Proprietor Sarah Duley Sarah completed her teacher’s training course with Pilates guru Alan Herdman in 1996. Previously a professional ballet dancer, Sarah had practised Pilates throughout her career, both as a strengthening routine and during times of injury. On completion of the course, Sarah went on to set up her own ‘mat work’ classes as well as teaching in other London studios. The desire to teach in semi-private situations, and the lack of such a studio outside of central London, led to the opening of the Sarah Duley Pilates Studio, from her home, in September 1999.
During this time Sarah became a founder member of the Pilates Foundation, now one of the leading bodies of the Pilates world. When pregnant with her second child the necessity to move the studio out of home increased, and Pilates Plus was opened in St Margarets in October 2001. In September 2003 Sarah qualified as a GYROTONIC® teacher, followed shortly by GYROKINESIS® qualification.
In May 2012 Sarah opened Studio 117, a dedicated GYROTONIC® Studio where she also provides GYROTONIC® Pre-Training courses.
Andrea’s passion for Pilates began when a physiotherapist recommended it to address her ongoing back issues. Over a period of time the pain almost completely disappeared. Andrea says “not only did it address my back issue, but I felt a much greater sense of overall well-being and strength. Soon I couldn’t imagine not having Pilates in my life.” Andrea loves to share her passion and the benefits Pilates can bring on so many levels: be it to move more freely, become stronger, treat injury or discover the link between state of mind and the physical body.
Tommaso studied dance at the prestigious Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy. During his time there he started practicing the GYROTONIC® method. Experiencing first hand the improvement to his energy and vibrancy of movement, he went on to train fully in Rotterdam and Rome. His passion for teaching has blossomed into a true vocation. He returns regularly to perfect his understanding of the method. An important part of his training philosophy is to unlock the natural forces within our bodies to allow us to function at our fullest potential. His sessions aim to create muscular resilience, agility, vitality and ease of movement, tailored to individual goals and capabilities.
Canelle studied GYROTONIC® whilst training at The Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in NYC. She experienced first-hand the healing effects of GYROTONIC® as a result of using the method to recover from her own injuries during her dance career. She has taught a diverse range of clients, including professional dancers, musicians and those recovering from chronic injuries, personalising each session to ease pain and blockages, restore movement efficiency and structural integrity. Committed to furthering her professional development within GYROTONIC®, Canelle has received additional certifications in therapeutic applications for the pelvic girdle, shoulder girdle, pre and post hip replacement, psoas principles, dynamic trunk stabilisation and scoliosis.
Aisha has over 12 years experience working in London’s high-end fitness and clinical sector having moved here from New Zealand in 2008. She is a certified BASI comprehensive pilates teacher as well as holding a personal trainer qualification from the New Zealand Institute of Sport.
Aisha has first hand experience of the true power of pilates after utilising it as part of managing a spinal injury she endured at the age of 12. Inspired by how quickly her back pain was managed by pilates, she decided to study with BASI UK and has since witnessed countless occasions of how life changing pilates can be. After completing her certification she gained experience working alongside physiotherapists and osteopaths in one of Londons leading musculoskeletal practices. There she helped individuals prepare and recover from surgery after referrals from consultants. She has developed a reputation for making the rehabilitation process both effective and fun.
Susana has been teaching multiple exercise disciplines for more than 22 years. Her journey with exercise and Pilates has been driven by her joy of fitness and her quest for deeper understanding of the body and movement. Confidently working alongside physical therapists and doctors, effectively problem solving, Susana takes clients from pain to pain-free. She has great success with disc pathologies, scoliosis, and general body niggles. She also offers Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates training, ensuring that mums and mums-to-be are physically, mentally and emotionally supported throughout their different transitions.
Geraldine suffered lower back problems due to years of bad posture, working long hours behind a desk and which her pregnancy also aggravated. Since discovering the Pilates Method, she hasn’t looked back. Helping her to understand her own body, it also helped her find her vocation.
Qualifying as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Foundation in London, Geraldine is passionate and enthusiastic and a thorough and precise Instructor.
“I have been with Sarah since 2014, following 2 bunion procedures and terrible sciatica and shoulder related pain. Working on building my core strength and realigning my body structure, I have been injury free for a very long time, in spite of my active lifestyle, thanks to Sarah’s clear instructions, guidance and professional demeanour and long may it continue!”
“For over 20 years, my twice weekly sessions of Pilates are an essential part of my wellbeing. Sarah’s amazing enthusiasm, craft knowledge and teaching have encouraged me to remain supple well into my 70s.”
“I have been going to Pilates Plus for over two decades. Sarah’s knowledge, constantly expanded and reviewed, has been very interesting and illuminating over the years. Recuperation from both a shoulder and a foot operation were much helped by the Pilates method.”
“I have been Sarah's student at Pilates Plus for over 10 years now and happily confirm that I have never worked alongside a more inspirational teacher. Highly imaginative in dealing with the major changes we’ve all faced in 2020, she is gifted in her approach and cares for us as human beings as well as our bodies.”
“I have been a client at Pilates Plus for 8 years. I have been doing Pilates for about 25 years and these are some of the best teachers I have ever had. Above all it is a really friendly, sociable place and everyone is treated as an individual with their own needs and goals. All ages too. Thoroughly recommend you give it a try.”