My passion for Pilates began over 20 years ago. Having suffered from numerous injuries as an athlete and a runner, I found Pilates not only as a way to rehabilitate, but a way to find balance within the body and an improved alignment. Following the birth of my first son, Pilates became even more essential for my body, and in 2015 I completed my Comprehension Studio and Mat Qualification with Polestar Pilates in London. Subsequently, I have undertaken further training and workshops in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Osteoporosis, and Pilates for Seniors.
With my teaching, I utilise both the Pilates mat series, as well as the studio equipment to help my clients access a greater range of motion and purse goals within their bodies. Through my teaching, I strive to create an excellent movement experience, so that my clients can be the best version of themselves!
Colleen is the owner of KBC Pilates, and looks to create a supportive studio environment in both private sessions and group classes, so that everyone can benefit from Pilates.
I have always been passionate about sport and physical activity from a very young age. This led me to study Health and Performance Science at home in Ireland. Having discovered a passion for learning about human movement, my interest in injury prevention grew when I took up rowing for my university. Having seen (and experienced!) my fair share of injuries, I was keen to explore how to recover and, more importantly, prevent them! I was keen to lean more about Pilates, having found it beneficial after I hurt my back. I saw how Pilates is a fantastic way to prevent and recover from injuries, so I decided to study in the National Training Centre in Dublin to become a Level 3 Matwork Instructor.
I have taught Pilates to a variety of clients of all ages, some with chronic health conditions and disabilities. I loved helping people to get stronger, physically and mentally, through Pilates. As I am passionate about helping people, I decided to further my studies and have recently begun a masters in Physiotherapy here in Edinburgh! I love to incorporate elements of what I am learning in my masters with my knowledge as a Pilates instructor in my classes. I encourage safe, controlled movement in all my classes, while facilitating a fun environment to benefit both mind and body.
I attended Pilates classes in Edinburgh over 20 years ago when there were very few U.K. teachers or classes and nobody even knew how to pronounce Pilates!
Having spent most of my childhood standing on my head or attending ballet classes I loved the mobility and precision of Pilates exercises and how they made me feel.
It took me a long time however to gain the confidence to train as a teacher. I brought up my children, worked as a radiographer and also as a massage therapist.
Finally, in 2016 I enrolled to train in Edinburgh with Body Control Pilates. It felt like coming home.
I love the way Pilates makes me feel and I love being able to share and encourage my students to enjoy it too!
Sport and physiology has always played an important role in my life, with my main passions being swimming and running. I worked for several years as a swimming instructor and personal trainer, and have since been a Primary Teacher for the last 12 years. It was whilst studying for my BSc Applied Sport Science at the University of Edinburgh back in 2007, I discovered Pilates. Not only did I find it to be an effective rehabilitation tool in my own sporting performance, it was a wonderful way for me to check in with myself mentally too. My practice allowed me to strengthen my connection with my body and mind, giving me an understanding of the mechanics of movement and body alignment.
In 2019 I qualified as a Pilates instructor with the Pilates Foundation in Glasgow, gaining my Pilates Mat Qualification and YMCA Level 3 Pilates Instructor Qualification. My aim is to provide a relaxing and supportive learning environment in which the client can connect with their body and mind in a holistic way, building strength and confidence to achieve their goals. In addition to Pilates, I am also a trained reiki therapist and I am looking forward to furthering my skills by training as a massage therapist.