Abby completed her comprehensive Matwork and Reformer Pilates training with APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute). She has also completed Matwork courses for osteoporosis, hypermobility and shoulder rehabilitation.
Abby is an ex-professional dancer, who trained at Central School of Ballet and Laine Theatre Arts where she gained a Diploma in Dance.
After undergoing major foot surgery in 2018 after touring the UK and internationally with Cameron Macintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins The Musical’ her dance career prematurely ended. During her ongoing rehabilitation Abby found her way to Pilates and after feeling the personal benefits, never looked back!
Her classes will have you feeling stronger, more mobile, and with a deeper connection to your bodies capabilities. She is passionate about helping others back to functional, beautiful and easy movement.
She is also available for private Matwork and Reformer Pilates sessions.
I am a Body Control Pilates instructor qualified since 2002. I continue to develop my knowledge of Pilates by attending regular teacher development courses, which advances my techniques and keeps my classes interesting and dynamic.
Body Control Pilates offers a comprehensive programme of exercises that are adapted from the ‘classical’ exercises developed by Joseph Pilates. Many of these classical exercises are often not suitable for the average person and the average body. In order for someone to work safely and effectively and to gain the full benefits of Pilates, these classical exercises should be broken down to establish good movement skills thus building the best possible foundation upon which to progress towards the classical, more advanced work. This is the essence of the Body Control Pilates Method.
Body Control Pilates is remarkably effective – and medically-approved. It is of an holistic nature, being based upon a well-constructed philosophical foundation.
I started learning about Pilates as after years of attending regular gym sessions I was finding that I was increasingly picking up small annoying injuries. I wanted to focus on a fitness regime that combined a mind and body discipline that would allow me to stay injury free.
I aim to keep my classes challenging and lively, but most of all I want my students to have fun. I want them to recognise that they are in a supportive and happy environment, but most of all find in Pilates what i have done and that is an exercise technique that nourishes my body and soul and one that will stay with me for years to come.
I Have been practicing Pilates for over 18 years, and have taught Pilates at the Complimentary Health Centre since 2000, and am qualified to teach to an advanced level.
Pilates based body conditioning.
These classes taught by an Osteopath incorporate Pilates, gentle Yoga stretches and resistance work using bands, light weights and foam rollers. Building strength, flexibility and body awareness to correct and improve general posture and well being. Focusing also on breath technique to aid general health and practice of relaxation .
Suitable for all ages and exercises can be adjusted to suit different abilities .
Body Control® Pilates (BCP) is an exercise programme recommended by medical professionals that aims to synergise mind and body to rebalance the individual from deep within. It combines the principles of alignment, breathing, core-stability, co-ordination, concentration, flowing movement, stamina and relaxation to give a workout that is both mentally and physically challenging. By strengthening core muscles within the body, BCP can help protect and strengthen the spine. It also helps to restore the body’s correct movement patterns lost due to bad postural habits, continued repetition of movement and injury. Regular practice can help relax and energise and provide many great benefits including increased strength, fitness and flexibility, improved posture and stronger, healthier joints.
Pilates also allows the body to unwind, and to find a deeper connection between physical and emotional being through the use of breath.
Pilates PLUS is designed for time crunched individuals. 45 minutes long…because that’s all you’ll need! Innovative and dynamic class by Balanced Body® Certified Pilates Instructor & Fusion Ante/Postnatal Certified Pilates Instructor and former Level 10 competitive gymanst. A high energy, fast paced and fun workout combining the precision and core strengthening of Pilates, the sculpting and toning of a barre class, and the dynamic high intensity movement of cardio all in one. You will sweat more, burn more and leave wanting more.
Post Natal Pilates is a gentle and effective way of rehabilitating after pregnancy and birth. It focuses on realigning posture that may have shifted during this time in the spine, pelvis and shoulders. Re-balancing musculature that may have weakened and tightened and reconditioning the abdominal’s and pelvic floor muscles. The classes are small and babies are welcome. Emphasis is on the physical and mental well-being of the new mother and often the class offers the only space where she can focus on exercise in the early months. There is a variety of abilities and post natal stages which the small group allows for. It is advisable to wait around six weeks after a natural birth and around eight to twelve after a cesarean.
Pilates for Beginners
This class is designed specifically for complete beginners. You will learn the basic exercises which are the corner stones of any Pilates Matwork class. Over the weeks we gradually increase the repertoire of exercises and add new variations. And yes, the breathing will start to make sense. If you’ve never done Pilates before, have tried it but found it too confusing, or are coming back to it after a while, this is the class for you.
Postnatal/ Pelvic Floor Health Pilates
This class is for new and “old” mums alike. It is a gentle class that focuses on the core and pelvic floor muscles in a way that is safe and effective. Suitable for new mums after their postnatal check-up, and women who want to improve pelvic floor and core strength. The class is safe for those with diastasis recti or after a c-section.
Experienced instructors offer a variety of classes at Lee Complementary Health Centre suitable for different levels and abilities from beginner to advanced. They also work closely with Osteopaths at the centre to offer tailored 1:1 programmes for individuals, where BCP has been recommended.