Our team

Pilates First is a team of skilled teachers who are here to offer you the best support and create an optimum experience to integrate into your own life.

**New teachers coming in September.**

 
 
Denyse Weiser

DENYSE WEISER - Principal

Pilates & KMI Structural Integration

Denyse trained in classical dance and has always maintained a keen interest in the balance of the body- what moves- and more importantly what doesn't move and why?!

She qualified as a Body Control Pilates® Teacher in 2000 and since then has been involved in many educational workshops with world renown teachers. In doing so she discovered a manual manipulation skill called Structural Integration, and decided to become a practitioner. She was taught by Tom Myers at his school of KMI.

Denyse is now one of the few qualified Structural Integrators in the UK, but the numbers of practitioners are growing. Currently Denyse is attending the Barral Institute study courses to increase her skills base to include visceral work.

 
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MEGAN MCAULEY

Pilates

Megan has always had an interest in movement through various dance and musical theatre training. Her dedication and love for performing dominated her childhood and since then she went on to professionally train in musical theatre at The Brit School for Performing Arts and then graduated from Bird College.

Her enthusiasm for the arts developed into teaching dance to children. Megan was introduced to pilates as a part of her dance training and after not only seeing but feeling the tremendous rewards, quickly became hooked!

"I had finally found an excercise program that could be genuinely adapted to the individual. Pilates is such a highly versitile technique and has wonderful benifits for everybody- whatever your physical abilities or goals."

Due to her experiences Megan decided Pilates would be her new career and started training with Body Control Pilates® in May 2011 and successfully qualified in september 2012 and hasnt looked back since.

 

Steph Hammond

Pilates

Steph was introduced to Pilates almost 18 years ago after a serious back injury left her in severe pain. Always sporty, she decided to turn her passion into a career 2.5 years ago, training as a fitness instructor. Keen to progress to the next level, she embarked on her Pilates teacher training this year with the internationally renowned STOTT Pilates.

Steph is fascinated by the body, the way it moves and how Pilates can support injury recovery. She also has a special interest in pre and post natal exercise. Aiming to tailor classes to accommodate the needs and ability of each individual, she draws on the anatomical knowledge she's gained through her training and personal study.

"I hope building on my own experience in overcoming adversity will inspire other people to do the same. I am still working on my body and continually learning and developing, so I can be the best I can in my teaching."

Lisa Raphael

Pilates

A runner by background, Lisa has numerous half and full marathons under her belt. As with any effective training you need a balance and Pilates is the perfect compliment to long distance running. Strengthening core muscles, supporting joints and gaining a good understanding of her own body, Pilates helps keep Lisa injury free.

Already a fitness instructor, Lisa gained her Pilates teaching diploma in January 2017. Mentoring under a Body Control Pilates® teacher since October 2016, she is continuing her studies by completing a Body Control Pilates® conversion course this autumn.

“Pilates is suitable for people at different stages in their lives and at different levels of fitness. I believe it is one of the safest ways to keep our bodies healthy, avoid injury and keep mobile into later life."

 
 

Flavia Di Tomassi

Pilates

Flavia studied Pilates for over two years and qualified as mat work instructor with Future Fit in May 2015. She teaches Pilates and other fitness classes at a number of centres and offers a solid and challenging class that has all of the principles and benefits of the Pilates method. Flavia is currently studying towards a Pilates Reformer qualification.

“I love training, learning and improving my Pilates teaching and practicing skills. Teaching Pilates is a constant, two way learning opportunity with the people in front of me. And it's a moment out of their daily life to focus on their own bodies - all bodies, regardless of shape, size or fitness level."