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Gemma, Karen and Sarah have joined together to open purely PILATES in Brighton and Hove. They are all fully qualified Stott Pilates Instructors. Stott are regarded as one of the leaders in the Pilates field (see www.stottpilates.com for more information).

The team work closely with health practitioners in the area, for example, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists (see links), and have had fantastic results freeing clients from pain and rehabilitating them after injury.
Since opening in 2008 Purely Pilates has expanded to include a team of eight Stott certified instructors. As a team we work closely to ensure continuity between classes and to keep up to date with the latest information.


‘We came together to open purely PILATES through a mutual desire to offer clients quality service in a safe and comfortable environment. Working as a team, within one central point, gives us the opportunity to meet every individuals needs, assuring the utmost care and attention at all times.’


Gemma Wright
Gemma Wright: Pilates InstructorHaving trained as a dancer until the age of eighteen Gemma’s love of movement and interest in posture and bodyworks led her to begin her training as a Pilates teacher with Stott Pilates in 1999. Gemma is renowned for her individual style of teaching offering classes that are educational, safe and fun. Gemma is the author of Pilates on the Ball and also appeared in the Marks and Spencer Swiss Ball and Pilates books.
Gemma has worked as Pilates trainer to the Brighton and Hove Albion football team.
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Karen Hamer
Karen Hamer: Pilates InstructorKaren trained as a dancer at Arts Educational and then spent three years as a professional dancer.  After working for twelve years in the fitness industry, initially as a studio and gym instructor, Karen furthered her career as a studio and gym manager before taking a break between 1997 and 2001 to bring up her two children. Karen qualified in 2001 as a Stott Pilates instructor.
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Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster: Pilates InstructorSarah has been working in the Health and Fitness Industry since 1997 when she initially trained as a Studio Instructor, before furthering her career in 2001 as a Stott Pilates Instructor. Her regular attendance at workshops fuels her passion for Pilates. Sarah is well respected for her friendly approach and informative teaching, ensuring that her clients receive the best service and attention at all times.
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Fiona Stuart
Fiona Stuart: Pilates InstructorFiona has been working in the Fitness Industry since 1999 teaching Conditioning, stretch and relaxation classes, furthering her career by completing the Stott Pilates Mat-work course in May 2009. She has a very gentle and holistic approach to teaching, making everybody feel comfortable and welcome and regularly attends workshops and courses to keep up to date with moving trends.
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Charlotte Batten
Charlotte Batten: Pilates InstructorCharlotte Batten completed her training in essential and intermediate Stott Pilates mat work in 2006, having practiced Pilates for 8 years prior. Charlotte has increased her knowledge and indulged her passion in both fitness and wellness by attending additional courses and workshops specialising in pre and postnatal Pilates.
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Elisa Bertorelli
Elisa Bertorelli | Purely PilatesElisa trained as a physical education teacher and has over twenty years teaching experience specialising in swimming and dance. Elisa qualified as a Pilates Instructor under the guidance of Helga Fisher and Stephanie Beeson at the New Pilates School in Brighton in 2004. Since qualifying she has been teaching small group classes and individuals. Elisa went on to train as a Stott Reformer Instructor at the Stott Pilates Centre in Oxford and attends classes herself on a weekly basis.
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Simone Clark
Simone Clark | Purely PilatesSimone graduated from University of Brighton in 2004 with 1st class honours as a Bachelor of Art and Master of Art in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. She discovered her passion for the Pilates method during her career as a movement specialist and qualified as a Pilates Mat Instructor with Conscious Movement Education in 2010. She is currently completing her studio equipment training. Simone has an intuitive approach to teaching and is dedicated to working with the client’s individual needs. A dance element is present in her flowing mat work classes. Simone attends regular workshops and has experience of teaching pre and post natal Pilates.
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Barbara Walman
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorAfter the birth of her third child over twenty years ago, Barbara launched into numerous types of exercise classes, including training as a Zumba instructor. Following a number of injuries, she was recommended to pilates and has been a devotee ever since. Appreciating the benefits of this form of exercise and inspired by Karen at Purely Pilates, Barbara completed her training in essential and intermediate Stott Pilates mat work in 2012. Since qualifying as a pilates instructor, Barbara has introduced pilates classes to the local secondary school where she is a teacher and is passionate about sharing the benefits of this form of exercise with people of all ages, particularly those new to exercise and those with specific injuries.

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Carla Amour
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorCarla first started in the Fitness industry in the 1980’s as a Dance Aerobics and Reebok Step instructor. In 2004 she went on to train as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (Mat & Equipment Repertoire) from Conscious Movement Education (formerly Renee Watson Pilates) in South Africa. She is proud to be on the Conscious Movement Education roster of lecturers for Pilates Instructor Training and practitioner workshops.


She regularly attends workshops and conferences both in the UK and abroad as well as online; some have been with Pilates Elders and Industry Luminaries such as Kathy Grant and Mary Bowen (both now deceased), Lolita San Miguel, Rael Isacowitz (BASI), and Alan Herdman. Carla is passionate about empowering her clients to be their very best through a Pilates practice that incorporates, ‘mind, body & soul’, just as Mr. Joseph Pilates created his system to be.


Victoria Stankunaite
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorVictoria moved to Brighton In 2009 to improve her English, and to study Economics and Finance. She joined a gym in 2010 and discovered a real passion for sports. This led her to undertake a Gym Instructor course at City College in Brighton and then in 2014 to complete her Stott Pilates training in London. She is currently focusing on continuing her education in all aspects of Pilates. Victoria’s main aim is to help her clients achieve their fitness targets, by understanding their particular needs and presenting them with safe, practical and achievable workout routines.


Suzy Titford
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorSuzy originally trained at the Northern Ballet School, graduating with a Diploma in Teaching Dance. After teaching ballet, for many years, in both England and Australia, Suzy moved to Dubai where her love for Pilates and all its benefits began. Upon returning to the UK, she decided to further her career by training to become a certified Stott Pilates instructor. She is pleased to be able to pass on the rewards of this unique method of body conditioning and remedial exercise along with its principles. Suzy has a very intensive hands-on approach to teaching and a desire to make a positive impact on all her clients.

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Jane King
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorJane is a highly qualified massage practitioner and Pilates instructor with over 15 years’ experience. Initially training as a massage practitioner her keen interest in anatomy and a desire to provide a balanced approach to her clients’ wellbeing led her to become a qualified Body Control Pilates instructor. Jane has worked with sports people including the Brighton and Hove Albion team, musicians and office based clients. She is friendly, professional and experienced and regularly updates her knowledge. Jane’s infectious enthusiasm for Pilates means that her classes and sessions are always rewarding.

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Paul McLinden
Andrea Astley: Pilates InstructorWith nearly three decades in the industry, Paul Anthony McLinden has helped to shape mainstream Pilates into one of the world’s fastest growing exercise methods. During his classical ballet training at London’s Central Ballet School, Paul worked as an apprentice to industry legend Alan Herdman, the man credited with first bringing the Pilates method to the UK.


Having travelled the globe perfecting the classical Pilates method, Paul was appointed the first Head of Teacher Training for the Body Control Pilates Association in 1996. Paul is a Senior Course Lecturer for the Body Control Pilates Association and is certified as a Level 3 Pilates Instructor by the Register for Exercise Professionals. He is the Head of Ballet at the Rox School of Dancing in Hove, East Sussex.


Paul’s instructional DVD Pilates for Dancers was released in 2010.



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