Osteopath & Pilates Teacher
Susie Lecomber BSc (Hons) runs The Osteopathy & Pilates Studio. Susie is a registered osteopath, medical acupuncturist and Pilates teacher with 20 years of experience.
It is Susie’s aim to get to the root cause of a problem. During an initial session with Susie she will take a thorough case history and assess you from head to foot to ensure she understands your problem. From there she will suggest a plan for your recovery. This will most probably involve hands-on massage and stretching techniques as well as exercises to be done at home. It may involve a return to your GP or referral to another practitioner. It is Susie’s aim to help you understand your problem so that it doesn’t recur.
Susie received a first class honours degree from the College of Osteopaths and then moved to Bath in 2002 to set up her studio. Prior to this she worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and it was there that she discovered Pilates. She has completed a variety of Pilates training courses with different organisations including the Pilates Institute, APPI, the Pilates Foundation and Suzanne Scott. Susie’s main influence has been Suzanne Scott who encouraged her to set up her studio and taught her not just about Pilates but also about integrity and kindness.
Susie is always studying. At the moment she is undertaking a two-year diploma in women’s health - there is so much to learn in one lifetime.
Ali Burrell has always found happiness in movement and felt most centred and energised when she could exercise, be it gymnastics and dance as a little girl, or Pilates, yoga and mountain biking now. In order to share this passion for movement, Ali qualified as a Pilates Foundation Matwork and Apparatus teacher in 2004, following a 10-year journey through the health and fitness industry working as an exercise to music teacher, personal trainer and massage therapist. Ali loves teaching Pilates and facilitating its unique and challenging movement experience, while helping her clients of all ages and levels of ability to grow in strength, flexibility and confidence. Also registered with the Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise, Ali enjoys working with woman throughout this special and often physically demanding time. Most recently Ali has chosen to develop her understanding of Yoga by undertaking a Yoga teacher training course. Her favourite Pilates quote is “I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole World, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” – Joseph Pilates in 1965, aged 86.
Kerry Hall originally qualified as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in 2002. Since then, she has worked and trained in most facets of the industry, but found herself erring towards the holistic and sports therapy environment. An insatiable appetite for further knowledge prompted her to resume her studies – this time opting to train with some of the top industry-training providers worldwide. In 2009 she qualified as a Pilates teacher with the Pilates Foundation, after training with Suzanne Scott at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary. Kerry finds Pilates one of the most effective ways of bringing the body back into balance, to enhance vitality, wellbeing and self-esteem. Kerry completed her Pilates studio training, again with with Suzanne Scott, in 2011.
Polly Matteson is trained to teach both mat-based and apparatus-based Pilates. She originally trained as a contemporary dancer, and was first introduced to Pilates as a student. The technique had such a positive impact on her dance practice and outlook on life that she decided to train as a Pilates teacher at the Scott Studio. The Pilates Foundation instruction attracted her not only because she has a dance/movement background and a love of Pilates, but because of the bias towards the remedial and specialised application of the technique. Polly believes that ‘the somatic and holistic approach of mind/body integration associated with Pilates is instrumental in empowering the client to initiate change from within through increased body awareness’.
Karen Weeks was introduced to Pilates in her mid 20s - she had been suffering with back problems due to her sedentary job and she found that Pilates reduced her pain significantly. In 2004, Karen had an accident that led to lumbar spine surgery. Pilates was a huge part of Karen’s rehabilitation program. It helped her return to a healthy posture and was of great benefit in controlling her pain levels. This made her reassess her career in Marketing and she found the Pilates Foundation.
Karen trained as a Matwork teacher at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary under Suzanne Scott. As soon as the training was complete, Karen was so inspired that she continued her studies for an additional two years to include the Full Studio Apparatus. During this time, Karen also trained to teach pre- and postnatal classes. As well as teaching Matwork and Equipment classes, Karen loves working individually with clients that have suffered pain through illness or injury, focusing on musculoskeletal rehabilitation as well as helping to conquer the fear of movement that pain instills.
Anna Beament has always been interested in health and fitness and originally trained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in 1996. She qualified as a Pilates teacher with the Pilates Institute in London in 2007. During her teaching her need grew for a better understanding of Pilates, especially for remedial clients. She subsequently continued her training with Suzanne Scott in Castle Cary as a Foundation teacher in 2010/2011. She believes that the awareness and fitness you develop from Pilates enables you to treat your body with the respect it deserves in everyday life. Anna takes great pride in her work and obtains pleasure from helping individuals to correct and strengthen their bodies.
Ria Gane is the Osteopathy and Pilates Studio office manager. Ria came to Pilates while working in a sedentary office job, and found it really helped improve her posture and back pain. In 2011 Ria joined the studio and decided it was time to restart Pilates, initially with a Beginners’ class, then moving on to Matwork. Ria is also a mum to a toddler and found Pilates to be enormously helpful in supporting and strengthening her body pre- and postnatally.
Ria plans to continue with Pilates and hopes one day to be as fit and flexible as the teachers!
Wendy Dewar originally trained as a dancer at the Arts Educational School in London and worked professionally in national, European and Far East tours. During her dance career she sustained a number of injuries and turned to Pilates in the early 1990s with the aim of restoring the balance in her body. Wendy is a keen jazz and street dance fan and finds the control and choreographic flow of Pilates compliments her love of dance. Having spent many years attending Pilates classes in Bath, Wendy decided to train with Suzanne Scott at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary for the Pilates Foundation and IPTA. Wendy is fully qualified in both Matwork and Studio Equipment.
Heather Batchelor was introduced to Pilates when she was training as a dancer in London; she went on to dance professionally in the UK and overseas before concentrating her career as a dance teacher. In the early fitness industry boom Heather worked with governing bodies with a brief to help establish safe working practices and industry guidelines. Heather combined her love of exercise and movement with a professional career in marketing. After a career break to start a family she returned to Pilates.
Heather has trained under both Suzanne Scott and Jessica Moolenaar. She feels passionately that Pilates can benefit everyone from the professional sportsperson to the enthusiastic beginner. Heather believes that focusing on the key Pilates principles not only promotes a strong, healthy body but also a relaxed control of life.
Delma Ralston started practicing Pilates over 20 years ago when she lived in Cyprus under the instruction of an ex-Yugoslavian gymnast who was fully trained in the classical Joseph Pilates repertoire. When she returned to the UK in 2000 she took up competitive running but after a couple of years a herniated disc forced her to stop. After undergoing numerous treatments and therapies without any real improvement, she returned to Pilates, which quickly restored her body to a fit, injury-free state.
In 2003 Delma decided to train to become an instructor herself to enable her to share the amazing benefits of Pilates with others, including injury prevention, rehabilitation and fitness. She trained with Michael King at the Pilates Institute in London and hopes that through teaching and personal experience, she can make a difference to the lives of others and be a positive example of how our bodies can bounce back, stronger and more balanced than ever before, regardless of age or physical limitations.
To further her passion, Delma has undertaken a two-year biomechanics course. She feels this enhances her ability to work with clients with a range of injuries, promoting strong, aligned bodies.
Sports Massage Therapist
Gemma Prior-Reeves was first introduced to sports massage, and the benefits it brings to the mind and body, during her degree course at the University of Chichester in 2006, where she earned her BSc in Sports Therapy. Since then she has worked as a sports massage therapist at a private hospital offering pre- and post-competition massage, injury prevention and rehabilitative massage. In 2012 she gained additional soft tissue techniques when she earned her Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. These techniques help to enhance recovery and get you back to ‘normal’ function more quickly. She also gained her Dry Needling certificate in 2014. Dry needling , also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain.
Sports massage is integral to any training regime, regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise, it is not just for the elite athlete and regular massage should be part of any training programme. Gemma uses techniques that have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results to recover tired muscles and relieve stress and tension.
Jo Da Cunha’s first passion was dance and so she entered the professional dance course at Ballet Teatro in Porto, and on graduation, joined their professional company. Moving to London to continue her studies at London Contemporary Dance School in 2000, she first encountered Pilates. After completing her studies, she then decided to pursue Pilates training through the Pilates Foundation UK, the highest standard of Pilates education. Jo became a fully qualified member of the Pilates Foundation UK in 2002 and immediately started to work in some of the most renowned studios in London. In 2004 Jo opened the first Pilates studio in Porto, Portugal. After almost nine years of running a successful business, she decided to move back to the UK with her young family, and now lives in Bath.
In 12 years of teaching Pilates, Jo has gained a good understanding of how to teach clients with specific needs such as rehabilitation, pre- and postnatally, and helping professional athletes improve their performance and fitness levels.
In addition to her Pilates experience, Jo has also qualified as a fitness instructor and in Structural Bodywork with Anatomy Trains.
After having children, Gabrielle Paxton found Pilates gave her time to herself, making her feel positive and more productive. She qualified as a Pilates matwork instructor in 2013 from the highly regarded Scott Studio.
With her love of nutrition, wellbeing and her natural ability to make people feel at ease, Gaby enables her clients to introduce positive movement into their lives. She loves helping people get the most out of their bodies, increasing their strength and flexibility. A class with Gaby aims to give you an increased sense of wellbeing and a more positive outlook on your movement and your body. Gaby encourages a mindful approach to movement that will help build connections with your body, creating a harmonious mind/body relationship .
Storme Milton is a qualified Pilates Foundation-trained matwork instructor, fitness instructor, beauty and massage therapist and mum of three.
Storme has been involved in a teaching capacity in the health, beauty and fitness Industry for over 25 years, initially qualifying as a fitness class/gym instructor in the 1990s before going on to become a qualified personal trainer.
Storme has been passionate about personal fitness for as long as she can remember, and on discovering Pilates, instantly knew it was the missing link in her fitness journey. Pilates targets balanced muscle development and flexibility, increased range of movement, core strength, posture, alignment, body/mind connection and breathing. Storme attended her first class five years ago and has never looked back.
With a hectic work/life schedule, Pilates has helped Storme in all aspects of her life. It has enabled her to be calmer, re-focus, find her centre and breathe correctly. Storme feels Pilates has improved her performance in her hobbies of running, mountain biking and horse riding, and has also balanced and re-shaped her body.
Storme loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for Pilates with others and passionately believes that, whether you are an elite athlete or just starting out, Pilates will keep you moving with efficient patterns and can enhance every aspect of your life.
Andy loves nature and the outdoors, and initially trained as a landscape architect and horticulturalist. Over time, Andy found that the physical strain and poor posture led to back problems. To restore balance, Andy started Pilates classes and soon realised that Pilates can enable your body to work more efficiently, reduce strain and assist healing while helping to prevent injuries. Andy went on to train as a Pilates teacher, completing mat and reformer qualifications, plus specialist qualifications in back rehabilitation and bone health.
Andy has a passion for Pilates and believes that combining the exercises with good functional movement can have amazing benefits. His sessions integrate classical Pilates, energising movements and a modern approach providing challenge, variety and fun. Andy also runs half marathons and Pilates is an integral part of his training regime.
I am a chartered physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience, predominantly in elite sport, notably with the England Cricket Team from 2002 until 2011. I was also Head of Medical Services both with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club for eight seasons and in India, with the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier Cricket League for three years. As well as cricket I have also worked in a number of other sports at the elite level, including Tottenham Hotspur FC, Northampton Saints Rugby, London Olympics and British Bobsleigh.
As a physiotherapist I am very much ‘hands on’ and focus on a functional approach to treatment. I passionately believe in identifying and treating the actual root cause of your symptoms with emphasis on self management and treating the whole body, to improve your quality of life and prevent recurrence of your injury.
The physiotherapy session will include a comprehensive review of your injury history, identifying areas of asymmetry, limited mobility, flexibility and weakness, to design a specific treatment suitable to your needs using the Pilates equipment where appropriate.
I am HCPC registered and recognised by all Health Insurance Companies.
Stella is our receptionist/administrator and works at the studio on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Stella has worked for over 13 years in administration and loves to organise! She is also a Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapist specialising in emotional eating and depression-related issues. She became more passionate about the wellness services since becoming a plant-based high-raw-foodist four years ago, and noticed so many benefits to her overall health.
She derives enormous pleasure from seeing people overcome health obstacles and believes in mind/body and spiritual balance. She will soon be starting as a Pilates beginner as she wants to rebuild her fitness from the inside out.
Natasha first discovered Pilates back in the 1990s at Alan Herdman’s studio in London where it formed an important and integral part of her professional dance training. Over the years that followed, and away from the world of dance, Pilates continued to be her natural go-to for exercise, loving the harmony of body and mind it enables, and finding it the best way of getting the whole body moving technically with sound movement patterns.
In 2013 she decided to train as a teacher, initially with Body Control Pilates in London, and subsequently with Lisa Bradshaw. She is matwork and equipment trained and is passionate about helping people find the freedom in their bodies to move to the best of their ability, unlocking their ultimate movement potential.