Photo credit Marie-Claire Stanmore
Post Graduate Certificate of Education - Dance - University of Brighton
BA (HONS) Dance and Choreography University of Chichester
Level 4 Low Back Pain Specialist Instructor
VTCT Level 3 Diploma in GP Exercise Referral
VTCT Level 3 Diploma Instructing Mat - Based Pilates
VTCT Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity
VTQ Level 3 First Aid
FDI Ballet and Modern Dance (ISTD)
I have Public Liability Insurance
I am registered with the ICO
I am DBS checked
Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I am a Low Back Pain Care Specialist Pilates Instructor. I live in the lovely village that is Netley Abbey. Having danced since the age of 3 I have always had a passion for movement and the benefits it brings to the mind and body. I qualified to teach Pilates in 2017 to further my anatomical understanding of how the body moves, and have applied this knowledge in teaching Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
After completing my Pilates training I was hired by the Lowford Clinic to teach Pilates classes, these classes have now moved venue to what I like to think of my back garden Victoria Country Park and are now organised by Marie- Claire Prettyman -The Movement Specialist. I also teach for Everyone Active at Hamble Sports Complex and continue to cover Pilates classes at leisure centres when I am available.
I have decided to set myself a challenge to run my own classes for 2021. These will take place at the LV Yoga studio in Fareham and online.. Please head over to the class information page for more details.
Thinking of coming to my classes?
My teaching style
I like to incorporate humour, metaphors and imagery in my class, as well as focusing on what the body and mind can achieve with a little encouragement. I want you to understand what you are doing and how it may benefit you. My dance training enables me to have good attention to detail. I make sure my participants perform exercises as safely as possible whilst promoting the appearance of an elegant and effortless execution! I cater for all abilities, ages and confidence levels.
Who I can train
I am GP exercise referral qualified which means in addition to working with participants who are fit and healthy I can also work with participants who have a range of common medical conditions. Please highlight any conditions on your enrolment form and I will discuss with you anything that may need to put in place before your first class.
I am a Level 4 Low Back Pain Specialist. This means I have a good insight into how Pilates can either help with conditions or slow down the symptoms they cause. I regularly consult with Physiotherapists on the best way forward with their clients experiencing low back pain and am guided by their advice when their clients are referred to me.
Who I can't train
Although Pilates is low impact there are considerations to make when training whilst pregnant. I have a good understanding of these considerations and am currently studying for my Pre and Post Natal Exercise qualification. As I have yet to finish the qualification my classes would not currently be suitable if you are pregnant . Once your healthcare professional has agreed that you are OK to return or start exercising post birth you could attend (provided you had no complications) but there will not be a post natal focus to the class. I do know local Pilates teachers that have already completed this training so would happily sign post you to them. You can always come back and take class with me at a later stage.