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Meet The Team

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Jayne O'Brien
Founder

I was born in the UK but grew up in South Africa where I developed an interest in sports and was involved in competitive swimming at school.  I have a BSc Sports Science degree and have completed two comprehensive Pilates certifications; the first from Polestar Pilates in 2004 and the second a classical certification in 2013 from The Pilates Standard at PI Studios (originally Power Pilates with Bob Liekens). This started my journey of love and fascination for the classical Pilates method. I have been lucky enough to study with many world class teachers like Bob Liekens, Mejo Wiggins and Sandy Shimoda.

 

In 2017 I was honoured to be invited to join the highly selective master’s program The Work™ led by first generation teacher Jay Grimes who was a student of Joseph Pilates himself.

 

In 2023, I was accepted on The Graduate Intensive Cycle 2023 with Lori Coleman-Brown which is a deeper dive into the teaching of Pilates.  Lori Coleman-Brown was a student of Romana Kryzanowska who was a protégé of Joseph Pilates. This makes me a 'second generation' Pilates teacher and throughout my career I have purposely trained with teachers as close to the source of Joseph Pilates to set myself apart as an expert teacher in the Pilates method.

 

Personally, I am hugely passionate about teaching the authentic style of classical Pilates as I know this will give my clients the best results.

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Rachel Merga
Teacher

Rachel became a full-time Pilates instructor in 2005, certified through Power Pilates.

 

Whilst living in the USA, she taught at the Power Pilates head quarters in New York City and at Classical Pilates studios in the Washington DC area. 

In her years of teaching Pilates Rachel has studied with and taken workshops with classical instructors such as Bob Liekens, Jay Grimes, Kathy Ross Nash, Mejo Wiggins, Peter Fiasca and Alicia Ungaro,

 

 Rachel's approach to teaching is compassionate and understanding to the individuals' needs and physical ability. You will move, have fun and feel great after your workout!! Originally from Manchester, England, Rachel trained as a classical ballet dancer and had a 16 year career as a professional dancer.

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