Diane Archer, Movement Re-educator
Here's a little bit about me:
I am a Pilates Instructor, but I feel like what I am is actually a Movement Re-Educator. This is tied closely into my own history with exercise. I used to go to fitness classes and was always disappointed by how hard everything was! This was in my 20's, mind you. No matter how many weeks I went to the gym or to a class, I still couldn't do a press up. I couldn't do a downward dog properly. My flexibility was laughable. I developed lots of pain and back problems. Then I found Pilates! I finally had a teacher who took the time to help me understand why I couldn't do a press up. And gave me exercises that weren't a press up to help me work towards doing one! Now I have stepped into this role to help others in the same way. If your body isn't aligned, if your muscles aren't balanced and working together, you can be working REALLY HARD and not accomplishing anything except causing more pain, more stress, and more imbalance. I've seen it over and over with my clients- once they come for a few months, then they can go to a gym again, they can start running again, they can feel good picking up their child or simply bending over to tie their shoes.
My goal is to help people achieve a balanced, strong and supple body. A body that moves more efficiently- in functional movements, but also in other sports and fitness situations. I have been practicing Pilates regularly myself since 2009, with a range of teachers and methods. My love of Pilates led me to begin teaching in the UK in 2012. I have worked with a variety of clients over the years; every age, both men and women, and also those recovering from injuries or experiencing chronic pain from a range of conditions. I have seen remarkable changes in my clients and nothing makes me happier than to hear how Pilates has improved their lives. For some of these stories please visit my testimonials page. I enjoy creating sessions tailored to specific individuals and therefore specialize in teaching small classes or private sessions.
I chose the name Compassionate Body Pilates because I believe that we can develop strength more effectively through a compassionate approach towards injury or chronic pain. I can teach you to work with your body, not against it! All the exercises can be adapted for individual requirements and allow everyone to participate and improve at their own pace. I offer fun and challenging sessions, working to encourage each client to achieve their maximum potential.
I have taught for several years in a number of settings including the fine arts and mental health.
2012: Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates Instruction from Health and Fitness Education
2014: Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions at Future Fit
Small Equipment Workshop at Future Fit
2015: Hip and Knee Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics
2016: Shoulder Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics
2016: Spine Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics
2018: Intro to Fascia with Stott Pilates
2018: Pilates Matwork with a Fascial Focus with Stott Pilates
2012- 2015: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), UK
2015- present: Namasta, the North American Studio Alliance.