Having spent 20 years as an equine specialist coach and trainer, and 10 years practicing Pilates, in 2015 I trained with Body Control Pilates to become a qualified Pilates Teacher. I have always been interested in health and fitness, and after years of high intensity training turned to Pilates as the best way to maintain my own levels of performance.
Pilates became the centerpiece of my training, helping me achieve far greater awareness of my own body, maintaining a toned body, improving my focus, avoiding injury and improving my overall performance.
As well as my love for Pilates, I have successfully ridden horses professionally, competing up to international level. I have gained most pleasure from teaching all age groups on ponies and horses, concentrating on the link between horse and rider.
I am in the process of training to become an Equipilates Affiliated Instructor, and a Equipilates Biomechanics Trainer, to help further improve the performance of both horses and riders, overcoming common biomechanical restrictions.
Pilates has given me the pleasure to help not just high-level athletes, but also those seeking to enhance their quality of life and sense of wellbeing, offering a range of exercises tailored to their individual needs.
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I trained in Pilates following a previous path of marketing and a BSc in Physiotherapy. I had moved back to the UK with my family and decided on changing from rehabilitation towards prevention of injury – I had already tried Pilates in the early 1990’s at Pineapple Studios in London, and loved it. In June 2009 I qualified with Body Control Pilates, and since then I have had the pleasure of working with a huge range of different people. What I particularly like about Pilates is the functionality: how the Pilates principles you learn during your time at the Studio can be taken out of the Studio and be applied to all other activities in life.
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I was introduced to Pilates at the age of 13 while undergoing my ballet training at London Junior Ballet, and understood that Pilates was beneficial to peoples’ physical needs. I recommended it to my Mum who then went on to become a qualified Body Control Pilates Teacher.
After many years of intense ballet training my dancing journey changed route and, when I was 18, I decided to continue my training in Contemporary dance. I trained at the Laban Conservatoire in London where I gained a BA (Hon) in Dance Theatre. A couple of years after graduating I moved to NYC to further my training at the Martha Graham Dance School where I completed the Teachers’ Training Program in Graham Technique. Here, in NYC as well as in England, I also danced professionally as a freelancer for various different companies and independent choreographers.
On returning home from NYC in 2015 I trained and subsequently qualified with Body Control Pilates. I found that this specific method of movement was the perfect remedy for various injuries that I had acquired through my dance training! I began teaching my own classes shortly after but then had a brief break from teaching whilst completing an MA in Dance Performance. During my Masters I combined my knowledge and interests in teaching both Graham technique and Pilates to research the connections between these two movement techniques. Although I have now completed my studies, my research continues through my interests on both a personal level and during teaching.
When I’m not teaching Pilates or dance, I instruct Indoor Cycling classes and enjoy aerial hoop in my free time.
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I fell in love with movement when I started Ballet at the age of 4, with Parkewood School of Dance. I continued dancing and followed my dream to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where I graduated in 2015 with a BA Hons degree in Contemporary Dance.
After graduating, I continued in dance training with Jasmin Vardimon professional development program, also known as JV2, and had an incredible time training and touring with the company in 2016. Pilates was used daily as both body conditioning and rehabilitation for JV2, and I saw first-hand the invaluable benefits Pilates has on increasing flexibility, mobility, and overall body strength, whilst improving posture and alleviating aches and pains.
After finishing the tour and moving back home to Bishops Waltham I pursued my passion for Pilates and qualified as a Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor and have since continued to develop my professional skills covering Pilates with small equipment and Level 3 Pre and Post Natal Pilates, all with Future Fit.
I was approached by a local reformer studio who trained and employed me as a Dynamic Reformer instructor and organised advanced Dynamic Reformer training with TEN Fitness.
I have now been teaching Pilates for just under 6 years and have my own Pilates business ‘Breathe Pilates’ working from my home studio providing 1:1 and 2:1 private sessions for a range of clients on the Mat and Reformers, as well as teaching local group classes.
I love diversity and opportunity and am glad to be part of a great team at Winchester Pilates and am looking forward to watching people fall in love with Pilates and experience the incredible benefits it has on the body and mind.
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I first discovered Pilates in 1997 as a fitness activity in a local village hall. I didn’t appreciate the benefits until I went to university and stopped attending the classes! I returned to practicing regularly in 2003 with a Body Control Pilates Teacher, and since then it has helped me control my hypermobility, aided my recovery from hip surgery, given me the mental strength to deal with restructures in my previous local government jobs and protected me against lower back pain.
I decided to share these benefits, and my love of Pilates by training with Body Control Pilates in 2010. Four years later, I made the leap to teaching full time and haven’t looked back.
I love helping people understand their body and assisting them in getting out of pain due to chronic or acute issues. I regularly work with clients with Fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Arthritis, Osteoporosis and many other general life-related niggles.
I’m fully qualified through Body Control Pilates to teach Pre- and Post-natal students, Older People, those with Bone Health issues and am a Back4Good Practitioner.
Having become a Reformer teacher in 2015, I went on to take the Comprehensive Studio Certificate examination in 2022, demonstrating I am competent teaching on all the Studio equipment – the Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels.
I love learning and spend more time than I ought to on CPD courses with BCP, and other Pilates schools and professionals. I also love sharing this learning with trainee teachers through mentoring in my role as a Supervising Teacher for Body Control Pilates.
When not teaching, doing or learning more about Pilates, I can be found either swimming, reading, or playing my flute with Winchester Flute Choir and Flautissimo: The Southampton Flute Orchestra.
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I have been practicing Pilates since 2008, starting in a class during lunchtimes at work, where it quickly became an essential part of my exercise regime ensuring that I maintained and improved my mobility and posture after hours spent either in front of a screen, or crawling around floors and cabinets in data centres fixing computers. I eventually took on leading the class at work and wanted to know more about how Pilates worked.
I started my training with Body Control Pilates during Covid and then spent 6 months under Sam’s supervision teaching at Winchester Pilates. I qualified in October 2022.
I love the functionality of Pilates and how it works within our daily life to strengthen and support our bodies and enables us to keep moving, no matter what our age or capability. I work with a complete range of people, from providing mobility classes within my CrossFit community to encouraging people with MS to keep moving.
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I was introduced to Pilates after a serious sports injury, this experience helped me to recognise the consequence of asymmetrical and faulty movement patterns first hand. It also guided me to discover the benefit of body awareness and deepened my understanding of the human body mechanics.
After years of personal practice, I decided to pursue my passion in addition to my career in finance. Since then, I have gained more than 10 years of experience training with a wide range of clients including dancers, professional athletes, pre and post-natal women and people recuperating from injuries.
I have earned my comprehensive apparatus training in the classical Pilates repertoire but personalise each session for the needs of my students. In my classes, expect precise and simple instruction that helps in improving proprioperception and body awareness through guided movements. Overall, I emphasise on the advantage of whole-body movement in addition to strength and flexibility development.
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The importance of good physical health really came home to me when I hurt my back when I was 8 months pregnant (many years ago!). I thought being young and reasonably healthy was enough, but it wasn’t. A year’s physiotherapy helped but didn’t sort the problem out properly. When I started to learn how to ride (horses), the flexibility and strength of my back really improved. Since then, I have always done some form of exercise, and have also practised tai chi, qigong and Alexander Technique. I started Pilates (on a regular basis) in 2015 and was so interested in understanding more, I trained with Body Control Pilates and qualified in September 2022.
I have always been interested in the link between body and mind, having originally studied Biology and then later Psychology. I find it amazing how much our mind can influence how our body feels and vice versa. I am so pleased with the positive effect Pilates has had on my body and believe it came help so many other people improve their body awareness and movement.
I have aways enjoyed learning and teaching. Outside of Pilates I deliver management training and coaching, and love it when the people I work with develop their skills and confidence, often beyond their original expectation. My learning also extends to flute playing and swimming – there is always something to practice and develop.
Julie Ann Moore
MELT Method Instructor
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As a gymnast from an early age, I have always been interested in health and fitness and turned to Pilates as a way of maintaining a toned body later in life, which I have been doing for over 25 years. This helped me achieve a greater awareness of my body and following a total hip replacement in 2014, I realised something wasn’t right and was in constant chronic back and hip pain.
I have been fortunate enough to have had a career in the fitness industry for over 30 years.
Having been widowed with small children at a young age, I can honestly say coming into the fitness industry has been my saviour.
I’ve led cardio and weights based sessions for small and larger groups alike in and around winchester throughout my career.
My real passion for movement and bio-mechanics was born out of my pilates training around 20 years ago when I gained my level 3 Mat qualification. I enjoy nothing more than creating Mat work flows and combinations.
I am an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor and very excited to have completed my reformer training in order to teach at Winchester Pilates.
Outside of the studio and teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family (especially my grandchildren), walking, attending fitness related workshops and training courses.
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Movement & exercise have always been a huge part of my life, mainly through dance and yoga, before discovering the benefits of Pilates! I initially started with Reformer classes and was amazed at how quickly my strength improved, and how great I felt both physically and mentally after a Pilates class.
Influenced by my mother, who has been a Pilates teacher for over 20 years, I decided to pursue my passion for movement and gained my Mat qualification with Body Control Pilates.
I am excited to be part of the team at Winchester and share what I love about Pilates with clients – the joy of movement and feeling good!