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Our Instructors 

At Pilates works 4 U we are all highly qualified pilates professionals but most importantly passionate about what we do. We will take time to assess your body, tailor a programme to suit your specific needs and work alongside you to ensure you perform the exercises correctly. We can then make them as gentle or challenging as you require. 

Jenny Pooley 

I discovered Pilates over 10 years ago. I was looking for gentle exercise for an ongoing shoulder injury. Loved it. Missed it. Whenever I stopped I realised it really works for me! Again during both pregnancies found it a huge benefit. 
 
Since training as a teacher I have discovered how important the fundamentals are. They are the foundations – without truly understanding these you won’t achieve the best results. I have trained with Body Control Pilates and am passionate about bringing the benefits of Pilates to everyone and as a fully qualified teacher certified by Europe's largest professional Pilates organisation I can help you improve muscle tone and core stability, building strength from the inside out, re-balancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. 
 
The 'classical' Pilates exercises that Joseph Pilates developed may take many years to perfect and may be beyond the capability of the average person. 
 
I break these exercises down so that clients can enjoy the benefits of Pilates whilst working safely and effectively as they move towards the more advanced exercises. 
Jenny Pooley
'PilatesWorks provides strength and flexibility in all the right places. The creaking joints of the morning are gone by the end of the session and I'm left with just a pleasant "feeling" from a proper workout - thank you, Jenny!' 
 
Eva L 

Tina Engelmann 

I'm passionate about helping clients to create a healthier and happier body to live in. Supportive, challenging, caring and using a more mindful approach to exercise. 
 
I have been practicing Pilates for more than 15 years. From the very beginning, the feeling of contentment and having worked my body in a way I had never experienced before I got at the end of a class meant I was hooked pretty quickly. And, of course, the results that I noticed after about 10 sessions, such as improvements in strength and flexibility were an added bonus which helped keep me coming back to the mat. Today I’m all about sharing that love and allow clients to fulfil their potential. I’m into bodies – anatomy and biodynamics and how they impact on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. 
 
I always endeavour to explain the reasons behind performing Pilates exercises and encourage my clients to look at improving functional movement patterns (applying Pilates to every day movement). I break exercises that can seem complex and technical down and teach using a variety of cues. 
 
Discover muscles you didn’t know you had, tone and define muscles you haven’t been able to see results with before, release tense muscles providing more length and flexibility. I aim to make all my lessons enjoyable, challenging, informative and effective. I work with clients towards their goals, giving them 100% attention and offering a supportive and stimulating environment to achieve these in. 

Heather Eddington 

Previously I was a professional choreographer/dancer, film maker and teacher with my own dance company, State of Flux Dancefilm.  
 
Throughout my training and career I have used Pilates to enhance my technique and recover from injury. I have always loved attending Pilates classes and when it came time for a career change I knew exactly what I wanted to become, a Pilates teacher! 
 
have CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates, and Level 4 Certificate in Programming Physical Activity for Individuals with Low Back Pain. Alongside my Pilates teaching I also deliver Barre Concept classes, which are a fantastic low impact total body workout. 
Through teaching Pilates I enjoy helping people to re-connect with their bodies, to find pleasure in moving and gain a real sense of well-being. My classes encourage the client to challenge themselves in a safe environment in order to discover and retrain the way they use and think about their own body. 

 

 
 
 

Kate Pooley 

I began practising Pilates about 6 years ago after my twin daughters were born. I have always been keen on movement and exercise, but I developed a few new aches and pains following a difficult pregnancy. I explored various exercise options to aid my recovery and found Pilates to be the best. 
I hold a degree qualification in Sport Rehabilitation and I am fully insured with The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). In 2003 I joined a leading provider of both preventative and treatment programmes for physical and mental health conditions in the workplace. I delivered Functional Restoration Programmes in a group setting to people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. 
With my rehabilitation background and after personally feeling the benefit of Pilates I decided I would love to teach it! I am have completed Matwork training with The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). The APPI method is taught using a unique modified Pilates technique. This technique has been developed specifically for rehabilitation settings and is an approach that looks at how a client can regain a correct, positive sense of movement. APPI's Pilates can be applied to: rehab, retraining of alignment, correcting posture, improving range of motion, supporting the spine and for safe sport and strength training 
I am passionate about all things related to health and well-being and believe Pilates is a fantastic injury prevention and rehabilitation tool. It also provides a way of feeling toned, internally supported and lengthened. I strongly believe movement is medicine and if we keep our bodies strong and moving as best we can, not only will we see the benefit today, but our future bodies will be pleased too! 

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HOLLIE THOMAS  
 

I began practicing Pilates for three reasons - the first was to help soothe the side effects of my scoliosis, the second to strengthen my core as part of my fitness regime, and the third, in all honesty, was because I was keen to be part of the health and fitness craze that everyone seemed to be doing. 
 
However, once I started, I realised that this was in no way a fad, but a way of life. A way to make me stronger, leaner, more flexible and to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. Pilates is my happy hour, and I love teaching others to move, look and feel better. 
 
I trained with Body control Pilates in London, founded by 'Queen of Pilates' Lynne Robinson who breaks down the traditional classical Pilates to create exercises that are more accessible to everyone so we can all challenge and strengthen our cores in a safe environment. 
 
I come from a sporting background and have worked across Tennis, Football, Rugby, Equestrian and Golf, and I've always been passionate about keeping fit and active and above all, having fun doing it. I like my clients to leave the studio with a smile on their face and a little fire in their abs... 

CLAIRE JACOBS  

I was introduced to Pilates as part of my strength and conditioning programme as an athlete running cross-country and middle-distance events. Pilates helped me compete for Great Britain at World and European Cross-County Championships. 
 
In 2006 I then qualified as a Physiotherapist and I began to use Pilates as part of my rehab programmes for my patients, particularly those suffering from acute and chronic low back pain. I love the way that Pilates can (and should!) be used across a broad range of conditions and level of fitness - from acute back pain, sedentary office workers, through to elite athletes. 
 
My particular areas of expertise are in women’s health (ante and postnatal care, gynae surgery and pelvic floor strengthening) and running. 
 
Having formally managed APPI's flagship centre in Hampstead I also teach the 'Performance for Runners' Pilates course to fellow Pilates Instructors. 

LUCY KENT 

YOGA 
I've been practicing yoga for over 20 years on & off, It's something I've always come back to. 
 
It was when my husband pointed out that I always sat down to put my socks on that I really began to think about my posture and lower back strength. Although I was fit and 'strong', my lower back was taking on all the work of my weak core muscles. My hamstrings were short and tight from years of running and this was beginning to affect my knees and my lower back. So I got rid of the gym membership and started to spend more time on my yoga mat. I noticed improvements almost instantly. My Osteopath doesn't even know what I look like now and of course I can put my socks on standing up. 
 
I decided to take the yoga teaching course initially for my own practice, but soon realised that I wanted to pass on good things to others. Posture Alignment is very important if you want to build a life-long yoga practice and I like to teach small classes so everyone gets off to the best possible start. I enjoy the random-ness of yoga as opposed to the routine of Pilates and l find music a great accompaniment, mixing up Indian chants with classical and sometimes bit of Ed Sheehan and Calvin Harris! 
 
My class at Kersey tends to start gently with some heart opening and few moments of Pranayama (breathing practice) or meditation, moving on to a general warm up of the hips, shoulders and wrists. Each week we build on core strengthening, hip mobility and spine movements and of course every class finishes with a (well-earned) lovely deep Savasana (relaxation) and a little essential oil as the cherry on top! 
 
I have a 200hr teaching qualification with Yoga Alliance and last year completed another 50 hours RYA advanced training. I have attended workshops in London with Jason Crandell and completed his 3 day injury prevention course at TriYoga Camden. This autumn I will be assisting on the autumn 200 hour teacher training at Suryalila in Spain, where I hope to bring some fresh knowledge and yoga snippets back to Suffolk. 
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