Louise Darby is a certified Pilates teacher, trained and member of Body Control Pilates®. A founding member of the Body Control Pilates Academy.
With over 18 years’ experience of teaching Pilates, Louise is passionate about the role of movement for the mind and body supporting our mental as well as physical health. Her classes offer a range of challenges and motivation suitable for all levels, ages and abilities.
Louise loves the way Pilates can help someone regain strength and vitality after injury, how it can sculpt the body, but also bring a sense of connection and awareness to the way we move and feel, “its like stepping back inside yourself”.
Louise came to Pilates through her own pain and health issues and found much relief and improvement from this strengthening and mindful form of exercise. She brings this knowledge to her classes to adapt exercises for everyone, regardless of age or ability. From the more advanced classical exercises created by Joseph Pilates, to smaller functional daily exercises to keep us moving, everything has its own merit.
She loves to challenge her clients, but equally believes in the quietness and relaxation aspect of the technique. The vital quality of connection.
Her classes are kept small to ensure individual attention. Incorporating Pilates exercises, Breathing, Stretching and Relaxation techniques. She uses small equipment such as bands, balls, and ‘Magic’ circles to aid movement and bring variety and fun to her classes.
As well as Pilates, Louise is passionate about Wildlife and Nature and away from teaching she loves Walking, Gardening, and spending time with her family and dogs. Balance.
Louise is committed to further training and professional development. Courses include
Pilates and Better Mental Health
Hypermobility and related Conditions
Pilates for Bone Health
Pilates and Massage
Body Control Mat Work
Body Control Pilates Intermediate Mat
Extensive Courses for Small props and equipment for class (Bands, balls, rollers, circles)
Further areas of interest include: Alexander Technique , Trigger point release & meditation.