About Hilary

It’s hard to get across my personality on a web page, but I hope that in reading a bit more on this page ‘about Hilary’, you will be encouraged to get in touch and  join one of my Pilates or Dru Yoga classes.

What motivates me?

My main motivation is for clients to leave their session feeling better than when they arrived – whether physically, mentally, or emotionally (if it’s all 3 then even better!). When I am teaching, it is definitely not about Hilary, it is all about you!

My Qualifications

I think teacher qualifications are really important so let me tell you a bit my training…

I obtained my Body Control Pilates basic mat qualifications in 2000 and then progressed to qualifications in the Pilates Reformer and Stability Chair. During this time I trained with Helge Fisher (one of the original co-founders of Body Control Pilates) and Michelle Cohen from the New York Kelly Kane Studio.

Once qualified, I ran my own studio in Portsmouth, before moving to Innsbruck where I lived and taught Pilates for another 2 years. It was a wonderful experience!

What I do Now

Moving back to the UK in 2007, I resumed teaching on the Pilates equipment at my studio in Portsmouth and  gradually built up my client base on the Island teaching regular Pilates mat classes. When I moved over to the Island permanently in 2011, I focused purely on Pilates mat classes, however I missed teaching on the Pilates equipment, so took the plunge and invested in a new reformer and chair. Whilst they can look a little scary to start with, they are fabulous to work on and give my clients a more effective workout. So, once again I am happily teaching both 1-2-1’s and shared sessions on the equipment, at the Anahata studio in Shanklin.

Methods of teaching are changing all the time and I make sure to get my annual CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points which ensures I remain a member of the Body Control Pilates Association, but more importantly enables me to to give the best possible care to my clients. These courses help me to adapt a clients regime to work with any issues they may have, from pregnancy through to bone health.

Taking part in Pilates or Dru Yoga is certainly not age restricted. I teach across all age groups. Being in my 60’s myself doesn’t mean that I am past doing the more advanced exercises – as some of my younger clients will tell you! – but I will always take into account your personal health and limitations as you progress.

I fully intend to keep teaching for the foreseeable future and hope that I am an inspiration to every-one. It’s so important to keep moving, nurture yourself with exercise, eat healthily and bring a little calmness and peace into your life.

Talking of calmness and peace, in 2009 I discovered Dru Yoga and began  a 2 year teaching diploma in 2012. Upon qualifying in 2014, I started teaching classes in Whippingham. Dru Yoga is so different to Pilates, but a wonderful way to stay flexible and it really helps to find that inner stillness which is often so evasive in our busy lives!

All in all, I love my job and find it so satisfying to see clients go away from their sessions de-stressed and able to move more freely.

I do hope you will join me in your journey to a better way of life. If you would like to find out where and when I hold my classes please take a look at my Classes page. 

About Hilary Symmans Pilates and Dru Yoga teacher Isle of Wight