With twenty-four years of experience as both a disciple and instructor I have seen this marvellous Method of body control rise from obscurity to a household name.
My professional life as an instructor began in Kings Cross and then Highgate when I trained with Pilates International. I was still dancing on and off but was slowly moving away from the 14 year career I had had as a dancer. I decided to go into sports injury and massage and whilst training in Pilates, qualified in sports injury at the end of the 1980′s.
I was offered a place at Lewisham college as a Pilates instructor and devised a 3 year syllabus for the Dance foundation students, mainly geared to injury prevention. I stayed for 5 years.
My next challenge was at Middlesex Univercity where I taught Pilates on the BA degree Dance course, along with related anatomy and dance injury and examined the students at the end of their course.
At the same time I was teaching in various studios in London, including Gordon Thomson’s BCR studio in Kensington and Abigail Benari’s studio in Belsize Park.
In the mid-nineties the Body control Pilates Mat teacher-training course was being set up by Gordon Thomson and Lynne Robinson and I was asked to join the teachers team and help set up the basic matwork course. I taught on the course for 6 years or so and became course developer and team manager as we entered the new millennium.
In 2004 I was asked by Body Control to write a book on the, what is now termed as the ‘original’ or ‘classical’ matwork. I was keen for student instructors and lay people to grasp the intensity and benefits of the full-blown exercises rather than the physiotherapy exercises and modified versions that had been presented as the Pilates method. The book is published by Pan Macmillan and available on Amazon. You can go through by clicking on ‘Book’ my Welcome page.
I continued as course director for a couple of years and now develop students once they are qualified both for BCP and for other teacher-training programs.
I run my own business in Godstone and Guilford in Surrey with an equal amount of lay students and qualified instructors.
I continue my own education America mostly and still work to achieve my own challenges.
I suffered chronic back pain all through my dancing career and have injured many parts of my body. Keeping up the discipline of 3 workouts a week, I feel better than I did in my early twenties and have retained the strength, flexibility and body shape I had when I was in my prime. It takes time and perseverance but it is well worth the effort. I wish you all the best in your own endeavours!