PLEASE NOTE: All staff based in The Core Zone work very closely with proprietor Shaena Charles, are self employed and are covered appropriately by their own insurance policies.
Shaena Charles IIHHT HFST DiP
Founder and Director of The Core Zone, Shaena has over 27 years experience within the fitness industry, ranging from personal training, aerobics instructor, weight training, MOD fitness instructor, remedial massage therapist through to Classical Pilates. Her combined skills have resulted in her being an approved therapist for GP referrals and taken her to the legendary 24 hour Le Mans race, twice, as team physico. There she earned the name “Golden Hands” by the ex F1, ex Audi Le Man winner Emanuele Pirro, clearly demonstrating her depth of knowledge. A fellow motorsport professional Tiff Needell also appreciated regular shoulder treatments.
Having trained under Joseph Pilates’ chosen student, who only teaches the purist form of Pilates to the world, Shanea’s real speciality, is teaching Classical Pilates. Always taking care to ensure her students are positioned correctly, Shaena’s seemingly endless Pilates moves, will be unlike 99% of classes you may have attended else where. With students aged from 8 to 84, young and healthy, through to seniors with mobility issues, Pilates with Shaena can only be described as a complete mind and body work out, medically improving your spine’s health and your mind’s wellbeing. Shaena believes classes are about the students and not about the instructor trying to impress them.
Holly is our second Pilates instructor. Her wealth and depth of knowledge from 17 years of Pilates experience ensures every single clients needs are catered for. Back pain is no fun as Holly used to know and as Shaena’s most senior student her pursuit of Pilates now means she proudly teaches from The Core Zone. Her clients vary from 20 to 80 years old and Holly truly maintains Pilates in its purist form. Her friendly smile and warm approach are a far cry from your normal gym instructors attitudes ensuring our ethos of quality over quantity.
Lisa has been practising Yoga for 20 years. Vinyasa Flow is a fusion of various styles combined, bringing the very best of all Yogas to her happy clients. Her continuous learning and depth of knowledge gained from workshops around the world including India and Thailand ensure the very highest standards of Yoga practice. Lisa’s happy, hands on approach, with her genuine caring side ensures good progression in this ancient healing art.
Ginny trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced professionally for over 13 years in London, around the UK and the world. She has performed at Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, The London Coliseum, Saddler’s Wells and many other theatres, large and small, from Truro to Inverness and from Sydney to the gardens of the Alhambra Palace. She has danced many soloist and principal roles and was a member of English National Ballet.
After retiring from the stage, she taught Adult ballet classes for English National Ballet and also a Ballet workout class for Holmes Place gyms all over London. She is married, has two sons and has a dog called Minty!
Beth is a very well liked and highly qualified therapist here at the Core. Putting all our clients at ease with her down to earth approach which makes you feel nurtured and leaving you with a cosy and relaxed mind and body treatment. Incorporating her prescriptive facials, beauty treatments, holistic massages, acupuncture and cupping. Beth helps support clients through various treatments including IVF, Parkinsons Disease, MS and long term pain management.
Jo BSc (Hons), OSSM (dip), MISRM
Jo is our specialised Sports Remedial Deep Tissue Therapist. When those aches have been there too long Jo’s depth of knowledge and healing hands can work wonders. Whether you need fixing, pre op, post op or simply feel those painful muscles need soothing away Jo’s treatments always bring relief. Jo also offers a lovely relaxing warm shell treatment which will make you feel wonderful and glowing.
Emma Bingham Chiro MMCA
Emma is a fully qualified McTimoney chiropractor treating people, horses and dogs. Taking a whole body approach to her treatments, she combines McTimoney adjustments with soft tissue work to enable the structural, neurological and muscular aspects of the body to work together, to restore movement and overall functionality. She takes care to provide patients with helpful stretches and exercises which they can use at home between treatments to further their progress and to prevent future pain and dysfunction. Emma is passionate about helping her patients through various issues from general aches and pains to more long term pain management and always provides a friendly and professional approach. She is also involved with using the Mobiliser on a regular basis as both an addition to her treatments, or as separate appointments for general mobilisation of the body. She also provides massage appointments for muscle tension relief or just for some TLC and relaxation.
Cat is a highly qualified remedial therapist with many years experience who offers a wide range of therapies. From gelish nails, eye lash extensions, Neals Yard beauty treatments through to full remedial massage therapy to sooth those aching muscles and joints. Cat’s out going personality and passion for her treatments always provides a happy smile and a relaxed pampered body.
Gilly, simply works wonders. CACI was originally designed as a non surgical face lift for people suffering from facial paralysis, Bells palsy and disfiguration. The great news is Gilly offers a wide range of treatments from eye brow lifts, jowl lifts, bust and buttock lifts, Rosacea treatment and age related marking. Gilly’s maturity lends very well to these personal treatments.
Our wise owl here at The Core, Laurin specialises in clinical hypnotherapy mindfulness and meditation and has a beautiful approach making you feel totally at ease on your arrival
A highly qualified natural therapist with a depth of knowledge and experience.
Laurin is here to help you regain control of the way we live our lives, whether your goal is giving up smoking, getting to grips with phobia issues, anxiety problems, pain management support, overcoming traumatic memories, conflicts of the mind or guiding you to a better place generally the help she can offer is endless….What’s your potential?
Jane is our lovely bubbly receptionist, always here to help you with any enquiries and her infectious smile will brighten up your day. Jane is also at the tail end of her training as an emotional freedom therapist, her years of experience in dealing with individuals personal problems can only be a rare asset to our clients. Her warm approach to resolving life’s problems will surely lead you to a brighter future enabling you to leave that baggage far behind you.
We all work as a team, the right person for the right treatment, Jackie coordinates our Pilates course bookings, she also ensures all clients receive a warm welcome with a truly caring approach. Jacks helps keep everyone in touch with our clients needs and is our provider of a wonderful morning smile.
Angie is our much valued home maker. When clients notice the little things behind the scenes, that will be our Angie, with over 300 clients passing through The Corezone per week, she certainly has her work cut out maintaining treatment rooms and studio, let alone the selection of flowers.
Lynn prides herself in creating great hairstyles, gorgeous colours and liaises closely with her clients to achieve the best results. With over 26 years in the industry and trained in the London area by highly acclaimed salons L’Oreal and Wella, Lynn has gained a wealth of experience and loves making her clients feel “looked after”. She has a conscientious, calm approach and offers all those little touches that make her clients feel relaxed and pampered.
You will find the lovely Rachael manning our reception and working on our website and promotions on a Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Rachael has been in design and marketing since leaving school and has been self employed since the birth of her son 17 years ago. She freely admits, other than daily dog walking, exercise has never been a huge part of her life, but she discovered pilates with Shaena around two years ago and now she’ll evangelise about the benefits whenever she gets the opportunity!!