Pilates

My name is Debbie West and I teach Pilates and Somatic Exercise Classes at my Barnstaple Pilates Studio at The Tarka Clinic as well as surrounding villages including High Bickington.

DebbieWestPilates provides professional Pilates tuition and client care and was established in 2005.
The Pilates Studio is fully equipped with large Pilates equipment. Many people who have never entered a Pilates Studio before think the large equipment looks like ‘torture equipment’! Believe me, it’s not! The apparatus is used to facilitate functional movement, add some assistance or resistance, or for the advanced exerciser who wants to be challenged further.

Pilates Mat work is valuable also as this means you can continue your Pilates exercises at home. All you need is a folded towel or a Pilates Mat to protect your body. There is also a large supply of small equipment such s gym balls, fit rolls, light arm weights, thera-bands etc which are usually incorporated in your Pilates session whether it is a One to One, Mat class or Studio session.

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I am a fully qualified Pilates teacher of 14 years, trained by the PILATESfoundation by the renowned Pilates expert Suzanne Scott.

I set up The West Studio in 2005 in Barnstaple. During my career I have updated my knowledge by completing a specialised post graduate Pre & Post Natal Course. I have completed a Performance Matrix course and attended many workshops on varied subjects from scoliosis, hip pathologies to sequential spinal movement. I am also a Hanna Somatics Movement teacher.

Pilates has been invaluable to me and has changed me both physically and mentally. I am more body aware, calmer, stronger, more confident and more in tune with my body, and am still learning new things about myself.
I enjoy applying the Pilates principles to other exercise classes that I attend, when running, when sat at my desk or in the swimming pool.
My teaching style has changed and developed over time, by trusting my intuition and years of experience I am able to give my clients the class they need.
I enjoy learning about movement and seeing the changes in my clients both physically and mentality.

Continual Professional Development
I regularly enhance my professional development by attending regular workshops and courses. This enables me to have up-to-date information on many aspects of Pilates and related exercise topics.

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