I started off as a contemporary dancer and then later a dance teacher. I was introduced to Pilates 10 years ago by chance when I couldn’t get to a yoga class and that’s where my journey began. I was lucky enough to experience the classical work on the equipment and immediately fell in love with it.
Originally I trained as a contemporary Pilates teacher but was always intrigued by the passion of the classical teachers, working directly from the authentic original source sounded fascinating. I thought immersing myself in something was the best way to become a good teacher, it is an on-going journey.
Other than dance, nothing else has ever connected me to my body like Pilates and given that all over body workout. It makes you feel strong and centered both physically and mentally. I always walk away from a session feel invigorated. It challenges the body, confronts your weaknesses, that often you don’t even know you have and the continuing advancements of technique and self-practice are endless. It is the bodies secret weapon.
As a teacher I love seeing people fall in love with something I am passionate about too. The end of a session is the best time because the clients faces and bodies have changed from when they came in through the door. They have given themselves some precious time to focus on themselves and what they need that day, to be able to help with that is a blessing. I know how much Pilates can help to improve people’s lives and bodies and it doesn’t’t take long for clients to see that too. It isn’t about me as teacher, it is about me passing on Pilates to those that want to listen and practice with me and feel Pilates in their bodies. Watching them make progress is like being a parent!!
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Q&A with Stacey
Tell us one non-Pilates fact about you?
I sing and play the Guitar
What is your favourite food?
Asian inspired, a Sunday Roast or tea n biscuits
What is your favourite Pilates apparatus?
The Cadillac as you can do so much with it but it is slowly becoming the Chair
Which three words describe your personality?
Determined, kind and hilarious – says my husband!
What do you love about Exhale?
I love the studio. Gaby’s energy and passion for Pilates is infectious. She has welcomed me on to the course and to Exhale, introducing me to the classical world and shown faith in me as a teacher, of which I am very grateful for. Gaby and all the teachers at Exhale are amazing, all very generous with their time and sharing information they have learnt over the years. Observing them all at work has really helped me with my own teaching. The energy from the clients is fantastic, you can see how much they enjoy the classes. It feels like my Pilates family home!! Not to mention I have made some great friends
Now one of Gaby’s apprentices, I feel Exhale born and bred.
“The mind, when housed within a healthy body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”Joseph Pilates