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Amanda Platt
  Amanda Platt

After many years in a high pressure career I decided to change my lifestyle and wanted to do something that would benefit others in a meaningful way.  I selected Pilates as I had been doing classes for some time and found them very beneficial in improving my posture and to de-stress!

With my years of corporate training experience I retrained to teach Pilates with the Pilates Foundation.

Each year I continue to develop my knowledge and expertise by attending workshops and events held by the worlds foremost Pilates Teachers.

I am rewarded by the fact that my clients improve their posture and body alignment to achieve their personal objectives in attending my Pilates classes.

I follow a strict code of ethics and code of conduct as laid down by the Pilates Foundation I am fully insured and have a current first aid certificate.

I am a member of
The Pilates Foundation
Register of Exercise Professionals

Workshops Attended

Chronic Low back pain
Stott Pilates Intensive Reformer
Pilates Matrix, Concepts of Core Stability
Ron Fletcher Pilates
Teaching strategies for Postural patterns
Pilates for the Mature client
Challenges of teaching a group Matwork class
Re work Re view Pilates Matwork
Core Motivations
Fascia Works
Intriguing Matwork skills
Kinetic Precision
Anatomy of stress Somatic movement
Auxiliary equipment
Extension in the Pilates Method
Effective Spinal articulation and extension
Seeing with your hands
Let’s get back to our feet
Hip and Knee Rehab
A Closer look at Sacro Iliac problems
Pilates and the Hyper mobile client
Understanding the Shoulder
Pre and Post pregnancy
Pelvic Girdle pain
8 week mindfulness course
Introduction to Alexander technique
Proprioception a seventh sense
Pilates and Neurology
Golf and Pilates
Introduction to Somatic Movements
Somatic Movement Part 1
Strectch by Stealth
The Distal Core; our relationship from the extremities to the centre.

Wright Foundation
Stott Pilates
Warrick McNeill MCSP
Ron Fletcher
Deborah Lesson
Alan Herdman
Jillian Hessel
Tisha Harrington
Marie Jose Blom
Marie Jose Blom
Jennifer Stacey
Tanya Thompson
Kat Hesse
Annabelle Forde
Dianne Miller
Hana Jones
Hana Jones
Hana Jones
Mary Thornton
Dominique Jansen
Josephine Halsall / Georgie Ferraro
Warrick McNeill MCSP
Rachel Rafiefar
Sarah Fishburn
Cambridge Buddhist centre
Gerda Druks-kok
Jennifer Elphinstone
Gotz Lehle
Michael Gale
Ingrid Lootvoet
Georgie Ferraro
Tanya Fitzpatrick
Hana Jones
Sarah Doherty

Master Teacher profiles;

Marie Jose Blom specializes in deep core strengthening, pelvic work, and work for the spine and is widely known for her work in Conditioning Techniques for dance and dance injuries. In 1991, she created the Advances in Pilates Technique, an internationally acclaimed professional teachers’ training program, which she conducts and directs in Japan. As a former faculty member at Southern California’s Loyola Marymount University, where she taught anatomy/kinesiology and physiology for the Department of Dance, she received the 2006 Spotlight Awards for excellence in teaching. Marie-Jose is also the founder and director of Long Beach Dance Conditioning in Long Beach, CA.

She is Creator & President of SmartSpine Wellness System, Marie-Jose has more than twenty-five years of master teacher training.


Hana Jones was first introduced to Pilates in 1977 and began her teaching apprenticeship with Gordon Thomson in 1982. She has trained many teachers throughout her career and is currently involved in various training programmes throughout the country while still maintaining a small private practice in London.

The influence of Hana Jones in the Pilates world is huge, not just because she has been integral in the training of many teachers in this country and abroad, but also because her work resonates with so many of us today. Her teaching always comes from the same place, deeply rooted in the fundamentals of the Pilates Method and out of her 35 years of experience teaching this work.

Hana has the gift of bringing about changes in the body on many levels in the simplest way; feeling by looking and listening, through her touch and with carefully chosen words. It’s not just about the choreography of the exercises but more about the principles that underpin the exercises and the application of those principles. Some of the smallest changes and adjustments made in class create a massive shift in the body and mind-set. Her work leaves you with a renewed energy, a commitment to further personal and professional development and an enhanced confidence in your teaching.

Alan Herdman studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself.

Although well-regarded amongst New York’s dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries. Alan now lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books.

Alan is the Chair of Pilates Method Alliance UK Chapter, designed to foster professional interaction and continuing education opportunities for Pilates professionals.

Deborah Lessen is an acknowledged leader in the Pilates field.
A former professional dancer and teacher, she was trained to teach the Pilates method by Joseph Pilates’ first protege, Carola Trier.

Ms. Lessen founded the Greene Street Studio in 1983, which nurtures a broad base of clients in the Pilates method for general conditioning, performance specific training, injury prevention and post-rehabilitation. She offered on-site comprehensive teacher training from 1994 to 2004.

As co-defendant in the federal trademark infringement action for use of the name “Pilates,” she rallied the community to oppose the action. The Pilates name was made generic in a sweeping victory in November 1999. The victory party in New York City was the launch of the Pilates Method Alliance.

Deborah is editor and a contributor to the PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide and recently retired Chairperson of the PMA Certification Commission.

Deborah is a regular international presenter, conducting a roster of continuing education workshops and seminars for Pilates teachers.

Dianne Miller came to Pilates through dance and began her Pilates training with Ron Fletcher in 1978, she continued to train with him throughout his teaching years. She also trained with Mary Bowen, Eve Gentry, and Kathy Grant. These four elders of the Pilates Method have remained major influences in her life.

Dianne brought Pilates to Canada in 1984, when she first used the Pilates Method to rehabilitate an injured dancer. She then opened Canada’s first Pilates centre in 1985. She is a founding member of the Pilates Method Alliance, the international not-for-profit organization for the Pilates Method. Dianne became the first Canadian Board Member of the Alliance, and was an invited contributor to the development of the P.M.A. Pilates Certification Exam. Dianne is also a Franklin Method Educator, Level Three, Boulder, Colorado 2011.