— My story
I was born in Northamptonshire and trained as a classical ballet dancer. My education in the field of anatomy and dance took me to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea, London. In 1998, I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet from Durham University. I also achieved my Advanced ballet and the Jerwood prize for outstanding student.
Pilates was an integral part of ballet training and I was fortunate to be taught in London by Alan Herdman, a leading figure in the Pilates world and responsible for bringing Pilates to the UK in 1970. While dancing and teaching ballet in London, I became very interested in the methods available for the prevention and treatment of injuries; as well as corrective exercise.
I obtained Alan Herdman’s certificate – 'Body Conditioning and Remedial Exercise Teacher' in 2001, and initially taught for Alan in his sister studio at The Chelsea Harbour Club, London. I continued to work with dancers and was the Pilates Instructor at the Royal Academy of Dance, where I joined the team of staff to educate future classical ballet teachers. Between 2002 and 2005 I taught at various ballet schools worldwide, educating boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 years in the Classical Pilates Method. In 2005, I began to branch out and freelance which enabled me to teach a broad spectrum of clients from elite athletes, celebrities, models and the general public.
Today, I am the mother of three boys and have settled with my family in Wimbledon. My Pilates journey has brought me to the point of opening of my own private studio in South West London. It has been a life long ambition to provide a centre of excellence in the Classical Pilates Method. I have a desire to constantly educate myself in the field, drawing on inspiration from my teachers while bringing over 20 years of study and practice to my classes.
— The Pilates Method
In its purest sense Pilates supports the body to regain mobility, strength and alignment. The concentration needed to generate a precision in the flow of the movements contributes to a mental and physical well being. On a basic level Pilates will improve posture which alone breathes new life into your body.
Alan Herdman was responsible for bringing the Pilates method to Europe over 30 years ago, after studying in New York under a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates.
— My vision
To create an intimate environment to allow people to free themselves of poor mobility, low self esteem and pain. As I firmly believe that “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” — Joseph Pilates, 1939.
— Your session
Exercises are performed with and without specialist equipment, using resistance to streamline and strengthen the body. Each session lasts for one hour.
All the classes are tailored to fit individual needs and requirements, making the Pilates Method safe to follow throughout pregnancy as well as post-natal. It is not only endorsed by the Hollywood elite, but also by physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons worldwide.
— The equipment
The equipment supports the body and allows the muscles and levers to work in a different relationship with gravity. This allows the body to go through a range of movement otherwise inaccessible promoting a better balance of strength and mobility as a whole.
The equipment will also give feedback to the body which can highlight asymmetries and imbalances. A private session works on these individual needs and focuses on issues that arise during the process resulting in a true awareness of your body’s needs.
— Studio hire
If you are a Pilates practitioner and are looking for the perfect space, The Studio is available for private hire.
Please contact Sarah for further information and details.
— Session costs
There are 2 session types available:
Hour Private Equipment class — £50
(buy 10 get one class free)
Hour Semi-private Equipment class — £25
(buy 10 get one class free)
Popular with friends, as you can share the class.
Mat work classes
All classes run in six week blocks paid in advance £60
(£10 per hour session)
Class size limited to 6 people max.
Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced sessions available.
Classes work all the major postural muscle groups and finish with a relaxation section and an individual stretch by the instructor.
Clients who book a course of 10 lessons will receive an additional session free of charge. Courses, including free sessions, are to be completed within 4 months of booking.
To make a booking please call me on 07970 213421. During classes calls will be diverted to my voicemail. All messages will be acted on as soon as I am available.
Classes cancelled within 24 hours will be charged in full. Prices are subject to change without prior notification.
— Studio location
The Studio at Unit 4
Shannon Commercial Centre
Surrey KT3 4PT
Parking is available on site.
Trains: New Malden or Raynes Park overground.
"I started taking part in Sarah's 'Beginner Mat-work' classes over a year ago with the aim of strengthening my core, to reduce my back pain. Sarah has nurtured me from the beginning making sure I have the correct technique before progressing onto new positions. I have gained strength and progressed to her Intermediate class. I love my Friday mat-work fix, have no back pain and feel with Sarah's help I am looking after myself from the inside out."
"I had never done Pilates until 3 years ago. From day one I was hooked. I suffered from back pain that I thought I would have to live with even after months of physio. It's completely gone thanks to Sarah and her classes. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable and just lovely. I will never stop coming!"
"Sarah is an excellent instructor with a very professional and caring attitude towards the teaching of breathing technique and exercise routine of Pilates. I cannot recommend Sarah enough and I will continue to use her."