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.
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.
Ailsa is professionally trained in classical ballet. With a hypermobility disorder she has had to work hard to strengthen and control her joints, working through injuries to her hips, ankles and spine; Pilates, GYROTONIC® and more generalised body conditioning have transformed her relationship with her body and her experience with it. Beginning teaching as an apprentice in Alan Herdman's studio Ailsa has since taught in Oxford, London, Tokyo and Berlin.
Ailsa says, "I have never seen a body without particular advantages and would encourage you to see yours as a unique asset and not as an obstacle. Perhaps you are a dancer or athlete with deep body awareness and specific goals, or perhaps you have never participated in any sort of physical discipline; I hope that regardless, you will feel able to come in to the studio and explore what movement means to you."
Fung Yi grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Dance. She furthered her study in London Contemporary Dance School and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Contemporary Dance in 2005. A devoted movement specialist, Fung Yi began her association with Pilates and GYROTONIC® training while studying at the HKAPA. She obtained her Polester Pilates Studio certification in 2007, and completed her GYROTONIC® Level 1 course in 2008. She also completed the GYROTONIC® Applications for the Pelvic Girdle, Applications for Pre-Post Natal (legacy), and Application for Dancer Level 1. Fung Yi has more than 15 years teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® experience. She loves movement analysis and she believes that the quality movement could enable the body to move in harmony.
“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.”