Pilates has hugely evolved since its originator Joseph Pilates developed a series of carefully sequenced exercises, both mat and equipment based.
Today’s Pilates teachings encompasses the modern day principles of exercise science and rehabilitation to meet every clients need. The movements have been modified to suit both the clinical setting of clients and also those requiring improved flexibility, mobility, strength and muscle tone, core stability, stamina, co-ordination, balance and improved breathing patterns. From beginner to advanced, from gym exerciser to professional sports person Pilates can be the perfect complement to your current activities, taking your body forwards to function with effortless efficiency. Improved posture, less pain, increased sports performance, injury prevention and lowered stress levels are just a few of the benefits of regular Pilates sessions.
Testimonial for Treating Back Pain - RK
I noticed the effect of my exercises after just a few months. The difference to the physio sessions was that it was lasting. Gabby developed for me a program exercises, both mobility and conditioning ones, which was tailored to my needs, slowly building up my muscles, not just the core ones. We have by now arrived at the 16th program and looking back over the last nearly five years it is astounding how the programs developed. But our sessions were not limited to work on the programs (which were very much for me to do at home). The sessions were rather a mix of helping with any needs I might have at the day (which could depend on the effects of my extensive travels or any day-to-day aches and small pains) and using the equipment in the studio (the reformer in particular, which I do not have at home) to support my programs. Gabby has the ability, which I once heard good doctors should have (but don’t), to tell from the way I move where my particular problems might lie and then to immediately respond with the appropriate exercise. Her watchful approach notices smallest rotations or pelvis misalignments, just to mention a few. Her eye for the slightest incorrectness in carrying out my exercises is extraordinary but she is also very encouraging and the whole atmosphere during the session is that of concentrated but very enjoyable work. Over the course of these five years her understanding of which exercise might benefit me at a particular point in time has reached an extraordinary level. I have not lost all pain at all times, but my flexibility and strength has greatly improved. Because breathing is such an essential part of pilates, my awareness for it day-to-day has improved a lot. I have not suffered another episode as those in 2010/11 and I have been able to cope well with the demands of ever more travelling and more stressful work. Through the quality of my weekly sessions with Gabby and the encouragement I get through them, I have been able to keep my work over five years, which is no small feat. – RK
Testimonial for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis - GD
She also puts in a lot of research so that she understands the art of the possible before making exercise recommendations. We started small, have not been afraid to experiment and continued to develop my programme of exercises over time. The results have been remarkable. Of course I have to do my bit and actually do the exercises that Gabby has recommended, but without her expertise I would not have made anything like the progress I have and I am extremely grateful.
Testimonial for Pregnancy - JM
I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and always had more energy and better alignment afterwards even without the intense cardio and sweating that I had previously always strived for in a workout. I also benefitted from the workout outlines that she provided for me to do at home in between our weekly sessions. At my 38 week appointment, my midwife even complemented me that whatever I was doing to stay in shape while pregnant was clearly working well. Thanks Gabby! JM
Gabby has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. Gabby started out as a freelance personal trainer and group exercise instructor for the YMCA and other corporate businesses. For the last 15 years, Gabby has focused on Pilates, corrective exercise and rehabilitation. It was her interest in back pain that led her to Pilates and corrective exercise as a way to rebalance and restore the body to better health and function.
Gabby completed her full Matwork and Studio Pilates training qualifications with BCPA and the APPI and more recently gained qualifications in dynamic stabilisation, dynamic stretching and restorative yoga. She also works with pre and post natal clients.
Gabby is passionate about her work and loves the challenge of solving body imbalances and healing injuries through movement with the aim to restore normal functional movement patterns within the body
Testimonial 1 to 1's
Diane has a keen eye for detail and a thorough understanding of movement so is well suited for someone looking for a rehabilitation class. I highly recommend her 1:1s if you are looking for a fun and safe workout with a challenging, tailored exercise programme!
My Reformer sessions with Diane are something I look forward to and feel strangely addicted to…You might arrive slouched, crumpled and misaligned but you will leave feeling and looking taller, stronger and lighter. As if by magic…
Diane has been teaching Pilates since qualifying with Body Control Pilates in 2005. Prior to qualifying, she had a career as a short term fixed income trader in the City. She came to practise Pilates after pregnancy and decided to retrain as an instructor having experienced its tremendous effect.
She is qualified to teach at advanced level both matwork and equipment.
She enjoys working with people of all ages and levels of fitness, having taught a wide range of professions from office bound workers to performers and athletes.
Diane is a member of the Body Control Pilates Association.
Erika has been teaching Pilates since qualifying with Polestar Pilates UK in 2012. Prior to qualifying as both matwork and full comprehensive Pilates practitioner, she earned a Masters in Fine Arts from The Slade (UCL). As a an artist and Pilates practitioner she enjoys exploring movement in a physical-emotional sense which begins to foster a curious perspective on trapped memories in the mind, body, and spirit. In her Pilates sessions she emphasises improving biomechanics, resourcing you how to reduce aches and pains, and developing your participation of mind-body-spirit awareness.
In addition to Pilates, she is currently training to become a bio-dynamic craniosacral therapist at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust (London, UK). Erika enjoys working with all types of people from various backgrounds and all levels fitness experience.