Meet the experts – My Team
Thank You so much for visiting my website and meeting the experts! I am proud for you to meet my team, as we have a number of the industry’s most enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. We are all passionate about what we do, from our teaching to customer services
I am so proud of what I have achieved, and delighted to have a great team around me. Let us introduce ourselves. We are a husband and wife team living in Kingsteignton, Devon. (Yes we are so lucky to live here!). Our passion for health and fitness led us to the lives that we live now – but it certainly has not been an easy road.
In 2014 I (Tanja) worked for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary as a Police Officer working in Exeter and Paul worked as a Police Enquiry Officer at Newton Abbot Police Station. At the beginning of 2014 I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and started a rather long road to recovery, which finally resulted in me resigning from the Police in October, and saying good bye to the career that I had always wanted. I was teaching Pilates part time, but one thing I realise is that Pilates became my coping mechanism, my management system and it – along with the awesome clients I have, pulled me out the other end.
Paul on the other hand was made redundant and although extremely frightening and worrying – led to us searching for a studio to make a living by doing what we love. I love teaching fitness classes and Paul loves the science of injuries, what causes them and his passion is discovering what is causing someone problems and then helping them.
We’ve both run the marathons – and never finished because of injuries – which is mainly how Paul got into his specialist area – he wanted to find out why he was getting all these injuries so he could fix himself. I on the other hand loved the focus, control and concentration that was required in Pilates. Not only that I used to suffer from nagging back ache all the time and I felt a difference within the first 2 lessons I had. I still remember my first class. I walked out feeling like I had been stretched to the ceiling and back! It was great. I’ve been an addict ever since!
How Pilates Helped Me
I love Pilates because it’s not ONLY for people with back ache, which is generally what Pilates is recommended for. It helps a variety of ages with different issues because it helps with mobility, joint issues as there’s no jumping around (unless you’re in one of my High Intensity Classes!), it helps with Fybromyalgia, Osteoperosis and so many other ailments.
I’ve seen people come into my class who can barely get down on the floor (or up!) and after a few months of regular attendance the changes have been awesome and I get such satisfaction from watching them go through the process, however they have worked and been CONSISTENT (that is a major factor in aiding recovery).
It is not a miracle cure and it won’t solve your lifetime habit in 5 sessions – however in 5 sessions you will feel a difference. Most of my clients notice within 5 weeks a tighter waist, less pain, more mobility and a better posture. And it only gets better from there on!
Our mission is to get people moving and we get great satisfaction knowing our clients are feeling fitter, stronger and more flexible than ever and a few of them have even started coming off medication (with their doctors consent of course!)
Get moving and have fun!!! Now read on and meet my team for yourself.
Meet Rob Kingdom
Rob is a retired Police Officer who now works for the local authority in the community safety partnership team.
Rob was introduced to Elite Pilates Services by his wife (in his words – dragged along, as most husband are and then fall in love with it for themselves!). He actually really enjoyed his sessions and decided to complete his Pilates Teacher Training at the same time as his wife Ali, who is also one of our teachers.
Rob aspires to help younger boys/men discover pilates and he covers sessions at the studio and also plans to run pilates classes for his basketball players that he coaches!
Meet Lola May
Lola May has been a client from the start of Elite Pilates Services and has embraced the health and wellness industry over the past few years!
When Lola first started with us she was working for Social Service and during that time gained her Level 5 Sports Therapy qualification and made the decision to leave Social Services after having her first child.
Lola now offers remedial and therapeutic massage at the studio and decided to add another string to her bow by completing her Pilates Teacher qualification with us and helps with classes at the studio in between her massage sessions.
Meet Ali Kingdon
Ali Kingdon has actually been a member of Elite Pilates Services for a few years now and fell in love with how it really helped with her back issues (she rarely suffers any flare ups now!).
Ali is a Lead Practitioner in Safeguarding for the NHS, understandably a very stressful role and being able to come to Pilates, as well as the other classes, has helped her tremendously to reduce some of the stress and be able to cope with her job better.
At first Ali decided to do the Pilates teacher training for herself, however with retirement in the distant future, she started considering that teaching Pilates might be an alternative with the flexibility of adding it to travelling!
Ali also, however began to embrace the idea that she could help other people feel better about themselves too, the same way that Elite Pilates Services has helped her and is now one of our lovely teachers who teaches out in the community in Torbay.
Meet Rebecca Stuckey
Rebecca actually currently works full time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Acute Oncology at Torbay Hospital.
Rebecca first discovered pilates by attending two beginner courses here at the studio and instantly fell in love with Pilates.
Pilates has not only helped her to feel fitter and stronger within her own body, but also helped her mental well-being, whilst going through some tougher periods. Pilates has also helped her to become a more stronger and confident woman and mother.
It was through her own experience that she decided that she wanted to help other people too and registered onto one of our Pilates Teacher Training courses where she successfully gained her Diploma in Teaching Pilates Level 3!
Rebecca is now one of our beautiful teachers, who teaches out in the community in Torbay.
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