Meet the Team

Qualifications: Pilates Matwork Diploma, Studio Equipment, Pre and Post Natal Exercise, GP Exercise on Referral, Pilates for Osteoporosis, Emergency First Aid, Small Apparatus: Bands, Balls, Rollers, Rings, Arc Barrel, Stability Ball, Theraballs and Weighted Balls. Teacher trainer and assessor for YMCA Awards Diploma in Matwork Pilates, Pre and Post Natal Exercise, and GP Exercise on Referral.

Special Pilates Interest: Peta is particularly interested in working with people with challenging physical problems and witnessing the amazing results that working on Pilates equipment can make to improve quality of life.

Other interests: Exploring and expanding my Pilates knowledge. Film, theatre (particularly the RSC), and eating out!

Date joined Pilates Place: Founded in 2004

Pilates Place Founder & Director

Studio Teacher

Peta Davies
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Dominic Abernethy

Studio & Mat Pilates Teacher

Qualifications: Pilates Matwork Diploma, Advanced Fitness Instructor, Low Back Pain Management Specialist (L4) Exercise on Referral, small apparatus.

Special Pilates interest: Form and focus of movement, muscle isolation and flow of exercises.

Other interests: Snowboarding, Body-weight training, motorbikes, classical music

Date joined Pilates Place: October 2009

Paula Belcher

Studio & Mat Pilates Teacher

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates, small equipment balls and bands, APPI Level 1 Reformer, YMCA Exercise to Music, Emergency First Aid at Work.

Special Pilates Interest: Working with all ages and abilities to improve and develop individual posture, balance and health.

Other interests: Yoga, meditation, nutrition, walking. Paula is an active supporter of Brown Dog cancer charity.

Date joined Pilates Place: January 2018

Emma Boswell

Studio Pilates Teacher

Qualifications: Pilates Matwork Diploma, Studio Equipment, Small Aparatus (Ball, Magic Circles, Resistance Bands and Rollers), Barre Pilates and High Intensity Power Pilates.

Special Pilates interest: I am particularly interested in using Pilates to improve sporting performance and minimise the risk of injury. I work with young athletes to improve their posture, strength, mobility and flexibility to help them achieve their best in their chosen sports. I also love teaching the Classical Pilates method on the mat and reformer. Pilates can be used by everyone to improve their quality of life at any age and any level.of fitness and that is what I love most about it.

Other interests: I love keeping fit and enjoy training with weights and body weight,  yoga, and walking alongside Pilates. I also have a keen interest in nutrition and am studying for a Diploma in culinary medicine.

Date joined Pilates Place: February 2016

Laura Cooper

Studio Pilates Teacher

Qualifications: L3 Mat Pilates, Barre, Reformer Pilates, First Aid at Work; working towards my Pre and Post-Natal and Exercise on GP Referral certificates.

Special Pilates interest: From a young age movement has always been a passion of mine. After leaving school I trained and worked as a professional dancer, working internationally for ten years.

Other interests: In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre, yoga and going for walks.

Date joined Pilates Place: November 2020

Joanna Myślicka

Studio & Mat Pilates Teacher

Qualifications: Professional ballet dancer, graduated in 2011 in Warsaw at the National Ballet Academy. Fitness instructor level 2 and Personal Trainer level 3. Pilates mat teacher level 1 and 2. Reformer and chair teacher level 1. 

Special Pilates interest: I love to help people feel better and see their smile, it gives me a lot of energy and motivation. This is why I decided to it, it is my real passion. I am fascinated in general about healthy life, healthy eating and slow life. I would also like to delve further into the subject of therapeutic Pilates correcting bad postures like scoliosis, abnormal kyphosis, feet deformations and hips problems etc.

Other interests: Yoga, meditation, a good gym workout, rollers, cycling, swimming, dancing. Spain… its culture, language, people, food, sun, and sea. Also Chinese medicine, herbal infusions, reflexology, massages, and a good book!

Date joined Pilates Place: January 2020

Beverley Smith

U3A Class Teacher

Qualifications: Mat-based Pilates, Mat Pilates Improver, Gym Instructor, Torso Training and Core Stability, Nutrition and Weight Management, Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Client Psychology and Motivation, FABS (Move It or Lose It) – training principles, planning and delivery of exercise for older adults.

Special Pilates interest: Active aging, functional fitness and fall prevention, working with the over 50s to ensure they remain fit, healthy and independent into their old age.

Other interests: Gardening, walking, and the importance of food and nutrition for good health. 

Date joined Pilates Place: September 2017

Gill Wright

Mat Class Teacher

Qualifications: Body Control Pilates Level 3 Matwork Pilates; Pilates Props (Bands, Balls, Rollers, Pilates Rings); Body Control Matwork Evolution; Emergency First Aid at Work

Special Pilates interest: Teaching clients how to improve their mobility, flexibility, strength and posture and restore balance to the body and seeing the impressive results Pilates can achieve. Expanding my knowledge of Pilates further with Continuous Professional Development.

Other interests: Gill enjoys cycling around the local country lanes on her Pashley bicycle, to get some fresh air and get the oxygen pumping! Caring for her dogs and horses; and doing the admin for her family antiques business.

Date joined Pilates Place:  January 2019