N S T R U C T O R  P R O F I L E S

L Y N  M C L A R E N

 

Studio Director & Clinical Pilates Teacher  

 

Lyn is a fully qualified and insured Pilates teacher and member of The Register of Exercise Professionals. She has been teaching Pilates for over 14 years.

 

Her original training was in 2003 with The Pilates Institute - now MK Pilates. After a period of teaching in order to gain practical experience, Lyn then went on to enhance her original Pilates qualification by completing further mat training with Body Control Pilates.

 

Lyn's background is in Nursing. Following 2 degrees and 13 years of experience in various areas of the Nursing field, she decided to leave the profession to follow her dream of teaching Pilates full time. In January 2013 Lyn set up and opened Pure Balance Pilates and has never looked back!

 

As part of her first degree in Nursing she studied biomedical science and pharmacology – This training and subsequent nursing experience has given her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology which has been invaluable to her Pilates teaching. To further enhance her knowledge in the clinical Pilates field Lyn has undertaken numerous clinical Pilates training courses since opening the studios.

 

At Pure Balance Lyn teaches Pilates studio equipment sessions on a private basis in addition to mat classes. Her equipment training was undertaken with Pilates Training Solutions  – an osteopathic led Pilates training organisation http://pilatestrainingsolutions.co.uk 

 

Additional clinical Pilates courses that Lyn has completed are;

 

Spine, pelvis and shoulder Pilates training and advanced mat and Swiss ball training with Modern Pilates – a physiotherapy led training organisation  

http://pfetraining.co.uk

 

 

Pilates for osteoporosis with APPI – The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute – a clinically led Pilates training organisation

http://ausphysio.com.

 

 

Biomechanics training with Sub-4 

www.sub-4.co.uk

 

 

Ante & Post Natal Pilates with APPI

http://ausphysio.com

 

 

In addition to her love of Pilates Lyn is also a keen horse rider and has undertaken an Equipilates qualification in Biomechanical Assessment  

This course enables Lyn to provide postural analysis, sport specific adaptation of Pilates principles and biomechanics diagnostic techniques for riders wishing to improve their performance .

 

http://www.equipilates.com/equipilates-biomechanics-trainertrade.html

 

 

At Pure Balance Pilates, continued professional development is fundamental to our  teaching. As such all teachers continuously update their knowledge and expertise through the completion of relevant courses.

K A T E  W I L C O C K

 

Clinical Pilates Teacher

 

Kate Qualified as a Level 3 Pilates instructor in December 2011 with Body Control Pilates, London. Since then she has completed many different courses with Body Control including Intermediate Mat, Pilates for Dancers and Pilates Arc to name a few.

 

Kate's proudest achievement to date was completing and passing the Advanced Mat exam giving her Master Teacher status in Matwork Pilates.

Having a dance background gives Kate a real advantage with Pilates teaching. In addition to careful and individual planning in accordance with the advice of Pure Balance Health physiotherapy and osteopathy team, Kate is able to choreograph sessions to enable students to develop their own fluidity of movement, co ordination and stamina as well as building core strength and stability.

 

Since joining Lyn at Pure Balance Pilates in May 2014, Kate feels she has really grown as a teacher in terms of her experience in teaching clients with musculoskeletal and joint conditions. This has given a high level of confidence with planning and modifications of exercises in all classes. 

Being a member of the Pure Balance teaching team Kate has had the opportunity to train with two different Pilates Associations completing 

diagnostic training with Modern Pilates on the Shoulder, Spine, Hip and Knee and training on the Swiss Ball course. She has also completed Pilates for Osteoporosis and Scoliosis training with APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and a course on Lower back pain with Body Control Pilates. 

Currently Kate is studying to become a 'Back for Good' specialist with Body Control Pilates.

With her dance background Kate excels in High intensity choreographed pilates teaching - Kate offers High Intensity Pilates Power (H.I.P.P) classes at Pure Balance.

 Kate is also Pilates Reformer trained and offers 1:1 Reformer sessions at Pure Balance

D E B B I E  H A L L

 

Clinical Pilates Teacher, Remedial Massage Therapist & Yoga Teacher

 

Coming from a background in working with children and young people, Debbie has attended Pure Balance Pilates from the beginning.

 

Debbie was so amazed at how Pilates helped her personally, she decided to train as a Pilates instructor, qualifying as a Level 3 Pilates teacher with HFE Ltd in 2014.

 

Debbie's love of anatomy led her to further her knowledge in this field by completing a Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2014. In addition she has completed other courses to enhance her skills as a Pilates teacher including Swiss ball Pilates and spinal conditions.

 

Debbie is also a fully qualified Yoga instructor offering small group sessions from her beautiful Yoga room in Mow Cop.

ANGELA BECKLEY

 

Clinical Pilates Teacher

Angela completed her Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates in 2012 with Modern Pilates.

 

Since then she has taught her own classes in Bramhall in Pilates studios, schools and on-site at organisations for staff. Additionally, she has taught at private member gyms alongside offering one to one sessions.

Angela has progressed with her Pilates training by undertaking courses in

  • Progressive Matwork 1,

  • Progressive Matwork 2 (using ball and bands),

  • Adapting Exercise for independently active older people,

  • Seated and Supported Exercises for Ageing Workshop,

  • Spinal Conditions, Barre Method

  • Pelvic Floor Workshop

  • Fascia workshop

 

all with Modern Pilates.

CORINNA  DENNISON

Clinical Pilates Teacher & Physiotherapist

Students of Pure Balance are invited to see Corinna for a postural assessment prior to starting their Pilates classes. Information from this assessment is directly used to enable safe and effective Pilates class planning based on clinical advice and expertise and to ensure that students are taught on an individual basis.

In addition Corinna also offers physiotherapy treatments to all students and to the general public.

 

Corinna is also a fully qualified APPI Pilates instructor. 

Additional training that Corinna has undertaken in the field of Pilates

Corinna became interested in physiotherapy at a young age, with a keen interest in gymnastics she suffered several injuries and decided to train in a profession to be able to help and guide others after injury or illness.  

She qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 1996.  Her career started at Watford General Hospital, with junior rotations and quickly working up to a Senior position.  Whilst in Hertfordshire she spent 2 seasons working for a rugby team but the wet and cold quickly drove her into a nice warm clinic room in The Physio Vineyards private practice.

 

The move to Congleton came in 2004. This was a move to be closer to family to allow Grandparents to get to know their Grandchildren.  6 weeks after the move she accepted a position in the NHS in Stoke on Trent running a physiotherapy department.  Whilst in this job she was involved in several research studies, the last of which was a spinal study which lead to the move to her current role, Extended Scope Practitioner in a spinal service.

 

She met Lyn at Pure Balance Pilates in the summer of 2015 and it was quickly apparent their views and ethos regarding health care were very similar, this has moved rapidly to the formation of Pure Balance Health.

* Antenatal Pilates with APPI

* Scoliosis Training with APPI

* Cherry Baker - Pelvic Floor seminar

NATASHA SIMMONDS

Clinical Pilates Teacher (Cover Teacher)

Natasha damaged her own back in 2013 and became a student of Pure Balance in 2016 following advice from her spinal surgeon and physiotherapist.

 

As a result of her Pilates practice Natasha learned to re educate her body into good postural alignment, strengthening core muscles and ultimately avoiding invasive spinal surgery.

 

As a result of her success she decided to try to help other individuals suffering with joint pain and trained to be a Pilates instructor.

 

Natasha qualified as a level 3 Clinical Pilates Teacher in February 2018 with Pilates Training Solution

 

Since qualifying Natasha has also completed her Pregnancy & Pilates Training & Small Equipment Training with Pilates Training Solution.

 

Natasha provides cover for teachers at Pure Balance during annual leave and also teaches her own classes over in Leek

In addition to her Pilates Natasha is also a highly experienced Beauty & Massage Therapist with over 15 years experience of working in the industry including 5 years working on cruise liners as a Spa Manager and Head Therapist.