About PATS Pilates
PATS PILATES Studios was established in 2002. The PATS PILATES team are committed to achieving a welcoming and supportive environment for all clients. Our teaching standards are of the highest quality. Our Pilates classes are small so that we can provide individual help to achieve your goals. We have established a reputation for excellence which is recognised by the medical profession, physiotherapist, osteopaths and other health professionals.
Our Studio Mission Statement:To empower people to move with freedom.
Pilates Advanced Training School (PATS) is a dedicated training provider in Milton Keynes, which has established a reputation for providing high quality Level 3 Pilates Instructors. It is nationally and internationally recognised for providing the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates. For over 12 years PATS has successfully trained students from all over the world. For those who need to update their relevant knowledge and skills, PATS offers Pilates Equipment training, Continual Professional Development (CPD) courses and Pilates workshops throughout the year.
Our School Mission Statement:
Pilates Advanced Training School is dedicated to continue the works of Joseph Pilates and use up to date research so that safe and effective practice will be taught to the students. Inspiration, motivation, continued professional development for all students are the goals for the Pilates Advanced Training School.
Our Pilates Studio
Our Pilates Studios overlooks the historical site of a Roman Villa and the verdant panorama of parkland. Many of our clients use the park enjoying the peaceful and natural surroundings. Plenty of safe and free parking is available adjacent to the Studio.
Our Studios cater for group Mat Pilates classes and has dedicated Pilates equipment for group or personal tuition.
The Studio equipment includes:
- Wunda Chair
- Incline Table
- High Table
- Arc Barrel
- Wobble Board
- Stability Foam Roll
- Stability Ball
- Free Weights
- A wide range of small equipment and fitness aids
Introducing our Pilates instructors:
PATS Pilates Founder & Course Director
Pat is the founder of PATS Pilates and the Course Director for the Pilates Advanced Training School.
Pat is a Pilates teacher, an accredited BWY Yoga teacher, registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance - RYT 200 level (trained with Simon Low, The Yoga Academy), a Low Back Pain Specialist, Pre and Post Natal instructor, a consultant for Falls Prevention, Exercise Referral consultant for GPs and medical practitioners. She has been teaching for over 20 years attaining many qualifications. She actively continues her studies in both Pilates and Yoga attending many courses in her field.
At the age of 9 it was discovered that Pat had scoliosis (curvature of the spine). The Pilates exercise method was life changing for Pat, it helped her to realign her spine, improve posture, increase flexibility and strengthen abdominals and back muscles to support her spine.
Pat is inspired and motivated by one of Joseph Pilates quotes – ‘Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.
Studio Manager & Principal Pilates Instructor
Emma is an inspirational, energetic and experienced fully qualified Pilates instructor, with a huge amount of teaching experience spanning more than 10 years. Emma enjoys teaching a wide variety of clients, in group and small group sessions and focusing on an individual’s specific goals in one to one sessions.
As well as teaching Emma is the manager at PATS PILATES, Emma loves the dual aspect of her role.
Emma’s journey so far: As a child Emma was a dedicated athlete and dancer, growing up in a family steeped in dance, fitness and Pilates Emma has always been interested in movement and exercise. Emma sustained an injury in her teens and was referred to Pilates where her interest and passion for the method started. As well as teaching a broad range of classes Emma specialises in teaching rehabilitation Pilates and is passionate about working with clients to focus on their goals and celebrating their success when they achieve the results they have worked hard for.
Senior Pilates Instructor
Hi, I am Clare. I first found my love for Pilates whilst gaining my BA(hons) Dance degree at the London College of Dance. This inspired me to qualify as a Pilates Level 3 instructor, originally with the Pilates Institute and thereafter the Pilates Advanced Training School. I embarked on further training to enhance my knowledge and understanding with Intelligent Fitness Advanced Anatomy, Active IQ Level 4 Exercise for the management of lower back pain and Myofascial Anatomy Trains with Michael Watson from the works of Thomas Myers to name a few.
I believe in creating functional body movement to encourage the best possible movement patterns with the least amount of stress and strain. Pilates is my tool to this goal and what I love about Pilates is that it works for everyone. Whether you are young, old, an athlete or recovering through rehabilitation Pilates can help all of us to become more functional in our own bodies. I look forward to teaching you soon!
Senior Pilates Instructor
Pilates for me is a lifestyle change. I apply the Pilates Method and Pilates Principles to every movement of the day, this means if I'm am walking, running or jumping I'm maintaining my Pilates alignment whilst using the Pilates Principles (breathing, centering, control, concentration, precision, flowing movements) this helps to keep my body supple and strong.
During my training I explored the Pilates Principles and now apply them to lots of different exercises outside the Joseph Pilates 1-34 Pilates Classical exercises.
I use the Pilates Principles to re-enforce my alignment throughout the day. The Pilates Method helps to keep me strong and flexible, this is vital as I’m a free runner. As the owner of Paramount Parkour Academy, Milton Keynes I take great care in adding Pilates moves to enhance everyone’s performance.
My claim to fame was entering the ITV Ninja Warrior UK. Adding Pilates to my training helped me through the gauntlet.
What I embody I happily share with all those I teach.
Office Administrator & Pilates Instructor
I started Pilates for personal reasons some time ago, working in a fast-paced environment on a daily basis, started to take its toll. Pilates very quickly transformed my way of life for the better.
With the passion for Pilates already a way of life, I was given the fantastic opportunity to train as an Instructor. Far removed from anything I’d ever done, I pursued my new-found ambition, With the ongoing training, mentoring and amazing support from Pilates Advanced Training School, I graduated as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor.
I began covering classes at PATS PILATES studios, continued with ongoing training, to further increase my teaching skills and knowledge.
I am now in what I believe to be the enviable position of teaching regular classes and 1:1 sessions on a full-time basis, in addition to supporting the studio with the administration duties.
I look forward to continuing my work in helping people improve their own way of life, now and for the future.
Having been recommended to attend Pilates classes over 14 years ago due to a back injury and benefiting so much from it, my personal motivations are all around sharing the benefits to others. My drive to learn more detailed techniques and understand my own body lead me to undertake the Level 3 Instructor training. I am passionate about helping others to achieve the same benefits I have and believe Pilates offers so much variety to work at all levels of fitness and ability.
Over the years I have worked to further develop my understanding of the body - its movement and function – and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of Pilates and how it can help anyone to feel and move better. I am now also enjoying working as a Tutor for the Pilates Advanced Training School and supporting students to achieve their Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates.
My love for Pilates came after I trained intensively during my degree at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance (Conservatoire for Dance and Drama) in Leeds. This taught me a lot about fine-tuning your body and I used Pilates to help manage my Scoliosis.
After my training I combined my experiences and knowledge of dance with fitness by training as a Personal Trainer and completing The Level 3 Pilates Advanced Training School course.
I loved teaching Pilates so much, I continued my training to be able to teach the Pilates equipment as well. I love working with all the clients at PATS PILATES. Pilates has so many benefits and is accessible to all so it is a joy to be able to pass this on to the clients at PATS PILATES.
I discovered Pilates in 2005 during rehabilitation following an accident, and have enjoyed the benefits of the Pilates method ever since. As well as helping me to regain physical strength, balance, flexibility and self confidence during rehabilitation, Pilates has also been instrumental in counterbalancing the physical and mental challenges associated with working in a corporate environment.
More recently, Pilates has been key in helping me to re-condition my body following the birth of my children. The benefits really are endless, and this is the reason that I recently decided to qualify as a Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor at Pilates Advanced Training School. I am very excited to be part of the incredible team at PATS PILATES and to share my knowledge and passion with anyone attending my classes!
I have been studying Pilates for over two years before deciding to qualify as a Mat instructor and help people improving their lives through this fantastic, powerful and effective method of movement.
Pilates is essential for my well-being journey and this is the motivation and the inspiration I try to pass onto my students.
I love training, learning and improving my Pilates teaching and practicing skills. Teaching Pilates is a constant, two way learning opportunity with the people in front of me: it's a moment out of their daily crazy life to focus on their own bodies - all bodies, regardless of shape,size or fitness level. Pilates is a journey for everyone and we all start somewhere!
I truly believe that people can inspire each other and take out the best part of themselves. It worked for me and I hope I can inspire people around me in the same way.
I am positive, enthusiastic, curious and this always takes me to try and experiment different activities (my last passion is everything aerial but it will be a long way before you will see me hanging from a silk!), disciplines and workouts where my body and my mind are challenged and strengthened.
My love for Pilates began all thanks to my Grandma who first took me to my first class. After my first couple of sessions I was hooked. I attended regular classes every week but wanted to learn more.
Working in offices at a desk job my whole life and never feeling content or satisfied with my career path I decided to give it all up and train as a Pilates Teacher. This was the best decision I ever made, I've never looked back since.
I completed my Teacher Training at PATS and I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful team.
It is a joy to teach and share my knowledge with others. I love meeting new people and working with different bodies. I am continuing to learn and develop my skills at every opportunity.
I hope with my teaching to be able to make a difference in the wellbeing of those individuals of whom I am privileged enough to work with.
Hi, I'm Gurveen Bamrah
My Pilates journey started as a client at PATS PILATES, I instantly wanted to learn more about the Pilates methodology. Emma looked at my posture and instantly knew which side of my shoe was worn more...... I was awestruck...... How did she just know that? I had to learn this skill and more importantly correct my posture.
I started attending classes and finally embarked on completing the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates instructor course at Pilates Advanced Training School.
I am now part of the incredible team at PATS and I not only look forward to meeting and teaching you but also learning from you and your divine body.
Having grown up in Kenya and being exposed to the great outdoors I have successfully climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and Mt Longonot. Most recently was a trek up the Ben Nevis in Scotland.
With Pilates I am sure I will build upon my strength and flexibility and hopefully be able to conquer greater heights.
Hakuna Matata 😀
My Pilates journey started fairly recently, it has been a personal discovery on so many levels and an amazing experience.
I have always been an active individual and enjoyed many forms of exercise, because of some of my exercise choices I began to suffer with a few injuries, I decided I needed to find an exercise that was ‘kinder’ to my body.
My first experience of Pilates was a lesson at PATS PILATES, from the very first lesson I was hooked. I couldn’t wait for my next class to see what different ways my body would be challenged. The results were very quickly evident, my flexibility, stability and strength improved in no time.
I decided to turn my career goals upside down and embarked on a training course to become a Pilates Instructor. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I found the theory aspect fascinating, learning about the human body in detail. The practical side of the training challenged my mind and body further. The support received from the team at PATS PILATES was invaluable and I am proud to say I am now a qualified Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor.
I hope to be able to share my enthusiasm for Pilates through teaching. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside the team at PATS PILATES and make a difference to the general wellbeing and physical fitness to the individuals wishing to attend Pilates classes, it is a truly amazing exercise that has so many benefits and can be adapted to suit all individuals.
I look forward to continuing to learn and develop as an instructor and enjoy my new career.
I have been coming to PATS PILATES for nearly 16 years now. I got to know Pat through my work as a Hairdresser and she demonstrated how to adopt a better posture when both working and walking around.
From my very first lesson I was interested in learning how to relax whilst also feeling like I had a great workout as well.
I love my job as a Hairdresser but it’s not something I want to do forever, standing for hours all day long, I wanted something else to fall back on and Pilates is the one thing I really enjoy and feel passionately about.
It was not easy doing the theory as I’m Dyslexic and haven’t done anything like this since leaving school and training to be a Hairdresser 20 years ago but with the help and support I received from PATS team I did it.
I learnt so much with the theory and found it really fascinating to learn how the body works as a whole unit. I loved every minute of the practical side of the training and I feel really lucky to have PATS team by my side as they have set me on a path which I feel very excited about.
Pilates is an amazing exercise that has helped myself and many others out and I get a real buzz when my clients give me feedback and tell me they had a great workout and feel better and more relaxed.
Now that I have completed my level 3 in Mat Pilates I will be doing many other courses with PATS and continue to develop my new career as a qualified Pilates instructor. I am very excited to be working at PATS PILATES and look forward to meeting you soon.
Why I practice
Yoga and meditation have helped me to heal, recover and thrive and continue to support me every day in learning how to open my heart, make peace with my mind and live in my body.
Pathway to yoga
I found yoga at 17 after finding a yoga VHS in a charity shop, I was exhausted and stressed from studying and working 3 jobs to pay the bills and wanted to get fit and learn how to relax. I remember being amazed at how easy it was to change the way I felt by simply moving with my breath.
At 18 I moved to London and lost my way for a while until eventually I hit rock bottom. I came to my first yoga class in a bit of a mess remembering how helpful it had been in the past and that first class totally transformed my life. I remember sitting up at the end of Savasana, the final relaxation pose, and suddenly laughing and crying at the same time because I felt the happiest and most relaxed I think I had ever felt in my whole life up until that point. That doesn’t happen every time but yoga has continued to be a staple part of my life ever since and has given me so many tools for dealing with the stresses and challenges of life. It also reminds me how important it is to the put the body and mind first.
I took my 200 hours training at Whitespace Yoga Studios in Milton Keynes over 15 months, qualifying in 2016 and began teaching in studios, halls and forests straight away. I am continually learning through practice, experience, workshops and CPD; most recently completing Uma Dinsmore-Tuli's Well Woman Yoga Therapy training in November 2017.
My style and approach
I teach slow, fluid Hatha yoga and seek to promote a culture of inner listening and self-enquiry, inviting students to listen inwardly before moving outwardly in order to develop a relationship to their own unique inner teacher. In my classes I encourage freedom beyond form and seek to offer a practice that is fluid and adaptable to the waxing and waning of our needs and natures.