Sarah Palmer, Studio Director, qualified with Body Control Pilates over 20 years ago. She set up Studio One 14 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.
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.
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 .
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.
Natalie has been a professional dancer for over 15 years performing on stage and screen around the world, before returning to London to focus on a choreographic and teaching career in 2008. Classically trained by ISTD and the Birmingham Royal Ballet DEx, she has choreographed showcase performances at Sadler’s Wells and LAMDA for both professional dancers and amateur’s of all ages. Over the last 8 years Natalie has taken her dance training and teaching experience into the fitness industry, founding Active Body Collective - originally a studio in London and now a virtual one online.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Since graduating with honours as an NLSSM Level 5 Sports and Remedial Soft-tissue Massage Practitioner in 2014 at the University of Westminster Danielle continued to develop her skill set focusing on rehabilitation and the importance of preventative healthcare. Her ethos is to work with her patients to facilitate optimal functional fitness and achieve pain free movement whether you are a pro athlete improving performance, an avid golfer/gym goer wishing to improve form/technique/range of pain free movement, a parent, manual or desk worker suffering occupational injuries looking to get into more activity and improve posture. No matter what fitness level, an imbalance in the musculoskeletal system can be an injury waiting to happen. It is my goal to effectively prevent, treat & maintain musculoskeletal balance by offering the best homecare advice available to you based on your individual health goals. Danielle has enjoyed working with a varied clientele treating sporting athletes of all levels including Premier League, Rugby World Cup players, elite level London School of Ballet dancers and university sports students to name a few.
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.