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 the needs of every single client is 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.
Becca began her yoga journey over 10 years ago attending local classes, a few years later she caught the yoga bug and started to explore the practice further. This lead her to become a certified mum and baby, toddler and children’s yoga teacher and has recently completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Sandstone Yoga in Birmingham Becca is passionate about teaching yoga and that the practice should be accessible to everyone. She is always evolving, always learning, from both teachers and her students.
BA Cons, LicAc
Beth is a very well liked and highly qualified therapist here at the Core. Her down to earth approach puts her clients at ease whilst she focusses on nurturing and relaxing treatments. She specialises in prescriptive facials, beauty treatments, holistic massages, acupuncture and cupping. Beth has supported clients through various treatments including IVF, Parkinson's Disease, MS and long term pain management.
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 means she always delivers a happy smile and leaves her clients with a relaxed pampered body.
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.
BSc,D.C. M.M.C.A. M.C.C.. Liz specialises in Chiropractic, Lazer Therapy and Therapeutic Massage. She has had years of experience helping sports professionals heal after injury. She fully appreciates if your body structure is not correctly aligned, over time you will start to blame your aches & pains on your age, life & other things. The problems only escalate from there, so try to look after yourself and have a regular chiropractic & massage on your body. Preventions are better than cure !
Lauren (BSc (Hons), MCSP) is a qualified physiotherapist with a specialist interest in biomechanics. Lauren is holistic in assessment and treatment, understanding that pain and discomfort is often multi factorial and therefore requires a comprehensive approach to assessment and treatment. Assessment includes gathering a detailed history, posture analysis, identification of compensations and muscle imbalances and sport specific assessments as required.
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. A highly qualified, natural therapist with a depth of knowledge and experience. Laurin is here to help you regain control of 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?
Following the birth of her two daughters, it was quite clear what her vocation in life was going to be. Her experiences of childbirth led her to believe that every woman deserves the right to be empowered and to be in control of her birthing body, rather than surrendering her mind and body the moment she walks through the hospital door...... And so I began her four year journey studying to become a qualified midwife. During training she had the privilege to care for women that used Hypnobirthing. There she witnessed how calm, comfortable and confident they were during their birthing experiences. This led to a passion for Hypnobirthing and she soon became a qualified Hypnobirthing Practitioner. Her Hypnobirthing classes will provide women and their birthing companions with the tools and techniques to be able to birth without fear, whilst trusting their natural instincts, feeling calm, comfortable and confident that they are in control of their birthing bodies.
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.
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.
Rachael works on our website and manages promotions. She 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 six years ago and now she'll evangelise about the benefits whenever she gets the opportunity!!
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.