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Monday-Wednesday & Friday 07.30-20.00
Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your booked class
2-2-1 Sessions (studio sessions)
Individually taught classes where the instructor works with only one client. These are not private as other instructors may be teaching at the same time. The sessions must be booked in advance within the usual studio opening hours.
Marble Arch (Central line)
Walk from Paddington: approx 20 mins
Walk from Marylebone: approx 20 mins
Routes 98, 6, 16, 414, 7, 436, 36, 15 23 via Edgware Road. Routes 30 and 159 finish at Marble Arch. Routes 390, 274, 148 and 94 stop in Bayswater Road.
Monday am Diane, Mauro, Liora
Monday pm Verity and Cara
Tuesday am Alan, Verity, Diane
Tuesday pm Brian, Dimitris, Cara
Wednesday am Alan, Sara, Mauro
Wednesday pm Diane, Verity, Cara
Thursday am Reem (6.30-8.30), Diane, Cara, Brian
Thursday pm Verity, Valeria
Friday am Diane, Verity, Cara
Friday pm Dimitris and Liora
Saturday Alma and Louise
Alan Herdman Alan travelled to New York in the late 1960s to investigate the then-unknown Pilates exercise Method, and worked intensively with two of Pilates’ original assistants, Carola Trier and Robert Fitzgerald. He established Britain’s first Pilates-based studio the same year. Now an internationally respected authority, Alan lectures regularly in the US and Japan.
In consultation with medical practitioners, Alan has extended the remedial and rehabilitation aspects of Pilates and constantly develops the Method to embrace advances in exercise physiology. As Alan says, “Joseph Pilates was always working to develop and refine his exercises. At his death in 1967 I’m sure his work had not been completed.”
Alan carries this spirit into training new teachers. “My emphasis is on nurturing their individual approach to teaching exercises and in developing the sense of what the body needs at that particular time.”
Alan is a member for the International Dance Council and will be presenting at their convention in Athens.
Mauro Ossola Mauro, a native of Italy, has spent his life in sport – as a cyclist, a fitness trainer, and a fitness manager. He began his Pilates training in 2009 with Jolita Trahan, the owner of Pilates Network, a PMA recognized training program in Italy, and she transmitted the “Pilates passion” to him. To further his studies, he decided to come to London in 2010 to study with Alan Herdman. Mauro is now Alan’s team manager, helping him to run his studios, as well as the rest of his business. He still teaches at Alan’s Canary Wharf studio and in the last few years has continued his education with courses and workshops in Europe and the U.S.
Sara Gallie A former Royal Ballet Company soloist, Sara trained with Alan Herdman Pilates in 2001, joined his team of instructors in 2005, and is now deputy to Alan on his Pilates Teacher Training Course. She has also worked at Grayshott Hall, The Chelsea Harbour Club and Pilates Central, all studios that were affiliated with Alan Herdman Pilates. She is a fully qualified ballet teacher (LISTD) and teaches Pilates at Central School of Ballet as an Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation tutor/Pilates instructor, and she teaches matwork classes at Physio For All Ltd. She has a passion for teaching and helping people of all ages and abilities to become fitter and overcome physical difficulties and injuries, leading them to movement without pain and a better quality of life.
Brian Allen Introduced to Pilates during his professional ballet training, it was after an injury that Brian was convinced to train as an instructor as part of his rehabilitation. After training with Alan Herdman, he began teaching for him in his central London studio, moving to his Canary Wharf studio as part of the team setting it up in 2008. He has also taught at the Central School of Ballet, the Harbour Club and other gyms teaching both Mat work Classes and Apparatus work.
Brian's experience with his own rehabilitation has afforded him first hand knowledge of the benefits of Pilates in the rehabilitation of injuries. He has worked with dancers and athletes rehabilitating them after injury, working closely with physiotherapists and osteopaths.
He is also a keen swimmer, swimming the English Channel as part of a relay team in 2013, and completed the crossing solo in 2015. He also maintains his connection with his performance past by volunteering at the Globe Theatre and has in the past worked with both the education and theatre department staff there.
Diane Walker Diane trained as a dancer and was a soloist with Ballet Rambert for 12 years, dancing regularly in the ballets of Robert North and Christopher Bruce. With them, she went on to work in Balletto di Toscana in Florence, Manhattan Ballet in New York, Houston Ballet in Texas, and Teatro Regio in Torino. She gained qualifications in Sports Therapy, Anatomy, Physiology, Massage and Acupressure, and a Gym Instructors’ Diploma, before starting her training as a Pilates teacher with Alan Herdman in 1990. She has been a member of his teaching team since 1991.
Dimitris Stoantzikis Dimitris grew up in Greece, where he studied Financial Science and became a devotee of yoga. While working as a mathematics tutor he learned Pilates at StudioOne in Greece, and it was there he met Alan Herdman. In 2012 he moved to London to take Alan’s Teacher Training Course and now works in the Central London studio as well as at Matt Roberts’ studio in Belgravia, The Practice in Notting Hill, and Pilates on the Green.
Reem Aboul-Jabine As a Mechanical Engineer who has always enjoyed a range of sports, Reem found the perfect synthesis of both these worlds in Pilates. Working with the structure of the human body from its foundations up, she finds great joy in the freedom of movement and overall enhanced quality of life offered when a system works as it should. Reem had been practising Pilates with Alan Herdman for over a decade when in 2011 she decided to train as a teacher under Alan’s expert tutelage. She now teaches at Alan's Central London studio and at Matt Roberts’ Hampstead studio, and she also teaches private clients in Central London.
Verity Fry Verity trained in classical ballet at the Bush Davies School and danced with Scottish Ballet then English National Ballet. On leaving English National Ballet in 1992, she gained a Masters Diploma in Sports Therapy (which included Massage, Health & Fitness Studies, Nutrition & Diet, and Gym Instruction). After this she took the Alan Herdman Teacher Training Course and began teaching Pilates in 1995 at Alan’s studios and the English National Ballet School. She also taught for nine years at Elmhurst Ballet School.
Cara May Marcus Cara was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Her professional career started as an international contemporary ballet dancer living and working in South Africa, Seattle, New York and London. Her passion for the Pilates technique stems from the successful rehabilitation of her numerous injuries and the support it provided her craft. Having reaped the benefits of the technique first hand, she went on to complete the Alan Herdman teacher training course in 2016 and is thrilled to now be a part of Alan’s team in Marble Arch. Cara May is also the head of Pilates and body conditioning at the Central School of Ballet Associate School.
Liora Goldwater Liora trained as a professional dance artist working in the discipline of Contemporary Dance and Ballet at Northern Ballet School and then at London Contemporary Dance School. She performed in London and Europe with various choreographers. In 2015 she trained as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher with the acclaimed teacher Claire Missingham having experienced Yoga during her dance training.
In 2016-17 Liora trained with Alan Herdman. She discovered Pilates during her dance training and has found it invaluable in keeping her body balanced and strong whilst dancing and working a busy teaching schedule.
Liora joined Alan’s team in 2017, and also teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga at The Place and Ballet at both Morley College and Trinity Laban. She also teaches Reformer Pilates at Move Your Frame.
Christina Blackburn Christina was trained at the Royal Ballet School then performed nationally and internationally for 13 years with the Royal Ballet Company. She discovered Pilates towards the end of her dancing career through Jenny Bintley whose teaching made a profound impression. She worked for two years in the City before training with Dreas Reyneke whose Notting Hill studio she subsequently ran for 5 years. She has been teaching clients privately ever since from her south London studio focusing principally on remedial work.
Two years ago she decided to return to training to study with Alan Herdman, Shirley Hancock and Sara Gallie to further enhance and understand the precision required for effective injury recovery work which has become her primary interest. Helping clients regain full functional movement and logical ‘body engineering’ solutions are what thrill her most. She feels incredibly fortunate to be a member of a team of teachers whose combined teaching experience runs into several decades of knowledge and experience which keeps the work constantly interesting, fresh and relevant.
Louise May Louise studied as a professional dancer at Central School of Ballet and then subsequently at Laine Theatre Arts. During her training, she discovered the benefits of Pilates in injury prevention and rehabilitation. Upon graduating in 2012, Louise worked as professional dancer and commercial model both here in the UK and abroad. In 2021, she completed the Alan Herdman Teacher Training course and is delighted to be joining the Alan Herdman Team! She is looking forward to helping people feel fitter, stronger and feeling the benefits of Pilates in their everyday life.
Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
Working from our Seymour Street studio are long-term colleagues of Alan Herdman – many clients find that the integration of treatment and exercise is invaluable, and we can tailor programmes across the disciplines. However, these services are independent of Alan Herdman, so for bookings, enquiries and payments please use the contact details below.
Ms Barbara Sherringham BSc (Hons) OST MED. DO.ND
Registered Osteopath GOsC
First class honours degree in osteopathic medicine and naturopathy. Graduated from the British College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996.
Naturopathy includes nutrition, hydrotherapy and exercise prescription.
Worked from Alan Herdman Studios since 1993.
Senior lecturer for nineteen years at the British College Of Osteopathic lecturing to masters level.
Selected as one of 28 osteopaths to be part of the medical team at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Currently teaching anatomy and physiology to trainee Pilates teachers.
Specialist interests includes sports injuries, treatment for the elderly and musicians.
Prior employment: qualified sports massage therapist since 1980, qualified fitness instructor including weights, circuits, aqua, pre and post natal, exercise for the elderly.
Personal interest: A cellist and was a member of the North London symphony orchestra for sixteen years. Horse riding and walking my dog and donkey in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
Ava Katics BSc (Hons), HCPC, MSCP, Dip AP Sport
AACP registered acupuncturist
Clinical Pilates practitioner
A leading specialist in performance analysis for Britain’s entertainment industry.
For over 20 years, Ava has developed expert treatment specific systems for the rehabilitation of performance related injury. She has extensive knowledge and in depth experience of sports injury and a proven track record of work with international corporations in managing the physical toll any high pressured job can take on the body.
A specialist in movement analysis with a comprehensive understanding of body mechanisms, Ava is able to identify and analyse specific problems, provide effective treatment and create bespoke programmes for rehabilitation and further injury prevention.
The focus is always on holistic, functional treatment tailored to the needs of the individual, utilising a notably wide range of treatment expertise: Not just a knee, or a leg, or the back, the whole person.