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Our Teachers

Our Teachers

 
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Paulo Kadow

Paulo’s passionate interest in movement, strong belief in reflective teaching and hands on approach underpin his 30 year career.

Born and raised in Brazil, he trained as a professional dancer, opening his own private school.  After work with various dance companies in Brazil and Germany, he moved to London to join Matthew Bourne in his highly acclaimed Swan Lake. The lead role in The Car Man followed, and while working on Nutcracker!, he was invited to teach ballet to the company, rekindling his zest for coaching. He continues to work with Matthew Bourne’s company as a movement specialist with the casts of Swan Lake, The Red Shoes and Cinderella.

Wishing to bring the benefits of movement to a wider range of people, he began training with The Pilates Foundation UK in 2005, becoming a fully accredited mat and equipment instructor. He has worked at renowned London studios such as Triyoga, Mind Body Balance and The Light Centre and undertaken projects in Brazil, Canada, Iceland and New Zealand.

He currently specialises in clinical Pilates. Interested in its evidence base and embracing the importance of multidisciplinary teams, he often works alongside physiotherapists and osteopaths. He also provides individually tailored programmes for private clients. 

Paulo found immediate appeal in the central concept of Spiraldynamik which links anatomy to movement potential, thus offering enormous scope for addressing functional challenges in the real world.

In 2015 he began his training in Spiraldynamik in Zurich, also learning how to communicate this rigorous science in simple terms.  This accessibility has been demonstrated by his own clients, who have quickly found additional benefit from his explanations of anatomically intelligent movement. At the invitation of the organisation’s co-founder, Paulo is now bringing this exciting concept to the UK.

 

 
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Vanessa Arkell

For Vanessa, the essence of Pilates is being present: in and with the body, and in both her teaching and self-practice. Vanessa loves working closely with people, helping them to connect with their body, optimise their movement and work towards their full potential.  Embracing the Pilates mind/body concept, Vanessa’s classes are holistic. Working the whole body from within they leave people feeling more energised and centred, with an increased inner strength and enhanced sense of well-being.

Always inspired and motivated by the manifest benefits of Pilates and ever curious to expand her knowledge, Vanessa is committed to on going professional development and her teaching and practice continue to evolve.

Covering both classical and evolved approaches to the Pilates Method, Vanessa completed her teacher training with Anoushka Boone at Pilates in Motion Studio.

Vanessa is a member of the Independent Pilates Teacher Association (IPTA), holds a CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates and is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

 

 
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Renata

Renata is an enthusiastic client orientated pilates teacher for over 10 years. Providing a tailored classes for her clients’s needs. Renata believes that pilates has an endless benefits in the human health. Her experience comes from her 20 years contemporary dance background where she taught, performed and due to her eye for a details was regularly invited as a dance competitions judge.

She is interested in the movement rehabilitation. She specialises in lover back pain, pre & post-natal pilates and pilates for osteoporosis. She is a registered Osteopath with a strong ethos in educating clients. 

 

 
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Becca Van Klinken

Graduated in 2001 from Birmingham University with a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy and continued studying to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from QMUL and a diploma from the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. In addition Becca is a qualified Clinical Pilates Mat and Equipment instructor and has experience as a research physiotherapist on a nationwide study about treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.  Becca is currently studying a speciality of physiotherapy in cancer care in order to broaden her skills and enable her to rehabilitate people who have been diagnosed with cancer both during and after their treatment.  She will also be treating people who suffer from lymphoedema.

Becca has worked both in the NHS and Private sector in a variety of settings from London to Barbados.  Her career also included being the director of a busy City Clinic. 

Becca specialises in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, oncology, post-surgery and rehabilitation physiotherapy. She has a keen interest in sports bio-mechanics, particularly running technique and spinal pain related to poor spinal movement patterns. She gains satisfaction from enabling her clients return to the activities they love,pain free and with great form. 

As a mother of two, Becca likes to share her first hand experience on how Physiotherapy and Pilates can play a key role during pregnancy and afterwards to aid post-natal recovery.  

Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine

They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree it certainly does help, but recent studies have proven that exercise really is the best medicine -- especially in the fight against cancer.

West London Osteopath’s Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist Becca van Klinken, knows this to be true, as she helps women diagnosed with cancer to improve their quality of life and assist recovery through individualised exercise rehab programs.

Becca, who has worked as a Physiotherapist since 2001, said she draws on her lifelong love of sport, health and fitness to help her patients return to doing the things they love best following their cancer treatment.

“As a Certified Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehab Physio, my role is to help people regain and maintain movement, strength, and endurance before, during and after cancer treatment, enabling them to return to regular activities as soon as possible,” says Becca

In 2018, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) advocated for ‘exercise to be standard practice in cancer care and viewed as an adjuvant therapy to counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatments.’

COSA also recommends individual patient safety should be assessed by a health professional with knowledge of cancer, prior to exercise commencement. 

Founder & Director, Pinc & Steel International, Lou James, says medical treatment may save lives, but cancer rehabilitation gives people their live back.  

“It is common for people to reduce their level of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. By getting the appropriate support and encouragement from a cancer rehabilitation therapist during and after treatment is essential to help you return to doing the things you love,’’ says Lou.

Becca says the role of a Cancer Rehab Therapist is to understand the needs of each individual patient, offer a safe rehabilitation environment and help patients understand what they can do, instead of being frustrated by what they can’t.

 “Showing someone what they can do gives them confidence and hope they can return to their normal daily activities. I’ve also seen women become stronger during and after their treatment than when they were first diagnosed,” adds Becca

“This is why I love what I do and know that exercise really is the best medicine.”

 

 
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SANA

Sana's first exposure to Pilates started at her local gym. Right from the start, she fell in love with Pilates. Through years of practice, Sana realised the positive impact that Pilates was having on her to alleviate the stress caused by her fashion industry work environment and decided to explore Pilates deeper, and so began her journey with Pilates. 

She trained first with the Pilates Foundation as a mat work teacher at the Place and then with Anoushka Boone at Pilates in Motion in Ealing, with whom she has completed her comprehensive Pilates teacher training. 

She is passionate about Pilates and is continually driven by sharing her love of the Pilates method with her clients, to help them to move better. Her passion and enthusiasm reflect in her teachings. She loves to watch them integrate the work in their bodies and lives.