Before teaching Pilates I pursued a successful career as a singer on the operatic stage, singing with companies such as Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera and Opera North. I have performed in many prestigious concert venues in the UK as a soloist, including The Barbican, The Royal Festival Hall and The Birmingham Symphony Hall. I have also performed abroad in Germany, Italy and the USA.
I began practicing Pilates when I was pregnant with my first child 16 years ago. In 2007, however, I became seriously ill with Viral Meningitis which prevented me from continuing Pilates. Several years later, I came across the Body Control Pilates method and the teachings of Liz Cairney. It was here that I discovered a form of Pilates that would prove to be enormously beneficial not just in helping me manage the after effects of Viral Meningitis, but in a way that has improved my general health and benefitted my sense of well-being on many other levels. Pilates has definitely helped me as a performer by strengthening a good posture, helping with flexibility and strengthening all the deep breathing and diaphragm muscles needed as a singer.
Another big part of my life has involved horses. In my youth, I was a competitive show jumper and horses are still one of my passions to this day. I have found that Pilates is a wonderful way to enhance the balance and harmony needed between horse and rider for a successful relationship. My love of horses and wanting to help riders work in balance with their horse led me to further my Body Control Pilates training to include specialized training for Equestrians.
In 2015 I decided that I wanted to share my knowledge of Pilates to help others and move away from my singing career and so embarked on my training with The Body Control Pilates Centre in London. Following intensive training to exacting standards I became a qualified instructor to Intermediate level in 2016. My knowledge of Pilates is kept up-to-date through continuous, regular training at Body Control Pilates and I bring this knowledge to my sessions.
I am a member of and registered to teach Body Control Pilates:
Level 3 Matwork
Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Pilates with the foam roller
Pilates for Equestrians
Pre and Post Natal
HIP - High Intensity Power Pilates