Wendy Collings, Director and teacher at Woo Pilates
I am Wendy Collings, a Qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor and Director and owner of Woo Pilates Studio in the heart of Bishops Stortford Town. I started practicing Pilates in 2010 after my first daughter was born. After suffering for many years with terrible posture, debilitating spinal issues
along with being genetically hyper-mobile, I realised that Pilates is something I needed to continue with on a regular basis for the rest of my life. Gone are the painkillers and most of my discomfort – my strong core now protects my back and I have learnt how to keep my hyper-mobile joints within normal range of movement, to help prevent injuries. At the end of 2012, I knew that if I could help myself, then I could also help other people through experience from my own journey. I left my sales career in London behind and trained for 12 months (although the training will continue to be life-long) with The Body Control Pilates Association to become a level 3 Pilates Teacher. It was the best move I ever made!
Pilates in Hertfordshire
I run all my classes from my beautiful new studio in the heart of Bishops Stortford Town Centre. My classes are a max of 12 per class. I also hold Private classes. Pilates classes are payable in advance in half-term blocks and I like to encourage and help my clients to improve their body awareness and alignment and enjoy creating personalised programs to help each client reach their full potential in the class and then carry over those skills to everyday activities and sports.
Since qualifying, I have completed, amongst others, the following workshops with Body Control Pilates – Pregnancy Ante & Postnatal Pilates, various small equipment workshops, Intermediate Pilates,Movement, Adaptions, Childrens Foundation Course, Teaching Children 5-11 years, Pilates for the Older Person, Pilates for Scoliosis, Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis), Basic – Intermediate Reformer, Pilates for Runners and am now studying on a Feet-Ness Course (Pilates for your Feet)
I wanted to be able to offer clients complete tranquility from my own studio – lighting, temperature, atmosphere and all the equipment I would ever need to help a variety of people with different conditions and needs.
After teaching from my garden studio and various halls, I opened my studio in North Street in September 2016.
Claire Crowley, Pilates
Chartered Physiotherapist and State Registered for 17 years
Specialising in Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries.
APPI Pilates Instructor since 2010
Pilates Mat & Equipment – Reformer, Wunda Chair.
Heather Oakes, Pilates Teacher
I have been in the fitness industry since 1998. I saw an advert in the back of a magazine to become an aerobics instructor and went on my first course. I started teaching my mum’s friends, and eventually got a job in a local gym. I’ve since qualified and taught almost every class available on most gym timetables and had an amazing array of clients for Personal Training.
In 2002 I qualified as a Level 2 Pilates Instructor, and in 2005 became a Level 3 Pilates Instructor. In 2007 I began tutoring courses for individuals wishing to become Pilates teachers, and currently teach and assess for Future Fit Training all over the UK. Although I love all fitness classes, and had a great time teaching them, Pilates is my passion. Pilates gets results like nothing else, and I love making a real difference to people.
Natalie Howlett, Pilates
Tracey Linegar, Pilates & Yoga Teacher
I’ve had an interest and been practising yoga from the age of 12 and initially self-taught through books whilst at school. Since then it has always been an important and integral part of my life and fundamental to my upbringing.
I’ve always found that practising yoga and pilates makes me feel revitalised and is great exercise for bringing balance and harmony to body and mind.
I began my qualifications and training back in 2004 whilst working full time and studying in the evenings
and weekends and have always had the desire to teach and impart my knowledge for the benefit of others.
Since then I have achieved the following qualifications…
- Yoga Intermediate – Parts 1 & 2 British School of Yoga (BSY Group) – Oct 2004
- Hatha Yoga Teaching Diploma – Level 3 BSY Group – April 2005
- Pilates Teaching Diploma – Level 3 BSY Group – August 2012
- Advanced Hatha Yoga Teaching Diploma – Level 4 BSY Group – May 2013
I’m also currently training for a level 3 diploma as a professional Relaxation Therapist.
I began teaching back in 2005 after gaining my first qualifications and taught in local villages across Essex, until June 2010 when I had my daughter Hermione. These classes varied in size and age range and were attended by men and women aged 18 – 75!
Emma Spearing, Pilates
Hi, I’m Emma, and I have been teaching Pilates for about 10 years now. I started teaching when I worked as a Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the NHS for 15 years. I feel that everyone can benefit from Pilates, it is a wonderful system of exercises and a great way to look after your body.
I trained with the APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) one of the world leaders in Pilates training. The Pilates I teach is a modified form, which breaks down the original Pilates exercises and then rebuilds them, bit by bit, working with each individual’s body. With my background specialising in Musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation, and with many years experience of looking at and studying the human body, I am able to quickly identify and correct dysfunctional movement patterns and make sure you are practicing the exercises correctly for YOUR body.
I see a lot of people who have been recommended Pilates by their GP or Physio as a way of managing their chronic low back pain, or other injuries and long term conditions. Pilates is a great way to keep mobile, build strength, gain body awareness, improve posture and manage pain.
However, it’s not only those with injuries or back pain that can benefit from Pilates. If you do lots of sports, having good form and a strong core is SO important. Sometimes at the gym when doing a lot of repetitions of a movement or feeling competitive in a class, we often forget about form and good alignment and just blast the movements out. By doing regular Pilates you should become more body aware and be able to correct yourself. This means that you are less likely to get an injury. Which, let’s face it, is a really good thing!
It is really important to start Pilates slowly and build up to the more advanced exercises, as good technique is essential. All the exercises should be performed with precision, and even the most simple movements can be challenging when done correctly. Through the exercises you should gain a much deeper understanding of your body in your daily life.
Marjan Farahanipour, Pilates Teacher
Marjan says: “Pilates enables you to improve your quality of life, and my classes are designed to get you moving properly, while being fun and challenging; for body and mind”.
Donna Millard, Pilates Teacher
Sam Hopkins, Pilates Teacher
Sharon Whiteley, Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Over twenty years ago I tried my first Yoga class and after trying various different styles of Yoga, I knew I had found the right one for me when I started an Iyengar Yoga class. The attention to detail and systematic approach really appealed to me. I also loved the variation; every class was different! As time went on I also began to really appreciate the knowledge of my teacher and the corrections I received.
I completed my Iyengar training with Sasha Perryman at the Cambridge Iyengar Yoga Centre and continue to attend classes and workshops with her and my regular weekly teacher.
Regular practice of Yoga really helps me in all aspects of my everyday life. In my teaching, I hope to pass on my enthusiasm and the knowledge I have gained and continue to gain, as the beauty of Iyengar Yoga is that you continue to learn; it’s a life long journey.
Adrienne Bagnall Iyengar, Yoga Teacher
Having studied and practised yoga for over 17 years. Adrienne’s understanding, dedication and friendly approach brings a special element to her teaching. With a background in competitive gymnastics and gymnastic’s coaching Adrienne’s exploration through body movement, led her to yoga, which she found incredibly beneficial on both the physical body and on a much deeper subtle level. Having previously studied other forms of yoga, finding Iyengar yoga was a revelation as she fell in love with the integrity of the Iyengar teachers and their incredible precision and knowledge of the poses and the subject. As well as having a dedicated daily self-practice she studies weekly under the guidance of senior Iyengar teachers. Adrienne relishes the opportunity yoga provides to work deeply on the body and the mind which leads to an improved experience of life. It is her great pleasure to pass on her knowledge of yoga to others and to help them become more mindful and more comfortable in their own bodies.
Adrienne teaches yoga throughout Hertfordshire, runs regular yoga workshops and also teaches a form of adaptive yoga called ‘Positive Movement’ to members of the community who are disabled, older, or less mobile. She is also a massage therapist and reiki healer.
Anne Fallan, Acupuncture
My interest in acupuncture and natural health developed several years ago and from it came my appreciation of the philosophy behind Traditional Chinese Medicine which guides so much of the work of today’s acupuncture practitioners.
After 3 years of training at the City College of Acupuncture in London I set up my own practice in the summer of 2016 based in Bishop’s Stortford and I also do some work in Broxbourne.
During my training my specialism became digestive disorders and complaints and I went on to write my dissertation on IBS and the role acupuncture can play in treating this complex syndrome.
I also have a keen interest in the role acupuncture can play in assisting fertility/ IVF treatments and have recently completed further training to provide more focused support in this area.
My time in clinic has also brought me into contact with patients suffering with a range of conditions including:
menopause, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.