Hello I am Karen Powell. I have been teaching Pilates in Inverness and the Highlands for 15 years. I am Level 3 on the Register of Exercise Professionals and originally trained as a STOTT PILATES Matwork Instructor. I am also Pilates Reformer (Pilates equipment) trained with Balanced Body. As a self employed Instructor I teach classes and run Private lessons in and around Inverness, Drumnadrochit and Dingwall.
For the last 3 years I have qualified as a Somatics Exercise Coach, teaching Hanna Somatics. currently I am in training as an Essential Somatics Movement Teacher. Somatic movement aims to reduce Sensory Motor Amnesia (our bodies ability to make sensory and motor connections from the brain) in our bodies, which in turn allows the body to return to normal patterns of movement, reduce habitual patterns of movement which are causing our bodies pain.
I am also a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor and hold my Summer Mountain Leader Certificate.
I am passionate about the benefits that Pilates and Somatics can offer to everybody in Inverness and the Highlands, whatever style of life you lead.
Pilates has been life changing for me. I came to realise the amazing benefits of Pilates having experienced injury after running and competing at an International Level. As an individual with hypermobile joints, I found that I could not function without the support of Pilates movements for my body. I am passionate about running,hill walking, cycling and swimming, and don't believe I could remain active in these sports had it not been for the life changing movements and awareness that Pilates has brought to me. Pilates has also played a vital part in re-gaining strength and fitness after childbirth, and I now use it as a complement to all parts of my active life.