancy and after.
What started out as an interest in a "dance-like" form of exercise has become a passion for working with the moving body. Alison wants to develop as a teacher by learning as much as possible about the body, and finds complementary subjects like yoga, Feldenkrais method, Gyrontonic and the Alexander Technique particularly useful.
Alison's areas of expertise include: back and joint injuries and rehab; pre and post-natal; hypermobility (Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome); performance and sports conditioning.
Aud AasboAud studied dance at the Norwegian Opera Ballet School before continuing her dance training at the Laban Centre in London. She worked as a freelance dancer in London before training as a Pilates instructor with Moira Stott (Toronto) and the Pilates Foundation UK in London. Aud is also a certified instructor of Gyrotonic® and Skinner Releasing Technique. Her teaching aims to increase the individual’s body awareness through the use of the Pilates Technique, creating well aligned, freer and more efficient movement. Aud is currently completing a Master's degree in Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Charles AbbottCharles completed the rigorous 2-year Pilates Foundation comprehensive teacher training and is fully qualified to teach both Pilates matwork and equipment classes. His training in anatomy supports a keen interest in postural problems. Using carefully-selected Pilates exercises, he helps his clients to improve their posture, reduce back pain, recover from injury or surgery and to deal with many musculo-skeletal issues. Passionate about Pilates, Charles believes it is an ideal way for anyone to keep fit, supple, strong and prevent injury. His classes promote alignment and elongation, working to strengthen the body without building bulky muscles.
Charles welcomes working with any client - no matter how stiff, weak, flexible or strong. Above all, he believes that Pilates should be enjoyable and tries to ensure that his clients find it a positive, enlightening experience and are left with a sense of satisfaction and well-being.
Chronic back pain led Emma into relentless research of various methods of bodywork. After a regular yoga practice of some 5 years she finally discovered Pilates, and it was then that she felt she could take control over her condition and bring a change from within. In 2007 Emma moved to London to train as a Pilates teacher and in 2010 she completed her training with Anne-Marie Zulkahari, one of the founding members of the Pilates Foundation UK. Emma is currently practicing Scaravelli Yoga with Anne-Marie Zulkahari and Catherine Annis.
Using the Pilates technique Emma aims to increase the individual’s body awareness as a means to reeducate and strengthen their bodies, and gradually encourage them to explore new possibilities of movement.
Emma has been immersed in the health and fitness industry for as long as she can remember with a family who were among the first private health club pioneers in the UK.
Her “seeking’ nature has taken her through the mechanics of the body, an exploration of mind control and spiritual release.
Emma coordinates the STOTT Pilates UK Training Centre, teaches at many of the capital's bespoke pilates studios alongside delivering the technology of Kundalini Yoga.
Emma has long been involved with the YMCA and is a passionate advocate of its charitable mission.
When not shining the light across the city she is found sleeves rolled up, at the vintage bike shop she co–owns www.fullcitycycles.co.uk
Gizella ZampetisGizella has been passionate about dance since she was four years old and trained at the University of Culture, St Petersburg. She came to London to study and become a Pilates teacher. Gizella discovered how to look after the joints, have a correct posture and how to stretch correctly. In turn, she enjoys teaching other people how to strengthen and protect their bodies so that they can have more freedom of movement. Fascinated with the human body she went on to study physiotherapy at Brunel University in 2008. The union of both techniques, Pilates and physiotherapy, greatly benefited her understanding of injuries which transpires through her teaching of both Pilates and Gyrotonic.
Jinji trained as a dancer and graduated with a BA and also holds a Diploma in Dance. During her training and as a professional dancer, she studied pilates which she then trained in Australia and continued her training with BCP in the UK. She has worked in Australia, UK and India and her style of teaching has been influenced by her experience in many different studios, from dance colleges to remedial and therapy centres to classical and dynamic high –paced studios.
She teaches with an emphasis on bio-mechanics, quality and good functional movement, as well as infusing her classes with flowing movement in multi directions, to encourage strength, release, alignment and grace.
She is also a qualified ballet and yoga teacher, teaches Vinyasa Flow and ballet as well as mat and Pilates on equipment.
Coming from a family of a sports player, a father- professional footballer, and a mother, a medical nurse, I have been exposed to physical activity and the wellness and medical side to it.
Seeing Joseph Pilates effortlessly upright at 80 has encouraged me to practice Pilates and then train as a teacher.
I have completed my training with the renowned Alan Herdman. My training has involved both classical Pilates for non-injured people and remedial. Having anatomy lectures thought by a physiotherapist has also added to my knowledge of body mechanics.
I like to give my clients a work out which would make them feel a positive change in their body. The focus in my teaching dynamic or remedial is alignment, breathing and movement.
Keah LanKeah's interest in natural health began in 1996 where she trained at the family run, international Kim-Loong Wushu Centre in the disciplines of Shoalin Quan and Sanda, as well as Jing-An wellness center in the disciplines of Taiji Quan, meditation and Chi cardio in South Africa.
After many years as a reflexologist as well as working on detox retreats in Europe, she decided to embark on a career as a pilates teacher with the amazing Alan Herdman.
Keah teaches a dynamic style of pilates, yet her calm personality will relax your mind and body. By incorporating the knowledge of martial arts and alternative therapies into her teaching style Keah works to re educate and restore the body to the optimum muscular and skeletal function as well as to detoxify and re energise the body to achieve improved fitness, greater flexibility and a hightened sense of wellbeing.
Marco is a pilates instructor who takes a holistic approach working with his clients. For him pilates is about wholeness, and a path to mental, physical, and spiritual well being. With his rich background in dance and movement, Marco brings movement creativity into each pilates session. He can adapt the pilates exercises to meet the individual needs of his clients, so they can enjoy moving while engaging in a safe but challenging pilates practice.
Marco is a trained ballet dancer who has worked with major ballet and modern dance companies, in the U.K. and Scotland. He first got into pilates which helped him getting into a full recovery when he suffered a work related injury.
He is a qualified teacher from the Pilates foundation under the tutelage of Dominique Jansen but has also trained with Anne Marie Zulkahari and Alan Herdman.
Monica ArgentonMonica Argenton, originally from Italy, moved to London in 1998 to start her professional dance training at London Contemporary Dance School. Here she was first introduced to Pilates and found the system helped her to meet the demands of her professional dance training and cope with injuries. She has been practising Pilates since and, after several years working in the arts sector, went on to qualify as a Pilates Foundation teacher with Anne-Marie Zulkahari. She has been teaching mat and equipment based Pilates in North West London since January 2009 and has gained a postgraduate specialisation in Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates in January 2012.
In her teaching, Monica combines love for movement with precision and attention for details. Her classes are dynamic at all levels whilst still introducing functional Pilates concepts useful in every day life.
Nes Levi has been studying and practising Pilates and yoga, since 2000. This grew out of her interest in diverse types of dance traditions she has been involved in, as well as her study of movement and body and mind connection.
Her personal experience of rehabilitating through Pilates gave Nes a useful insight into the clients’ perspective and a certain empathy with remedial clients. Pilates for her is is a wonderful technique to enhance the body's natural ability to move efficiently and teaching this technique is just one way of helping people live better.
She has been working with clients with diverse needs including: pregnant women, back pain sufferers, those recovering from invasive surgery or injury and clients with various musculoskeletal or degenerative conditions, as well as people who wish to enhance their athletic ability. She is very hands-on and has a keen eye for each individual’s own abilities and restrictions.
Phil BishopPhil has been a practitioner of Sports Massage for 8 years. He is also the only triyoga therapist who combines his massage practice with Pilates instruction. The Pilates sessions allows Phil to identify and work on specific postural issues that are often the underlying cause of muscular complaints, and then tailor the follow-up Sports Massages to treat the specific problems.
Phil's target is to lead to economy of movement for every client through identifying and working on changing habitual body patterns.
Serena OliverSerena began training with two Pilates Foundation founders, Anne-Marie Zukahari and Hana Jones, in 2004. She has taught where she trained since graduating and currently serves on the Pilates Foundation’s Professional Standards Committee. She relates easily to clients whatever their physical ability or issues, combining her practical skills and creative approach with many years’ teaching experience. Incorporating learning from personal activities such as circus training, Serena creates fun, challenging classes that work to clients’ capabilities, whilst providing support to overcome any physical impairments or imbalances. Excellent attention to detail and precise corrections mean faulty movement patterns and weaknesses are addressed, enabling the body return to balance and improve sporting performance.
Tony WatsonFrom an ecclectic movement background in theatre, Pilates, dance and massage, Tony Watson originally trained as a dancer which is where he first discovered yoga and instantly fell in love with this ancient practise. He went onto study and explore various styles of yoga, largely inspired by the beauty and grace of the vinyasa method whilst holding a deep appreciation for sound alignment. Tony teaching style is entirely his own. He teaches from a perspective of experiencing the body from within, he is influenced by all styles of yoga, bodywork practices, somatic and cranio-sacral therapy principles enjoying creatively incorporating these themes to create a fluid practice. He deeply believes in the transformative qualities of yoga and in it's ability in cultivating awareness for conscious living.
Yarit completed her Comprehensive Pilates teacher training course with Dror Raz Classical Pilates and Physiotherapy and did an additional Pilates Bridging programme with Alison Goodman's “Pilates Passport”. She has specialised in pre and post-natal Pilates with The Center for Women's Fitness and with Polstar Pilates. Yarit also teaches movement and stage combat for performers and is a qualified Garuda instructor.
Whether in a rehabilitation oriented session or a dynamic workout, Yarit's teaching aim is to realign, restore and challenge her clients. Since her own injury rehabilitation through Pilates, she teaches focusing on a full movement-breath integration and strives to bring her clients to their highest Pilates practice ability.