About Us

Pilates Evolved was established over 15 years ago.
Since then we have become well known for delivering expert Pilates tuition in Henfield, West Sussex.

In June 2021, we opened the Pilates Evolved ‘Movement and Wellbeing studios’, a dedicated boutique space offering small group classes and 1:1 and 2:1 tuition in Pilates and Yoga, alongside wellbeing therapies in our upstairs therapy room, a tranquil space just a stone’s throw away from Henfield High Street.

We are a small and friendly team of highly committed and dedicated movement teachers and therapists,
whose passion for sharing our disciplines, and helping our clients, is at the heart of what we do.
We believe in giving a brilliant experience to each and every individual we teach, but even more importantly,
in sharing our knowledge to empower our community of clients.

Our Pilates teachers have undertaken comprehensive Pilates training, which encompasses both the traditional
Classical Pilates method, and the rehab-based approach of the APPI Clinical Pilates program.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to learning and development, and continually attend specialist courses
in order to uphold an excellent standard of tuition. We work with a wide spectrum of clients, and understand that each client who visits us will begin their Pilates journey with individual needs, and unique goals. We meet you where you are at, to assist you in reaching your full movement potential.

We are delighted to work alongside like minded Yoga teachers and Wellbeing therapists in order to offer a unique combination of movement classes and therapies, all complimentary to our Pilates tuition. Find out more about our team below, and join us to get started on your health, fitness, and wellbeing journey today.

Meet your teachers and therapists

Emma Merkl

Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Teacher

“I am passionate about Pilates because I know it WORKS! I came to Pilates as a teenager, suffering with hypermobility and painful joints. Pilates has been transformative for me, to keep my body strong, and pain-free. It is an absolute privilege to be able to share my passion and knowledge of Pilates and movement with my clients. There is nothing more rewarding than observing clients experience the tangible, and long lasting benefits of this amazing movement system.”

Qualifications & Experience

BA (Hons), Pilates in Motion London Comprehensive 600+ hours Pilates Matwork 2016, APPI Mat certified, Lisa Bradshaw Training Academy HIP Pilates™ & Pilates Equipment.

Emma has always loved to move, enjoying a wide variety of sports from a young age, and growing up with Pilates in the background. Being a personal advocate for Pilates, in reducing her own pain and improving ease of movement, she is a firm believer in the efficacy of this movement system. Her passion for sharing, and teaching movement, is contagious, and Emma is well known for her down to earth, engaging and empathetic teaching style. 

Since qualifying over 5 years ago, Emma has worked alongside a number of the UK’s leading Pilates master teacher trainers, both within a rehabilitative clinic and a studio setting. Her diverse training includes both classical and contemporary styles of Pilates, and Clinical APPI Pilates. Emma’s wealth of experience and training has given her the knowledge, tools and expertise to intuitively guide each individual she teaches. She continues to work closely with physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors in order to support her clients, offering Pilates to aid in rehabilitation of injuries or movement restrictions. 

Emma continues to learn from other disciplines, in order to refine and develop her teaching expertise, attending specialist courses and most recently continuing her training in functional anatomy and fascia-focused movement systems with the Art of Motion Academy, London

Liz Whitbread

Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Teacher

“I discovered Pilates years ago during the peak of my love affair with running. I had suffered a fairly painful hamstring injury and couldn’t run for weeks. Out of frustration, I tried Pilates and couldn’t believe how a few simple and basic moves transformed my recovery, when nothing else had worked. This led me to explore the world of Pilates, and I haven’t looked back since! Pilates offers me health and vitality, and, it brings me such joy to see our clients loving their weekly classes and benefitting from their sessions.”

Qualifications & Experience

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, APPI Mat/Equipment, HIP Pilates™ and Lisa Bradshaw Pilates Academy Classical Mat/Equipment, CHEK HLC 1 & Exercise Coach.

Liz’s passion for wellness and exercise expertise give her a deep understanding of her clients’ needs. She has a lifetime of experience working in health, fitness and wellbeing, all grounded by her background as a science graduate and her expert knowledge of human physiology and movement.

Over the past ten years, Liz has studied with two of the leading exercise training organisations in the world: The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and the CHEK Institute. This expert training saw Liz develop as a specialist in her field and ensured that she can safely and consistently deliver her advanced knowledge to her clients.

It is this high-level of accredited training that provides Liz with the unique expertise to design her weekly classes for Pilates Evolved. Every time a client attends a Pilates session, her goal is to help them to feel as inspired, as she does, by the benefits that Pilates can bring.

Claire Long

Pilates Matwork teacher, Massage & Facial Therapist

My passion for Pilates came from joining a class as a Student. Having worked with the human body closely through massage I began to truly realise the importance of spinal flexibility and core strength in aiding not only recovery, but improved posture and general wellbeing.

The results from a regular practice are amazing and the best part is that there are always progressions through each individual’s journey with Pilates. Through this movement system we continually learn more about our body, improving our awareness and keeping this ‘discipline’ fresh and exciting throughout, whether you are a complete beginner, or have been attending for years.

Qualifications & Experience

Active IQ Level 3 Pilates Matwork Future Fit training, 2 years Northern Institute of Massage with Eddie Caldwell, 2 years BTEC National Diploma in Beauty and Body Therapy, Microneeding/Mesotherapy with Emma Coates Training Academy, CACI non-surgical face lift and body therapy, CACI International, Member of Federation of Holistic Therapies.

My name is Claire and I am a Pilates teacher, and highly qualified Massage and Facial therapist.

I first became interested in the human body when having left school I decided to study for 2 years full time in the early 90s at a beauty college obtaining qualifications in facial therapy and body therapies including theatrical make up for theatre production and business management. Leaving beauty college I began working as a therapist alongside a very experienced Remedial Massage Therapist. They became a huge inspiration to me and encouraged me to further my skills, referring me to The Northern Institute of Massage where I studied for a further 2 years where my passion for anatomy and physiology really grew.

Having loved fitness from a late teenager, I began to realise the importance of movement and how it heavily related to postural imbalances within the body and that’s when I decided to train to become a Pilates instructor… yes !! More study for another 18 months alongside working full time and being a mother to two lovely girls.

My own personal life moved me away from the midlands and bought me to West Sussex where I have been very fortunate (and with a bit of hard graft) to start building a new clientele base offering Facial Therapy and Remedial Massage at the relaxing and tranquil Therapy Room at the Pilates Evolved studios.

Kiran Sharma

Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Teacher

I have always loved walking and used to go to the gym, but I have never been very fit or sporty. My hips and lower back were stiff and achy, but didn’t interfere with my life until aged 50, when I slipped a disc and got sciatica. So, I decided to do something to ‘future proof’ my body against the aging process.

The Pilates Reformer and Matwork (with Liz and Emma) helped me engage essential core and postural muscles that had been switched off through years of disuse. Retraining these improved my strength, flexibility and posture. In gaining an awareness of my body I was able to take control of it. I could move in ways I’d never been able to before.  Finding a method of exercise I loved was the key to a long-term commitment, which led to a change in career.

As a Pilates teacher, I aspire towards helping clients become a fitter, stronger and more mobile version of themselves.

Qualifications & Experience

BSc (Hons), MB.BS, Pilates in Motion London Comprehensive 600+ hours Pilates Matwork, YMCA Pilates Diploma Level 3, Lisa Bradshaw Training Academy HIP Pilates™, NLP Practitioner, and Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching, ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage

A long career in Palliative Medicine has taught me to make the most of living. I am passionate about enhancing quality of life, achieving goals, finding meaning and regaining control. These skills are all applicable to learning and teaching Pilates.
I undertook most of my practical teacher training at Pilates Evolved under the guidance of Liz and Emma and am delighted now to be joining the team. I am trained in both Contemporary and Classical Pilates, and Lisa Bradshaw’s method of HIP Pilates. I have experience in training Pilates at all levels of ability. I have experienced the benefits of the Reformer and Chair and intend to add this equipment training to my repertoire.

Each client is unique in their motivations, abilities and needs. I look forward helping them discover their potential and enjoy the experience on the way.

Steve Patterson

Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Teacher

“I am passionate about Pilates because of the joy it brings me to see the incremental changes in my clients.  Whether they are: looking to increase their performance in preparation for a skiing/walking trip, or trying to address diastasis recti after pregnancy, or simply trying to stay one step ahead of the ageing curve by working on their core strength, bone health, mobility, balance, posture etc.  After every session I can see improvements in their state and that gives me a buzz.”

Qualifications & Experience

B.Eng., APPI: Comprehensive Matwork, Pilates Reformer. Lisa Bradshaw Academy: High Intensity Pilates Reformer

I came late to Pilates only starting classes in my very late 50s and becoming “trained up” as a result of a change in lifestyle for my 60th birthday. I started out as an engineer moving into IT for most of my working life.  I spent a good deal of this slouching behind a desk, eating too much cake and biscuits. As a result my posture was terrible.  Then I volunteered as the ‘case study client’ for somebody learning to be a pilates teacher. My teacher (see Kiran above) was keen for me to do the homework she set and after weekly session and homework every day I started to see a dramatic change: improved posture, less painful shoulders, back, feet and ankles.  I even started to get a bottom. 

Seeing the results on my own body spurred me on to try and pay the benefits forward, so I enrolled on the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) instructor course, first completing their comprehensive matwork course and then their Pilates Reformer Teacher course.  I haven’t looked back since!

Sarah Kearney

Pilates Matwork teacher

I first experienced Pilates as a dance student in London and quickly discovered how it could support my training and everyday activities. Having felt the benefits of Pilates in my overall physical wellbeing and also helping me through the inevitable aches, pains and twinges of working as a dance teacher and in my part-time sedentary desk job, I was keen to deepen my knowledge of movement and the body through Pilates.

Knowing how much Pilates has helped me, my goal is to share the many benefits with others through my teaching. After moving to Brighton in 2014 I completed my Pilates teacher training and ever since I have enjoyed continuing to explore, learn and work as a Pilates teacher in Sussex. 

Qualifications & Experience

BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban, Pilates Matwork Teacher Training with the Pilates Foundation, Buff Bones® Instructor Training with founder Rebekah Rotstein, and Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Sarah is a Pilates matwork teacher who qualified with the Pilates Foundation in 2015. Having been a contemporary dance teacher for over 10 years, this experience influences her approach to exploring movement and connections through the body.
Since qualifying, Sarah has continued to develop her understanding of how the body moves, through attending specialist professional development training, such as workshops focusing on Pilates in relation to osteoporosis, back care, scoliosis, and hypermobility, among others.

In 2020 Sarah qualified as a Licensed Buff Bones ® instructor. Buff Bones ® is a medically-endorsed system of movement for bone and joint health.

In her other teaching contexts, Sarah has developed a flowing exercise class at the barre in which she combines movements inspired by Pilates, ballet barre and contemporary dance. 

Jane Grogan

Pilates Matwork teacher

Jane discovered Pilates 25 years ago. After training as a dancer, she found Pilates and Yoga to be a great compliment to her movement practice and both became a huge part of her life. 

She began teaching Pilates 13 years ago and has continued to teach, study and explore the method and other disciplines ever since. Jane is passionate about helping others discover the benefits of pilates, which include improved strength, flexibility, posture and overall well-being.

Qualifications & Experience

Over the years, Jane has taught a wide range of clients, from professional athletes to seniors, and has helped many people recover from injuries or manage chronic pain. She believes that pilates is a holistic approach to fitness that can benefit anyone, regardless of age, fitness level or body type.

In addition to teaching Pilates, Jane also enjoys practicing Yoga, hiking and spending time with her family. She believes that staying active and healthy is a key part of living a fulfilling life and encourages others to find movement practices that they enjoy.

Overall, Jane is a dedicated and knowledgeable Pilates instructor who is committed to helping her clients achieve their health and wellness goals.

Amy Ku Redler

Pilates Matwork and Studio Equipment Teacher

I came to Pilates when I had a back injury in my early 30’s, having practiced and taught yoga for many years. I love both, but find Pilates especially helpful for injuries and physical limitations. The equipment is brilliant for enabling access to all ranges of movement and both mat work and equipment are a great complement to other forms of movement and exercise

Qualifications & Experience

Amy Ku Redler is a health and wellbeing consultant with over 25 years experience. She started her training with Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga and Meditation in Thailand in 1991. She then went on to train in Ayurvedic Massage in India, and as a Yoga Teacher with Mary Stewart in 1994. In 2007, she trained with the Pilates Foundation as a Teacher and alongside that gained a post-graduate degree in Counselling.  
In 2010 she completed her Pilates Mat Work with Pilates Foundation and in 2013 she completed her Pilates Equipment training with Anne-Marie Zulkhari. In 2015, Amy qualified with Breathworks as a Mindfullness Teacher.  Most recently, June 2018, Amy graduated with an MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University, specialising in mindfulness practices for chronic pain, for which she co-developed an 8 week programme which ran at UCLH. 
Her interests lie in working with individuals and groups, helping them to discover ways of supporting their health and wellbeing. Looking at the bio-mechanics, alignment, posture, stress factors and lifestyle patterns that cause dysfunction, stress and dis-ease physically, emotionally and psychologically.  
Amy’s passion lies in helping to develop re-education programmes that support this process that are practical and manageable with daily life commitments, by supporting the individual to become aware of what is going on within themselves and to develop their intuition and ability to listen to their own needs.  
Yoga, Pilates and mindful practices have been, and continue to be, a significant and vital part of Amy’s personal as well as professional development.  

Rebecca Hames

Yoga teacher

I was introduced to Yoga 20 years ago, drawn to its flow, balance and strength benefits . Despite not being naturally flexible or a former dancer I embarked on my Yoga journey practicing many styles.  Over the years I have gained flexibility, stamina and strength, but more importantly  I have learned to relax, restore, listen and understand my body.  Yoga is a part of my life and I continue to evolve and learn.

Witnessing students  transform through regular Yoga practice with me is truly rewarding some have been with me for 10 years starting as beginners. You don’t need to be flexible and bendy to practice Yoga, this will come!  You need your body, your mat and your breath!   I am there to guide you through the class in a safe and friendly environment with clear instruction and demonstration.

Qualifications & Experience

200hrs Yoga Teaching Qualification with Simon Low at The Yoga Academy, British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) accredited school

Rebecca trained as a Yoga teacher age 48 after running a glass business for 15 years, qualifying with Simon Low at The Yoga Academy, a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) accredited school (200 hours) a two year teacher training course.  For the past 12 years she has been teaching in Hurstpierpoint and recently moved to a Studio in Hassocks.  She has recently qualified as a Pilates teacher combining her love of   Yoga & Pilates.

Rebecca draws inspiration from various Yoga styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga.  Her love for Vinyasa flow Yoga, where postures synchronise with breath, led her to share her passion through teaching. These classes enhance strength, flexibility, balance, co-ordination and range of mobility.  They also help reduce stress and anxiety, boost mood and increase energy levels.

Maisie Ross Talbot – Journey to You

Yoga teacher, Holistic Therapist

I absolutely love helping to empower my clients to take control of their health holistically and it always puts a smile on my face to see their happiness in their own journey.  With both my therapies and Yoga I hope help to empower you to find self-connection for holistic healing of the mind, body and soul.

I invite you to turn inwards and use this meditative movement as a way to deeply connect with the self. Yoga really is for everybody and I hope to be able to share this movement therapy far and wide. Classes are full of kindness and free of judgement, your practice is your own!

Qualifications & Experience

200hrs Yoga Alliance Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher, Distinction Level 3 Reflexology (ITEC), Neutral Space Relaxation® Practitioner

Being a dancer since I was a child I have always loved movement and the shapes our body can make. After having to stop my dancing due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Yoga helped me reconnect to this love of movement as well as begin my journey to myself. There is much more to yoga than many of us think, in fact the yoga many of us know on the mat is actually only a very small slither of this ancient philosophy. In my yoga classes, although it is based around the asana (physical practice), I will share insight into these other aspects, which make up a holistic approach to life.

Rosie Beale – Rosalie Holistic Therapy

Holistic Therapist – female only

Moving to Brighton 10 years ago was the perfect opportunity to follow my calling of working with my hands to help heal others. Once qualified in Massage, I got the bug to continue studying and learning every course under the sun to add to my toolbox of Massage techniques and Holistic healing. I opened my own female-only business as soon as I had qualified, and it has really grown and flourished over the 8 years, as well as enabling me to work around having my two children, Charlie and Maya. Having recently moved our family to Henfield, I am excited to now also work from the Pilates Evolved therapy room and am
really looking forward to building up a lovely new local client base. I am an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic and I use their gorgeous aromatherapy products in all my Massage and Holistic Facials treatments, so you will leave with nourished skin and smelling divine!

Qualifications & Experience

ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology and Holistic Massage – Distinction;
Advanced Clinical Massage & Sports Massage; Deep Tissue Massage; Pregnancy & Post
Natal Massage; Hot Stone Massage; Indian Head Massage; NO HANDS Massage; Table Thai
Massage; Holistic Facials; Reiki; Vortex Healing

I believe no massage fits all, so I draw from my extensive training to create a bespoke treatment tailored just to you. I will use my intuition to choose the techniques needed to create the perfect balance of utmost relaxation combined with deep firm massage, to effectively help any pain or issues you may have. I can combine any Massage with a Facial or with Energy work for an even deeper relaxation experience, and my 90-minute Massage & Facial is a client favourite! Adding Hot Stones into your massage is another firm favourite and is guaranteed to create the ultimate combination of relaxation and deep tissue.

I am passionate about helping people through their pregnancy and post-natal period. Having had two children of my own (and really struggled to find myself a decent Pregnancy Massage), I understand what it is like, and what is really needed! My advanced training in Pregnancy work, as well as Post Natal and scar work means I can work with you at any stage.

I have also worked closely for many years now with a female running club and love helping runners reach their goals and milestones. As many have now adopted a work from home career, I get deep satisfaction from helping ease out all the knots and tensions caused from bad posture and the intense screen time.

My work with Neal’s Yard Remedies has led me into the wonderful world of aromatherapy and I love using their products in the treatments, as well as helping clients head home with the best products and aftercare to continue the good work at home.

Frankie Wijenbergh

Studio Manager

Frankie is the friendly face behind the scenes of Pilates Evolved, managing all the admin and organising behind the scenes of our buzzy and busy Henfield studios! She expertly and efficiently handles all class/private availability and bookings, and is also very likely to be the first person you will speak to about starting your Pilates journey if you are joining us for the first time!

Please note, Frankie works on a part-time basis for the studios, across 4 mornings per week.

Qualifications & Experience

Frankie brings a wealth of experience to the Pilates Evolved studios! Initially trained as a barrister in Dutch law, and speaking 5 languages, Frankie has a real eye for detail, but more to the point she is a real ‘people person’, warm, bubbly and super organised. Even more importantly, she understands for herself the benefits of Pilates after coming to this practice with back pain and to improve her posture. 

Frankie has run 2 UK businesses, and alongside working for the studios, she also helps other clients leading very busy lives manage their ‘life admin’ and other tasks via her current business, based from Henfield, ‘Frankie Sorts It’.