Meet the team
BA(Hons) MSc MCSP SRP
Paul is the principal physiotherapist for The Partnership, and has a particular interest in sports injuries, having worked for a number of years with Olympic sportsmen at the Games and at home with their injuries and programmes for prevention. He works closely with governing bodies of athletics, swimming and hockey, both at home and internationally, and has attended numerous Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and world championships with a number of these sports.
As well as a physiotherapist, Paul is also a Pilates instructor, having trained with Body Control Pilates, and now acting as the consultant to the organisation. His Pilates experience has lead him to write a number of books on the practise, working on areas of back care, sports injuries and travel wellbeing.
Paul has received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award 2000 (Team Award). He lectures worldwide on sports injuries and Pilates and acts as a consultant to national dance companies and British Airways (in-flight wellbeing programme).
I have been teaching for 25 years and teaching Pilates specifically since 2000. After gaining a BA Hons from Surrey University in Dance I went on to study at The Laban Centre and then commenced a career as a Performer, Choreographer and Dance Teacher. Initially I became interested in movement analysis and anatomy through the teaching of the A Level Dance syllabus and after suffering with back pain for a couple of years I decided to stop dancing and retrain as a Pilates Teacher. I wished I had listened sooner to those people who told me ‘You should try doing Pilates to help with your back’ when I was still dancing!
I undertook an 18 month Pilates Foundation apprenticeship training, with Avigail Ben Ari at The Belsize Studio London. On completion I continued to work at the studios as a Teacher and Teacher Trainer for several years. As well as teaching at Triyoga Studios Primrose Hill, Pilates Plus in Twickenham, Pilates for Dancers course at Roehampton University and many mat classes across London.
Since 2007, after starting a family, I have mainly taught Private and Semiprivate classes from home and was very happy to start teaching at The Partnership Pilates Studio at the beginning of 2014. I endeavour to use my experience of working with a wide range of people with a variety of needs to create personalised and relaxed classes, with a little bit of fun thrown in!
Alanna was first introduced to Pilates at an early age through intensive ballet training with the London Junior Ballet School. Feeling that her Pilates lessons improved her ability as a dancer, she went on to perform with many youth ballet companies including the London Children’s Ballet and the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
After winning a place at the London Studio Centre at the young age of 16, Alanna began to do more remedial work to help her with the various injuries that would eventually put an end to her training. Instead of feeling despondent Alanna enrolled at the Alan Herdman studio in London and discovered that it could benefit people of all disciplines and walks of life and so decided to train as a teacher qualifying in mat work, equipment and remedial exercise in 2012.
Rob graduated as a physiotherapist in New Zealand in 1982. He has worked in private practice in New Zealand, Australia and the UK for many years. He has post graduate qualifications in manipulation and has taught physiotherapy graduates in this area in the UK. He has also been practicing acupuncture in relation to physiotherapy conditions since 1988. Rob’s main interest is in sports and spinal injuries.
Farida holds the Body Control Pilates Level 3 mat work certification and is currently working towards Level 4. Farida took up Pilates fifteen years ago when she realised she needed an additional form of exercise to complement her running and other cardiovascular activity. Pilates helped her to stay strong, flexible and healthy, which was particularly important during her many years in the pharmaceutical industry where she would have to drive thousands of miles per year.
After having two children, Pilates helped Farida to regain her strength and posture, and she decided to train to become a Pilates teacher and achieve her goal to help people move with greater efficiency, balance and strength.
Sarah is an experienced physiotherapist. Since graduation she has worked in a large teaching hospital in Australia, in private hospitals and private practice. Sarah has many years’ experience in treatment of spinal and other joint problems, and has a special interest in treating women’s incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Sarah is a Pilates teacher and member of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health.
I have seen so many positive outcomes from teaching Pilates that it made me want to work in more depth with clients who are living with low back pain. I wanted to help clients self manage their condition through exercise, allowing them to continue with hobbies and interests and live their lives! Pilates mathwork teacher / Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (low back pain) / Back4Good Practitioner.
Karen offers a range of therapeutic and deeply relaxing massage, particularly effective for the relief of work-related personal stress to help maintain a pain-free body.
In addition to massage on a treatment table using oils, Karen also offers Acupressure Seated Massage where the client remains fully clothed and no oils are used. Using acupressure points on the upper body, this form of massage can be particularly helpful in reducing muscle tension in the neck & shoulders. Indian Head Massage is another treatment available and may be combined with either of the above treatments.
Whichever treatment you choose, you’ll be assisting both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Alison graduated in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree. She subsequently worked in hospitals and private practice in both South Africa and the UK.Her special interest is in ‘muscle as a source of pain’ and she has spent a number of years lecturing on this subject throughout the UK. She is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council and recognised by a number of private health insurance companies.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 to 19:00 (last appointment)
Physiotherapy – Women’s Health:
Mon / Wed / Thu: 09:30 to 17:00
Thu / Fri: 09:00 to 17:00
See timetable on ‘Pilates’ page