Pilates in Greenwich & Blackheath with professional, fully-qualified staff
Pilates and Rehab are based in Greenwich, offering studio-based Pilates classes and Greenwich & Blackheath Pilates home visits. Below you’ll learn more about who we are and our staff.
Our goal is to improve bodies through the Pilates method. Whether you are suffering from an acute or chronic injury, want to improve your performance in your sport, or want to get generally fitter, we’ll help you achieve your goals. In order for someone to work safely and effectively, our method breaks down exercises and builds skills from the basics, upon which to progress towards the classical advanced work. Our teachers are indeed appreciated for their attention to detail, individual corrections and effectiveness of their programmes.
All of our teachers and therapists are fully qualified from recognised organisations, fully insured and with years of experience in their field.
Meet our team!
Mara Domenici – Pilates teacher and studio owner
Mara comes from a dance background and in 2010 she graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a 1st class BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. She started practising Pilates during her dance training and realised how beneficial the Pilates method could be for everyone, no matter their level of fitness. Hence she decided to further her studies, attending Pilates teacher training courses with the Body Control Pilates Association. She is now a fully qualified and insured Pilates teacher with further training in ante-postnatal, older person and osteoporosis programmes. Over the past few years Mara has decided to focus mostly on private sessions and small groups, as she believes that in order to maintain a high standard of deliverance, it is important to tailor the programmes to the needs of each individual and give specific corrections and feedback.
Michael Georgiou – Sports therapist, Pilates teacher and studio owner
Mike graduated from Brunel University with a BSc in Sports Sciences and followed it up by gaining a Sports Massage qualification with YMCAfit. He now holds an MSc in Sports Therapy from London Metropolitan University and is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists. Mike has also trained in Pilates with APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and has been teaching privates and small groups across London for the past few years. Within a clinical setting Mike has worked with patients of all ages and functional ability, and has had experience in dealing with a variety of conditions from simple strains and sprains to complicated post-surgical cases. He has also worked within various sporting settings such as football academies (Elite Football Academy, Barnet F.C). Mike’s main focus during treatment and rehabilitation is movement. He believes that correct movement can help the body to heal faster and better and to overcome any imbalances which may be the cause or result of the injury.
Jennifer Ainger – Pilates teacher
Jen was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and studied ballet for 12 years before moving to the UK in 1993. She gained an MA from Oxford Brookes University and worked as a website designer for a number of years. Jen discovered Pilates in 1999 after being forced to give up her job due to the development of Repetitive Strain Injury. She was looking for something that would enable her to work again without pain, and after trying numerous traditional and alternative therapies, she discovered that Pilates was just what she was looking for. Jen was so impressed with the method that she enrolled on the Body Control Pilates teacher trainer course and, after qualifying, has been teaching classes and 1:1 sessions in and around London. After 2 years leasing church halls, she opened up the Little Pilates Studio in Greenwich in January 2007. As well as teaching, Jen keeps in touch with recent developments by attending classes, studio sessions and professional workshops. She has recently furthered her training in Pilates for Scoliosis and is now specialising in this area.
Sakis Albanis – Pilates teacher
Sakis is a certified Pilates Instructor by Body Arts and Science International and has been teaching mat and equipment classes for more than 5 years. Sakis is also a certified Aerial Yoga and TRX instructor. He is continuously attending seminars and training programs. For him exploring the alternative forms of physical training is a way of life. With dedication and enthusiasm he brings a pleasant, safe and efficient environment to his students. This is mainly achieved by promoting the mind-body connection of the Pilates Method and by creating programmes that allow people to reach their potential and bring balance to all aspects of their lives.
Melanie Christou – Pilates teacher
Melanie is a matwork and reformer Body Control Pilates teacher, with further qualifications in pre-postnatal exercise, low back pain and exercise referral. Her aim is to help people reconnect with their bodies and to create a healthier, more aligned moving body. With a background in movement education and with an interest in biomechanics, Melanie enjoys teaching people from all backgrounds and levels of experience. She is continuously investing in her own practice as a teacher and has a particular interest in working with people with low back pain.
Luisa D’Ambrosio – Pilates teacher
Luisa has been teaching Pilates since 2002 when she qualified with Pilates Foundation. Prior to that she trained in theatre design, physical theatre and dance in Rome and in London, at the Laban Centre. In her teaching she uses a holistic approach, as she believes each person needs individual and specific attention on their path to well-being. Her Pilates classes are informed by a range of somatic techniques, which she studied during her career as a professional dancer and also from her time as a movement and body conditioning lecturer. Over the years she has taught many antenatal classes, as well as Pilates for dancers and remedial Pilates. She currently teaches in various colleges in London and works as a freelance performer.
Chiara Favaretti – Pilates teacher
Alongside her professional dance training at Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, Chiara discovered Pilates eight years ago. Initially approached as rehabilitation and injury-prevention, it soon enabled her to find deeper connection, strength and flexibility, within her own body. Wishing to assist and enable others to cultivate their own body awareness, she qualified as Body Control Pilates® Teacher in 2014. Chiara currently holds a Master Matwork Certification, teaching Pilates to all levels — from beginners to advanced, including Pregnancy and Postnatal — both in UK and abroad.
Vicky Ford – Pilates teacher
Vicky trained as a dancer and dance teacher at The Stella Mann Dance College, graduating in 2004. It was in her final year of college that she discovered Pilates and knew she had found a wonderful way of exercising along with her dance classes. After a number of years dancing abroad and teaching, she went back to a weekly Pilates class and knew this was a path she wanted to explore as a teacher. Vicky finished her basic mat work course with Body Control Pilates in the winter of 2010 and has been teaching classes and 1:1s since. Along with teaching Pilates and dance, she also teaches Zumba and Barre-fit. She is very passionate about all the classes she teaches and loves seeing the benefits her clients get out of them.
Eleni Molida-McEwan – Pilates teacher
Eleni is a matwork and ante/postnatal Body Control Pilates teacher. She decided to train as an instructor and teach Pilates alongside her City job, as it has become one of her passions. Eleni suffers from a condition that affects her knees and, being quite tall, she has had issues with posture and back pain for years. Once she started practising Pilates regularly she found that it simply changed her life and she hasn’t looked back. She now wants to help others achieve a better quality of life through exercise and she firmly believes that everyone can benefit from Pilates, irrespectively of their lifestyle and fitness levels.
Dayra Penagos – Pilates teacher
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dayra is a Level 3 Pilates instructor certified with Future Fit. She started doing reformer Pilates in 2012 and it rapidly became her new passion, as she fully subscribes to a healthy lifestyle. She is also certified on Pilates with small equipment, Pilates with orthopaedic conditions and pre-post natal. Her classes are aimed to provide a whole body workout, helping clients to find their own strength and overcome their limitations through practice and body awareness, focusing on specific areas if needed.
Sophie Rimmer – Pilates teacher
Sophie first discovered Pilates whilst completing a degree in Contemporary Dance at the internationally renowned London Contemporary Dance School. It was here that she learnt and fell in love with the benefits of Pilates. She trained as a Pilates instructor in 2007 after a number of years teaching a range of high impact aerobics classes which were beginning to take their toll on her back and hips. The more she studied Pilates, the more she appreciated its benefits not only in the professional dance world, but also in general body structure, poise, fitness, core stability, general well-being and health in everyday life. Sophie specialises in pregnancy and postnatal Pilates and exercise. With first-hand experience as both client and teacher, she can vouch that practising Pilates during pregnancy and following the birth of your baby is a safe and gentle way to keep your body and bump moving. It really helped to relieve the aches and pains of her ever changing body and getting her body back to shape.
Ami Tollin – Pilates teacher
Ami is a STOTT Pilates certified instructor, with over 10 years experience teaching in the dance and fitness industry. Introduced to Pilates whilst at Ballet school, Ami continued to use this knowledge throughout her career as a professional dancer and aerialist, believing it to be the foundation of a strong, healthy, happy body. Ami is also a qualified Barre and Ballet teacher and draws on her knowledge from a variety of disciplines to create a class that is fun but challenging. Whether you are still mastering a strong foundation or you’re ready to up the challenge you will be guided through a series that works for you.
Riccardo Vitello – Pilates teacher
Riccardo is an international contemporary dancer and originally came to London in 2004 to study at the London School of Contemporary Dance. He trained in STOTT Pilates mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels, and teaches all over London. He likes to tailor classes to suit his clients needs, bringing humour to each class so that you can have fun whilst working hard! He can also teach his classes in Italian and French.