Winchester Pilates, founded by Louisa Bond in April 2006, is a dedicated and fully equipped Pilates Studio offering tuition from specialist self-employed Body Control Pilates Teachers. BCP is not only one of the country’s leading training providers but also one of the first to have its course approved against the UK national standard for Pilates. All BCP qualified teachers are listed under the UK Register of Exercise Professionals as Level 3 Advanced Pilates Instructors. For more information visit www.bodycontrol.co.uk. Body Control Pilates ® is a registered trademark used under license.
Our team has a wealth of experience that has developed over the years: by working alongside each other, drawing on each individual teacher’s qualifications, experiences and personalities; by working in conjunction with medical professionals to establish an understanding of sound movement patterns and an ability to maintain the body with good habit; and by no means least with thanks to our lovely clients who come to us from all walks of life with their own individual needs and goals, keeping us eager to expand our knowledge and striving to achieve the best for them and ourselves.
Having worked within an administrative capacity predominantly within the Graphic Design Industry for many years, I discovered movement through necessity, too many hours sitting at desks and commuting. I trained in 1996 as a Gym Instructor and worked within Holmes Place where my interest in teaching clients good alignment, posture and correct movement patterns led me to discover Pilates and the Body Control Pilates® method.
I first qualified as a Body Control Pilates® Teacher in 2000 and worked full time in Pilates studios in both Devon and Hampshire since qualifying, working alongside Sports Therapists and Physiotherapists. I have practiced Pilates myself since 1998.
In April 2006 I opened Winchester Pilates Studio and continue to teach all levels of Pilates mat work from beginner to advanced, as well as teaching on the Pilates equipment, tailoring exercises to clients’needs. Our sedentary lifestyle stifles our movement so much and I love to watch people’s body’s unravel throughout their sessions, and their minds and body’s connect in movement.
During my 16 years as a member of the Body Control Pilates Association I was a Supervising Teacher for their training academy, responsible for the training of new Teachers, and was registered under the UK standard as Level 3 Advanced Pilates Teacher on the Register of Exercise Professionals. I also studied with the London School of Sports Massage and hold a Diploma in Sports and Remedial massage therapy although teaching Pilates and running the Studio bookings now takes over all of my time.
We all continue to learn and as part of our commitment we train regularly, consolidating our knowledge, evolving our thoughts and continuing to learn new skills. I am privileged to have attended courses written and presented by those that have studied their subject, researched for years and are thrilled to share in their knowledge. This year I am continuing to study fascia, web of connective tissue that runs throughout our body, and how we can rebalance our structure through corrective movements. The continued quest to demystify the body in order to help people to best help themselves has led to further studies in the new science of the connective tissue matrix that runs throughout out bodies. Training with Sue Hitzmann in the Melt Method has enabled us to better understand how pain becomes chronic, and how to rehydrate the whole system with a simple to follow, hands-off technique that we can teach you to do for yourselves and that will enhance the day to day you, and your Pilates!
I studied Goju Ryu, a traditional form of Karate for five years gaining my Black Belt. Goju Ryu focuses an emphasis on strength, conditioning and fluid movements in disciplined Kata (choreographed fighting sequences). I also practiced and enjoyed Kobudo an ancient weapon system from Okinawa and have a keen interest in all forms of Martial Arts. At the Studio I am lucky enough to be able to attend Shotokan Karate on a weekly basis. I spend as much of my spare time as possible rock climbing indoors as well as outdoors, weather permitting and whenever time allows enjoy scrambling and fell walking too both in Wales, Cumbria and Scotland. I first practised Pilates here at the Winchester Pilates Studio, and have found that Pilates has helped to rebalance my body, building good postural awareness and strength to my centre, to allow me to continue to enjoy doing the things I love most. I have trained with Body Control Pilates in both mat and machine work and teach both mat class and Studio machine work sessions. Over the past two years I have trained with a Balanced Body Master Teacher on the Core Align from beginner to advanced level and I enjoy working with clients in the more functional upright environment that the Core Align offers, promoting awareness, flexibility and strength. I have been privileged to train with Michael Watson and James Earle’s in the Anatomy Trains and the study of myofascial release, Gil Hedley and the exploration of fascia through dissection, and have recently embarked upon a hands off treatment that I can teach my clients with Sue Hitzmann who developed the Melt Method.