Hi I’m Vanessa, – friend, teacher, supporter, mother, professionally trained dancer, wellness enthusiast, entrepreneur, breast cancer survivor, and spiritual seeker. I’m passionate about living authentically, seeing potential in others, helping people see it in themselves and helping people on their own individual journeys towards healthier, happier lives.
My journey with pilates is a very personal story of recovery and redemption. I have experienced first hand the miraculous benefits of this life changing approach to fitness and this is what has inspired me to become a pilates teacher.
My story began in dance – in fact my mother said I was a dancer before I could walk! The first time I heard Tchaikovskys swan lake I absolutely knew I wanted to be a baller dancer and by the time I was 11 I was performing Nutcracker and La Sylphide at the London Festival Hall as well as touring in Italy with English National Ballet. My career was set and I felt like I had the world at my feet, I was living my dream and felt invincible. Fast forward 20 years of gruelling training, as well as pregnancy and motherhood taking it’s toll (I’m 5’3 and my daughter weighed 10lbs!!) my back gave out and I was literally stopped in my tracks.
Hobbling into my first pilates class I felt broken physically and emotionally with no faith whatsoever that one hour a week of pilates training would be able to restore me physically or mentally.
Little did I know I was embarking on a whole new chapter of my life, a strengethened body, a more focused mind and what has become my new dream career that has helped me bring a sense of balance to the unexpected hurdles that life throws at us.
When I was diagosed with breast cancer in 2018 my world came crashing down again but having a framework of mental and physical strength that I put down to the incredible Pilates method as well as the benefit of our wonderful NHS of course I pulled through and went on to attend the Post Operative Breast Cancer training to better understand and help those going through the trauma of this terrifying disease.
The Pilates method and the more mindful approach to exercise has helped me overcome some immensely difficult and painful times, the attention to breath helped me manage my anxiety and I have become a more compassionate teacher as a result of my own experiences.
I run mixed ability classes as well as advanced pilates and one on one training, I also started running Pilates retreats 5 years ago in Ibiza and Turkey which have proven to be as popular as they are rewarding
What started as a painful journey has brought transformation to all areas of my life and it’s an honour to be in a position where I now have the opportunity of passing on my knowledge and experience to help others to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential as well.
I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or would just like to chat about where you are in life (and the direction you’d like to be going!) then please get in touch.
looking forward to hearing from you soon!
- Body Control Teacher Training
- Advanced Classical mat
- Intermediate Classical mat
- Beginners Classical mat
- Bone Health Course
- Breast Cancer course
- Mindfulness in Pilates course
- Pelvic Floor Course
- Foam roller, Stretch bands and balls
- Toning rings course
- YMCA Gym Instuctor
- YMCA Studio Instuctor
- YMCA Fitness training for the older person
- YMCA Nutrition and Weight Management
- YMCA Spin Instuctor
- YMCA Aqua Fit Instuctor
- Les Mills Body Pump Instuctor
- Les Mills Body Balance Instuctor
- Winner of the Dame Alicia Markova Award in 1986
- Trained at the Arts Educational Schools Tring Park and then The London School
- Professional dance credits include working for renowned British choreographer Arlene Phillips
- Royal Variety Show
- German Eurovision Song Contest dancing with Sir Cliff Richard
- Coca Cola Campaign
give pilates a free try!
The best way to find out if Pilates is right for you is by giving it a try!
I would love to hear from you and answer any questions or concerns you might have.
I offer all new clients a FREE consultation to chat through your fitness history and goals,
also a FREE trial session for all new clients!
There really is nothing to loose so please get in touch using my online form HERE