Melissa qualified as a Pilates teacher in March 2003 after a year’s intensive training at The Place, the London Contemporary Dance School.
The course was accredited by the Pilates Foundation, the governing body for elite Pilates teachers in the UK. Melissa is a full member of the Pilates Foundation.
Melissa is a Practitioner Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, the only chartered professional body for the exercise and fitness industry.
To maintain her Pilates Foundation and CIMSPA accreditation year-on-year Melissa undertakes continuing professional development training courses and workshops.
Pilates teachers sometimes talk about how many degrees of separation they are from Joseph Pilates. Melissa’s Pilates teacher training course was led by three women who were taught by Alan Herdman, the man who trained with two of Joseph Pilates’ principal apprentices, Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald in the US. Herdman subsequently brought the Pilates Method to the UK. With just a few degrees of separation from the founding father, Melissa teaches the Pilates Method as Joseph Pilates intended.
She has a Ph.D in the field of professional-client relationship management.
To enhance her qualifications as a Pilates teacher further, in 2014 Melissa gained two CYQ qualifications: Principles of Fitness, Health and Nutrition – Level 2 (93%); Anatomy and Physiology – Level 3 (95%).
Between 2005-2013, she provided Pilates tuition to individuals and businesses based in London.
Her practice now serves Clevedon, Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Existing and recent corporate clients include: A-Gas, Aviva, Barclays, BBC, Body Management, Breast Cancer Care, Clifford Chance, Citigroup, Complete Health Clinic, Computershare, Places For People, Deutsche Bank, Edwards Vacuum, Energise, Friends Life, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Nomura, Nuffield Health & Wellbeing, Ofcom, Ofgem, Ovo Energy, Rothschild, Virgin Active.
She is particularly experienced in working with clients who: