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Meet The Team

Steph Gibbons

Steph is passionate about changing bodies. Don’t let her nice as pie relaxed demeanour deceive you! Her classes focus on deep strengthening through healthy alignment and functional exercises based on anatomical knowledge. Determined for you to get the best out of her class, you will definitely remember it for the next few days! Trained as a sports therapist in 2003, giving her a solid understanding in rehabilitation techniques which she applies in her pilates method. She discovered Pilates whilst living in Auckland in 2011 and it quickly became her passion. Whilst in New Zealand Steph was fortunate to work with professional athletes in rugby, Cross Fit and Cricket. Fresh and exciting, every class is different!

Meryem Karadavut

Meryem started Pilates when her Doctor recommended Pilates to help alleviate the pain and discomfort she was experiencing caused by a degenerative disc disease, which she has had since the age of 20. Over time she discovered the immense value of Pilates as a remedial exercise and because of this experience, in 2013, she decided to change her career and become a full time Pilates instructor

Meryem moved to London in 2019. She is a passionate instructor with patience and determination which are two of her greatest strengths.

Bethany Headland

Originally from Australia, Bethany has always had a passion for fitness and wellbeing. Trained as a classical ballet dancer she has lived and worked professionally in the US, Asia, Europe and in the UK. It was during her time with The Washington Ballet that Bethany discovered the importance of adding Pilates to her daily routine; it made a huge difference to her technique and reduced the onset and number of injuries she got in this physically demanding profession.

After stepping away from ballet in 2018, Bethany started training with Polestar Pilates UK with whom she qualified as a comprehensive studio instructor. 

Bethany has a special interest in working with clients with scoliosis and is currently furthering her training with ScolioPilates. She wants to empower people with scoliosis to find functional and comfortable exercise to reduce their pain and get back to doing the things they love!

Emily Hodges

Emily is originally from the Isle of Wight and has lived in London for 13 years. It was major abdominal surgery, followed by a lower back injury that brought Emily to fall in love with reformer Pilates. So much so she decided to career change from project manager in the media industry, to full time Pilates teacher. Emily trained with Polestar Pilates UK and can teach across all pilates equipment. For Emily, pilates is about making her clients feel good – inside and out – whilst at the same time improving their mobility, flexibility, alignment and strength.

Sophie Pascall

Always an enthusiastic athlete, I joined my local rugby team at a young age and developed my love for sport and fitness by becoming a Personal Trainer. My initial interest was in Strength and Conditioning, but over the years I have become more and more passionate about getting people moving through Pilates. Having worked in both a clinical and studio environment, my experience ranges between dynamic classes and working closely with 1-2-1 clients, to improve posture, strength and free range of movement.

I’m a great believer in the synchronicity of mind, body and soul and to improve upon one reaps benefits for the others. This translates in what I do, by understanding that bettering your body and physical wellness, will have a positive impact on your mind and emotions, resulting in a happier life. Through my experiences and with my knowledge and passion I help the people I work with to discover their motivators, connect with their body’s, achieve their physical goals and pave the way to a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Serkan Tetik

Serkan has spent the last 10 years teaching Pilates and learning all about how to use Pilates to support your body given your life situation and age.

Starting from early childhood, Serkan has had a passion for sports and movement. He started playing handball when he was 13 and had 10 years as a professional player. He went on to become a certified mountaineer climbing in Kirghizstan and China.

Serkan is a certified Balanced Body instructor and has also specialized in anatomy. He has over 20 extra certifications in biomechanics, and functionality. He understands how Pilates can help with injuries, diseases and top sportsman and women be at their peak. Lately he has become interested in cycling and how Pilates can support this sport.

You can expect a training dedicated to you and your body. Also customized lessons for sportsmen and women who do individual or group sports.

Charlotte Carvalho

Charlotte goes by the nickname Charlie. She first qualified with Body Control Pilates on mat work and all studio equipment. Later because of her love of pilates she went on to train in classical pilates and rehabilitation.

Originally set for a career in the city she became disillusioned.  Whilst in the city she started pilates to counteract the sitting and computer based corporate environment. It soon became her passion and led to a career change.

Charlie believes in a dynamic and active approach when teaching while still relaxing the mind, thus releasing tension and stress in the body which is essential to bring about constructive healing and change in the body

Charlie’s greatest joy is to see her clients sort out their injuries, get the most from their bodies and to continue to improve the sporting performance of some well known professional athletes.

Natalie Jameson

Natalie is both a Yoga teacher and a Pilates teacher. She was born in Sydney, Australia and from a young age fitness became an important part of her lifestyle. This is where she started her Yoga and Pilates journey.

She moved to the UK in 2015 and first qualified in Yoga completing certification in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with The School Yoga Institute in Bali. She is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance®. Natalie has since trained as a BASI® Pilates teacher and qualified in both Mat work and equipment

She strongly believes that ‘one size does not fit all’ and empowers her clients to listen to their body as they are given safe instructions to execute each move. The moment you meet Natalie she will put you at ease will her friendly Aussie manner. Then you will be pleasantly surprised how she brings out the best of your ability whether that is Pilates or Yoga!

Barry Jung

Barry entered the fitness industry as a professional dancer, having performed in film, music, fashion and theatre all over the world. He has been involved with the musical Billy Elliott, X Factor and performed with global artists Gloria Estefan, Robbie Williams, Emma Bunton and Boy George amongst others.

Barry became mesmerised by the Pilates Reformer because it embodies the principles of his dance training: fluidity, functional movement and precision. He is constantly astonished with the unending variations possible on this apparatus.

Barry believes that regular diverse exercise brings not only physical and health benefits, but contributes immensely to your mental equilibrium. It can infuse you with positive energy and the right can-do attitude.

Barry is professional and can be demanding during his personally tailored training sessions, but he also realises that a session should be entertaining as well as productive and effective, whilst striving beyond perceived limitations.

Claire Howe

Claire’s love for Reformer Pilates started several years ago when she attended a complimentary session on the back of a work event whilst working in London and from day one she was hooked. After the birth of her second child Claire decided to change career path and train as a Reformer Pilates instructor with Polestar UK. She is very committed to helping people with training both their mind and body so to become a Pillates instructor seemed like an obvious choice. However whilst studying Claire realised there is so much more to the world of Pilates than people realise and she is now extremely passionate about sharing this with everyone.

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