Shelagh originally trained and worked as a theatre designer in London's West End, enjoying a successful career spanning over 20 years.
In her mid forties, she retrained to become a Potter, a craft she had always held a passion for, specialising in the technique of throwing, setting up a studio in Camberwell, South London.
However, throwing is a physically demanding skill and Shelagh began to experience lower back pain. Looking to strengthen her back and develop better posture, she discovered Pilates and started attending regular classes. She soon learnt the benefits of the Pilates method; of how to move well in a more balanced way and regain good movement patterns. Other bonuses were the increase in muscle tone and greater flexibility.
Inspired by the new found knowledge that age doesn't have to mean an increasing lack of mobility and pain, she decided to train and teach Pilates, sharing this understanding with others.
Shelagh regularly attends workshops around the UK in order to continually develop her practice, stay informed and inspired. She is passionate in her teaching and believes that her life experience gives her an empathy with others who do not necessarily have an athletic or dance background.
with Hana Jones, Susanne Lahusen and Sonia Noonan