The Pilates method as I teach it and as I have been taught is in the continuation of the work as proposed by Ron Fletcher one of the « Pilates Elders » , as were designated the first students of Joseph Pilates.
It is based on scientific researches published since 1999 on the stabilization of spinal segments that demonstrate the interest of the neutral position of the spine, when used for the rehabilitation of low back pain patients.
Therefore, the 34 movements of Joseph Pilates’ original matwork repertoire were modified in light of these researches, to enable the beginners to safely start their learning of the method using the neutral position of the spine, which optimize the work in synergy of the core muscles (including the transverse abdominal and the lumbar part of the multifidus). This work focused on segment stabilization (pelvis and scapulars) allows once it is acquired a mobilization work and ensures safe progression to higher levels.
I offer a personalized approach based on individual posture and your current needs. Therefore, one to one sessions are recommended at the early stages of learning. Once the basics have been acquired, group classes can be joined and enjoyed. Classes consist of two, three or four persons (maximum in group programs).
Finally, on top of the machines originally designed by Joseph Pilates: the Reformer, the Cadillac in their compact form: the Alegro Tower of Balancedbody), Wunda Chair and the Spine Corrector (Pilates arch)(Pilates Arch)), I use a wide range of small equipments such as the Foam Roller, the Swiss Ball, the Pilates Circle, the BOSU…
The team of my teachers is composed of :
Micheal King :
Michael has been working with the Pilates method for over 34 years. He originally worked with the method as a dancer at the « London School of Contemporary Dance ». In 1982, he opened his own studio « Body Control » and two years later he was offered a position in Texas managing the Pilates studio at the « Houston Ballet Company» where he stayed until 1990. During this time, Michael travelled across the USA visiting and training at studios. In New York, he trained with Carla Trier and Romana Kryzanowska at the original « Pilates Studio ». Michael was the founder and director of the « Pilates Institute » UK until 2008 and has since been running his own training school « Michael King Pilates ».
Nuala Coombs has been involved in the Pilates and fitness since 1979, during which she has taught every kind of Pilates workout. As one of the founding directors of the « Pilates Institute » UK together with Michael King, she has been at the forefront of the Pilates method education, innovation and development. For the last ten years, Nuala has trained many students worldwide in all aspects of the Pilates method and presented Pilates workouts and lectures at international « Mind and Body » conventions. Her book « Pilates & Golf » was published in 2005 and has sold throughout Europe and the USA. Since leaving the « Pilates Institute » UK, Nuala is now relocated to France at the « le Loft » Pilates Studio in Ramatuelle.
Eva Winskill was trained to the Pilates method in 1983 in London with Mickel King. She has been practicing Pilates for several years at « Body Control », as well as with Alan Herdman in London and Romama Kryzanowska in New York. Eva is responsible for the « Pilates Institute » in France since 2001. She is the director of « Fit Studio » and has her own Pilates studio the « Loft » in Ramatuelle, since 2004.