Meet the team
Hilary Graham - Studio Owner
Hi and welcome to my studio! Just a little bit of information about me and my fellow teachers to help you feel at ease and show that we are experienced in our specialist fields and that we are here to help you.
I am a very experienced teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.
After a horse-riding accident in which I broke my back, resulting in spinal fusion, I turned my attention to Pilates as a method of exercise to help strengthen my back and my pre existing scoliosis. After attending classes for a number of years and seeing how Pilates helped me and others, I decided in 2006 to undertake Pilates Teacher Training with Body Control Pilates, Europes leading Pilates organisation. After qualifying in Body Control Pilates Matwork I then went on to qualify with Pilates Union Uk to teach on the Pilates Reformer machine.
Always wanting to add more to my knowledge and my ability to help others I have since gone on to add Pre and Postnatal pilates, Yoga 200hr teaching training, BarreConcept, Core Fitness Roller, Nordic Walking, Intrinsic Biomechanics, Restorative Yoga and undertaken specialist back care courses.
In the past few years I have become a Holistic Core Restore(r) Coach, the only one in the North East, having trained with the fantastic Jenny Burrell of Burrell Education. This is now my main passion, after seeing how the ladies have really changed their lives through completing the Holistic Core Restore(r) Everywoman course. Don't believe the adverts that make you believe that its normal to leak when you cough/sneeze/jump etc, its very common BUT NOT NORMAL we can definitely help you. I find it very alarming the number of ladies who have finally plucked up the courage to seek help for their problems and yet are being given 'out of date information about how to strengthen their pelvic floor and core. 'Clenching at the traffic lights' just doesn't work. We Holistic Core Restore Coaches are all very passionate about our work and we are constantly being kept up to date with the latest and best techniques through our regular training days. As I recently turned the big 50 I am now undertaking more specialist training for the 3rd Age Lady, peri/post Menopause and will be introducing a unique course for this age group very soon.
If you feel intimated by going to the gym or not sure if you will be doing the correct exercises for you this can put you off exercising. Don't worry, we are a small specialised studio with the emphasis being on friendly and welcoming and everyone is treated as an individual. With my own personal back experiences I can fully understand and identify with the clients who have any injuries/illnesses and restrictions and I specialise in helping them to gain the most from the exercises for their body and make sure that all exercises are undertaken safely and tailored to them.
We are very lucky to add Leigh to our team of fabulous teachers. Leigh qualified as an Exercise to Music Teacher in 1994, having previously practiced Tai Chi and Qi Gung and loved their gentle flowing movements. She had practiced yoga for a number of years and found Dru yoga when she was sent to a treatment centre in Scotland for her neck and shoulders. Leigh then decided to train as a Dru Yoga teacher to share its benefits with others.
Dru is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, controlled directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations firmly set in ancient yogic traditions, it works on body, mind and spirit - improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity and rejuvenating your whole being. Dru yoga is designed to be practiced by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups. It is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Eileen has been teaching gentle mindful Vinyasa Flow Classes in Australia for many years. She has recently returned to the North East and we are delighted to have her on our team. She will be leading a traditional Hatha based gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Vinyasa meaning a gradual progression or step-by-step approach connecting one posture to another, uniting the breath and movement in the steps for a smooth flow to create strength and balance in the mind and body helping us to feel calm and revitalised. Her classes end with a gorgeous guided relaxation/meditation.
Denise has been teaching Pilates for a number of years having trained with Pilates Union. She takes the Monday evening Pilates Classes and the Friday morning Pilates for Bone Health. Denise has recently introduced a Pilates HIIT class, following the timings and principles of Tabata but using Pilates exercises ensuring that you're working correctly and efficiently, this is proving very popular.