Sarah Palmer, Pilates and BarreConcept instructor and owner of Studio One, originally came from a background of dance, at a national level, and taught dance for many years. Sarah was RAD and ISTD trained from the age of 4 and danced at a national level from the age of 8. She turned professional at 17 and then she opened her fitness business (TRAX fitness) in her early twenties, after completing her RSA Exercise to Music course. She also worked for Fitness Professionals, working as a press officer for their magazines. Sarah has taught aerobics, body conditioning, and Step, and was one of the first instructors to teach BodyPump in the UK.
Sarah is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals as an Advanced Level-3 Pilates instructor. She trained with the Body Control Pilates Association in London. She set up Pilates classes around the Henley-on-Thames area in 2001, hiring various halls and clubs. She soon realised that to get the best out of Pilates, the right venue, atmosphere, temperature of a room, and quality of surroundings is paramount to enjoying sessions.
Rachel is a vibrant, enthusiastic, and motivational teacher whose high energy levels and brilliant sense of humour radiate in each class she takes. Rachel has the ability to make classes full of fun and although there is much laughter, there is an equal amount of focus and hard work. Her dedication to the fitness industry over the years has been remarkable and her vast experience, not only with exercise but dance, performing arts and, choreography, all go towards creating her unique sessions at Studio One
Rachel began her career as a professional dancer and choreographer. She has worked in many different settings from film studios (Bridget Jones's Baby, Harry Potter, The Theory of Everything) to fitness studios, dance, and drama studios in the USA, Hong Kong, Dubai, and the UK. When Rachel discovered the benefits of Pilates, she fell in love with the practice, and eventually became a Master Trainer and then an examiner while working with fellow Master Trainer, Joyce Gavin, on the Core Pilot Reformer, which she has been teaching for many years. Rachel is also a published Pilates author. Rachel teaches Group Reformer and is currently working on setting up her own Pilates for Kids classes coming soon to Studio One.
Hannah qualified as a Pilates matwork instructor a few years ago, when she decided to give up her role as a professional dancer. Her amazing talent and natural gift for ballet, as well as her patient teaching approach, shines through in her classes. She has an in-depth understanding of normal movement patterns and an eye for detail. Both her Pilates matwork classes and adult ballet sessions are very popular and her warm, gentle approach is very much appreciated by all her clients.
Hannah trained as a professional dancer at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary and has worked for 15 years, predominantly as a principal dancer for Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, performing and creating roles in many of his productions. Hannah has also performed leading roles in the West End, for many contemporary choreographers and for theatre companies including Kneehigh. Hannah now teaches Pilates and is a level-3 Body Control Instructor. She is also studying to become an Osteopath.
Jen worked in the business world for 15 years and juggled a career while raising a family. The challenges of this led her to a Yoga class, initially for her body but eventually for her mind too. She began studying with Maarten Vermaase in 2002 for the Teachers Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga. Along the way, she was guided by many wonderful teachers, including Sandra Sabatini, Swami Saradananda, and Mohini Chatlani.
Jen has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in South Oxfordshire for the past 15 years. Her passionate interest in all things yoga has led her to explore many different styles as well as adding a Certificate in Teaching Meditation and Thai Yoga Massage to her skill set. Jen teaches Yoga on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.
Julia is a fun and highly talented instructor whose friendly, warm personality and attention to detail come across in her classes. She teaches Pilates, yoga and, various classes within the area and we are lucky enough to have her on a Friday morning. Her particular passion is helping clients who are struggling to overcome injury, those who have never exercised before and need some gentle encouragement to get started, and those dealing with joint and back issues who need extra support within class.
Julia has been teaching Fitness for 27 years starting with Aerobics and Body Conditioning and has a Teaching Certificate Stage-1 and -2. She is also qualified to Assess in Beauty and Fitness and has her Pilates matwork Level-3 and Yoga Level-3 certificates.
Caroline worked in the health and beauty industry for 14 years before taking some time out to look after her three children. During that time, she discovered the benefits of reflexology, both for her physical and emotional health, which led her to explore the therapy further. She trained at the London School of Reflexology, under the guidance of renowned reflexologist, Louise Keet, and is fully insured and a registered member of the Association of Reflexologists.
In 1982, Mark discovered T’ai Chi Ch’uan and those meditative strengthening movements have been an important part of his life ever since. Mark was inspired to explore the world of “Qi” and Chinese Medicine. In 1988, he qualified in Traditional Acupuncture from Prof. Worsley’s “5 Element” college in Leamington Spa. Further studies in TCM lead to his lecturing on LCTA’s degree course. Mark co-ordinated two of the modules on the acupuncture course. Since 1987, Mark has helped teach T’ai Chi Ch’uan, in London, as part of a team through the T’ai Chi Foundation, and in 2014, he founded a new branch of the school, Thames T’ai Chi, in Cholsey, near Wallingford, Oxfordshire. In 2002’ he had the good fortune to work with my friend and colleague Joop Brouwer as a T’ai Chi advisor on the film "Calendar Girls".
Adam has worked professionally in theatre, television and film for over 20 years and continues to do so. He graduated from London Contemporary Dance School and joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance Company back in 1999. Since then, he performed as a principle dancer and created many roles for the company for over 18 years in most of his productions. Adam can be seen dancing in many films, most recently in Mamma Mia 2 and has performed across the world in many productions. His enjoyment with teaching has taken him across the globe, working with many different choreographers and companies. He continues to commit to bring dance to all ages and abilities wherever he goes. Adam also trained as a Sports Massage Therapist over ten years ago and set up and ran a clinic in Central London for 6 years.
Carrie has over 20 years of coaching experience combined with a passion for realising human potential. She will help you connect with your aspirations and clarify what you really want at whatever stage of life you’re in. Guiding you to become the Best Version of Yourself, inspiring you to look differently at life as you gain a deeper understanding of how the mind works. Working with Carrie you will begin to see yourself in a completely new light, realising that what you thought were limitations no longer hold the same power – life essentially becomes a whole lot easier, simpler and immensely more enjoyable.
Rebecca was introduced to Pilates after the birth of her second child. She has attended lessons ever since and after a 20-year career in marketing decided that this was where her interests now lay. Having completed a Specialist Access Level 3 Pilates diploma with Future Fit, she is also qualified to teach Pre and Post-natal Pilates and has undertaken a course in Common Orthopaedic Conditions. As such, in addition to her beginners/improvers class, she takes the small, fun and friendly Men’s Pilates class which focuses on addressing those issues, such as flexibility and balance, that affect us as we get older. Rebecca also undertakes most of the mat-based 1-2-1 work giving clients personal tuition and tailoring each session to their individual needs.
Kiera graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy. She has had experience in both the NHS and private sector however her passion has always been in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and she has specialised in these fields since 2017. She is a keen hockey player and has played for the Henley Ladies 1st XI since 2009 and can often be spotted watching the other teams or playing down at the club on a Saturday when not travelling to away games.
Kiera keeps active and healthy and enjoys being outdoors whether it be skiing, walking, swimming or running and prides herself on providing excellent quality physiotherapy to those in need of support and wanting to optimise their potential. She has experience in a wide range of conditions from acute ACL injuries to chronic low back pain and still works in the NHS and private sector as a senior MSK physiotherapist alongside her own business.