Our instructors are all Highly Qualified at Level 3 & 4, ranging from matwork and equipment professionals, through to back care and specific group specialists (i.e. pregnancy Pilates).

Each of our instructors has their own unique teaching style and fun, vibrant personalities. Click the pictures below for more information on each of our staff members. We look forward to seeing you in the studio.

Genine Patrick
Studio Owner & Pilates Instructor
Anneke Krüger
Pilates Teacher & Slings Myofacial Training Practitioner
Aileen Coleman
Pilates Teacher
Christy Karpanen
Pilates Teacher
Linda Gardner
Pilates Teacher
Liz Sadzik
Pilates Teacher
Lucy Merriman
Pilates Teacher
Sam Fraser
Pilates Teacher
Sara Anderton
Pilates Teacher
Sue Ewers
Exercise to Music Teacher
Megha Patel
Yoga Teacher
Ali Noakes
Yoga Teacher
Natalie Wright
Pilates Instructor
Alisa Corfield
Reception Team Leader
Emma Hutchings
Client Co-ordinator
Poppy Chamberlain
Admin & Pilates Teacher
Jess Bird
Reception Administrative Assistant

Genine Patrick

Genine Patrick is the owner of Pilates Body Studio.

“I qualified with Body Control Pilates in April 2004, at the time I was a full time legal secretary and my intention was to teach Pilates as a hobby every Saturday. As a legal secretary based in an office at a desk I had terrible posture and lots of back pain. I was travelling in Australia when I was introduced to Pilates which helped me gain a better posture and reduced my back pain dramatically. I was so passionate about the effect this had on my life I now teach matwork and equipment Pilates full time. Since taking up Pilates I have been able to run the London marathon and cycle the London to Brighton bike ride, without pilates my back would not have allowed me to do this.

In 2009 I became a ‘Supervising Teacher‘ for Body Control Pilates; an international body set up to safeguard the standards and quality of Pilates teaching. I mentor students and help them become qualified in matwork and equipment tuition. I am also part of Body Control Pilates Education Team responsible for the training of teachers and students in the Pilates Method on the various courses they provide.

I am also a level 4 ‘Back for Good‘ instructor meaning I specialise in helping people with back pain. I will help you manage your pain by learning exercises that are suitable for your back when you are suffering. Not all pain is harmful, understanding your pain will help you recover quicker, rather than resting which will only prolong the healing process.

I am very passionate about Pilates and helping others, it has changed my life and I know it can help you”

Email: info@pilatesbodystudio.co.uk

Anneke Krüger

I discovered Pilates in 2004 and soon recognised the benefits in my own posture. What started as rehabilitation soon turned into my weekly fix! My strong believe in the benefits, both physical and psychological, led me to train and qualify as a teacher with Body Control Pilates®. I’m a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and the Register for Exercise Professional and am qualified to teach all levels of Matwork and Equipment.

I believe health and fitness is directly linked to happiness and for me Pilates should form part of a healthy balanced lifestyle. Pilates strengthens, energises and relaxes. I believe it is not just beneficial for preventing back pain and rehabilitation from injury, but also if you simply want to balance your cardio regime with the toning and core strength Pilates provides.

For many years before discovering Pilates I experienced chronic back pain. There was no concrete diagnosis and I resorted to Pilates as a form of treatment – it worked and I’ve been promoting the benefits ever since. Pilates have kept my body strong and pain free so I can pursue an active outdoor lifestyle. I’ve trekked in the most wonderful and remote places around the world, and have reached the summit of Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp. Pilates played a key role in my preparations.

I like to incorporate my energy and love for Pilates into my classes and love seeing clients grow strong, look better and most importantly feel better about themselves. My classes are flowing and dynamic, I like to challenge you but have compassion for any limitations you may have.

I look forward to meeting you in one of my classes soon.

Email: kruger_anneke@hotmail.com

Aileen Coleman

I had an epiphany whilst working full-time as a teacher that exercise does not have to be a punishment!  I now see it as a tonic to help stabilise and mobilise my joints whilst strengthening my core and improving posture.   Pilates has been a sanctuary when work was stressful and helped keep me injury free. 

Evangelical about its benefits, I trained to be a Body Control Pilates teacher and am currently studying Level 4 Pilates, to ensure that I can offer the best up to date research on quality movement for ALL bodies.   I enjoy researching about anatomy and physiology & making understanding this in layman’s terms accessible to all.  This love for learning has led me to train in Back4Good Lower Back Pain, Pre & Post Pregnancy, Pilates for the Older Person, Resistance Band, Over Ball and Reformer Beds.

I am passionate that exercise should be fun and help you live the best active and energetic life that you want. 

Christy Karpanen

Born in Australia, I grew up doing ballet and dance as well as living an active, sporty life.  After studying exercise physiology at the University of New South Wales, I moved to the UK in 2009 where I began specialising in deep tissue and remedial massage, and later qualifying as a nutritionist.

My dance background brought me to pilates 13 years ago, and has led me to training to become a pilates teacher myself.  I qualified in mat work with Body Control Pilates, and went on to complete my cadillac and reformer training with Lisa Bradshaw.  My deep interest in biomechanics and functional movement has led me to currently undertaking my comprehensive studio training with Polestar Pilates UK.  

I think Joseph Pilates summed it up perfectly – “Be in control of your body, and not at its mercy”.  My classes and studio sessions are created with this in mind – helping people to discover just how good their bodies can feel.  

Linda Gardner

Dip. PDTC (RAD London) ARAD,
Solo Seal.
Body Control Pilates Matwork Master
Body Control Pilates Studio Master

Linda trained at a full-time vocational dance school from the age of eleven. Whilst studying there she suffered a back injury resulting in her being introduced to Pilates as a way of rehabilitating her back to full fitness. Upon her recovery, Linda went on to have a successful dance career dancing with Alexander Roy London Ballet Theatre, London City Ballet and Weinner Ballet Theatre and was in the original cast for Cameron Macintosh’s Phantom of the Opera Tour.

Once retired, Linda went on to retrain firstly as a dance teacher on the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance and then as a Pilates Teacher with Body Control Pilates. Her teaching career includes; Scottish Ballet Junior Associates, her own dance school EH Dance UK, Managing Director of The Pilates Place (Edinburgh), Gelabert Dance Company, Legat School of Dance and ‘Working Title Productions’ coaching Sam Angell who starred in the title role of ‘Billy Elliott’

Linda is part of the teacher training team for Body Control Pilates specialising in presenting the equipment courses and the Adaptations course for level 4 Pilates. She has also played an integral part in further course development regularly presenting workshops and was commissioned by Body Control Pilates to write the Adolescent’s course and co wrote the Dancer’s course with her husband Nathan Gardner.

As well as her Ballet and Pilates teaching Linda was an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance for over 14 years, which enabled her to travel and guest teach around the world.

She currently works at the Pilates Body Studio, NRG Pilates and is the Treatment Manager at Urdang Academy a full time vocational musical theatre college, where many of the students go on to have successful careers in the musical theatre industry.

Liz Sadzik

I discovered Pilates 9 years ago, while training as a classical pianist at a conservatoire of music. Long hours of practice and prolonged periods of sitting had taken their toll, and I was suffering from rounded shoulders, tension in my neck and back and headaches.

After starting to attend just one Pilates class for an hour a week, I quickly noticed that fundamental changes to my body were taking shape – my posture improved, I became leaner, more toned and most importantly I felt great! I am passionate about the amazing results Pilates can achieve, and now teach Pilates in conjunction with my freelance musical career.

I have completed the Body Control Pilates matwork and pregnancy courses, am a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and am on the Register of Exercise Professionals (Level 3).

Lucy Merriman

I discovered Pilates 18 years ago through personal experience of severe back pain.  Pilates became part of my weekly routine and before long I no longer needed the pain killers.  I felt the benefits which fuelled my passion for this type of exercise and led me to study to become a Body Control Pilates teacher so I could help others feel the benefits too.  I love helping people to relax, stretch and strengthen their bodies.  I’m passionate to keep learning and developing as a teacher.  Working with my clients to help them progress and to feel the best they can and have fun whilst doing so.

Sam Fraser

I’m a qualified Level 3 Body Control teacher.I got into Pilates due to a back issue,loved the results so much that I decided to train & become a teacher.

I love to teach & help others,whether its for health & fitness,help with an injury or just to feel good.

I like to take regular classes to keep my body toned,strong & flexible.

My passion for Pilates continues to grow & I love the strength & focus it brings.

Sara Anderton

I have a background in dance and fitness and completed a degree in Dance Studies at Roehampton University. I began my career in Information Risk Management and then as a Business Analyst. However, I soon realised it was having a negative effect on my mind and body. Participating in Pilates classes, I noticed a real improvement in my posture and wellbeing. Having always been interested in anatomy and body movement, I enjoyed witnessing and understanding how Pilates could help with maintaining and improving general health and alleviating injuries. With this interest, I started my Pilates training at Body Control Pilates in London and qualified in 2016. I am enthusiastic about teaching and working with different bodies, helping people to benefit from this full mind and body work out. As Joseph Pilates said, “The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors”.

I have a passion for knowledge and enjoy learning, so continue to undertake courses to improve my movement and body understanding, which in turn supports and enhances my teaching.

I am a member of the Body Control Pilates Association and Academy. I am also a qualified Pre and Post Natal Pilates teacher.

Sue Ewers

I danced and performed through my childhood and teenage years, Stage/Show, Tap, Ballet, Ballroom & Latin American. From school I went on to study Contemporary Dance Theatre at The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance at Goldsmith’s College.

My route into teaching was through Exercise to Music, incorporating Aerobics, Step, Body Conditioning and Indoor Cycling. I qualified in 2002 and have been teaching a variety of classes in sports centres, gyms and clubs since then.

I absolutely love teaching and strive to create a happy and relaxed environment where participants feel encouraged to challenge themselves, achieving their very best whilst having fun.

Megha Patel

Yoga was once an occasional visitor in my life, finding me in times of challenge or simply when I needed a ‘workout’. Now the practice is so much more than that, it is an integral part of my life that has facilitated my spiritual evolution and gifted me with a sense of wholeness and deep curiosity into the complexities of life. I was drawn onto the path of teaching yoga after years of working in the finance industry and feeling deeply disconnected. My yoga mat always served as a sanctuary where I could connect back to inner peace and joy. I chose mat over money and left banking for good! I travelled to India where I qualified as an Astanga Vinyasa teacher, and shortly after I became certified to teach Yin yoga. I enjoy returning to India to deepen my practice and connect back to my roots.

My classes explore the physical, energetic and spiritual sides of yoga, challenging the body and mind, yet leaving students calm and aware.

Natalie Wright

After leaving performing arts college (Laine Theatre Arts) at 19 with my ISTD Associate/FDI teaching qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap, i embarked on my career as a Professional Dancer for over 15 years dancing for artists including Take That, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Robbie Williams,Olly Murs, Kanye West, X Factor, Dancing On Ice, Top of the Pops and much more. I later progressed into choreography and became the Assistant Choreographer for girlband ‘The Saturdays’, ‘Surprise Surprise’ (ITV), Take Me Out (ITV) and Children In Need (BBC).

It was during my dance career that i discovered Pilates. I not only enjoyed it and felt energised after but it had huge benefits to me as a dancer, increasing my core strength and flexibility aswell as increasing muscle strength whilst keeping my body lean and toned.

In 2013 i became a STOTT Certified Matwork Instructor and straight after went on to complete my Advanced Matwork. Im very excited about furthering my Pilates education in the future. I want others to feel the benefits of Pilates as i have and try to make my classes effective, educational and most of all fun!

Ali Noakes

My journey started after discovering Yoga, Meditation and Buddhism after being diagnosed with a liver disease in my early twenties, the decision to teach emerged after witnessing the extraordinary transformation within myself finding peace and inner happiness, along with physically well body alleviating many symptoms.

I am Yoga Alliance accredited teacher and have been practising for 10 year. I incorporate Hatha and Ashtanga styles to my classes, making them dynamic but suitable for all levels beginner’s to the more advanced.

I am also a qualified Life Coach, dedicated to helping people to identify and achieve their goals increasing their happiness. I believe that we are all capable of achieving our dreams, living life to the full. Looking forward to seeing you in my classes soon.

Alisa Corfield

Genine, the Studio owner and her family are personal friends of mine and have been for years. I started working for Genine in 2010, just mornings to begin with, helping with reception and general administration duties. This is now my 4th year working at PBS; I have watched it grow into the successful company it is today and am very proud to be a part of it. I have worked in an office environment since leaving school many moons ago and previously worked for the Metropolitan Police and managed the School of Law at the University of Greenwich.

I live locally in Bexley and have 2 children so working at Pilates Body Studio gives me the perfect work/life balance. I’m a strong believer in Pilates, I was referred by my doctor to do Pilates after the birth of my daughter having suffered from back pain during the pregnancy and have never looked back! I get to try and test out all our classes, which is a great bonus!

I love working on reception at Pilates Body Studio, meeting and greeting our lovely clients and enjoy all the stories they have to tell.

Emma Hutchings

I am the newest member of the team and before joining the Pilates Body Studio I worked in the City as a PA for about 17 years.

I have 2 children and I was looking at retuning to work and heard about an opportunity at Pilates Body Studio in Bexley. As it’s a local job I still get to have a great work/home life balance and no more stressful train journeys! Everyone at the studio both clients and staff are really friendly and helpful. One of our core values is customer focus – I believe it is one of the reasons our clients keep coming back as everyone is treated as an individual.

I’m pleased to be part of such a fab team and am looking forward to what the future holds for Pilates Body Studio.