This is where we integrate a unique set of skills. We start by assessing the body from head to toe. Using similar objective screens and testing that an osteopath and physiotherapist might use, we assess the whole body through movement, as well as breathing. From this, we can gain an objective picture and understanding of what each individual person’s body is doing.

Often pain is referred, and treating the area of pain doesn’t necessarily solve the root cause of the problem. Depending on what we find, we may offer treatment or we may move straight onto a set of Pilates exercises to correct any imbalances we find. We will recommend a course of action which will include release of certain muscles and Pilates exercises to strengthen where needed.

All of our Pilates Therapists have hands-on skills such as trigger point or massage, kinesiology taping, and are insured to handle clients which not all Pilates teachers are qualified to do. We aim for our clients never to never leave our studio without some relief of pain or improvement in function.

We offer a range of 1:1 sessions and group sessions (maximum 6 per equipment class) We have a variety of teachers hosting equipment classes and Bev is currently our Mat Work Pilates Teacher. Below is our current group class timetable. 

The 1:1 timetable will vary depending on the therapist and can be discussed with your therapist when booking an appointment. 

Meet our Pilates Therapists…

Bonnie Southgate

Bonnie our founding teacher, teacher trainer, and studio owner started her career as a Ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet.

First introduced to Pilates in the 1980s while recovering from a dance injury, Bonnie felt the benefits were so profound that she wanted to learn more about Pilates and eventually decided to train as a Pilates teacher. 

She underwent 3 years of training under the tuition of Suzanne Scott through the Pilates Foundation UK in both Mat work and the Pilates Equipment. 

Bonnie has continued to train as a biomechanics specialist, John Gibbons Body Master, Sports Therapist, Rock Doc,  Neurokinetic Therapist, and has taken too many continuing education courses to list. As a result, she has developed her Pilates to integrate these other therapies to create a much more effective way of treating people. 

Having a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) – Bonnie now specialises in treating those with hypermobility or a hypermobility syndrome

Alex Moore

Alex is a Pilates Therapist and Sports Therapist. His treatments offer a range of different skills which include Massage, Manual Therapy, Biomechanics coaching & Pilates.

Instead of just simply treating the symptoms, a full assessment is carried out to highlight any potential underlying causes which could be resulting in pain. From here the skills mentioned above are used to help correct the underlying issues, as well as work on reducing the current symptoms.

Whilst training to be a sports therapist, Alex held a number of different roles in local health clubs, ranging from a fitness instructor to various managerial roles. He decided to become a Sports Therapist after recovering from his own previous injury.

Alex has worked with top level footballers, golfers, dancers and gymnasts. Outside of work he still takes part in adult trampoline classes, as well as a variety of fitness classes.

Maria Seager

Maria is a Pilates Therapist, ScarWorker and Sports Specialist. She is also currently training in Craniosacral Therapy. 

She was a gymnast from a very young age before moving onto a successful career as an athlete. Having competed at a national level in the Heptathlon, she then specialised in the Pole Vault where she competed internationally for Great Britain.

Having come from a movement background, she has a keen eye for the arthrokinematics of the body, assessing the body as a whole and identifying the drivers of dysfunction. 

Her first-hand experience within international competition means that she recognises the dedication and commitment required to succeed in your sport, and equally understands the trials and tribulations when injury strikes. 

Maria has worked with a range of various sports men and women including rugby players, golfers, athletes, dancers and yachtsman assisting them in both a rehabilitative setting as well as strength, conditioning and performance enhancing environment.  

Bev Ward

Bev used to be a GP before specialising in medical ethics and law.

She met Bonnie after sustaining a back injury and was so impressed with how Pilates tackled the underlying causes of her pain that she decided to train as a Pilates Therapist.

Bev’s medical training and experience mean she has a deep understanding of any health conditions, drug treatments and surgical procedures that may affect her clients.

Her approach to assessing her clients takes into account all aspects of their health and lifestyle and she enjoys working with a broad range of people.

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