Meet your Pilates Instructors

We’re looking forward to getting to know you, so here’s a little about us.

Hi, I’m Slim,

and here’s why regular Pilates classes with me will have a positive impact on your health, life and well-being…

Slim Tlilli

Why Pilates is my passion

For me, Pilates has been a way of life for the past 14 years, and I hope The Core Pilates studio will be around for a very long time! I’ve worked with hundreds of clients who all had one thing in common – they needed to improve and strengthen their body in some way. Every one of them had their own unique set of issues that I addressed, using my knowledge and skills, while also taking into account their mobility. There’s nothing more rewarding than using my expertise to help people improve and overcome their health issues.

Training is the key to success

A love of playing volleyball from the age of 11 years old is what peaked my interest in sports therapies. Intense training between the ages of 15-19 without proper after care meant I suffered many injuries that needed lots of physiotherapy. Although it was anything but fun at the time, talking regularly with my physio proved to be an enlightening experience. I learned a lot about how joints and muscles work, and gained an understanding of how to speed up my recovery each time. I changed my degree from biology to physiotherapy and later gained all Pilates mat, equipment and studio qualifications, ranging from Rehab to Advanced Classical Pilates. I’m now the proud owner of The Core Pilates studio in Welwyn Garden City.

Every injury tells a story…

And I can read you like a book! A background in physiotherapy, combined with my expertise, and the power of Pilates means that I’ve tackled even the most challenging rehabilitation cases such as:

disc problems

hip replacements

spinal fractures

neuropathic and neurosurgery cases

ante and post natal care

Your well-being is my primary concern. That means you’ll always have an individually tailored set of exercises to do, whether we’re working 1-1 or in a small class situation.

Now is the right time for you to discover Pilates

That’s right, the door is open to everyone because everyone can do Pilates! My clients at The Core Pilates are a broad spectrum of ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels. A mixture of major, minor and no injuries are present in every class, yet everyone works alongside each other easily, as they perform exercises specific to their personal needs. My sessions give you a dedicated hour to work on the areas of your body that need extra support. Good posture, increasing strength, flexibility and improving circulation are at the heart of what I teach, and everyone can gain these benefits after a very short time exercising at The Core Pilates studio.

I’ll help you find the perfect session

We all lead busy lifestyles so to make sure there is a time to suit you, there’s a broad range of 1 hour classes available throughout the week at The Core Pilates studio. Every equipment session I run is open to any level; whether you’re a beginner or advanced, have some type of injury or, just want to increase your flexibility and core strength. If you’d prefer beginner’s mat work or pregnancy Pilates classes, scroll down to see what Judy offer. Every one of my classes uses a combination of equipment and mat work, using a full range of Body Balanced Pilates studio equipment including:

clinical reformers

trapeze tables

ladder barrel

chairs

I complement my mat work with:

weighted balls

foam rollers

flex ring

elastic bands

I also run 1-1 or 1-2 sessions for clients looking for a more intensive Body Balanced equipment session in The Core Pilates studio.

The Core Pilates
14+

Years of experience

2000+

Teaching hours

100+

Clients per week

345+

Hours kite surfing

2000+

Volleyballs spiked

Hi, I’m Judy,

a specialist in mat work and pregnancy Pilates, helping women to maintain fitness, strength and recovery…

Judy Pregnancy Pilates

Why Pilates is my passion

My interest in movement started during my teens, when a skiing injury and consequent surgery on my knees introduced me to the world of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Working with fantastic practitioners enabled me to return to my sport, and ignited my passion to learn these skills too. I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003, and used my skills to treat and rehabilitate others at The Royal Free Hospital, a leading teaching hospital in Hampstead, North London.

Experience has taught me many skills

Since 2007, I specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics and women’s health. Experience has shown me that addressing joint mobility, muscle dysfunction and imbalance is a vital part of treatment for a whole variety of problems. In 2010, I gained the Mat Work Pilates certification, and ran private Pilates classes that used the whole range of my skills. I’m looking forward to sharing this knowledge with you during each class at The Core Pilates studio.

Now is the ideal time for you to try Pilates

If you’ve never tried Pilates before, then you’ll love our classes. My pregnancy and mat work clients at The Core Pilates are all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels, and many are complete beginners. A mixture of major, minor and no injuries are present in every class, and you’ll all work easily alongside each other, performing exercises specific to your own abilities. My sessions give you a dedicated hour to work on the areas of your body that need extra support. Good posture, increasing strength, flexibility and improving circulation are at the heart of what I teach, and everyone can gain these benefits after a very short time exercising at The Core Pilates studio.

Pregnancy and Pilates

I have a special interest in pre and postnatal pregnancy, thanks to my past roles of treating and educating pregnant and postnatal ladies. I’ve had specific training in antenatal and postnatal Pilates, and experienced pregnancy-related pain, so understand it from all angles. The pregnancy mat work classes are perfect for ladies throughout the whole nine months, while the postnatal mat work class helps your body to recover.

Both pregnancy and postnatal mat classes use equipment including:

mat work

foam rollers

weighted balls

flex rings

elastic bands

exercise balls

Pilates can be hugely beneficial in preventing or helping to manage symptoms that occur during pregnancy. It’s a safe and effective way for you to maintain fitness and strength during a time of great change. Bringing your baby to classes in the postnatal period can help to speed up your recovery from labour, and is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby and other new mums.

Mat work for beginners

I’m continually inspired by the positive effects that Pilates can have on my clients, enabling them to recover from, or better manage, a whole range of conditions and injuries. In my beginner’s mat work classes, you’ll work alongside others who want to feel the benefit of Pilates, without using large equipment. During the session, you’ll use a combination of:

mat work

foam rollers

weighted balls

foam rollers

flex ring

elastic bands

exercise balls

You’ll always work within your own abilities, raising awareness of your own body, while continually developing strength and flexibility. I also run 1-1 or 1-2 sessions for clients looking for a more intensive mat work session in The Core Pilates studio.

The Core Pilates
8+

Years of experience

2000+

Teaching hours

20+

Clients per week

500+

Hours baking

1000+

Gardening & planting

Hi, I’m Helen,

a specialist in large equipment and mat work Pilates, helping clients to move without pain and get them back to doing the things they love…

The Core Pilates

Why Pilates is my passion

I have always had a love of HIT Training especially spinning but after the birth of my three children I experienced back pain through the neglect of my core strength.

Pilates changed my life and having experienced first hand how it had such a positive effect on my body and my well-being, I decided to become a teacher to share my knowledge and passion for Pilates with others.

I love sharing the benefits of Pilates with others as it means I get to meet new clients and listen to the journey of events that has brought them to the class. We then work together to find the best Pilates exercises that will once again help them to move without pain and, get them back to doing the things they love.

My training comes from classical and contemporary experts

I trained with Peak Pilates who teach instructors worldwide and qualified in February 2015. Peak Pilates are rooted in classical Pilates and the comprehensive instructor certification covers the full breadth of traditional Pilates, while also leaving room for more contemporary exercises, flows and teaching styles.

I am a Peak Pilates® Comprehensively Certified Instructor Level 2 and Peak Pilates MVE Chair Instructor. I am always seeking to improve my knowledge and attend workshops on a regular basis to continue my education.

I’m looking forward to meeting you

My classes are open and to everyone whether you’re a beginner or advanced, as I tailor everything to your own ability. Every class uses a combination of equipment and mat work, using a full range of Body Balanced Pilates studio equipment including:

clinical reformers

trapeze tables

ladder barrel

chairs

I complement mat work with:

weighted balls

foam rollers

flex ring

elastic bands

exercise balls

I also run 1-1 or 1-2 sessions for clients looking for a more intensive Body Balanced equipment session in The Core Pilates studio.

Peak Pilates
3+

Years of experience

300+

Teaching hours

15+

Clients per week

1,200+

Spinning classes spun

50+

Items upcycled

Hi, I’m Sue,

a specialist for the elderly and those with osteoporosis and scoliosis, giving them the tools for ease of movement to help maintain an active lifestyle…

Why Pilates is my passion

I discovered Pilates in 2003 whilst trying various different approaches to manage my own lower back pain.

I immediately loved the way Pilates enabled me to build awareness of my movement patterns and change the ones that were working against me. Once I was introduced to the equipment, I found I made even more progress supported by the springs and their resistance.

I initially started my teacher training ‘just for myself’ but gradually discovered the joy of helping other people connect with their bodies and find better movement through Pilates.

My training covers many specialisms

I gained the Polestar certification as a comprehensive studio practitioner in March 2015, and have been teaching a mixture of studio and reformer classes ever since. I have completed additional training in Pilates for people with osteoporosis and scoliosis and elderly people, as well as exercise rehabilitation.

I love to work with older people, to give them the tools to maintain an active lifestyle and ease of movement, and with injury rehabilitation for athletes of all abilities.

I also offer massage therapy

After an exploratory taster day, I discovered an unexpected passion for massage and achieved the Jing Advanced Clinical Massage therapist qualification in 2018.

I offer several different types of massage:

  • Holistic massage (general relaxation and destressing)
  • Clinical massage (addressing chronic tension or pain)
  • Hot stone
  • Pregnancy massage (both ante-natal and post-natal)

Clinical massage can help to relieve pain and promote recovery for muscular conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • IT band friction syndrome

The Jing approach uses a mixture of techniques – including myofascial release, trigger point release, work on attachment sites and sports stretching – to achieve long-term relief of pain for the client, within a relaxing environment which can further help to reduce stress and tension.

I find that the pairing of massage with Pilates enables more progress than with either as a standalone. Whatever your issue, I aim to deliver a relaxing and restoring experience.

Sessions are only £55 for 60 minutes (recommended) or £30 for 30 minutes. Your first session includes an additional free 15-minute consultation, and I will show you stretches for home (and your next Pilates session) to help prolong the effect of the treatment.

If you wish to book a massage or discuss any issues, please contact sue@thecorepilates.co.uk or call 07527 721616.

I’m looking forward to meeting you

My classes are open and to everyone whether you’re a beginner or advanced, as I tailor everything to your own ability. Every class uses a combination of equipment and mat work, using a full range of Body Balanced Pilates studio equipment including:

clinical reformers

trapeze tables

ladder barrel

chairs

I complement mat work with:

weighted balls

foam rollers

flex ring

elastic bands

exercise balls

I also run 1-1 or 1-2 sessions for clients looking for a more intensive Body Balanced equipment session in The Core Pilates studio.

4+

Years of experience

2,000+

Teaching hours

40+

Clients per week

4,000+

Kilometres swum

300+

Pumpkins grown & eaten