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About Us


Sarah Palmer, Studio Director, qualified with Body Control Pilates in 2001. She set up Studio One 17 years ago teaching mainly matwork classes.. She is also Reformer and BarreConcept trained. Her extensive knowledge and experience, patience and clear instruction together with an understanding for the limitations of each individual client is all part of her unique style of teaching which has gained her a highly regarded reputation in the Henley area.
Sarah is very proud of the business she has worked so hard to set up. She has maintained her vision, even through challenging times, to create a centre of excellence in a warm welcoming environment offering an extensive variety of classes and therapies from highly experienced and professional instructors. Studio One now has over 15 instructors and therapists renting out the studio.

Sarah 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. In the past, she has worked for Fitness Professionals as a press officer for their magazines and has taught aerobics, body conditioning and Step back in the day! She was one of the first instructors to teach BodyPump in the UK.


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.


Sarah is a familiar and welcoming face in the world of Pilates and personal fitness. With thirty years of experience behind her she teaches a wide range of fitness classes and private sessions to all age groups including Pilates, Pilates Reformer, Yoga and personal training. She has helped train rowing teams, marathon runners and horse showjumpers to help build strength for competitions. She not only helps clients recover from injury but also challenges those who are all ready strong to achieve further goals. Each one of Sarah’s classes are focussed on fun and are never repetitive. She knows exactly how far to push you and is passionate about the importance of training correctly to achieve results and genuinely feel better for it .

Rachel Lloyd
Reformer Teacher | Pilates for Kids

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.

Jen Hunt
Hatha Yoga

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.


PILATES MATWORK TEACHER (Group and Private Sessions)
Carla is a qualified Dance teacher with the ISTD and a Stott Pilates Instructor in both matwork and reformer. Carla taught for the Louise Sheaves school of dance for many years before she relocated with her husband to Brisbane, Australia in 2008. This is where Carla's love for Pilates began when she started regularly attending matwork classes at a local studio. In 2010 she trained for her Stott Pilates Matwork certification and went on to take her exams in London in 2011, she then began instructing at Bodyfit Cairo in Egypt. Since then Carla has been living as an expatriate in several global locations, has become a Mum of two and has continued her love for teaching pilates in both group class settings and individually tailored 1:1's at different studios including Studio One. In 2018, Carla broadened her capability, completing her Stott Reformer exams in Houston, Texas. Carla returned back to the the U.K. last year and is enjoying being back at Studio One and home in Henley-on-Thames!

iyengar yoga

Binni first tried yoga (a long time ago) as an A level student and it has been a constant in her life ever since. After completing her two year teacher training course, Binni qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 2008. The learning never stops though and she continues to study and attend classes and workshops with Senior teachers as often as possible. As well as teaching yoga, Binni is also a Cranio Sacral Therapist and Holistic/Deep tissue massage therapist and finds the different disciplines compliment each other well.

Vanessa Mansergh

Vanessa Mansergh is a Clinical Pilates Instructor who is based in Goring-on-Thames. Her background is Sports Massage, Sound Healing, and Cancer Exercise Rehab. All her students receive a postural and physical assessment before joining one of her courses. This enables a safe and effective class for all in a group setting. Vanessa enjoys seeing her students better understand their bodies and in doing so, help to address any conditions that may come with the aging process (arthritis, osteoporosis, disc related pain, joint wear and tear). She recently trained in Pilates for Pregnancy and Pilates for Menopause with the Australian Physiotherapists Pilates Institute (APPI).


Caroline Jordan

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.


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After qualifying as a soft tissue therapist from the Oxford School of Sports Massage nine years ago, Isabelle studied human natural movement with Katy Bowman and nature connectedness with the University of Derby, before training as a natural mindfulness guide with Ian Banyard. She also specialises in oncology massage, to help clients affected by cancer and its treatments. Over the years, she has helped Olympic rowers, amateur footballers, runners, cancer patients and desk workers. She has worked alongside chiropractors who have no hesitation in referring their own patients to her capable hands and is currently volunteering as an oncology massage practitioner at My Cancer My Choices. Isabelle enjoys helping her clients tune in to their bodies and help manage conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, and hip or knee replacements. She has gathered her knowledge into a book called Mindful Feet, A practical guide to being attentive to your body from the ground up. Her clients describe her as kind and encouraging and say that she can identify the roots of movement issues and how to successfully address them.

Get in touch with us in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, to discuss our wide range of classes