Jo Munro - Studio Owner and Principal Teacher

Originally I was trained as a dancer, specialising in ballet and contemporary dance, however I had to retire early due to injury. Pilates was integral in my recovery and it seemed like a natural progression to train as a pilates teacher and to pass the knowledge on to other people. I began teaching Pilates matwork in 2001, and have continued my Pilates education to cover all of the Pilates Studio equipment. This comprehensive training enables me to teach on the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Combo Chair, Ladder Barrel and with all of the small Pilates equipment. Over the years i have continued my education and training and have studied Gyrokinesis, The Bowen Technique, Thai Massage, Reiki, and Hula Hooping. Most Recently i have been combining my love of stand up paddle boarding and fitness to bring my classes to the water. Mylo the pilates pup has been a firm favourite at the studio for the last ten years, he loves a cuddle on the sofa and sometimes helps me out in class!

Education and Qualifications

Higher National Certificate - Dance (Community)

Higher National Diploma - Dance Artists in the Community 

Teaching Exercise to Music Certification - RSA UK

Pilates Matwork Certification - With Michael King at The Pilates Institute, London

Diploma Traditional Thai Massage - Foundation, Advanced, Therapeutic - 90 hours at The Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Diploma in Traditional Thai Massage - 30 hours at The Wat Po Traditional Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand

Reiki - First Degree Certification - Usui Tradition of Natural Healing, Thailand

Polestar Pilates Studio Level 1-3 Course - Covering Pilates Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair and Barrel, London

Gyrokinesis Certification - With Juliu Hovarth Gyrotonic, Germany

Historical Mat and Workouts for Seniors Course - With Lolita San Miguel, London, UK

The Bowen Technique Certification Level 1- 5 - With European College of Bowen Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland

Pilates Clinical Posture Course - With Pilates Institute, UK

Pilates Healthy Back Course - With Pilates Institute, UK

Anatomy Trains Course - With James Earls, Edinburgh, Scotland

Hula Hooping Instructor Certification - With UK Hooping Teacher Training, UK

SupFit Certification - With SupFit, Stand Up Paddle Board Fitness Instructor Course, Brighton

ASI SUP Water Safety Rescue Award - With The Academy of Surfing Instructors, East Lothian, Scotland

ASI SUP Wise Level 1 Foundation Stand Up Paddle Board Course - With The Academy of Surfing Instructors, East Lothian, Scotland

First Aid Certificate - With RYA, Scotland