Born in Manchester, and raised in the beautiful north Derbyshire Peak District countryside
at the foot of Kinder Scout, Magdalen is a former professional dancer, who comes from a background steeped in the Arts, with a ‘cellist mother, a father who was Principal Bassoon player with the Hallé Orchestra and a sister who is an opera singer with the English National Opera.
Magdalen undertook her professional ballet training in London before being lucky enough to embark on a career which led her to work as a performer, choreographer, teacher,
lecturer and artistic director and with many and varied touring dance companies as well as in schools, colleges and with numerous and diverse groups of people.
From early in her dance career The Pilates Method has always been an important and integral part of Magdalen’s training and work and in 2003 she qualified as a Clinical Pilates Matwork Teacher after a year-long course with the highly respected Pilates Foundation. Magdalen developed her expertise further by completing a rigorous two year training programme to become a Comprehensive Pilates Studio Trainer in 2013 at London’s prestigious W2 Pilates Clinic under the tutelage of some of the world’s most renowned and repected practitioners.
Magdalen worked as an integral part of the team at Cambridge’s busy Physic Therapy Centre for nine years, where she developed her deep interest in collaborative remedial and rehabilitative work which she continues to use as her primary focus with her studio clients. Her special interest in anatomy and continuing training have enabled Magdalen’s work and commitment to Pilates to evolve alongside the latest anatomical research and Pilates-related findings.
Magdalen’s approach to Pilates work is sensitive, considered and non-competitive and she places great value upon the unique, individual focus and mutual learning processes each client brings.
Having recently returned to live in the Peak District, Magdalen is delighted to be an integral part of the team at Holywell Healthcare and to be able to share the other practitioners’ amazing skills and expertise.