I started working in the fitness industry many years ago
as an Exercise to Music teacher, taught by the YMCA near
London’s Oxford Street. I worked at a local and prestigious
health club, teaching and writing fitness programmes for many
people to get fit, lose weight or build up strength either for
their own personal reasons or to rebuild their body after injury
or operation. Unfortunately, my time in the industry was cut
short when I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which is a serious autoimmune disease. I was confined to bed and home for almost a year before I was able to do something about it. I took many trips to the Lupus specialists in London and Atlanta in the USA, to find help with fixing my body and mind.
I discovered Pilates when my mother trained to teach the method. She practiced on me and the first session I did lasted only 10 minutes before I had to stop due to pain in my joints and frustration that I could not work through it. This actually made me more determined and slowly but surely I became fitter and stronger. I loved Pilates so much I decided to become a Body Control Pilates teacher and qualified in September 2003.
Pilates is not easy to master, and I urge everyone to really understand what is involved before they start. Pilates is a commitment to change your life, body and mind for the better and forever. I know, because it changed mine.
I am currently a member of The Body Control Pilates Association and of the Register of Exercise Professionals. I am recognised as a formally qualified Pilates teacher on the Register of Exercise Professionals, having fully met the requirements of the new UK national standard for Pilates.