MAYFAIR PILATES

THE TEAM

improving quality of movement through Pilates

Elle Rich

Elle graduated from Curtin University, Western Australia, and has worked in a number of private practices and hospitals, both in Australia and London as a Senior Physiotherapist. She has had extensive experience in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions including working closely with a number of professional Football Clubs in Australia.

Elle brings a holistic approach to her clients’ treatment and management by incorporating Physiotherapy, manual techniques, Clinical Pilates and Functional exercise rehabilitation. Using a creative repertoire of exercises based in the gym/Pilates studio, Elle can successfully target all components of her clients’ goals to ensure the appropriateness and specificity of her client’s rehabilitation. She has worked with a huge variety of clients with goals – whether that’s to walk again post operatively or to improve performance in kick boxing, ballet, netball, jujitsu, rugby and more.

Elle is particularly passionate about working closely with motivated clients to help them achieve their goals and sharing their success.

Aurelie Leonard

Aurelie graduated in 2007 as a Bachelor of Masso-Physiotherapy from IFMK in Montpellier. She has gained 8 years of experience as a Physiotherapist in private practice, hospitals and rehabilitation centres treating patients from sports injuries to chronic musculoskeletal disorders in France.

Passionate about human anatomy, the benefits of exercises and holistic therapy, she decided to specialise in Sports Massage Therapy and as a Pilates Instructor to be able to treat the body as a whole. Aurelie designs exercise programs from a Clinical point of view and these are designed individually to help enhance movement awareness and strength. Aurelie is goal driven with her clients and helps optimise your health. She will often combine hands on techniques to help move and mobilise the myofascial tissue.

Natasha Williams-Rapata

Natasha has experienced first hand the benefits Pilates can bring to your life after it was the only form of exercise that aided her recovery from a sports injury. Coming from a performing arts background and completing a BA in Philosophy, the mind body connection fascinates her. This is why she later trained in pilates rehabilitation, myofascial release, flexibility training, postural correction, and general conditioning.

Natasha wants to bring confidence and empowerment to her clients by correcting and dysfunctions and making sure they move efficiently to prevent injuries in their body; all whilst having a bit of fun.

René Morelli

Born in Melbourne, Australia, René began her career in the industry of Health and Well-being as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2013. After 3 years, she furthered her studies at National Pilates Training and began teaching Pilates in various studios around Melbourne before making the move to London.

She is passionate about teaching and takes great pride in guiding her clients as they progress through their practice of Pilates goals. One of her teaching goals is to encourage her clients to start including pilates in their everyday routine, whether that be becoming more aware of your posture at work and doing some exercises to relieve any tension, taking a moment to breathe and center yourself or even starting and finishing your day with movement.

She is constantly amazed by how the body can move and change through the use of the pilates method. René loves that Pilates works the body physically and mentally, and that it allows your to really understand how your own body moves.

Natalie Welch

Natalie began her Pilates journey 12 years ago as a dancer competing internationally in classical ballet. From rehabilitating injuries to maintaining muscular balance, she found Pilates to be immensely beneficial in helping her achieve her dance and fitness goals.

This passion for the Pilates method inspired Natalie to train as an instructor and work with Peak Pilates and Physiotherapy in New Zealand before moving to London in 2018. She loves being able to give back to others the benefits she’s experienced through Pilates herself and sharing her passion with people of all levels and abilities.

Natalie believes Pilates is an amazing way to unlock the movement potential in our bodies and always strives to create a positive, motivating environment in each session.

Gina Haynes

Gina Haynes is a South African trained physiotherapist and APPI reformer pilates instructor. She believes in the power of movement to heal the mind and body. The focus of her sessions is on correct form, reducing movement and exercise related anxiety, building ones confidence in their own body and ability whilst creating a fun yet safe environment. Pilates is a wonderful way to correct movement patterns and ensure people are moving their bodies correctly. She has seen how pilates is a fantastic tool for reducing pain, it can optimise daily function as well as being a vital compliment to any other sporting activity by improving stability and control. She has special interests in hyper mobility and chronic pain.

Paddy Connelly

Born in Cork, Ireland, Paddy Connolly, is a specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has a strong passion for treating sporting conditions. After graduating in physiotherapy, from St. George’s University of London in 2012, he went on to start his career as a physiotherapist at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals. Here, he spent over a year as a specialist in orthopaedics before moving into his current specialism. During this time, he paired his NHS role with practicing physiotherapy at several different sports teams. Having worked for the likes of Crystal Palace FC and Harlequins Rugby League, by 2015, Paddy was Head Physiotherapist at London Skolars, a semi-professional rugby league club.

At the end of 2015, he became Head of Academy and First-Team Physiotherapist at professional rugby league team, London Broncos. Eventually, having gained the necessary skills and experience, he took over as the clubs Head Physiotherapist. Daily, he treated and managed the physical welfare of elite athletes at international level; athletes representing countries such as England, Wales, Scotland, France and Unites States.

With experience ranging from ‘weekend warriors’ to professional players, Paddy understands the need and benefits for each of his clients to receive a tailored treatment. Having a strong passion for treating all sporting conditions, he has adopted a special interest in knee injuries, both sporting and post-operative; particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Paddy continues to take measures to develop himself professionally, and ensure he provides the best care for his clients.