Maria trained to be a professional dancer. At the tender age of four years old her GP recommended she start ballet classes as she was asthmatic. Maria trained in various styles of dance every evening after school and at weekends. At 16, she started full time training at The London Studio Centre, a professional dance college in London, but sadly after 2 years was told she would be unable to fulfil her dream as a dancer due to a long-standing injury. Maria had to forsake her dancing career at 19. At this time she also taught ballet, tap, Jazz and body-conditioning classes to adults and children. She also had to give this up.
After a few years of recovering and readdressing what Maria wanted to do, she discovered Pilates mat work. One of the few forms of exercise that is non-weight bearing, and focused on many aspects that Maria believes in: Core Strength, Flexibility and Optimal Posture to name but a few.
Now with her creative skills and extensive education in health and fitness she is a fully qualified Clinical Pilates Practitioner. With a comprehensive knowledge in anatomy and physiology she incorporates more than the average practitioner.
She has been a practitioner for over 19 years providing a range of Pilates classes, personal training, weight management, life coaching and specialist back care. Her regular clients include people from every walk of life, with an age range of 14-84 years.
Maria initially trained with Modern Pilates. Cherry Baker who is renowned for her expertise in Pilates and Christopher Norris, MSc, MCSP, a leading physiotherapist, developed the course.
The Modern Pilates course includes:
- Postural Assessments
- Muscle Imbalances
- Pilates Exercises
- Teaching Practice
- Health & Safety
Every year Maria continues her learning by attending many related courses and conferences hosted by:
APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute), Stott Pilates, Active Pilates, Pilates Institute, Polestar Pilates, MK Pilates, Alan Herdman, Fitness Professionals, Physical Company, Premier Training, Central YMCA, Premier Training, Future Fit, Pilates Umbrella, Choreography To Go and Niedra Gabriel.