Jade, studio owner and Pilates teacher
Jade, studio owner and Pilates teacher
Jade trained as a professional dancer and Pilates teacher at the world class music and dance conservatoire Trinity Laban. Jade holds a Pilates Foundation certificate to teach both mat and equipment based Pilates and has been doing so since 2001.
Jade was the Manager of Laban Pilates, the largest Pilates studio in the UK for four years and led a team of sixteen elite Pilates teachers. During this time Jade organised workshops with many international somatic movement practitioners and trained in developmental movement patterning, movement analysis and experiential anatomy.
Jade helped carry out research in to core stability and balance for Trinity Laban's pioneering screening programme run by Laban's Dance Science team.
Jade has been an examiner for Pilates teacher training programmes at Laban and the University of East London.
In 2012 Jade launched her own business and opened the purpose built jadepilates well-being studio in in 2015, bringing together an inspiring team of teachers and therapists.
Esther, Pilates teacher and massage therapist
In 1999, only a year after training as a dancer at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Esther underwent spinal surgery. This inspired her interest in both Pilates and massage and she went on to study at the London School of Sports Massage. Esther worked as a sports and remedial masseur for many years in a variety of places, from hotel spas to back stage in the West End. Her focus was always on the management of dance injury and she worked for many years as a masseur for The Urdang Academy, Trinity Laban and The Royal Ballet.
She returned to study at Trinity Laban in 2004 on the Pilates Foundation Teacher Training Programme and taught Pilates in a number of London studios and physiotherapy clinics thereafter. Pilates became a perfect combination with the deep tissue massage she had specialised in over the years and she treated many dance injuries through correcting anatomical imbalances and looking at training practices. In teaching non- dancers, unsurprisingly, bad backs became her strength.
Over the years of studying, treating and teaching, Esther also developed an interest in anatomy and physiology and took over this aspect for the Pilates Foundation training course at Trinity Laban.
Taking a break to have a family, she returned to work with a new focus on pre and post-natal Pilates. Esther went on to complete post graduate training in pre-natal and post-natal Pilates with the Pilates Foundation and Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s fitness. She has also completed The Center’s specialist certification in diatasis recti recovery, pelvic floor health and Pilates for menopause.
Riccardo, Pilates teacher
Riccardo has worked extensively as a professional dancer, touring internationally and for some of the world’s best known contemporary choreographers.
His move from Italy to London was in 2004, to study a BA(HONS) at the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). He was then invited to do an exclusive post graduate training in performance at LCDS in 2008.
Some of the companies he has danced for include,
Shobana Jeyeasingh Dance Company, Fleur Darkin Company and the National Dance Company of Wales.
Alongside performing Riccardo certified as a Stott Pilates Instructor, completing his training on all of the Pilates equipment. He teaches in Kensington, Greenwich and Blackheath. He likes to tailor classes to his clients’ needs and can teach his classes in Italian and French!
His classes are uplifting, challenging and fun with a focus on strength, whole body movement, rhythm and flow. Watch out for those tough core exercises and enjoy the high expectations and encouragement. You can do it - a Pilates workout with real work, great results and good humour!
Pilates, Myofascial Bodywork and Movement Therapy.
Bridget’s love of movement began as a child while watching her father teach and choreograph for Dublin City Ballet in Ireland. This led to training as a dancer in Stockholm, Sweden and then later in London at The West Street School and Rambert.
During training and while working as a dancer Bridget's interest in the workings of the body and injury prevention for herself and others grew and she decided to study Anatomy and Physiology, this led to a Qualification in Holistic and Therapeutic Massage in 1998.
Alongside various dance projects, Bridget started leading Relaxation & Awareness Workshops often with people who had chronic pain and movement restrictions achieving remarkable results.
This brought Bridget to the world of Pilates in the year 2000, she started training with Body Control Pilates, qualified in matwork in 2001 and shortly after started to work at their flagship studio as an apprentice studio teacher.
During the years that followed Bridget developed a successful business teaching Matwork in South-East London, trained with Body Control in the studio equipment and was then taken on by them as a full-time studio teacher. In 2006 she was asked to join their Teacher Training Education Team.
Bridget is now a Master Studio Teacher and the Co-Ordinator for Body Controls Studio Equipment Courses.
Over the last seven years, Bridget has developed her knowledge of the body by studying Myofascial Release, Patterns of Dysfunction and The Therapeutic Relationship at The University of Westminster. She then took the Hellerwork Series with Carrie Tuke. This initiated more study with the pioneers of the fascial movement, leading to workshops with Robert Schleip, Sol Petersen and Tom Myers.
Exploration of other Movement Disciplines also continued during that time with the practice of QiGong with Master Teacher Roy Jenzen and various different styles of Yoga. Further training has recently included specialist courses in Pelvic Health and Healing for Diastisis Recti with Carolyne Anthony of The Center for Womens Fitness.
Bridget has now developed several workshops for Pilates & Movement professionals exploring the relationship between the fascial system in the body and movement.