Here I gratefully share what my students & colleagues say about my classes...
"Katrina's teaching of Pilates is inspirational. She combines a real technical appreciation of the postures with a lovely attitude. She gives excellent individual corrections during
the class increasing the students' understanding and application.
You always leave feeling stronger and lighter!"
Vijay N, M.Ost, ND, DO, Osteopath and Pilates Instructor
The exercises have strengthened my lower back muscles considerably
"Since beginning one-to-one Pilates with Katrina the pain I used to feel in my lower back from sitting at a desk all day has long since disappeared. I’m much more flexible than I used to be, and now able to do poses that I wouldn't have been able to do six months ago. The exercises have strengthened my lower back muscles considerably, which is helping my marathon training. Katrina is very patient, and very good at explaining stretches and poses. If I’m not able to do a full pose straight away, Katrina is very helpful by doing a new pose in stages until I can do the full pose properly. Katrina also adapts exercises to suit the marathon training I regularly undertake."
Richard W., Data Manager & Marathon Enthusiast - one-to-one client
A bit of a life changing hobby
"My thoughtful friends bought me a course of Pilates with Katrina for my birthday, along with a new mat. Having a baby and a 2 year old had really taken its toll on my back and I often ached and felt tense. Since starting Pilates, it has taught me how to stretch and carry myself properly and it's made an enormous difference. The classes are my space to relax and enjoy some 'me time'. Katrina personalises the sessions by making sure we are all doing the positions correctly, and they're just great fun! A bit of a life changing hobby for me."
Katy, 38, Catford
The best possible teacher
"I started 1-to-1 Pilates sessions with Katrina as I was nervous of group classes where I wouldn't necessarily learn the right technique, and where I was worried I'd struggle to keep up, especially as my balance isn't great. I've always thought of myself as uncoordinated, so I worried about going into general classes doing a brand new kind of exercise - I imagined I'd quickly feel demoralised, and even worse about my lack of fitness. Katrina was the best possible teacher to address all my concerns. 1-to-1 sessions are completely personalised, taking you through the elements of a general class individually and at your own pace, before putting them all together for a smooth, flowing session. The sessions allow lots of time to ask questions, practice the correct technique, and figure out the best way for you personally to approach a pose. There's also plenty of enjoyment and laughter. Katrina is brilliant at helping visualise the mechanics of a position, so that you can both do it correctly and remember it later. She also creates a lovely relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere where issues with one's body can be gently addressed in a positive way. I can thoroughly recommend Katrina, and I hope to continue classes with her for as long as possible."
Lindsey, Hackney - one-to-one client
I felt confident and assured after the first class
"I felt quite embarrassed to do Pilates and have put it off for a number of years due to my inflexibility. However, I started on the Complete Beginners Course with Katrina, and I felt confident and assured after the first class, and comfortable."
William Frost, 43, Landscape Gardener - Complete Beginners Course student
Getting to grips with my body again
“Thank you for the class on Saturday - it was really lovely just to focus on me and getting to grips with my body again! And I also learned a lot! I like your friendly, approachable teaching style and am really grateful that we are taking things gradually as I feel I have a long way to recover physically.”
Joanne Hook, postnatal Pilates class participant.
Katrina instantly made me feel relaxed and at ease
"I took up Pilates in order to de-stress and tone and was rather apprehensive of going at first. Katrina led my first session and instantly made me feel relaxed and at ease. I continued to go back to her group classes and have never had to do more than I feel capable of doing. As Katrina pointed out it is never a competition. Working in retail I found that my back and shoulders get tired and achy quite quickly, but since taking Katrina's classes I feel just as energised and capable at the end of a shift as I did at the beginning. I've even been showing my colleagues how to improve their posture!
Taking Pilates classes has made me a calmer, more energetic individual."
Kristine S.- group class student
"When I first started Pilates with Katrina I was not a big fan of exercising but she made me appreciate and understand how important it is to exercise well. Katrina is passionate and loves seeing people getting stronger. She is always very encouraging and also very sensitive to each individual's needs.
I now say that I look forward to my sessions with her and highly recommend her to others!"
Francesca P., Contracts Representative - one-to-one client
understanding and attentive to detail
“I have been having one-to-one sessions with Katrina for the last two and a half years. When I first started I was beyond weak, my physiotherapist despaired and it was too great a risk to go to a normal class. Katrina was a God send! She is understanding and attentive to detail. With Katrina, I can exercise with the confidence that I will not be asked to do anything that will make my back condition worse. Importantly, she always corrects my technique, and communicates with my physiotherapist to make sure we’re on track. Although my rehabilitation has been slow, Katrina has shown great patience, adaptability and kindness. My much improved core strength now enables me to dance again, which was the goal all along for me!”
Lisa W., 30, Barrister - one-to-one client
Katrina is always positive and professional
"Katrina, has taught me for over a year, from my basic mat based Pilates, through to open level classes and always teaches in a very constructive, encouraging and flexible way.
The classes are fun and I've been steadily introduced to a wide variety of interesting but challenging exercises, with Katrina always ensuring you have no difficulties.
Katrina is always positive and professional and at the end of every class I feel worked out physically and positive mentally."
Andrew S., Commodity Sourcing Manager - group class student
She always takes the time to explain, demonstrate, and most of all correct
“It is always nice to come to Katrina's Pilates classes. She always takes the time to explain, demonstrate, and most of all correct the individual students. This allowed me to improve a lot and I always want to come back."
Claire, 26, Consultant - group class student
Katrina really helped me improve my posture
"Katrina is a patient and thorough teacher who has really helped me improve my posture and form. She is extremely helpful. Her classes are very enjoyable - both relaxing and a complete workout."
Siân, 25, Librarian - group class student
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday morning Pilates sessions with Katrina - I even look forward to it! Excellent teaching, and very warm & friendly."
Stephanie Cunliffe, 36, Lawyer - completed the Beginners' Course
"Very good, even pace, relaxed environment & great instructor."
Ambi Williams, 45, Research Manager - completed the Beginners' Course
First time I've understood lateral breathing!
"It's great to feel the improvement week on week and to find yourself doing the harder versions that once seemed impossible. Katrina is great at explaining exactly how to correct an exercise to work to right bits. First time I've understood lateral breathing!"
Megan Collins - group class student
Really enjoyable class
"Really enjoyable class. Katrina has made me much more confident in my Pilates practice and guides each individual based on their needs."
Darren M. - group class student
Perfect for me
"I think the balance between challenging exercise and relaxing stretches is perfect for me."
Katy Simpson, 38, Teacher - group class student
You'll be hooked!
"If you are new to Pilates, make sure Katrina is your first teacher.
Once you start you'll be hooked !!"
Jaelee Small, 30, Musician, completed the beginners' course
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course
"I found the course teacher very attentive to each and everyone's needs, realising that everyone works at a different pace. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to the next term."
Marlene Allman, 64, Nurse - completed the Beginners' Course
My core and lower back already feel stronger
"A great general introduction to Pilates. My core and lower back already feel stronger and I feel ready to take on the general level classes."
Mia D., 37, Media Manager - completed the Beginners Course
Mixes challenging exercises with fun!
"I've really enjoyed my beginners Pilates course with Katrina. She is very clear in her instructions and mixes challenging exercises with fun! I'll be moving on to the general class."
Helen, 36, full time mum - completed the Beginners' Course