Teachers

Leila Coppock

Leila originally trained as a contemporary dancer at London Contemporary Dance School (“The Place”), graduating with 1st class Honours in 1998, and after completing her MA she worked for several years as a dancer. She also retrained and worked as a massage therapist and personal trainer, as well as managing a Yoga centre in London. But it wasn't until she trained as a Pilates Foundation matwork teacher in 2005 (under the tuition of Susanne Lahusen, Hana Jones, and Sonia Noonan) that she felt she had truly found her calling.

Leila taught Pilates in numerous gyms and health clubs in London before moving to Wiltshire in 2006 and creating Bodywise Pilates. In 2008 she finally found a suitable premises in Salisbury in which to open her own Pilates studio, and in 2009 she enrolled on the Pilates equipment training course at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary, under the tuition of Suzanne Scott and Liz Ellis (the course involved over 1,000 hours of additional training). Leila has been a Teacher-Training Provider since 2014, offering an accredited Pilates Foundation Matwork Course at Bodywise (which runs every year). Since 2016 she now also delivers the Pilates equipment teacher-training course ("Bridging" course) at Bodywise, accredited by the Pilates Foundation. This course (which runs every two years) allows already-qualified teachers to develop their teaching further by using the large apparatus found in our studio upstairs.

Having practised Pilates since 1995, Leila is absolutely passionate about teaching it. She is particularly interested in teaching high-level students and Pilates teachers, as well as teaching those with injuries, disabilities, and people needing post-operative rehabilitation. Leila hopes that Pilates will have a positive impact on the lives of everyone who comes to the studio, by helping them to increase their self-awareness; to develop a healthier, happier body; and to move with strength, poise, and vitality.


Polly Matteson

Polly originally trained as a contemporary dancer at Bath Spa University, graduating with 1st class Honours in 2005, and she was first introduced to Pilates as a dance student. This had such a positive impact on her dance practice and outlook on life that she decided to train as a matwork teacher in 2008 at the Scott Studio in Castle Cary, Somerset, and she joined Bodywise Pilates in 2009. In 2010 she enrolled on the "Bridging" course at the Scott Studio, to further her training on the Pilates apparatus.

Polly was drawn to the Pilates method because of the bias towards the remedial and specialised applications of the technique. She believes that the somatic and holistic approach of mind/body integration associated with Pilates is instrumental in empowering clients to initiate change from within, through increased body awareness. As a dance and Pilates teacher Polly believes it is her responsibility to instill confidence in her clients, and to support their learning experience through clear communication and recognising the particular needs of each individual. In addition to her love of Pilates, Polly is an avid fan of the gym: nutrition, health and fitness are of paramount importance to her as a way to enhance her own quality of life.


Sara Dennis

Sara has been teaching fitness for over 20 years. As well as being a Pilates teacher, she is also a Fitness Instructor, Sports Therapist and Personal trainer. In 2001 Sara gained her first Pilates teaching certificate with the Pilates Institute. She then helped to set up a rehabilitation centre at the Salisbury Chiropractic Clinic, helping people with neck and back issues, and soon realised that there must be much more to Pilates than she had so far learned. So in 2004 she decided to retrain with the Pilates Foundation, gaining her second matwork qualification in 2006. Her passion for helping people to feel better about themselves, both physically and mentally, then led her to enroll on the Studio Pilates (equipment) course at The Scott Studio in 2007. After an amazing 2½ years of vigorous and gruelling study she passed her exams in 2010, and since then she has been teaching on the machines that Joseph Pilates invented, both at Bodywise Pilates and at her own studio in Salisbury. Sara aims to help her clients "open up" their bodies, release tension, and realign postural imbalances. With her contagious sense of humour and easy-going manner, you will find that you leave your session feeling relaxed and with a smile on your face.


Catherine Cornelius-Reid

Catherine has held a lifelong interest in Health and Fitness, and was a County badminton player from the age of 12. This interest led her to train as a badminton coach in her spare time, enabling her to pass on her talent and enthusiasm for the sport to adults and children alike. Having taken a career break from her full time work as a charity Fundraiser to start a family, Catherine was introduced to the benefits of Pilates through the positive experiences of her parents. Following referrals from their Osteopaths, both had gained significant health benefits with Pilates. It was this experience, together with Catherine's desire to find a career which involved helping others improve their health and overall well being, which led to her enrolling on the Pilates Foundation teachers matwork course with Suzanne Scott in Somerset, qualifying in 2010. Catherine joined the Bodywise team in 2010, and she now relishes the opportunity to encourage others to enjoy the many benefits that Pilates has to offer. Catherine enrolled on the 'Bridging' course at Bodywise in 2016, to further develop her teaching using the Pilates apparatus.


Lisa Rich

Having sustained a lower back injury when she was 22, through lifting weights at her local gym, and running as a cross country runner, Lisa was advised to start doing Pilates when she attended a back care class at her local hospital. She started Pilates in 2003 and has been hooked ever since! Lisa is a keen horse rider, owning her own horse as well as riding other people's horses. She has found that Pilates has greatly improved her riding, as well as keeping her back strong and stable. Lisa previously worked as a youth worker and conservationist, and feels that Pilates enabled her to do her job much more effectively.

Having attended classes with Leila at Bodywise Pilates since 2007, Lisa undertook her Matwork teacher-training at The Scott Studio in 2010, and joined Bodywise as a teacher in 2011. In 2013 she enrolled on the Pilates Foundation "Bridging" course with Jessica Moolenaar in London, to become fully qualified to teach on the Pilates apparatus in 2014.


Louise Kenyon

Louise has been involved in sport and fitness throughout her life and has practiced Pilates for over 10 years. She was a competitive swimmer and taught swimming to all ages and abilities. After leaving her career in TV to have her three children, she decided to return to her passion for fitness and sport, teaching swimming and coaching tennis. Having felt the benefits of Pilates in improving performance, preventing injury, and for improved health and well-being, she wanted to help others to experience this and decided to enroll on the Pilates Foundation Matwork Training Course at Bodywise in 2014. Louise is committed to providing challenging and enjoyable Pilates classes for all ages and ability levels, and is fully DBS-checked. Louise joined the Bodywise team in 2015 and loves helping others to enjoy the many benefits that Pilates has to offer. She enrolled on the 'Bridging' course at Bodywise in 2016, to further develop her teaching using the Pilates apparatus and passed all exams in July 2018. Louise is now a fully-comprehensive Pilates Foundation teacher.


Lou Granell

Lou's background is in the Arts and TV production, but sport and exercise have always been an important part of her life. After having her 2 children, health and fitness took more of a backseat until she found Pilates in 2011. Since then Pilates has become an integral part of her life, enabling her to develop greater body awareness, improved physical fitness and enhanced well-being. She wants to share this positive experience with everyone she teaches.

Lou believes there is a profound connection between the mind and the body. She is dedicated to exploring this connection and helping others to do the same, in order to create balance in life, leading to greater health and happiness. Lou has been a qualified Reiki Master Practitioner since 2013. In 2014, Lou enrolled on the Matwork Teacher-Training course with Leila at Bodywise Pilates, and she joined the Bodywise teaching team in 2015. In 2016, she enrolled on the 'Bridging' course at Bodywise, enabling her to deepen her knowledge and teach on the Pilates apparatus.


Dave Hopwood

Dave originally trained as a history teacher before spending 29 years as an educational and training specialist in the Army. After retiring from the Army in 2008 he graduated as a Shiatsu practitioner from the European Shiatsu School. Since then he has opened up his own practice in Salisbury.

Dave felt that the anatomy and physiology elements of his Shiatsu training were insufficient to address the musculoskeletal problems many of his clients were presenting, so he decided to enrol on the Pilates Foundation Matwork Training Course at Bodywise in 2014. His initial intention was to address the gaps in his knowledge of the body's bio-mechanics and functional movement, and to learn exercises to prescribe to clients. He quickly realised that the Pilates Foundation's holistic approach to Pilates, as practice for life movement involving body, mind and spirit, was the same as Shiatsu in terms of empowering clients to initiate change from within through increased body awareness. His classes reflect this holistic approach aiming to develop body and movement awareness in a supportive, challenging and transformative environment. He joined the Bodywise team in 2016.


Kate Mercer

Kate discovered Pilates in 2011 and immediately loved the calming effect it had on her mind. She finds that the practice helps develop both the mental determination and the physical strength and ease to meet life's many and varied challenges. Having worked as a Primary School Teacher for 13 years, Kate decided a change was in order, so in 2015 she embarked on her Pilates Foundation Matwork teacher training at Bodywise under Leila's tuition, continuing on with the studio equipment training in 2016.

Kate is fully DBS-checked and teaches Pilates to children (as well as adults!) Kate firmly believes we should all feel happy in our own skin and positive about the bodies we have. Kate's classes are both fun and functional: she encourages clients to challenge themselves and enjoy the movements, as well as helping them understand more about the mechanics of movement. Kate joined Bodywise as a teacher in 2016.


Malene Wells

Malene moved to London from Denmark in 1996 and discovered Pilates soon after. Having suffered from lower back problems since childhood (most likely brought on by repeatedly over extending the Lumbar spine as a competitive gymnast) she found that Pilates made a big difference to her back. After working several years in the interior design industry she and her family moved to Wiltshire in 2009. It was only when she was asked by a friend to be a Pilates case study candidate that she realised just how much more there was to Pilates. Going from over crowded London classes to this intensive one to one experience was the trigger that led her to wanting to share her passion for Pilates. Malene enrolled on the Pilates Foundation Matwork Training programme under Leila’s tuition at Bodywise in 2015 and has enjoyed working from a local studio since she graduated in 2016.

Malene particularly enjoys seeing her clients grow in confidence, increase their body awareness, improve their suppleness and strength as well as achieving a sense of empowerment of their own body. Malene has a strong belief that emotional stress and trauma can have a detrimental impact on the body and is keen to explore ways of releasing these stresses through conscious movement, improved breathing patterns as well as the ability to allow the body and mind to truly switch off through deep relaxation techniques. She was thrilled to join the Bodywise team in 2018.