Smarty Pilates

SmartyPilates offers children the chance to experience the benefits of Pilates in fun-filled classes specifically tailored for young minds and bodies. Children will be encouraged to explore Pilates at their own pace in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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  • Bone strength - moderate training stimulates bone growth, increases bone density and mineralisation.
  • Increases muscular strength and endurance.
  • Improves flexibility in joints
  • Increase self-esteem, create a positive body image and enjoy a positive exercise experience.
  • Improve posture and alignment.
  • Improve overall body awareness and spatial awareness, increase motor skills.
  • Improve performance in other sports. (England football and cricket teams practise Pilates as part of their training programme.)
  • Improve concentration.
  • Fully inclusive, can be attended by both able-bodied and physically challenged students.
  • All fitness levels can work together.
  • Children are encouraged to work at their own level and given guidelines on how to progress.
  • Children who find aerobic activity or sports quite challenging may find SmartyPilates less stressful and more appealing. They may feel more confident to participate in the session and be encouraged by a successful outcome, increasing their self-esteem.
  • Safe, non-competitive environment for exercise.
  • Promotes a positive attitude towards exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Encourages a positive body image.


I first came into contact with Pilates in 1985 and found that this form of exercise completely encapsulated all my beliefs about fitness, the Mind Body connection and the ensuing ongoing health of both body and mind.

Previously, I had trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM) in London, which inspired further my innate love of dance and movement. This lead me to explore different forms of exercise and movement, which included achieving an Aerobics Instructor qualification.

On discovering Pilates, I studied to become a Pilates Instructor, completing an apprenticeship at Wayne Sleep's Studios in London and working with Gordon Thompson (later of Body Control Pilates fame). I then instructed at Wayne's studio, and at other London studios, until moving to Devon in 1994. In 1993 I undertook further training with the Pilates Institute, to become an Instructor Member of the Pilates Institute.

My Diploma in Counselling qualification and ongoing trainings informs and underlines my belief that as Joseph Pilates said:

"It is the mind itself that shapes the body"
and that:
"Your biography becomes your biology"

I regularly attend Master Classes and further trainings in London, Spain and USA making sure that I am in touch with all the latest research into Pilates, and most importantly to challenge my own Pilates Practise!

"Pilates for Life is an unending Journey - it is not the arrival that is important but how the journey is conducted and experienced that matters."


My journey into Pilates started because I had, from the age of 19, inherent back problems which would regularly disable me for a week at a time! Therefore, when Linda suggested that I start Pilates during my first pregnancy (2002) it seemed a very sensible thing to do.

I really enjoyed the Pilates Matwork sessions and quickly realised that it was making a significant difference to the strength of my back. I continued doing Pilates right up to the birth of my eldest daughter. Pilates now is an essential part of my life both for body, mind and spirit; as I teach full time in an International School and have two children my life is very busy and demanding.

Because of my personal experience of the enormous benefits of Pilates and my enjoyment of this form of exercise, I trained with the Pilates Institute, qualifying as a Pilates Instructor in 2008.

I absolutely love Pilates and really enjoy instructing my classes, working on new choreography and seeing the positive differences that Pilates makes in people's lives. I teach all levels of Pilates - which also includes a class for men! I continuously work on updating my technique, continuing to study all areas of Pilates and am currently in the process of training to teach children (5 - 16) through SmartyPilates.

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Our classes are held in our own beautiful studios based in The Old Kennels at Boswell Farm. Set high up under the shade of an ancient Oak tree, the studios enjoy stunning panoramic views across the Sweetcombe Valley and across to Sidmouth and the sea beyond!

The studios have a professional sprung floor ensuring safety and comfort for all floor activities. Opening up the four large oak stable doors to combine the two studios into one large studio reveals two full length windows and two glazed doors which lead onto a south facing flagstone terrace - a perfect area for Pilates practice on a warm day.