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The Team

The Team

Jess Curnier

Jess came to practise Pilates as a result of an injury to her lower back, which she sustained during her BA Honours degree in Dance Studies with Biology. As an active young lady, who’d danced from a young age, Jess’ injury meant that she had to completely modify her lifestyle. She tried many remedies to cure her back pain but found Pilates so helpful and enjoyable that it inspired her to share the benefits with others and encouraged her to train as a Pilates coach with Body Control Pilates. Having suffered from dance related injuries for many years, Jess understands first-hand the value and potential Pilates can play in healing, rehabilitation and body strengthening. Only through Pilates is Jess now able to manage her back pain, which has allowed her to resume a more dynamic lifestyle.

Since starting her business Jess has become increasingly interested in helping clients not only reduce their aches and pains but also look and feel fitter, stronger and younger. She’s particularly passionate about how the mind affects the body and is keen to help clients increase their body confidence through Pilates. She endeavours to educate clients to move in a way that’s good for their body so that they can live the best life possible with ease and confidence as well as being pain free!

Jess is young, friendly, bubbly and full of life. Her Dance degree from Roehampton University has given her a solid understanding of anatomy and physiology, the body in movement and the requirements for optimal performance. This proves an asset to her teaching and helps to make her classes dynamic, accessible, interactive and fun.

Jess has recently been awarded the title of Pilates Instructor of the Year – UK by the Luxury Travel Guide Lifestyle Awards 2018.

Nikki Hey

Nikki Hey is a STOTT trained Pilates instructor from Johannesburg. She’s been teaching Pilates for many years. When she lived in South Africa, her main focus was teaching private sessions from her home studio. Since moving to the UK in early 2016, she’s started teaching a large number of group classes including 2 for Jessica Pilates in Frimley on a Monday morning.

Nikki comes from a very active and sporting family background. Her parents were sports people and her eldest sister a professional ballet dancer. Nikki did everything from gymnastics to cricket but had a true passion for running/sprinting. Unfortunately, this resulted in a recurring knee injury, which is what led her to Pilates. Nikki was amazed at how beneficial she found Pilates to be, not only for her knee but also her entire body!

Nikki has a true passion for helping people out of pain. She’s a lively and vibrant character who makes her classes both challenging and fun. With a lot of experience in 1:1 work, she has a keen eye for detail and is very hands on, ensuring that all the clients in her class are performing the exercises correctly. Nikki’s witty humour certainly adds to her abdominal workouts!

Sonia Fergusson

Sonia was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was an active sportswoman, competing in both swimming and gymnastics. She started teaching gymnastics at a young age and continued to do so in both Qatar and the UK.

Sonia’s love of Pilates began when she spent many hours working in a Yoga/Pilates studio in Qatar. She then went on to qualify as a STOTT mat instructor. Sonia holds a certificate in Level 2 Exercise to Music as well as a Pure Stretch qualification and has attended numerous courses and workshops including Zenga Instructor Foundation, Pilates EVO Foundation and an Abdominal Evolution. Since joining Jessica Pilates, Sonia has also completed her Level 3 REPS qualification and her Level 4 Lower Back Pain certification with Body Control Pilates.

Sonia is passionate about people and works closely with the elderly and the disabled. Her zest for life continuously shines through in her personality and her sense of humour makes any class an exciting and exhilarating experience. Sonia absolutely loves her job and has an innate ability to connect with her clients on a deeper level. As a result, clients often mention how much they enjoy her classes.

Coleena Reid

Coleena started practising Pilates to help her recover from a serious back injury and chronic lower back pain. She immediately recognised that the focus on posture, core stability and alignment were the key to her recovery and she now enjoys an active life free from back pain. Coleena was so impressed by the way in which Pilates improved her health and lifestyle that she decided to train as a Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates so that she could share the benefits with others.

In her classes Coleena likes to focus on moving safely with good alignment whilst building and maintaining good core strength, stability and flexibility. She encourages her clients to work hard and guides them through some of the more challenging exercises, as and when they’re ready to do so, whilst keeping them smiling!

Coleena has recently returned to her home in East Horsley after 12 years working in Qatar and is delighted to have joined the team at Jessica Pilates.

Lydia Farrant

Lydia is a Pilates instructor who lives and works in Surrey. In 2012, having suffered from neck and back pain for a number of years, she started practicing Pilates as a way of strengthening her body in order to relieve her aches and pains. Having seen first hand the positive pain-relieving effects of Pilates, Lydia developed an interest in being able to assist others in rehabilitating their injuries through Pilates.

Lydia started her Pilates Diploma in 2017 with Future Fit. To further diversify her skills, Lydia is currently studying Orthopaedics and Nutrition. Lydia is passionate about helping people have a healthy relationship with exercise, strengthening and toning their body in an effective way whilst taking the time to centre and relax.

Outside of her passion for Pilates, Lydia is incredibly creative – she’s a professional actress, keen artist and photographer. Lydia has been working as an actress for the last 7 years and as a result, has extensively studied physicality and presence of mind, both of which contribute to her unique style of teaching Pilates.

Steph Strath

Steph is a Michael King trained Pilates instructor who was first introduced to Pilates after suffering from back pain in her early twenties. With a strong motivation to take back control over her body, she witnessed first-hand the benefits regular Pilates practice can bring both mentally and physically. Having always had a sense that full-time office work wasn’t for her long-term, Steph was fortunate enough to take on a part-time role in her work as a Scientific Advisor. This now gives her time to teach Pilates classes and private sessions.

Steph believes that her Biology degree and medical related work experience enhance her Pilates practice. Her keen thirst for knowledge also means her teaching is constantly evolving. Having trained under the Michael King method with its strong lineage back to Joseph Pilates, Steph’s focus is on quality of movement and making sure people walk out of her classes standing taller and feeling ten times better than they did when they first walked in.

Given her passion for connecting with people and helping them live a happy and healthy life, Steph is a perfect fit for Jessica Pilates.

Caroline Ponto

Caroline’s background – before she discovered Pilates – is in yoga and personal training. She has been practising yoga for almost 20 years and worked in the City of London for 8 years offering 1:1 exercise sessions. A move to the south coast in 2010 led Caroline to a predominantly office-based role in marketing. Due to this new sedentary lifestyle, Caroline began to suffer with severe low back pain. Two children later and her pelvis felt broken. She began to restore herself with gentle yoga and Pilates practice, but it was the Pilates that really held her together and helped her regain strength in her joints and realign her body.

In May 2018 Caroline embarked on an Advanced Diploma in Mat Pilates; including Pilates with Small Equipment, Adapting Exercise for Ante/Post Natal Clients, and Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions. Since then she has been working at local leisure centres and private health clubs covering various styles of Yoga, Body Balance and Pilates classes ranging from beginner and back care level to intermediate “Fitness Pilates”.

Caroline is honoured to join the Jessica Pilates team, as she knows Jess is very particular about the standard of teaching she offers. She is looking forward to spending her Wednesdays in Guildford, which will be quite an adventure travelling from Worthing every week!

Jen Holtzhausen

Jen, from South Africa, has always led a very active lifestyle and was involved in swimming and hockey at school. She began attending Pilates classes at the age of 16, and has had a passion for this method of body conditioning ever since.

Before she moved to the UK, Jen was a swimming instructor for young children. When she moved to the UK she decided to further pursue her love of Pilates and so completed her diploma in Human Anatomy and Physiology. She subsequently qualified as a matwork based Pilates instructor and is now teaching a Pilates class in Guildford for Jessica Pilates on a Tuesday evening.

Jen is a bubbly young lady with lots of energy. Her love for Pilates is evident in her teaching, which encourages her clients to work hard whilst having fun. Whilst working at Jessica Pilates, Jen is keen to undergo continued professional development in order to further her knowledge and expertise.

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