Helena is an very encouraging, patient and enthusiastic Pilates matwork teacher who is passionate about what she does. She is also a Back4Good lower back pain Pilates specialist, qualified with Body Control Pilates.
She likes to make her classes fun, varied, dynamic and (at intermediate level) challenging. They are based on a functional and contemporary approach to Pilates. This, she combines with more traditional Pilates exercises, to counteract the effect of our largely sedentary lifestyles.
Her Pilates classes are small, friendly and personal (10 people max, 6 at Form Physio). This means that she can focus on quality rather than quantity and give everyone the attention they deserve. She can therefore deliver a more personalised service than in a larger gym style class. Her classes are tailored to coincide with her clients’ overall level of fitness, Pilates experience and goals as well as the ongoing feedback she encourages.
Let her know what goals you would like to set yourself before you start classes with her and she will support you in making those goals a reality (although change won’t happen overnight!).
Check out her testimonials page for clients' reviews of her teaching style or google reviews for a taste of what she has to offer.
Specialist Populations / Pilates for Rehab :
- Pilates for Hypermobile clients
- Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis)
- Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
- Pilates for the Older Person
- Pilates for Scoliosis
Additional Matwork Courses / WORKSHOPS
- Intermediate Matwork
- Standing Pilates
- Matwork Evolution
- Small Matwork Equipment (balls, bands, foam rollers, magic circles, swiss balls)
- Fascial integration through Pilates – Kane School at Cobham Pilates
- Neurodynamics - given by Physioworks
- The Psoas / pelvic region; and optimum shoulder function
- Walking the Lines by James Earle - writer of Born to Walk (analysing fascial connections, understanding gait, postural analysis, footwork)
All the courses below I completed with Body Control Pilates unless stated otherwise.
She recently undertook the reformer teacher training course at Body Control Pilates and is working towards passing the final reformer training exams and consequently offering reformer training to her private clients.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain management is one area in which she specialises. She is a qualified a Back4Good lower back pain Pilates specialist (through Body Control Pilates).
Pregnancy / post natal
- Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Pilates
- Pelvic Floor Health and Dysfunction – MBodies Academy, Carolyne Anthony’s “The Center for Women’s Fitness
- Diastasis recti, C-sections and Pubis Symphysis Derangement – MBodies Academy
- Pilates for breastfeeding mums
Pilates for sports Performance
- Pilates for Runners
- Pilates for Golfers
- Pilates for Cyclists – APPI
- Advanced Gait Analysis – Polestar
- High Intensity Power Pilates
My Teaching Style
Having worked in a law firm previously, I understand the toll office life takes on the body and promote exercises which release common areas of tension whilst also focusing on holistic toning. I am a safe and effective teacher who likes to make an impact on the way my clients move. I encourage functional movement and good technique to activate the correct muscles and avoid unnecessary stress on the joints. My classes are friendly and personal, tailored to my clients’ goals and reasons for taking on Pilates. I ensure everyone is progressing towards the goals they wish to meet at a pace and level at which they feel comfortable. I’m keen to spread my passion for Pilates by making classes varied and interesting, adding a dimension of challenge for those who wish to progress at a faster pace.
Formerly a languages and law graduate, Pilates was not a natural transition for me on paper. I had always had a passion for health and fitness outside of work, so I finally made the decision to leave my career in law and made an unconventional leap into the fitness industry by deciding to train as a Pilates teacher with Body Control. The training I experienced on Body Control’s highly renowned Matwork Certification Course and the ongoing courses I attend are second to none. This convinced me that becoming a Pilates teacher was the right career path for me. It is something I feel strongly about both as a profession and as an outside interest.
My Pilates Story
In 2005 (ten years ago), South America, of all places, was where I was first introduced to what has now become both my passion and my career. I started attending classes in Argentina and Brazil during my 3rd year abroad at university. As this was all in Spanish and Portuguese, it proved even more of challenge for a complete beginner! I then continued this interest on my return to the UK. However, my understanding of Pilates was really turned on its head when I started training with Body Control. Body Control had a greater focus on precision of technique and safe teaching methods than any other classes I had attended over the years.
Pilates has revolutionised my life. Previously a cardio addict with poor posture (from a desk-bound work life) and hypermobility, I was consistently injuring myself, developing long-term pains in my knees, back, neck and shoulders. After seeing numerous physiotherapists and chiropractors, it has been Pilates, which has helped me tackle underlying issues in both my static and dynamic alignment. How? Well, put simply, Pilates’ focus on body mindfulness makes you more aware of how you stand and move in everyday life. I have particularly noticed the transformation in my body since increasing the number of Pilates classes I attend every week. Pilates has been beneficial not only for my posture, core strength and muscle tone, but also my overall mental and physical wellbeing.