About Us

Louisa Griffin

Qualifications
Fitpro – Level 3
Modern Pilates – Level 3
YMCA Fit – Level 2
Bowen Therapist
Be Activated – practitioner

About
I warmly welcome you to the Pilates Rooms Urmston. We are based in the Old Police Station at the junction of Church Road and Station Road Urmston, with ample parking at the rear and nearby. We offer Pilates, Yoga and complementary healthcare to the Urmston community and surrounding areas of Trafford and Manchester. Whether you have been referred to Pilates by a medical practitioner, by friends and family, or simply to get yourself more active, rest assured we have the right methods and experience to help you achieve your wellness goals.

We offer a personal and focused approached to understand what level of exercise you need and which other treatments or therapies could help you. We offer small classes to ensure you get the highest level of attention in every class and receive personally tailored exercise. We also run individual sessions, specific group sessions and targeted workshops within the rooms. All this is done in a well-appointed studio and treatment rooms with a friendly yet professional atmosphere that I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy returning to.

I personally have successfully helped many clients improve mobility and performance, overcome long-term persistent problems, remove or decrease pain and have treated people coping with conditions ranging from a bad back to Multiple Sclerosis. We can help you not only with my extensive Pilates experience but other techniques such as ‘Bowen Therapy’ and ‘Be Activated’. I am soon to be joined by other wellness professionals to offer further beneficial treatments to compliment your overall health.

If you have any questions about the treatments we provide, we would be happy to discuss these with you, please call us on Tel: 07816 913107.

We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from local GP’s.

Pilates Rooms opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 9.00pm, Saturday: By appointment only.

I have had first hand experience of how Pilates can help physical rehabilitation. My early career started as an aerobics instructor teaching over 25 classes a week as well as playing netball for over 10 years. However at the age of 28 I had a severe back injury which led to me need spinal surgery on my lower back. After the surgery I was advised by my consultant to take up Pilates.

Pilates had a profound effect on my back pain and mobility , so much so I decided to retrain and teach Pilates myself. I have now been teaching Pilates for 12 years. After doing my initial training in basic matwork classes with Modern Pilates in 2003, I have subsequently gone on to further training to specialise in back care, pre and post natal, older adult and neurological conditions including MS.

Building on this training I am now a qualified Bowen Therapist and I’ve had some astonishing results in helping people deal with severe pain and improvement in existing conditions.
I am also a ‘Be Activated’ practitioner which helps increase sports performance and restore correct muscle firing patterns following injury or wear n tear.

I’d be happy to talk to you about how I could help get you where you want to be.

Esmeralda Smit

Qualifications: Hatha Yoga Instructor (200 hrs), Yoga for children (ages 2 – 17), Yoga for additional needs, Reformer Pilates, McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release & Level 3 Swedish Body Massage.

About:

In 2008 Esmeralda started her yoga journey and she immediately felt the mental and physical benefits of Yoga. It helped her with stressful situations at work and her energy levels and flexibility improved. ‘The awareness that Yoga gives you is one of the best things you can do for yourself’ she says.

To deepen her own practice and out of curiosity Esmeralda started a 3-year Hatha Yoga Teacher training and qualified in 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. When she started covering a few classes for her Yoga instructor and using Yoga in the classroom where she worked as a special needs teacher, she felt this could be something for the future. 4 years later she left education and now Esmeralda teaches classes for adults, children and additional needs.

Esmeralda’s classes are based on classic Hatha Yoga and often have a theme related to the time of the year and the anatomical areas to help balance body and mind.

If you like an approachable teaching style, a calm and gentle yoga flow where there is focus on moving and breathing you will enjoy her classes. All classes include a short meditation and a well-deserved relaxation.
Esmeralda is also available for relaxing body massage bookings.

Stacey Lennard

Qualifications
Qualified level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor

About
Stacey joins us to instruct on various mat based Pilates classes and has a wealth of experience to draw on.

Stacey said:

As a Group Fitness Instructor I was keen to find some form of exercise completely different from the high impact, high intensity classes I teach on a daily basis. I started taking pilates lessons weekly to add variety to my workouts and instantly fell in love with the Pilates Method, and the complete coordination of the body,mind and spirit.

I work with people across all different age groups and fitness levels. Pilates is my ‘intelligent exercise’ workout.

It offers flexibility training, mobility training, Co-ordination and Balance training as well as a mental workout. Pilates really does do it all!

Angela Williams

Qualifications:

Qualified Level 3 Mat Pilates

About:

Angela joins us to instruct on various Pilates classes (see timetable). She has personal experience of how Pilates can help to improve mind and body and welcomes all levels of ability to her classes.

Angela said:

Pilates has improved my health and well being enormously!

I am fitter, stronger, calmer, and happier than I have ever been in my life and I now see the same improvements in my clients too.

I recently qualified in Level 3 Mat Pilates but wish I had done it years ago ! I know from my own experiences with lumber spine and shoulder problems that exercise truly is the best medicine.

Pilates is my passion, my priority and my habit. It challenges, relaxes, rebalances and there is a level for anyone to start, progress and improve from. Its sociable and fun too !

So for me, the satisfaction I get just means that Pilates is a real pleasure for me to teach.

I am really glad to have been given the opportunity to be a part of Louisas team and look forward to meeting you all very soon.

Marion Rubins

Qualifications
HFE Level 3 matwork Pilates

Pilates Institute trained: Matwork, One-to-one, Remedial, Reformer, Cadillac

Pilates workshops with Lolita San Miguel 1st Generation Pilates teacher (trained personally by Joseph H Pilates & his wife Clara & Carola Trier one of Joe’s disciples)

Previous career in Advanced woundcare/autologous cartilage transplantation in the knee and ankle/orthopaedic device key account management

YMCA Fit Personal Trainer Award (Level 3 Reps)

Fitball / Flexi-bar / Indoor cycling

Physical yoga qualification and over 20 years practice in Iyengar yoga & Yin yoga

WillPower & Grace Phase 1 & phase 2 trained – a full body barefoot conditioning program with the intensity of a bootcamp, the precision of Pilates & the flexibility & philosophy of yoga

About
Marion joins us to instruct on Pilates classes (see timetable). She is a highly experienced teacher and has firsthand experience of how Pilates can help to rehabilitate the body.

Marion said:

I am an experienced individual and group teacher instructor with over 14 years in the fitness and Pilates industry. I am passionate about sharing my skills to improve the physical and spiritual well being of my clients. I have extremely high standards and always try to understand the needs and issues of my clients to ensure they feel the benefits. After recent life changing accident I have utilised all my skills to help rehabilitate myself so that I may continue for many years to come teaching others.

I am always improving my knowledge and have a personal goal to become one of a handful of Pilares teachers worldwide to complete the Passing the Torch program. This means I will become a 2nd/3rd generation Pilates teacher training with a 1st or 2nd generation teacher.

Felicity Nicolson

Qualifications:

BSc. Physiotherapy 2006
MSc. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 2011
APPI Pilates: Mat work 1, 2, 3, Ante and Post Natal

About:

Felicity is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in women’s health, pregnancy and pelvic floor conditions or the last 8 years. Working in the NHS and in private practice, teaching Pilates is an important part of her treatment repertoire.

Sonya McKee

Qualifications

VTCT level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-Based Pilates
VTCT level 3 Award in Designing Physical Activity Programmes for Antenatal & Postnatal Clients
Future Fit Pilates with Small Equipment
Future Fit Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions
Feel Now Yoga, Yoga for Additional Needs
Spine safe Reformer Foundation & Intermediate

About

Sonya joined us to instruct on various mat based Pilates classes and reformer classes.

Sonya was a teaching assistant for 15 years, but she decided to have a career change.

Sonya said:
I have always been a very active person. Starting back at school, dancing for Trafford & trampolining for the school. I then went on to college & University to do Physical Theatre and Dance, I had a break for a few years whilst I brought up my 2 lovely boys.

About this time, I started working at a special needs school with children with many different needs, complex learning & medical needs and ASC.

After 15 years I decided that a career change was a must, so, I thought that my hobby could become my work, as they say, “enjoy your work and you’ll never work a day in your life”.

Well it is true, I now feel blessed to be teaching Pilates. I work with all abilities and I love to see the progress that my clients make, it makes them smile and that makes me feel happy.

Pilates offers people flexibility, mobility, Co-ordination, strength, Balance and healthy mental well-being what more would you want out of life? As Joseph Pilates said

“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors”

Pilates can really offer it all.

Lisa Middleton

Qualifications:

British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course
350 hours Independent Yoga Network Teaching Diploma with Debbie Farrar
Indian Head Massage Diploma
Intelligent Yoga with Pete Blackaby
Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Deveruex
Anatomy Intensive with Leslie Kaminoff
Feldenkrais for Yoga Teachers with Daniel Gelblum

About:

HI, I’M LISA…

Yoga has always been in my life in one way or another, my mum practised yoga throughout my childhood and I dipped my toe in and out of it from my teens right up until my late twenties. It was in my early thirties I started a regular daily practice and with this began to feel a sense of confidence, calm and freedom I had never felt before.

After trying out various approaches to yoga, I felt that there was more to learn about this magical practice, so I applied for the British Wheel of Yoga foundation course with my teacher Debbie Farrar. During this time there was a huge shift in my thinking and I slowly started to peel back the layers of what yoga is all about. The fire in my belly had been lit and I decided to continue to study under Debbie, completing the Independent Yoga Network accredited Teaching Diploma over 18 months. This experience allowed me to learn and appreciate the subtleties of the practice, how the philosophy weaves into daily life, the miraculous anatomy, systems and functions of the body and the peace & tranquillity of stillness.

Yoga is an incredible journey and one that enriches my life every day in so many ways, both on and off the mat. Yoga has given me the tools to deal with my own stress and anxiety, help with my father’s Parkinson’s disease and the ebb and flow of life. It is so much more than posture practice, it has changed the way I think, the way I breath, the way I act and react and the decisions I make in life. I truly believe the health benefits mentally, physically and spiritually are endless for everyone regardless of age or abilities.

My teaching is influenced by Debbie Farrar, Godfrey Deveruex and Pete Blackaby whose methods are underpinned by listening to the intelligence of the body and being guided by nourishing sensations. I am also influenced by The Feldenkrais Method which focuses on deep awareness and learning through movement to enhance function.

My classes focus on useful and loving ways to feel, think, move and breathe. A typical class will include body awareness & grounding, breathing techniques, preparing the joints, mindful slow flowing movements & postures, meditation and relaxation.

Allowing you, the unique individual to find freedom and peace in your body and mind & access a yoga toolbox you can bring it into your daily life.

Jenny Healy

Qualifications

Modern Pilates – Level 3
Spine safe Reformer Foundation & Intermediate

About
After working in Human Resources for almost 20 years, I decided to turn my passion for health and fitness into a career. This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Prior to finding Pilates I was a stereotypical ‘fitness freak’ and loved high intensity, high impact forms of exercise when I suffered a knee injury and had to find a new way to stay strong. I’m so grateful for that knee injury as I found a Pilates teacher who not only helped me rehabilitate my knee, but my whole body and I’ve been passionate about Pilates ever since.

I love working with a huge variety of people who may have started Pilates for different reasons, but share the same goal of getting stronger, fitter and feeling better. Working at The Pilates Rooms is fantastic as we are able to offer our clients both mat and reformer meaning we are able to help just about everybody. When asked what is best, mat or reformer? I tell people it’s like asking me to choose between my children, both are challenging and amazing!

Susanna Elias

Qualifications:

BSc Sport Rehabilitation
YMCA Level 3 Diploma in teaching Pilates
Powmak Pilates Reformer training
OMT Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation
OMT Medical Acupuncture

Susanna graduated from the University of Salford with a 1st Class BSc in Sports Rehabilitation in 2015 and subsequently completed teaching qualifications in matwork and reformer Pilates as well as medical acupuncture. Specialising in musculoskeletal injury, Susanna is passionate about getting her clients back to a stronger and fitter place than they were before injury and discovering the root cause of an injury, not just treating the symptoms.

Susanna has a wide variety of experience working with clients recovering from strokes, major surgery and common sports injuries, long term back pain and many other musculoskeletal conditions. She has worked with Team GB triathletes, enabling them to become injury free in the run up to big races, and national level skiers.

She has also worked with those with long term conditions like MS and Parkinsons. Due to her training in both manual therapy and exercise for rehabilitation Susanna can combine massage, mobilisations/manipulations and acupuncture with Pilates and other forms of exercise into one session, which often works well for these clients.

Susanna’s specialist area is injury rehabilitation; she has a particular interest in shoulder and back pain, chronic pain and improving sporting performance through strength and conditioning. She believes in the power of exercise to heal and aims to teach clients how to improve their symptoms and take control of their own body and it’s healing.

As well as being a busy mum, physical activity together with a healthy diet and lifestyle are very important to Susanna. Her other interests include cooking, running and gym work, as well as Pilates. She enjoys learning about her field and continues to do professional development courses and reads widely around her subject.

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