Meet the Team

Katherine Connolly

As the founder of KBC Pilates, I began my Pilates journey as a pupil, looking for relief from my lower back pain. I was so impressed with the results that I decided to train as a teacher to help other people.After initially qualifying with the Pilates Institute in London I taught matwork classes in and around Edinburgh for 6 years, building my experience and a loyal client base.Always looking to improve my knowledge and teaching skills I retrained with Body Control Pilates.

Subsequently, I have worked with some of the best teachers in Britain and Europe to qualify as a Studio teacher, putting clients through their paces on the equipment developed by Joe Pilates himself.I have particularly enjoyed training to work with clients who require specialist help, such as those with bone health issues, ante or post natal Pilates and Pilates for seniors.

My aim at the studio is to provide clients, whether in a group or private environment, with a relaxed, supportive atmosphere in which to enjoy the benefits of Pilates.


My background was originally in dance. I finished a 3 year dance training course at The Theatre School of Dance and Drama in Edinburgh and went on to pursue a dance career on cruise ships and in musical theatre. As a long term Pilates enthusiast and with a keen interest in movement, I felt it was a natural progression to train as an instructor after I’d stopped performing.

I trained with Body Control Pilates during 2004 and qualified as a Level 3 matwork instructor. In that same year, I also qualified as a Sports Therapist, specialising in sports injury rehabilitation, Swedish and sports massage.

In 2017 I completed a lower back pain course with Body Control Pilates and can now add “Lower Back Pain Practitioner” to my resume. I love Pilates, I love the way it makes me feel after I’ve taken part in class and when clients tell me how good they feel after a class; invigorated yet relaxed, was how one client described it.

I’m a member of REPs and attend regular courses throughout the year with the Body Control Pilates Association to keep my profession learning and development knowledge and skills relevant, current and in line with current research.


I am a STOTT trained Pilates instructor, with over 4 years experience instructing Pilates. I have worked extensively alongside Physiotherapists instructing Pilates for physical rehabilitation, including urogenital disorders and sports injuries.

My love of movement began at a young age through dance, and in 2012 I qualified as a classical ballet teacher. After becoming injured I discovered Pilates through which I achieved successful physical rehabilitation! I am currently an Argentine Tango enthusiast and enjoy applying Pilates principles throughout movements in dance.

I am passionate about safe movement techniques and encourage my clients to enjoy the mind-body connection in Pilates for full benefit from each movement.

Nicole McPhail

My name is Nicky and my love of Pilates began many years ago when I first attended mat classes to help with my low back pain. I found a very inspiring teacher who helped me and showed me how wonderful the Pilates Method is for managing back problems.

During that time and for many years to follow, I was a primary school teacher, in Edinburgh. Then, I changed career to become a Pilates teacher in 2015 and trained with Body Control Pilates which I thoroughly enjoyed. With my experiences of teaching a wide range of learning styles and needs, I believe that I am able to carry those skills across into my Pilates teaching and successfully get my message across to clients to make Pilates accessible and fun.

I am very aware that clients choose to do Pilates for a range of reasons but I feel it is important to positively encourage clients as they learn to build up their confidence. I also very aware that clients feel good when they feel they are making progress and I will always try to incorporate that into my class planning. It’s also good fun to move!

I have always loved learning and I have attended a variety of Pilates courses to keep myself up to date. Some examples of courses I have attended include, a course in low back pain, Pilates and osteoporosis, post-hip operation Pilates and Pilates using small equipment. I particularly enjoy working with clients with specific needs. I enjoy the challenge of adapting movements that suit these needs. To improve my own practice, I attend regular Pilates mat and Reformer classes.

When I’m not teaching Pilates, I love yoga, seeing friends and family, walking in the hills with my dogs, improving my French and spending time in France.