Proprietor Sarah Duley completed her teacher’s training course with Pilates guru Alan Herdman in 1996. Previously a professional ballet dancer, Sarah had practised Pilates throughout her career, both as a strengthening routine and during times of injury. On completion of the course, Sarah went on to set up her own ‘mat work’ classes as well as teaching in other London studios. The desire to teach in semi-private situations, and the lack of such a studio outside of central London, led to the opening of the Sarah Duley Pilates Studio, from her home, in September 1999.
During this time Sarah became a founder member of the Pilates Foundation, now one of the leading bodies of the Pilates world. When pregnant with her second child the necessity to move the studio out of home increased, and Pilates Plus was opened in St Margarets in October 2001. In September 2003 Sarah qualified as a GYROTONIC® teacher, followed shortly by GYROKINESIS® qualification.
In May 2012 Sarah opened Studio 117, a dedicated GYROTONIC® Studio where she also provides GYROTONIC® Pre-Training courses.
Susana has been teaching multiple exercise disciplines for more than 22 years. Her journey with exercise and Pilates has been driven by her joy of fitness and her quest for deeper understanding of the body and movement. Confidently working alongside physical therapists and doctors, effectively problem solving, Susana takes clients from pain to pain-free. She has great success with disc pathologies, scoliosis, and general body niggles. She also offers Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates training, ensuring that mums and mums-to-be are physically, mentally and emotionally supported throughout their different transitions.
Geraldine suffered lower back problems due to years of bad posture, working long hours behind a desk and which her pregnancy also aggravated. Since discovering the Pilates Method, she hasn’t looked back. Helping her to understand her own body, it also helped her find her vocation.
Qualifying as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Foundation in London, Geraldine is passionate and enthusiastic and a thorough and precise Instructor.
Dominique started professional dance training at Arts Educational School receiving a Diploma, Honour’s in Modern Dance. Dominique was introduced to the Pilates Method after sustaining a lower back injury. With the help of physiotherapy and Alan Herdman Studio Pilates, she spent two years rehabilitating from injury, eventually becoming pain free and gaining valuable experiential knowledge of working with back pain. She trained as a Pilates teacher with Alan Herdman and taught at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 10 years, where her classes included Pilates Mat classes for dance students and sessions in the bespoke apparatus studio for the general public, she also provided remedial exercise for dancers. Having an interest in movement on a deep level she recently trained in GYROTONIC® Method and is a Licensed GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer.
Karrie danced from an early age and knew that a stage career was for her but, while training at London Studio Centre, that dream was almost shattered when she sustained a back injury that meant she may never dance again. Devastated, Karrie began to do studio Pilates daily help her rehabilitation. Her diligence and determination paid off and she graduated with a Performing Arts Diploma and went on to work professionally as a dancer and dance teacher in Asia.
Whilst managing a gym in Singapore, Karrie began to teach matwork Pilates. From here she began her education with Polestar Pilates and is a qualified Mat, Allegro and Studio Instructor. She continued her movement education in other modalities and is also GYROTONIC®, Xtend Barre® and Core Align® trained, bringing lots of variety to her classes. Karrie is also Pre/Post Natal certified
Karrie's goal is that her clients have a positive movement experience and learn to carry this into their everyday life. She is excited to join the team at Pilates Plus our team and add a little spice to the mix! She may seem all sweetness and light but her class will give you that extra little kick!
“I have been with Sarah since 2014, following 2 bunion procedures and terrible sciatica and shoulder related pain. Working on building my core strength and realigning my body structure, I have been injury free for a very long time, in spite of my active lifestyle, thanks to Sarah’s clear instructions, guidance and professional demeanour and long may it continue!”
“For over 20 years, my twice weekly sessions of Pilates are an essential part of my wellbeing. Sarah’s amazing enthusiasm, craft knowledge and teaching have encouraged me to remain supple well into my 70s.”
“I have been going to Pilates Plus for over two decades. Sarah’s knowledge, constantly expanded and reviewed, has been very interesting and illuminating over the years. Recuperation from both a shoulder and a foot operation were much helped by the Pilates method.”
“I have been Sarah's student at Pilates Plus for over 10 years now and happily confirm that I have never worked alongside a more inspirational teacher. Highly imaginative in dealing with the major changes we’ve all faced in 2020, she is gifted in her approach and cares for us as human beings as well as our bodies.”
“I have been a client at Pilates Plus for 8 years. I have been doing Pilates for about 25 years and these are some of the best teachers I have ever had. Above all it is a really friendly, sociable place and everyone is treated as an individual with their own needs and goals. All ages too. Thoroughly recommend you give it a try.”