It was a natural progression for Cath to find Pilates in 2003. After many years spent teaching high impact, high intensity exercise classes, and competing provincialy in triathalon as well as competing in sports such as long distance running, hockey, tennis, kayaking and open water swimming.
For Cath, her first Pilates class was a moment of clarity. She said, “It was a lightbulb moment. I knew I had to do something to make sure I would be able to enjoy sports my whole life. My first Pilates class felt like taking my body for an MOT. I’ve practiced every single day since.”
Cath trained as a Pilates instructor with biokineticist James Raaff in Cape Town in 2008 and has developed and shared her love for this ultimate form of exercise ever since, working in South Africa, New Zealand and the UK.
Her life in sport has fuelled her passion for specialising in rehabilitation and sports-specific Pilates training, on the mat and equipment.
Cath’s clients include retirees, Team GB athletes, young mothers, golfers, ballet dancers, horse riders, office workers and fellow fitness instructors. Living in the UK’s home of rowing, Henley-on-Thames, there are plenty of international and amateur rowers on the team, too!
Hundreds of people join Cath in her online community of classes because she gives them expert physiological guidance, a moment of calm and the ability to enjoy active lifestyles for long into the future.
Cath says: “I’d like to invite you to join us in my studio in Henley-on-Thames, or from your own home. I always tell my students that this is a judgement-free zone! It’s not competitive, it’s about everyone’s personal pursuit of flexibility, done it their own way and at their own pace.”
Cath’s approach to rehabilitation follows a similar path to a treatment programme that a physiotherapist will offer.
Cath said, “The difference I see between what I offer and a physio is the journey. I’ve done it myself. You take an injury to the physio and they’ll prescribe a series of movements as homework. But 99% of people never do it! By coming to my classes or 1:1 sessions, we can focus on the process that will make you better. You're more accountable in class and we'll make it enjoyable, too!"