I qualified as a Matwork teacher with Body Control Pilates® in 2009. I first discovered Pilates trying to overcome an imbalance in my pelvis from giving birth. I liked it so much, I decided to make a career of it! I'm passionate about continuing to expand my knowledge and attend a number of courses each year, becoming a qualified Reformer teacher in 2019. In my classes, we focus on getting the best we can from our bodies. Whether a client has had an injury or just feels unfit, we work towards understanding movement, gaining strength and control, and therefore confidence in our ability to move.
Susan first discovered Body Control Pilates as a client, in just a few sessions she felt the benefits and came to appreciate the precise and controlled approach that the method uses. The deep postural exercises allow the body to reset and the mind to refresh. In 2018 Susan qualified as a Body Control Pilates Teacher so she could share the advantages of Pilates with others.
Susan has further qualifications in Bone Health and Pilates for Pregnancy and takes regular courses to keep updated eg Back4Good (Pilates for Low Back Pain).
Susan’s classes focus on increasing core strength to protect the spine, the alignment of the body for joint stability and using breath patterns to facilitate the movement. They offer clients a range of levels to accommodate differing abilities and are taught in a friendly and supportive environment.
Danielle started her career as a professional dancer after attending Bird College of Performing Arts, gaining ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet and Modern. A few years later followed a complete career change to the LIFFE trading floor in the city and the launching of a new business.
She has recently returned to her love of movement, training with the renowned Body Control Pilates and gaining a level 3 matwork qualification.
Danielles classes are for everyone, whether you are recovering from injury, exercise regularly, or are a beginner, her classes are small and tailored to the specific needs of the clients with a friendly encouraging atmosphere.
Level 3 Body Control Pilates Matwork Teacher
Level 3 Award Pre and Postnatal Pilates
Charlotte first came to Pilates postnatally, after discovering she had abdominal separation. Through regular postnatal Pilates practise, Charlotte was able to bring strength and functionality back to her core. Pilates became an essential part of Charlotte’s postnatal rehab and she came away with a newfound interest in human anatomy and biomechanics, feeling compelled to learn more and to bring the many benefits of Pilates to others.
Going on to train in London with Body Control Pilates, the most comprehensive teacher training course of its kind and widely recognised as an international benchmark. She has since gained her Level 3 Award in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and is currently training to become a Low Back Pain Specialist.
There is no need to be super fit or flexible for Charlottes classes; all exercises are tailored to the individual for maximum benefit.
Pilates and Yoga
Certified Master Pilates Teacher with the Body Control Pilates™ Association, Europe’s leading professional body for teachers and REPs Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor – Lower Back Pain and a Back Care Professional.
She has over 20 years teaching experience in both Mat and Machine Pilates.
Amanda is also a RYS 200 hour Yoga Teacher, teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
Amanda Pountney is the director and owner of 8 Pilates and a highly qualified Pilates instructor with over 20 years of experience.
She trained and qualified with Body Control Pilates in 2003 and then went on to further develop her knowledge with Pilates equipment and opened her first studio in Harpenden in 2010 teaching both Mat work and private sessions.
Amanda is a certified Master Teacher with the Body Control Pilates™ Association, Europe’s leading professional body for teachers and REPs Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor – Lower Back Pain and a Back Care Professional.
She is also a RYS 200 hour Yoga Teacher, teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga and is a supervising teacher for Body Control and helps to mentor and train student teachers.
Amanda helps clients increase their mobility, strengthen their bodies as well as addressing joint and back issues. She believes that to have a perfectly functioning body that all joints need to move through their full available range and she will work with clients to achieve this. She is known for her attention to detail, offering each client a high level of individual focus to ensure goals are achieved. Her classes are renowned for their inclusivity, warmth and relaxed atmosphere.