Lysta is a YMCA trained fitness instructor and has been teaching in the fitness industry since 1989. After attending regular Pilates classes as a client starting in 2004 lysta realised that this whole body exercise method would be a valuable addition to her repertoire and qualified as a clinical Pilates instructor 18 months later. Lystas area of further specialisation is in ante and post natal Pilates (and exercise in general) and has served the Chiswick community in this regard for many years. Preparation of the body for childbirth and returning it to pre pregnancy condition takes skill and planning. Pilates plays a big part in that process.
Graeme started practising Pilates in 2004 whilst looking for a long term fix for 3 prolapsed lumber disks. Mat work Pilates turned out to be the only thing that showed real promise and after real progress Graeme moved onto the reformer for better strength and flexibility. Armed with a new back and core muscles Graeme decided to retrain and joined lysta at their Turnham green practice leaving behind 25 years of management consultancy. Graeme specialises in functional ageing exercises on the Reformer which includes balance , muscle power , agility, core stability, multi directional whole body strength and endurance. Graeme also runs a successful life coaching business which he started in 1992 whilst in the finance industry.
Flavia di Tomassi
I started practicing Pilates in 2014 after a friend of mine could not stop praising it – to the point that I wanted to see by myself what the hype was all about. I was a gymnast as a kid, and I have been a movement curious all my life. Gyms have seen me coming and going, always looking for some sort of meaningful, disciplined movement that would resemble the approach we were used to have in gymnastics. This is what really hooked me with Pilates: its focus on the quality of the movement, which improves with practice and widens the opportunities available to each and every one of us. I believe in movement as an experience, rather than a sequence of exercises, and this is what I would like to offer you.
After my mat work and equipment qualifications, I wanted to be able to support specific populations’ needs, so I qualified for Pre and Post Natal Pilates, I attended a course for Hypermobile and EDHS syndrome and as a Stroke rehab specialist.
Over the years, I discovered Trigger Point Pilates™, which blends Pilates with the principles of Myofascial release, and I focused on the Pelvic Floor and Orthopaedic restorative work.
I am a Biomechanic Coach and I can count a Boxercise instructor qualifications amongst a few other non Pilates disciplines that I decided to add to my list, along with Aqua Fitness ( I have to admit, that was more for the opportunity of playing random 80s music loud) and Barre Fitness.
Ciba is a registered Osteopath and a Body Control Pilates teacher for matwork and full equipment with a contemporary dance background. She specialises in lower back pain, post injury rehabilitation, scoliosis and pre & post-natal Pilates. She uses Pilates to facilitate better movement quality and enhanced physical wellbeing of her clients.
I am a qualified Physiotherapist, and have been practicing Physio, teaching Pilates and offering Massage Therapy for over 10 years in Brazil.
I specialise in Pilates for Rehabilitation and Fitness Pilates, in addition to soothing, therapeutic and lymphatic drainage massage. I also offer dry needling (acupuncture), which is known as a modern treatment that ease underlying muscular trigger points and muscular pain.
My classes focus on whole body movement and are balanced between strengthening and stretching with the aim of a strong, painless and functional body!
Emily is a pre/post natal Mat pilates, Equipment Pilates & Barre Instructor, as well as a professional musical theatre actor. She is really passionate about helping people build strength in both their body and mind. She loves being able to help people achieve their goals by inspiring them, by challenging them and by always creating a class tailored to their needs. Being a dancer, Pilates has always been a huge part of her practice. She believes that its benefits are invaluable to everyone, both physically and mentally.
Sophy qualified in 2001 at the Pilates Institute and has a host of qualifications in Studio Equipment, Matwork, Group Reformer and Fitness Pilates.
Additionally, Sophy is an ASI qualified Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor and has been coaching clients on London’s inland waterways for 8 years.
She has combined her two passions, Pilates and SUP, and teaches SUP-Pilates on the Grand Union Canal during the summer months.
Emily is a fully comprehensive pilates teacher who trained with Polestar Pilates in 2019.
It was abdominal surgery, followed by a lower back injury that brought Emily to fall in love with Pilates. So much so she decided to career change from a project manager in the media industry to full time pilates instructor.
For Emily, pilates is about making you feel good. Clients can expect improved posture, mobility, flexibility, strength, mood and energy!
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