Thats me to the left with my teaching concentration face on!
I absolutely love the challenge each client presents me even after 14 years of teaching Pilates and Movement. Each body is different therefore I adapt and create individual approaches for everyone. This ability has come from years of teaching, self development and I am constantly challenging myself to understand different approaches and techniques, making my work also about functional and mindful movement.
Sessions with me are always a challenge and knowledgable, focusing on your goals and achieving them.
I work with various clients covering all different requirements from teenagers to the more mature client, men and women, however I do have a passion for women’s health especially pregnancy, post natal and menopausal symptoms, you will find me presenting on these particular topics and training other teachers.
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"I loved my one to one session with Tori. I learnt a lot about my posture, mainly what I can do to improve it. I also felt and saw real results after my first session. A great new way to exercise and achieve my dream body."
Ive been going to ABL studios for about 3 months now - I started with having a couple of private lesson as i haven't had any form of exercise since i had a operation for a diastasis recti, i instantly felt i was in good hands with Tori she has a wealth of information about my condition and instantly made me feel at ease. I then went onto group classes which are kept small so the attention was no less than in the one to one class. Tori is a very hands on teacher always correcting you during lessons and treating everyones individual needs so you never feel that you are trying to keep up with others in the class. There are so many different classes on offer so its hard not to find something that is perfect for you. I have found that in such a short time my posture my flexibility and my overall strength has improve. If your looking for classes that will improve your body and diminish your aliments in a really relaxed environment with a great teacher you need to try out ABL studios!!! Thanks Tori
I don't normally have the time to write reviews however, the experience and results I have received from my ABL Pilates and Yoga classes have been amazing! My body is now looking like I want it too and is feeling great...worth every penny! The team and their classes are phenomenal!!
What a beautiful studio! Great variety of classes - so different to the usual types... I did the Parent/Child yoga session! We both loved the experience and were made to feel extremely welcome. Tori is so warm and friendly & so was the Yoga teacher Tess ... this warmth & a relaxed family-feel eminates through the studio. THANK YOU xx
I "accidentally" did an hour and a half of Pilates, it was the best thing ever! Achy all over, but so good to feel muscles I haven't felt in years and be two inches taller! Had the adjust the rear view mirror in my car as I was actually sitting up straighter. Thank you Tori for a fab class with a lovely personalised feel! See you again next week
So after my 2nd session of ever doing Pilates I feel I have to leave a review! First of all Tori is just lovely, funny & she completely puts you at ease! I'm not a natural but I'm not made to feel like I'm slowing anything or anyone down, which makes me really enjoy the class. The classes are small which makes the experience so personal & you really get to see the benefits almost immediately as every small movement has such a large impact, this really surprised me about Pilates. I definitely want to see where it can take me and I'm really looking forward to my next class which is a new feeling for me. I would really recommend giving it a go, like me it might surprise you. I'm looking forward to breaking a lifetime of bad habits with the help of such a great teacher! ❤️
"I have been working with Tori for just under a year and have already seen considerable improvements in my everyday posture and physical well being. My approach to training, which involves a significant amount of cardio and strength work, has improved considerably"
“I have been having Pilates classes with A Balanced Life for nearly 2 years and since falling pregnant, have been attending the sessions the teachers have held specifically for pregnancy which has been great. The sessions have focused on preparation for birth, working us hard enough to feel like we are still getting exercise whilst ensuring what we do is safe for pregnancy. If any of us have had any niggles through the week, eg lower back ache, they will help us out with specific exercises which eases this. Overall, highly recommended.”
” Tori has worked with me for several years now and has made a real difference to the way I exercise and hold my body. I used to suffer from regular lower back pain and stiffness which has completely disappeared and she has also helped me recover from a shoulder injury. I was so impressed with her I persuaded my husband (who thought Pilates was for girls) to join my class and Tori has made a dramatic difference to his flexibility. He now complains if we have to miss any sessions! We both appreciate her ability to tailor sessions to our individual needs – she always keeps the sessions varied and is great fun to work with. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”
”We were recommended by a close friend to contact Tori for a consultation as we knew our life needed some balance. Tori has a way of making you feel comfortable by giving you a completely individual approach she truly makes it personal and we felt like we had known her for years. We used A Balanced Life for coaching sessions, diet requirements and our fitness needs. Whilst our lives still remain busy we now feel our bodies are able to keep up and stay in tune. Thanks Tori”
“Whilst attending our annual compliance 2 day training workshop our company introduced a 45minute break out session on both days the first being Yoga and then Pilates. As a group we found this so beneficial to our concentration levels and felt energised afterwards being able to absorb the remaining information.”
“I found my sessions with Nicola fun and invigorating, when I initially thought the rehab would be painfully boring! Whilst I was recovering from a knee replacement she installed confidence within my movement ability. Though the main focus was my Knee and the surrounding muscles Nicola always included a whole body approach to my program therefore building an overall strength and improving my posture. Highly recommended!!!!”
“We have been using A Balanced Life for nearly 2 years now and would highly recommend them for their quality of teachers and personal service. My husband and I have tried a couple of different techniques independently and all of the teachers have really demonstrated their knowledge with Tori in the background always at hand to offer independent advice. We feel our bodies are in a better place and we have one less thing to worry about”
“I have been working with Tori for just under a year and have already seen considerable improvements in my everyday posture and physical well being. My approach to training , which involves a significant amount of cardio and strength work , has improved considerably and my job as a cameraman has undoubtedly benefited , where maintaining good balance and posture are vitally important during long strenuous days. Tori has a deep understanding of what she teaches, and for me the ‘why ‘ is as important as the ‘how’ and fundamental to the learning process. I find the sessions are therefore both informative as well as enjoyable . I cant recommend her highly enough.”
“I’ve experienced real benefits in terms of posture and general mobility since attending Yoga classes with A Balanced Life. Alex is innovative and very precise when it comes to her Yoga teaching. She strives to achieve real results with clients through targeted training tailored carefully to each individual client. It is clear that she has a real passion for Yoga and the benefits that can be achieved through its practice, a belief which I now also share.”
“I was recovering from a major operation after a skiing accident, when I was recommended by my Physio to do Pilates, Tori was referred to me by a friend. I was still using crutches when I started seeing her for sessions she was very patient whilst we worked on rebuilding my strength and very meticulous and thorough. I don’t think my recovery would have been so quick without her. Once I recovered, she introduced me to another one of her teachers for a more cardiovascular approach, I now see both of them once a week and feel great, forgetting I still have metal pins in my legs!”
“I found Poi’s sessions really beneficial and love her friendly manner, combined with a determination to get me to work really hard. I started Pilates a few years ago and have seen real progress since I joined these classes, and would highly recommend them. Poi takes time to ensure that you’re doing the exercise properly so you can really feel it working. I’ve recently had a baby and during my pregnancy I continued with Poi’s classes doing more gentle exercises yet still focusing on building strength in core muscles to help me during labor and post partum. It was also a lovely way to relax and let go when all the pregnancy aches and pains started to kick in.”
Creating a healthier and happier body to live in and love.
From athlete and office worker, full time mum or housewife, sports enthusiasts, golfers, pre or post pregnant mums to those growing old gracefully, functional, mindful movement and Pilates is not only suitable for all it is also hugely beneficial for your health and wellbeing.
Pilates is for everyone
You will find it hard not to notice your improved posture and alignment, firmer buttocks, a flatter stomach, long lean arms and legs. And this is just for starters.
Pilates is a technique and its not something you can master straight away, some people go to one class, they do not get it and never return as they didn’t feel the benefit, I hear this so often.
You live in the most amazing functional machine, man is yet to replicate, however we are not given a handbook on how to use it, working with me I will teach you how to get the most out of your body, we will un wind any faulty movement patterns and then re-educate the correct ones to provide you with strength, length, definition, flexibility and an increased sense of wellbeing.
A completely unique and special time in a woman’s life, where she nurtures, births and bonds with her baby. It is only right that there is a special program for each of these stages.
There is a lot of contradicting information out there on what exercises are safe and what aren’t safe during pregnancy. Most people talk about what is safe for the baby and this is of course non negotiable, however the confusion is around what is safe for you. Your body is going through so many changes and what might be ok for your baby may not be great for you long term especially with all those hormones running wild!
I have been teaching pre and post natal Pilates, Yoga and movement for 14 years and I am so passionate about supporting your body through a healthy pregnancy and a swift recovery after.
I can also teach you how to birth your baby naturally and calmly via breathing techniques, birthing positions and the Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing technique.
No longer invincible… Let us help you restore the balance.
99% of the time injuries are caused by muscular imbalances and repetitive strain. We will strengthen your muscles the way nature intended, improving core strength, flexibility and mobility. At the end of the day you are only as young as your spine is flexible.
Phyiso’s/Osteo’s/Chiro’s and doctors all recommend Pilates for pain patients.
I have experience with a wide range of conditions so please contact me and we can see how we can work together.
I have worked with clients from dancing to boxing to horse riding to golf, football to netball, running and swimming. Using functional movements and the Pilates techniques we use will release muscular limitations, stiffness, create greater power and make you perform with more endurance and agility.
We work with professional sports individuals and also those who enjoy their preferred sport at their leisure.
I work closely with a nutritionist to provide you with the correct dietary needs you require.
Pilates is suitable and adaptable for any age
My oldest client is currently 82 and that is not the limit. We adapt sessions for those who might not be able to get up and down from the floor or just want to focus on specific areas that will keep them feeling mobile and active.
If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30 you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60 you are young! Joseph Pilates 1939
We can help support you improve your balance, strength, coordination, mind body focus and agility.
You will find me in a fully equipped Pilates studio teaching in
I also teach some home visits in the following areas.
Loughton, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Woodford, North Chingford
My hours of business are:
Mondays – Fridays 09:00 – 15:00
The best way to contact me is via email on