About Karen

Hello I am Karen Powell.  I have been teaching Pilates in Inverness and the Highlands for 15 years.  I am a member of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) 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.

I continually develop my practice and have explored the area of  Hanna Somatic Movement. 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 add elements of Somatic movements into my classes.

I have recently completed the Pilates for Osteoporosis Course with APPI ( Ausralian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute), bringing me up to date with recommendations for movement in this area.

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.

My aims as a teacher are to encourage people to build awareness of their own movement. To help clients make positive changes to body movements and habits that causes pain, by teaching functional movements.  This in turn helps with a balance between strength, flexibility, coordination and control. Ultimately individuals can learn the life long tools to move with enjoyment and ease.

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