Debbie was recommended to do Pilates following a rock-climbing accident 15 years ago after which she refused surgery to her neck. Her personal experience of the rehabilitation process enabled her to relate to movement impairment due to both actual pain, and also anticipated pain. This first-hand knowledge of injury has shown her how important it is to re-establish functional movement throughout the whole body as soon as possible.
The Pilates was so successful that Debbie was eventually able to return to rock-climbing and running, and also prompted her to train as a Pilates teacher, leaving a successful banking career in London.
Whilst teaching matwork classes in North Cornwall, Debbie also worked as a Physio Assistant in a community hospital on an Elderly Care Ward working alongside Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists to establish rehabilitation programmes for elderly patients.
Although not a competitive runner, Debbie’s love of running prompted her to train as a Natural Running Coach for Running Form and Technique with Lee Saxby at Vivobarefoot in 2012. A bike accident made it too painful to run and physio after physio advised her to forget running and buy a bike! Her determination to succeed has allowed her to continue running recreationally and the techniques and exercises learnt have crossed over into her Pilates teaching.
Above all, Debbie likes her classes to be fun. She feels it is very important for you to understand why you are doing certain exercises so you can continue to practice safely and correctly at home. "Expect to be given homework in my classes!"-D.
Debbie originally qualified to teach matwork with Body Control Pilates in 2004 and has successfully taught weekly mat classes since then. She has continued to train with Body Control Pilates and in 2011 qualified to teach beginners / intermediate Reformer. She has since completed the training courses for Ladder Barrel, Cadillac and Wunda Chair with Body Control,
She continues to update her training annually and has undertaken training courses with leading Pilates training providers.
Debbie has recently qualified as a ‘Buff Bones’ instructor, combining Pilates with functional movements to provide a medically endorsed workout for bone strengthening and balance which is safe for people with Osteoporosis.