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
Pilates for osteoporosis with APPI – The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute – a clinically led Pilates training organisation
Biomechanics training with Sub-4
Ante & Post Natal Pilates with APPI
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 .
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 is a freelance Pilates teacher who teaches her own brand - Pilates With Kate (PWK) from the Pure Balance studio.
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 teaching from Pure Balance Pilates, 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.
Kate has had the opportunity to train with 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.
Kate is also 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 various venues locally.
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.
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
all with Modern Pilates.
Clinical Pilates Teacher & Freelance Physiotherapist
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.
* Antenatal Pilates with APPI
* Scoliosis Training with APPI
* Cherry Baker - Pelvic Floor seminar
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.
Mahani is a qualified Body Control Pilates teacher
Body Control Pilates is Europe’s largest professional Pilates organisation.
Following the comprehensive training and an ongoing programme of continuous education, Mahani strives to provide you the highest quality of teaching.
Mahani has been practising Pilates since 2001 when her physiotherapist recommended it to her as a way of managing knee issues. The knee specialist suggested surgery to resolve the issue, however Mahani was determined to explore all avenues to avoid surgery and is convinced that it is because of Pilates that the surgery was not necessary.
Leading a physically active lifestyle as a very keen horse rider, an enthusiastic golfer and a qualified PADI Divemaster, puts a lot of demand on the human body. Mahani passionately believes that Pilates has allowed her to pursue these physically demanding activities and was the main driver to qualify to teach Pilates and to share her own experience on how to tap into the fundamentals of Pilates to strive for the physical wellbeing of each individual.
Mahani offers enthusiasm in abundance and empathy which is unique to each person so they can improve their mobility and quality of life, regardless of their background, age and fitness level.
Mahani is a founding member of the Body Control Pilates Academy, a member of the Body Control Pilates Association (BCPA), a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and very proud to have qualified as an Equipilates™ Biomechanics Trainer™
Alison trained in Mat based Pilates in 2018, with the intention of being able to help others reach their fitness potential. She is passionate about sport for all, and enjoys meeting and working with individuals to understand their needs, and tailoring exercises to suit them.
She loves the mental, emotional and physical benefits that exercise brings, and has always been into fitness as a hobby, taking part in everything from dance to kickboxing. Over recent years the benefits of Yoga and Pilates have become close to her heart, as she developed an understanding of the importance of functional movement and self awareness of how our bodies move in day to day life.
Alison has ran her Pilates sessions alongside her day job in Learning and Development since qualifying. Her L&D role involves identifying training needs for teams and individuals, recognising what will help people to reach their potential, and facilitating that through training, coaching, mentoring and motivating. This translates into her approach to working with clients in her Pilates classes, exploring the best approach for everyone.
She has progressed her knowledge of Pilates and sport for all through achieving additional qualifications in exercise for people living with Parkinson's disease, Lower back pain, Exercise referral, Common Orthopaedic Conditions, use of small equipment and Pre and Post natal Pilates. She aims to encourage self awareness and self advocacy so each individual works at their own pace, finding the movement that works for their body and their goals.