I started teaching Pilates in 2005 and after many years double jobbing in both the Pilates and IT worlds, I founded Live & Breathe Pilates in 2008. I finally took the plunge into full time teaching in 2012 when I opened the Live & Breathe Pilates studio on Camden Row where I continue to pass on my passion about Pilates to my clients as well as other teachers.
I’ve a special interest in working with clients recovering from injury or suffering from chronic conditions and I use Pilates and movement as a tool to rebuild confidence and strength with my clients, to enable them to continue to do the things they want to do.
I am also a mentor for Pilates teachers in training and provide ongoing movement classes and workshops for teachers. As a mentor, imparting evidence based knowledge to the next generation of teachers has many rewards as I see our Pilates community in Ireland grow.Read more.
I have presented at international conference as well as teaching regular workshops and courses for teachers from around the world.
Integrity is central to everything I do and I’m an excellent communicator as well as an empathetic listener.
I love to learn and can consistently be found nerding out on anatomy, fascia and movement and talking the ear off anyone who’ll listen about the never ending connections between mind and body.
Certifications include :-
- STOTT Pilates Level 2 Full Certification
- BASI Pilates Comprehensive Certification
- Prenatal & Postnatal Pilates Exercise Specialist
- Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist
- Breast Cancer Rehab Exercise Specialist
- Hypermobility Exercise Specialist
- Women’s Health Exercise Specialist
- Pilates for Scoliosis
- BASI Pilates – Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies
- STOTT Pilates – Pilates for Injuries & Special Populations
- Anatomy Trains in Motion
- PowerFingers Master Instructor
- NLP Practitioner
- Pilates & Exercise for MS and Neurological Conditions Specialist
- Cadaver Anatomy Workshops, Keele University & Cambridge University
- Explain Pain – NOI Group
- Slings Myofascial Training
I also continue to study with Karin Gurtner, Madeline Black, Wendy LeBlanc Arbuckle and Rael Isacowitz.
You can learn more about what makes Steph tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Steph.
Katrin first came to Pilates in 2004 through her extensive dance and dance education training in Germany and Ireland, and started teaching after her initial training with Susan Church in 2012.
Since then, she has expanded her practice from dance and Pilates to Somatic Education, certifying as a Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach in 2014 and as a Clinical Somatic Educator in 2017. Her focus lies on natural, well-controlled movement without pain and her Mat classes often feature some Somatic Movement refining a deep body awareness and releasing habitual tensions to be able to move freely.
Katrin teaches Pilates, Barre and Somatics both in groups and in private sessions.Read more.Katrin is faculty member (Senior Mentor) of Essential Somatics, teaching on the international ES Movement Teacher
training, and is registered as a professional member of the International Somatic Movement and Therapy Association ISMETA. She also has started her training with Patrick McKeown in late 2020 to become a certified Buteyko Method practitioner and dive deeper into techniques for better breathing. Her classes at Live & Breathe often feature a short somatic warm up und playful challenges for balance and efficient coordination. Katrin is a native German speaker.
You can learn more about what makes Katrin tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Katrin.
Louise’s love affair with Pilates started over 10 years ago when she first started practicing while living in South America.
Louise qualified as a Pilates Mat Instructor in 2014 with an Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork from the National Training Centre. This was just the start of a lifelong journey in learning in movement, and she has since completed a Comprehensive Teacher Training programme with BASI Pilates, covering the full line of Pilates apparatus – Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels.Read more.Louise prides herself in making Pilates accessible to everyone, regardless of age or previous experience with exercise and loves to see people becoming increasingly aware of how they can move their bodies in the most efficient manner. She encourages her students to take control of their own practice using descriptive cues to ensure that every student is comfortable that they are performing the movements correctly. Flow is important but in Louise’s classes, it’s always quality over quantity. Don’t let this fool you into thinking it will be an easy class however – quality is not easy to achieve and even the more experienced practitioners will leave with the feeling of having worked hard.And of course, because this is her students ‘time out’, and she understands first-hand the importance of time away from the pressures of work and family life, there are often some giggles along the way!
You can learn more about what makes Louise tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Louise.
Laurie became aware of the benefits of Pilates through her dance training. She received a Diploma in Professional Dance Training from the college of Dance, Dublin, then going on to continue her studies BA (hon) Dance at the university of Northumbria, in the UK. After graduating Laurie returned to Dublin and continued to train. She is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor, Xtend Barre instructor, and is a certified Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Instructor.Read more.Laurie has worked with a wide variety of clients, of all ages, those in need of injury rehabilitation to high performance athletes. Laurie is most known for her friendly approach with clients, welcoming them into an environment where they feel comfortable and at ease. “As with any technique it’s not the tools you are given but how you use them. Every single person that steps in to my class is a true original and it gives me great delight to see this in how they move. My job as their instructor is to allow them to find the best and most functional way in which to move not just in class but in their everyday life”.A professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer for over 12 years Laurie has performed with expanDance, Coisceim, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Opera Ireland and Citog amongst others. Laurie is also a mom to three wonderful children so she can also add doctor, chef, counsellor, tutor, taxi driver and cleaner to the lists of things she has to be on any given day!
You can learn more about what makes Laurie tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Laurie.
Thérese began her Pilates journey about 25 years ago as a natural progression from her work as a body therapist and fitness instructor. She was immediately drawn to it, feeling first-hand, how it brought more awareness to her body and her alignment. She noticed she also gained greater flexibility and strength. She loved how it complemented not only her fitness training but her entire life and knew it was a necessity for her well-being.Read more.She first qualified with the NTC (2012) in mat Pilates and has since retrained with BASI completing the full apparatus training on all equipment on their Comprehensive Teacher Training program. In her career she has worked with a wide variety of clients from very young to old with various health issues. She has trained high performance athletes, pre and post rehabilitation clients and lots of new mums.Seeing anatomically how we can all look the same but yet are so different has brought exciting learning challenges and an even greater passion of how Pilates benefits each of us. She loves to learn and anticipates she will be the eternal student.
‘Pilates is a personal journey to each person that I work with and my job as an instructor is to tailor and address each individual need of my clients’
Outside of Pilates Therese is also a Yin Yoga Instructor. She also has an ITEC and BTEC Diploma in Nutrition with the Irish Institute of Nutrition of Health, ITEC in Anatomy and Physiology and is a certified NCEF Fitness Instructor.
Margo began her training as a Pilates teacher in 2012 soon after she realised that Pilates could help her heal chronic injuries and strengthen in ways she had never been able to before. As a teacher Margo works with her clients to bring focus to the body’s movements and reflexes so that it functions better.
She utilises Pilates to help people make lasting changes that will increase their flexibility, balance and agility and help to prevent injury. She holds certifications from Balanced Body and from Corrective Integrative Neuro-Kinetics.Read more.Margo is a lifelong athlete having spent most of her time while growing up outside Washington, D.C. playing basketball, tennis and golf she now enjoys playing Gaelic Football as well.
Margo teaches both group and private sessions across all equipment.
You can learn more about what makes Margo tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Margo.
Cáit first discovered Pilates in 2007 and since then has loved how it continues to help improve her well being.
A long term client of Live & Breathe Pilates, Cáit is a BASI Pilates certified teacher and continues her movement education with other educators such as Anatomy Trains and art of motion.
Cáit believes that Pilates is for everyone and that it is never too late to make it part of life.Read more.Having spent many years at a desk bound job herself, she has found that Pilates can bring mindful, functional and conscious movement to anyone’s life, helping them improve vitality and move with ease.
Cáit teaches both group and private sessions in the studio and continues to study with BASI Pilates.
You can learn more about what makes Cáit tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Cáit.
From a young age Liz has been fascinated with movement and how the body works. In 2015 she left Ireland to study physiotherapy in England. Unfortunately, life threw a hurdle her way and she fell extremely ill with meningitis. In hospital for almost a month and bed bound for a long time afterwards, Physiotherapy had to take a back step. Months later, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is an autoimmune disease defined by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain.Read more.Almost immediately after being diagnosed, she decided that this illness would not define her as a person. Still really weak and in a lot of pain, she turned to Pilates, yoga and an extremely healthy diet. This was a life changing decision. Slowly, she returned to being able to get through a full day without having to have three naps and being totally wiped out from pain and fatigue.
The following year, Liz wanted to return to ’normal’ life and went on to complete a Level 4 Health and Fitness course in University College Dublin as well as a Pilates Matwork qualification. Through this her journey to becoming a devoted Pilates teacher began. She has since spent the previous few years teaching Reformer Pilates and completed the Polestar Gateway Course. Liz is also continuing her studies and is currently undertaking the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Program in the studio.
Everyday, Liz is faced with the challenge of looking healthy and happy from the outside but on the inside it can be a very different story. Through this, Liz can relate to others going through a similar experience and has learned how important health is. She strives to help people improve their quality of life through Pilates and movement. Today she is living in a dream by earning a living for something that she is so passionate about.
You can learn more about what makes Liz tick in our Getting to Know Your Instructor Series: Liz.
Kim McCusker Bartlett
Kim loves to explore every inch of how gravity affects our movement. As a dancer, Pilates was essential for her conditioning and injury prevention but as a mama of two, Pilates now plays a totally different role in her life: picking up, playing, crawling, reaching and sprinting. Now residing in Ireland, this born and bred South African focuses on using Pilates as a tool of everyday support and connecting back to a baseline.
Kim teaches group classes as well as one to one Pilates, both online and in person.Read more.Kim is a qualified Pilates instructor (Pilates Unlimited Comprehensive 2011, BASI Global Comprehensive 2018) and Personal Trainer (Reebok Education 2010).
Having always had an interest in health and fitness Rachel’s love of Pilates goes back many years, having discovered it whilst pregnant with her first child. Rachel loved the way Pilates felt in her body and how it helped to correct the misalignment in her spine as a result of carrying around a heavy baby bump.
After spending almost 20 years in banking in both the UK and Ireland Rachel decided to leave the corporate world in early 2020 to follow her passion for Pilates full time.Read more.Rachel is a qualified BASI Pilates Mat teacher and is currently studying for her BASI Comprehensive Program. Through BASI Pilates Rachel has also completed further education including
Pilates for Osteoporosis,
Pilates for the Mature Client
Pilates for Children
Pilates for scoliosis
Pilates for Injuries & Pathologies
Pink Ribbon Program for breast cancer recovery
Rachel prides herself on making her classes fun as well as educational and is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has learned to enable clients to have improved body awareness allowing them to integrate Pilates principles into their everyday lives.
Rachel currently teaches group and one to one classes and intends to further her study of Pilates for many years to come. Originally from Wales, Rachel now lives in Dublin with her husband two children and their dog. Having started her Pilates training at Live & Breathe, Rachel is delighted and honoured to be back in the studio, this time as a teacher.
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