The Team

Amanda Heath – Studio owner and Pilates Instructor

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I chose to train with the Pilates Foundation with Master Trainer, Rachel Rafiefer who’s knowledge of Pilates is infinite.  The Pilates Foundation have the most intensive, thorough training programme in the UK and is the only Pilates body recognised by the NHS for it’s standards of training.  It covered various illnesses and medical conditions including Arthritis and other jointissues, Disk problems, Spinal conditions such as Spondylolythesis, Sciatica, MS, Hypermobility, Pregnancy, Postnatal, amongst others.   This initial training took over 18months to complete and now, with continued professional development I am qualified/trained in the following areas:

  • Pilates matwork (Pilates Foundation)
  • Pilates apparatus training (with Australian Pilates Physiotherapy Institute, inc. the Reformer, Trapeze, Ladder Barrel, Chair and Arc)
  • Stott Pilates Intensive Reformer
  • Balanced Body Apparatu
    s 1 and 2
  • Pilates small equipment
  • Pilates for equestrians
  • Muscle testing
  • Muscle R.O.M
  • Proprioception and the dura
  • Pilates for the older population
  • Higher Diploma in Myofascial Release

I love the fact that Pilates puts people in charge of their bodies so that when aches and pains arise they have the techniques to deal with them.

Samantha Ridings – Studio Owner and Pilates Instructor

I have been a physical education teacher for over 24 years I have always had a strong passion within the field of physiology, posture and psam pic 2erformance. In 2015 I completed Level 3 diploma in teaching Pilates, ‘Modern Pilates’, with Cherry Baker. This form of Pilates offers clinical forms of exercise that work on developing balance throughout the body and building strong stable muscles that are also flexible and correctly aligned. More recently I trained with Stott Pilates Reformer intermediate Level and thoroughly enjoy teaching using Pilates equipment. I have also completed workshops specialising in ‘specialist Pilates -Hip and knee’, ‘ Neuro-Lates -working with MS clients and clients that suffer from Parkinson’s disease.’ I recently completed my training to teach Barre Pilates. The Barre Pilates Method combines basic Ballet Barre exercises with Pilates, body conditioning moves and stretches. It offers a full body workout that overloads the muscles through full range of movement as well as smaller end range concentric and eccentric contractions.

Nicole Richards – Pilates Instructor

Like most young girls I did ballet from the age of 6. Unlike most, I continued until I was 18, choosing to go to university instead of ballet school.

Years later, I took it up again attending a local adult ballet class to keep fit. Then, mid 30’s I discovered Yoga and Yogalates. This eventually led me to Pilates, which I have been practising now for around 10 years.

I came to realise the benefit and importance of it a few years ago, when, on holiday in Turkey I ended up in hospital with a severely herniated disc, barely able to walk.
As my insurance company wouldn’t pay for the operation that I was told was necessary, I came home a week later with a variety of pills! Three weeks later I was back at work, much to the amazement of my consultant here, who could only put it down to the fact that my core was that strong ( from the yoga and Pilates) it had helped my back.

Following redundancy I decided to train to teach it and be able to help others in my situation. I trained with Stott Pilates and currently teach mat to Advanced level. I have also completed the Stott course for Injuries and Special Populations.

To this day I still haven’t had the operation and manage my condition with Pilates, which has become an essential part of my exercise regime.

Joanna Collins – Pilates Instructor

Having just had a baby, I found that I had been left with an extremely weak core and needed to strengthen it again to be able to partake in other forms of exercise.  I turned to Pilates, which I had been practising for many years but really began to feel the real benefits as it helped to strengthen my core, improve my posture and lengthen my muscles rather than bulk.

This inspired me to want to help others to experience the benefits of Pilates and be able to improve their own bodies.  So I decided to train with Stott Pilates in January and haven’t looked back since.  It helped to incorporate all of the skills I had gained with my dancing background and use these abilities to enhance my teaching of the pilates repertoire.

Caroline Obank – Yoga Instructor

A fitness enthusiast for over 20 years, after a particularly stressful time in my life, I decided to try yoga. I could not believe how calm I felt, I slept better, I found that my morning aches and pains had vanished and I no longer wanted that extra glass of wine in the evening. I was stronger, more flexible and more balanced both in body and in mind. I realised that I was happy being me, more centred in my busy life as working mum, I found space to consider what I really wanted from life and how to get there.

I’m interested in people and their stories and I’m passionate about bringing joy, fun and inclusivity into my classes. There are no rules in my classes, no perfect shapes or expectations, you simply do what makes you feel good, have a good laugh, let go of some tension and relax in a warm and supportive environment.

I have a particular love for Vinyasa yoga, a dynamic style based in the Hatha yoga tradition, flowing sequences synchronised with the breath create an uplift in energy, physical and mental stability, confidence and self awareness.

Trained at Creative Calm as an IYN teacher I teach Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa styles of yoga and mindfulness. As well as teaching weekly classes in the community I offer 1-2-1 sessions, lunchtime classes for business and workshops.

Kate Haslam – Sports Massage Therapist

Gareth Ratcliffe – Osteopath 

Nikki Brierley – Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP accredited) and Dietitian (HCPC registered).

For the past 25 years I have been working with individuals and groups who are enhancing their health and wellbeing. I have over 10 years’ experience within the NHS and I also provide private sessions.   

Qualifications and Training;

Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics

Bringing the Body into Therapy, Embodiment, Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Mindful Resilience Enhancement, CBT-E, Eating Disorders, Stress Management, Advanced Counselling Skills, Yoga, Pilates, Exercise to Music , Dance and Adult Further Education.


  • Dietary concerns/difficulty with food and eating
  • Weight and body image difficulties
  • Self esteem issues and loss of confidence
  • Perfectionism and over achieving
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Low mood – moderate depression
  • General health and wellbeing

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