THE iPILATES TEAM
Helen Wragg - iPilates Owner & Polestar Pilates Practitioner in Rehabilitation
I am passionate about many things but mostly empowering clients to move well. I aim to have clients understand their own movement patterns and habits, so they can find better ones that will enable them to live life at full throttle, whether that be biking, running a marathon or gardening and walking the dog. I
Having worked professionally for 12 years as a dancer, I then naturally fell in to a choreographer role, followed by a period of teaching every fitness class ever heard of. I finally came to teach Pilates and knew I was on to something. I first under- went training in London With The Michael King institute, which fourteen years ago was the training body to be with and is still running today.
I then discovered Polestar Pilates and have never looked back. Their standards are really high, their educators knowledgeable and from this my anatomical understanding of movement has grown and grown. I have trained with them in Mat work, Reformer and am fully certified in Rehabilitation and full comprehensive. I am definitely a Pilates Geek and will always be a life-time learner.
Christie Hepke Mat work ;Reformer; Full Comprehensive teacher
Coming from a Background in Dance Christie has always been passionate about movement and moving well.
Pilates came into Christie’s life when she had to rehabilitate from a dance injury and it was ‘Love at First Sight’!
Diving into the Pilates industry was a natural progression and she Qua
lified as a comprehensive Pilates instructor in 2006, Christie has never looked back, fourteen years later!
In South Africa where Christie and her family are originally from, she owned her own Pilates studio for the last 10 years where she taught people from all backgrounds with various needs in one-on- one, two-on-one and group class settings.
Christie has received additional training in: Pilates for pregnancy and beyond, Pilates for dancers, Pilates for the elderly and Pilates for chronic illness.
Being creative and having fun while building Strong Happy bodies is what Christie’s classes are all about!
Let’s have some Fun!
Ria Slade - Polestar Pilates Practitioner in Rehabilitation
Originally from Leeds, Ria studied public relations with French at university before jetting off to the South of France to work as a stewardess on a super yacht. After three very happy years at sea, she decided to swap boat life and move back to the UK in 2011 to explore a career in Pilates.
Ria is an absolute believer of the life changing mind-body benefits of Pilates and has practiced herself for over ten years. Her mat and reformer classes are very much focused on helping to restore natural fluid movement and encouraging a sense of balance and wellbeing into our fast-paced, modern lifestyles.
She believes that everyone should feel great in their own bodies no matter what their age or fitness level and her aim as a teacher is to encourage more awareness of how we move and to ultimately create a freedom of movement that is not only effortless but also intuitive, making for a happier body inside and out.
A real foodie, out of her Pilates life, Ria enjoys cooking and loves staying active with outdoor pursuits such as snowboarding, surfing, paddle boarding, along with exploring other movement practices, such as contemporary dance, the Ido Portal technique and Feldenkrais.
Ria truly loves being involved in the Halifax and Leeds communities, working with people from all walks of life and has also been privileged to work with one of the leading training providers of Pilates, Polestar UK, as a mentor for other teachers.
Julie Latham- polestar pilates practitioner in Rehabilitation
Julie has a real passion for moving and Pilates, she has been teaching for several years and has continued developing her skills over the years . Julie runs workshops on pIlates and Osteoporosis and has had great success in supporting clients in managing their condition through good movement .
Julie loves walking and regularly takes class so she's practicing what she teaches. Julie is available for 1-1 on a Monday .