Hello, I’m Rachel.
Originally from Solihull in the West Midlands, I came to Uni in Bristol and (like many) never left! I have lived all over this vibrant city over the years and have never fallen out of love with it. I now reside in the most rural location so far (Long Ashton) and offer private and small group classes from my purpose-built garden studio and matwork classes locally at at Flax Bourton Hub.
I was first introduced to Pilates over 25 years ago while I was training as a ballet dancer. A few years on, life took me in a different direction and my focus moved away from both a career in dance and regularly practising Pilates. It wasn’t until much later, after years spent working in a sedentary office role, that I returned to Pilates in an attempt to combat the niggling aches and pains that were developing due to sitting slouched in front of a computer!
I benefited almost immediately and became increasingly intrigued by the effectiveness of Pilates, eventually deciding to train as a teacher.
Tutored by Master teacher Suzanne Scott at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary, I completed the one year Pilates Foundation Matwork course in 2009 covering anatomy, pathology and basic through to advanced repertoire and have continued to teach group matwork classes in Bristol ever since.
In 2012 I moved on from a 12 year career in television post production to set up Yanley Court Complementary Therapy Centre in Long Ashton. I founded The Natural Pregnancy Partnership, a not-for-profit CIC and for eight years taught Pilates alongside a group of complementary therapists specialising in the care of pre and post-natal women and their families.
During this time, in 2016 I completed my Pilates studio equipment training with Karen Pearce at The Physiotherapy & Pilates Rehabilitation Centre and was awarded the Teacher Training Certificate for Equipment in affiliation with Alan Herdman Pilates.
I am an accredited member of The Pilates Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing the highest standards of training.
Forever learning, my studies are ongoing in pursuit of bridging the gap between physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy and Pilates.