Nickola is a comprehensively trained Polestar Pilates Instructor who has been teaching Pilates since 2004.
She loves the creativity involved in teaching Pilates, how exercises can be adapted and combined to produce beautifully flowing, functional movement. She also enjoys the challenge involved in transforming someone with little body awareness into someone strong and graceful.
Nickola believes it is important as an instructor to keep up-to-date with new understanding and teaching in the fitness industry.
Here are some testimonials from former clients.
Nickola teaches you in such a way that Pilates isn’t just for that individual class but is about incorporating it into your day to day life. It will change the way you know your body and you will understand how to listen to it. She is amazing explaining every movement which helps you to visualize it and do it correctly. Her love for Pilates goes beyond exercise, she teaches you how to love your body, however it is and be grateful for it!
Nickola’s style of teaching is unique in every way! Her communication of information is never boring or overwhelming but always illuminating and insightful. She has a knack of knowing exactly what a body needs at any particular moment and is always staying on top of current research to make sure that what she’s teaching is fresh, safe and highly effective…all this and she is committed to sharing Joseph Pilates’ original vision of whole body health! I’m sorry that she is no longer close enough to take advantage of her teaching on a weekly basis but will definitely be travelling to her for a dose of movement medicine very soon.
I am 70+. I knew Nickola was good as I saw my daughter transformed after major surgery. She is gentle, a good listener and astute at diagnosing body and mind issues. She is very knowledgeable but able to describe exercises in visual, everyday language. She majors on what you can do and builds on that and she very quickly gained my trust that she would not push me out of my comfort zone. She actually transformed my life. I feel 10 years younger. I have been on holiday, been swimming and back to gardening and am pain free. Friends and family have commented how much better I look. She is hugely missed as she has a very special gift. I highly recommend Nickola, whatever your age or problem. Devon’s gain is Bristol’s loss.”
Pilates with Nickola is not just about doing the movements. She has a holistic approach that helps you incorporate Pilates into your everyday life. Her sessions are also simply good fun.
Nickola is an excellent Pilates teacher! I have attended multiple Mat and Equipment classes by her and couldn’t ask for a better experience. She’s totally engaged in her subject matter and her enthusiasm and expertise in all aspects of Pilates, movement and physiology is evident in every class. From bringing a skeleton to the lesson, trying mat exercises from Joseph Pilates’ original instructions (with pictures!), to her memorable visualisation cues, her innovative methods mean the classes are always compelling. I’ve learnt so much about how the body works and have gained strength, improved posture and better movement thanks to Nickola.
I am not quite sure where to start as I found the whole experience so positive! Nickola was wise, patient, funny, knowledgeable, interested and clearly still passionate about pilates. I feel taller, leaner, stronger and so much more confident. The 1:1’s have totally re-energised me and made me love pilates even more. I CANNOT wait to attend class tomorrow. I strongly urge everyone to spend some time on a 1:1.
Nickola is exacting, meticulous but above all, encouraging. Every client is an individual to her, and her sessions are always carefully prepared and her knowledge and experience shines through.
Nickola taught me how to move! I first went to see Nickola when I was in pain with back issues. I have a desk job and my chiropractor told me I had to work on my core. I learnt how to look at my body as a whole, not just focus on one area. Her holistic approach to teaching is invaluable. She taught me that pilates is not just what you learn in class but also how you apply it to daily life. I am now much stronger, more aware of my body and how I move, dealing with any aches and niggles with what I’ve learnt.
I’ve been practising Pilates for about a year now and Nickola was the first teacher I met. How lucky I am that that was the case. She is the most knowledgeable teacher I know and absolutely inspiring with her passion for Pilates. Nickola gave me the confidence to keep going. Pilates is an essential part of my life now and I have Nickola to thank for that.
As a marathon swimmer with bendy shoulders (hyper mobile!) spending long stretches at a time writing my PhD, I first met Nickola with a lot of aches and pains and, specifically, problems with my neck and jaw. Nickola didn’t just teach me pilates moves – I wasn’t a beginner, having had some one to ones over the years – but more fundamentally how to think consciously about my movements. The instruction I received from her gave me deep insights into physiology and fascia release that I have been able to incorporate into self directed practice. The other name Joseph Pilates used for his system was Controlology, and the knowledge I have developed under her instruction has given me an understanding of how the body, under correct practice, can feel not wild and full of random pains but instead balanced and correctly tensioned.
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