About Melissa

“You dancin’?”

  • 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:
    • have neck, back, knee or shoulder problems;
    • have recently given birth;
    • lead busy, often stressful lives;
    • have sedentary, desk-based jobs;
    • are sportspeople;
    • are over 60.
  • She works in collaboration with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and other health professionals where necessary to fully address the needs of the client and ensure the treatment is compatible.

“For another quid we could’ve had Lulu.” – Eric Morecambe

2 thoughts on “About Melissa

  1. Melissa: Did you visit me in my Killingworth, CT studio. in 2015 or 2016?A new client of mine has found a photo taken of me in that rustic studio which came from your studio. Would that have been you or a teacher from your staff.? My web-director wants the original print of that photo to be able to reproduce it well. Funny request to you isn’t it..all the way from the U.S.? …I am so interested in looking at you web-site. I wish I were in England and could drop by personally In support of all you are doing.
    Mary Bowen, most senior Pilates Elder still teaching who studied six and a half years, twice a week with Joe and Clara themselves. 58 years now of living Pilates. 42 years of teaching it. 22 years of combining my profession also as a Jungian psychoanalyst with Pilates, without intention, addressing the whole person, conscious and unconscious in Pilates work. Pilates Plus Psyche.
    Hope to meet you Melissa, for the first time or again if we have ever met.

    • Hi Mary. Lovely to hear from you. Thank you for getting in touch. I just found the picture of you on the internet. I don’t have the original print, I’m afraid. We have met once, very briefly when you did a workshop and question and answer session at the Pilates Foundation AGM and training weekend a few years ago. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from your great wealth of experience as a teacher and psychoanalyst, and to hear your stories about Joe and Clara. Thank you again.

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