The HQ Team

The team at Pilates HQ are an energetic bunch, each bringing something unique to Pilates HQ and the classes they teach.

Each of our instructors have one common goal;

To allow you to feel comfortable in our space, confident in your body and happier and more energised than when you walked in.

 

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Steph Neal

Steph is the owner and founder of Pilates HQ. Originally trained as a physiotherapist, Steph gained her Pilates qualification and realised her passion for teaching, so establishing HQ in 2015.

“I love providing people with a challenging class with movements that flow and connect to an end goal. I like to push people beyond what they feel capable of, while making clients smile, laugh and feel better than they did when they arrived.”


Jess Ure

Jess is our quirky Studio Manager & quiet simply loves making people feel good, inside & out. She has an innate ability to make you laugh, usually by laughing at herself!

Jess’s background as a professional Ballroom Dancer and teacher, has given her a unique ability to assess human movement. She has a keen eye for correct posture and alignment and will ensure your technique is on pointe.

“I want to create a bubble of warmth and happiness for my clients, and for them to leave class with a smile on their face and a burn in their muscles. I'm passionate about developing and improving my clients awareness of their body, how it moves and challenging that movement.
I want all of my clients to discover that Pilates is so amazing for not only your body, your mind as well."

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Nat McGrath

Nat is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, so she’s well versed in all things health and fitness. Her former career as a maths teacher means she counts better than most instructors.

“I focus on a gentle delivery yet functional approach to movement. I like to move the body in all directions, flexing extending and rotating. I want clients to develop an awareness of their body and to move confidently, so they can do what they love more often and with ease.”


Kirsten Beale

Kirsten has been teaching Pilates for nearly 10 years, giving her a thorough understanding and appreciation for individual abilities and goals.

“I love that Pilates can make a difference in people’s well-being. I learn as much as I can about clients’ bodies and what drives them, to make sure that they can achieve their personal goals. Knowing the clients means I can run a fun class while still addressing their needs.”

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Abby Byrne

Abby is a qualified Exercise Physiologist, making her highly knowledgeable in regards to the human body, injuries and rehabilitation, as well as overall fitness

“For me it’s about creating a space where people can come to work hard, while also feeling comfortable and happy. I want participants to disconnect from any of the day’s worries and focus on themselves, tune into their body and challenge it, and become a stronger version of themselves.”


Ellen O'Connell

Ellen is a qualified remedial massage therapist. She understands the complexity of human movement, guiding clients to find the right balance between strength and mobility to help maintain a healthy body.

“I like to focus on alignment and stability before moving and incorporating the breathe into the movement. I like to add some element of balance to my classes as I believe this is something we all start to lose as we get older, unless we practice it.”

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Jane Van Dreven

Jane is a qualified Physiotherapist with a thorough understanding and insight into human movement and anatomy. Jane's knowledge allows her to create rehabilitation programs specific to each individual and their goals.

"I really enjoy participating in Reformer Pilates Classes and I can feel the benefits within my own body. As an instructor I enjoy being able to tailor a program for each individual and their injuries/conditions. I love seeing the improvements that this then has on their general health and well being.”


Ellie Michael

Ellie has studied classical ballet since 1998 and has used Pilates herself as a way to help rehabilitate and strengthen her body. She loves being able to share her knowledge and experience through her teaching to help others become stronger, healthier and happier.

You will feel instantly brighter when you are greeted by her gorgeous smile, even at 6am! Don't be fooled by her sweet grin and elegance though, her classes are definitely a challenge.

“My aim is for my clients to feel comfortable during class, to have fun & enjoy themselves and to feel eager to return and see what else they can achieve. I want my clients to feel themselves becoming stronger, improving their technique & achieving their goals. ” 

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Naomi Crawley

Naomi is a qualified Physiotherapist who loves empowering her clients in their rehab and fitness journey enabling them to see that their body is capable of more than they realise.

“I love getting to know each of my clients, sharing a laugh with them and helping them work towards and achieve their goals. I want my clients to feel supported and understood and to leave feeling stronger, fresher and proud of their ability and effort.”