My journey to movement therapy

Before setting up the studio in 2013, I was working as a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer. I started out teaching Body Balance and other group fitness classes and, in between, I was regularly sweating it out in the gym.

My exercise regime focused on building muscle and tone, but completely neglected the need to elongate muscles, build strength from within and improve posture. I slouched, had round shoulders, a stiff spine, and achieving a flat stomach was impossible. All that effort and exercise and I still didn’t look or feel like I hoped I would.

An epiphany: discovering Pilates, Yoga and Barre

When I discovered Pilates, my approach to health and fitness changed. I felt a deep connection within and was able to let go of the tension I never realised I had. With regular practice I felt better, stood taller, my body became leaner and stronger.

My exercise and emotional epiphany inspired me to keep learning and practicing daily. I completed the advanced practitioner training with Polestar rehabilitation based Pilates and complementary specialist training to deepen my knowledge of the body and movement. This progressed into Yoga and Barre. I achieved a Yoga Alliance Yoga teacher certification in 2015, and have since reached experienced certification, a recognition for over 3000 teaching hours. And then two separate Barre teacher qualifications from Total Barre and Les Mills Barre.

My specialist training includes movement therapies for neurological and cancer rehabilitation, all back care, posture and gait analysis as well as Polestar rehabilitation clinical Pilates. I continue my movement education and additional specialist training so that I can continue to motivate and support the widening demographics that can benefit from movement therapies at the studio.

Teaching at the studio

Teaching small group classes allows me to assess and adapt to each individual’s needs. As with my one-to-one private clients, the class can be personalised, attuning and adjusting the movements to support recovery or rehabilitation. For anyone new to any class, I complete a posture, gait and functional base assessment before we begin.

Whatever your motivation, whatever your age, movement therapies are amazing. Pilates, Yoga and Barre have changed the way I approach health and fitness, building on newly found neural pathways that make me feel better than ever.

Genevieve - November 2019

Continuing Professional Development Completed 2015
Eric Franklin Sit To Be Fit course
Eric Franklin Dynamic Abs course
Polestar London- Rotating Sports, The Rotating Body (Rotational assessment,
Foot patterning, Gait, Golfers, Skiing, Tennis, Football and Rugby players)

BWY Joy Of Trikonasana
Yoga & Healthy Backs- London
Feldonkrais Classes –Awareness through Movement
Polestar London Ante & Post Natal Clients Pilates
Polestar London Ante Natal Pilates
Polestar London Post Natal Pilates  

Continuing Professional Development Completed to date 2016/2017
Full Cadaver Dissection, Head, neck and shoulders, Fascial connectivity and
assessment (9hrs London Teaching Hospital)
Full Cadaver Dissection-Back Pain, The Anatomy of Lower Back pain, Spine,
pelvis, Postural Support and CNS. Also looking at Cancer and lymph nodes.
(10 hrs London Teaching Hospital)
Eric Franklin Fascia Training for Balance, Strength and Flexibility course
(10hrs to date)
BWY Yoga and Living with Cancer (Julie Friedberger) -8hrs
Feldonkrais Classes –Awareness through Movement
Polestar London OOV Rehabilitation equipment training –
with Physiotherapist Daniel Vladeta (18hrs)
Polestar London- Advanced Gait Course-including Biomechanics,
arthrokinematics, knee and leg tracking, alignment and weight bearing
& foot mobility
Les Mills Yoga Balance Workshop (2hrs)

Continuing Professional Development Completed to date 2018/2019
Total Barre Training- 2 days – fully certified
Les Mills Barre Training 2 days – fully certified
Royal ballet Spring Series-Barre work 1 day
Online advanced anatomy course – 50 hrs
Les Mills Body Balance Workshop – 5 hrs
Les Mills Barre updates – 3 hrs + Feedback Assesment
APPI Pilates –Pilates for Spinal Surgery -1 day reviewing laminectomy,
discectomy and fusion
Polestar Pilates London 1 day – Guiding Hands, Bony Alignment, Facial
Connections & Movement-Understanding bony rhythms, and bio mechanics.
Learning how to address advanced imbalances
Polestar Pilates London-2 days – Neurological Rehabilitation.
Instructed on Treatment planning, identify special needs & interventions and
to facilitate successful movement patterns for individuals suffering from
common neurological pathologies.
Implementing Functional Neurological
Assessment tool.

Barre classes BarreCore Chelsea Studio, London, 6 hrs to date
Les Mills Body Balance & Barre workshops 8 hrs to date
2 days Advanced Anatomy Day at Body Worlds London with Gary Carter
Functional Therapeutic Movement Course-Pain analogies, making pain
education more effective, Functional Movement therapies. Sleep, stress and
reassurance. Subjective and back pain assessment.

Polestar London – Chronic Illness – The Impact on Movement & Health -
learning how to read clients from the ground up, focusing on gait. Discovering how
the position impacts on movement and pain from the ground up. Get a deeper
understanding of Gait, efficient movement and healthy patterns. Get an
understanding of healthy gait patterns and learn how to asses.
Polestar London-Postural Assessment & Myofascial Balance-Learn how to asses
postural alignment and Myofascial in a methodical way. Learning how to body
read a client focusing on gait, and evaluate the myofascial structures involved.
The assessment is based on KMI methods of assessment.

Reflexology Course – Including in brief: Disease & Disorder of the Feet,
reading and interpreting the Feet ,Stress & the effect of Reflexology, treatment
adaptations & contraindications and the Lymphatic System.
Polestar Pilates Practitioner Requalification -Gold Standard in teaching
Pilates (every Practitioner must requalify every 2 years to show continued
education, self practice daily, and minimum teaching weekly)

HND Science and Health Studies  
Level 2 Exercise to Music  
Les Mills Body Balance Instructor  
Level 2 Gym Instructor    
Lifetime Advanced Group Cycling Instructor  
Lifetime Circuits Instructor  
Level 3 Lifetime Personal Trainer  
Level 3 Lifetime Business Planning and Nutrition    
Back Pain course 2013 including contraindications such
as spondylolisthesis, facet joint syndrome, osteoporosis,
mid-late stage pregnancy, acute disc and disc
Level 3 GP Referral Diploma (Populations include: Diabetes,
High and Low blood pressure, skeletal conditions, CHD,
Neurological diseases, depression, and all drugs &
medications related to these conditions & others)
Level 3 Ante and Post Natal Practitioner
Certified and Qualified Les Mills Barre Teacher
Certified and Qualified Total Barre Teacher
RYT 500 hrs Yoga Teacher with Yoga Professionals
Yoga Alliance Certification Experienced Yoga Teacher-Taught
over 3000 hrs since 2014 

Level 3 Diploma in Pilates.(this is level 3 fitness basic Pilates)
Full Polestar Rehabilitation based Pilates Certification
Level 4 Lower Back Pain Specialist Diploma
Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist – accredited by
Macmillan Cancer
Reflexology Diploma
Polestar Pilates London-Neurological Rehabilitation
Polestar Pilates London OOV rehabilitation equipment
Member and Professional Status of British Menopause Society
- Number 297662
Member of and Professional status of BACK CARE - Level 4

Emergency First Aid at work certificate

Current and past Contraindications in Class and Clients include:
Lymes Disease, ME, MS and Parkinsons.
Lymphodoema and Balance issues.
Peripheral Neuropathy
All Spinal and Hip Pathologies (Thoracic outlet Syndrome, Disc Bulge and degeneration (L5/S1 areas, and others)
Total Hip Replacement
Hip and Knee issues
Facet Joint syndrome
Adverse Neural Tension
Hypertension and Glaucoma
Bone Cancer
Bladder Cancer
Full Bladder Removal Rehabilitation
EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome)
Stroke and other Neurological Symptoms and cases.
Stiff Neck and Neck Issues
High and Low Blood Pressure
Hyper Mobility
Breast Cancer
Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy and associated treatment
and side effects
Full and Part mastectomy and rehabilitation
Shoulder and rotator cuff issues
Ankle and Foot operation rehabilitation

"Pilates has changed the way I approach health and fitness, building on newly found neural pathways that make me feel better than ever, stand taller, look lean and keep me healthy." 
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