Hidden away in Clapham, close to Clapham Common Tube station in a mews is Pepilates. On the second floor of this building is a bright & beautiful fully equipped Pilates studio.
I am here to take part in a workshop presented by Rachel Taylor Segal, The Advanced Pilates Work, whose work I have admired since coming across her on Pilates Anytime. Rachel served her apprenticeship with Romana Kryzanowska in the original Pilates studio, New York. With the help of Romana and her sister Amy Taylor Alpers, she then founded the Pilates Center Teacher Training Program which was the first of its kind in the industry.
I attend on the day of the advanced reformer/chair/mat level 4/5. Later I will be interviewing Rachel so I introduce myself to her, she is very welcoming and friendly.
I have been to many workshops over the years and on occasion I find that there’s a fair amount of filling in time. No so here, the workshop itself it quite intense, no chit chat, just straight on with it. Rachel is clearly passionate and incredibly knowledgeable and she has a way of truly engaging you and you find yourself totally absorbed. Other than lunch, there are only short toilet breaks as there was an awful lot of work to go through and no detail was spared or overlooked and the devil really is in the detail and she has some fabulous cues that just hit the button. She also talks to us about the art of teaching and how to look after ourselves as well as our clients.
The workshop itself was very intense for the teachers demonstrating, believe when I say there was nothing weak about the work; You may think you’ve worked to an advanced level before it was incredibly tough stuff and when you see bodies work like this that you truly appreciate the Pilates method and how it develops uniformly balanced bodies.
At the end of the day Rachel arranged for us the see the recently completed film “ A Movement of Movement’. The perfect end to the day. If you want to view the trailer, see below.
Thank you to Lorna, Charlie and Lucinda and all those at Pepilates, for providing some lovely snacks for us to nibble on throughout the day and evening and also for the sparkly drinks to sip whilst watching the film.
Any regrets? Yes, that I didn’t attend the entire week!