'Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.'

- Joseph Pilates

Hi, I'm Holly Spence and here's a little bit about my Pilates journey, so far. Originally from Canada, I moved to London in 2007 but my love affair with Pilates began in 1998. I had been practising ballet for 15 years and was looking for a form of exercise to complement my dance training. I found Pilates and was immediately impressed with the changes I saw to my body and mind - I felt stronger, leaner, more flexible and my overall well-being was greatly improved. I decided to take the plunge and turn my passion for Pilates into a career in 2010 and trained with the prestigious Body Control Pilates in Central London. 

'Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.'

- Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a body-conditioning method that targets the deep postural muscles; it works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. Regular practise will improve your posture, increase your strength and flexibility, as well as help reduce stress and tension. Pilates can be tailored to suit all levels and bodies and is an excellent way to complement sports training, promote recovery from an injury and develop functional fitness for your daily life. Each and every exercise is built around eight basic principles:

Relaxation | Concentration | Co-ordination | Centring | Alignment | Breathing | Stamina | Flowing Movements


'The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.'

- Joseph Pilates

I am passionate about promoting health, vitality and wellness and I love exploring the connection of the mind and the body through movement. I offer a lighthearted and easygoing approach to my sessions and encourage you to move in a way that makes you feel good, practising mindful movement and finding your 'flow'. Exploring the connection between the mind and the body and the deep focus and relaxation that moving mindfully can bring, balancing strength and flexibility to achieve the ultimate in physical and mental harmony. Pilates is for everyone, regardless of fitness level, body type, age or ability. I completed my training in the contemporary style of Body Control Pilates, but I have a keen interest in the Classical Pilates Method and my teaching style has been influenced by both approaches.

'When all your muscles are properly developed you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.'

- Joseph Pilates

Having completed my initial training with Body Control Pilates in 2010, I am continually furthering my training and exploring the Classical Pilates Method, contemporary functional movement, anatomy, mindfulness/meditation and healthy living. My qualifications include:

Level 3 Matwork Teacher - Body Control Pilates | Pre/Postnatal Pilates Certification - Stott Pilates | Reformer Certification - Body Control Pilates | Cadillac Certification - Body Control Pilates | Chair Certification- Body Control Pilates | Ladder Barrel Certification - Body Control Pilates | The Complete Classical Mat - Cobham Pilates | The Complete Classical Reformer - Lisa B Academy | FAMI (Functional Anatomy in Movement and Injury) - Kinected Pilates New York | Restoring the Core (Improving Pelvic Floor Function and Healing Diastasis Recti ) MBodies Training Academy Oxford | Anatomy Trains in Motion - Art of Motion Academy (Contemporary Movement Education ) Switzerland | Slings Myofascial Training (Slings in Motion I & II) - Art of Motion Academy (Contemporary Movement Education) Switzerland | 200hr Meditation Teacher Training - Charlie Knowles at Mind Body Green |