Our Teachers

Suzanne WooderSuzanne Wooder, the founder of Palace Pilates, has dedicated the last 15 years of her life to developing and teaching this technique.  Her own personal experience of back pain, following a spinal fracture in her 20’s, has greatly informed the way in which she works.

She began as an apprentice with the Pilates Based Body Awareness Company and then went on to train with the Body Control Pilates Association. She has worked extensively with chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists to increase and widen her knowledge of back pain management. This she has blended into her unique approach to Pilates training.

Throughout her career she has worked as the Pilates trainer for the actors in the cast of Billy Elliott, run courses and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and run retreats in both the UK and India



Vicky Parker

Vicky Parker was first introduced and inspired by her mum who took up Pilates 20 years ago. She qualified with the Body Control Pilates association in 2007 and has been enjoying and practising Pilates ever since .

“I find that pilates is not only extremely beneficial for my body helping to keep me pain free, supple and toned but my mind benefits also.  The focus taken into the body whilst exercising allows my mind to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.  Most of us lead such busy lives these days a bit of me time is essential and the after effects of pilates are wonderful.”



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Tanya Carpenter  is a qualified Level 3 Body Control teacher.  Like many teachers Tanya started pilates following a back issue – loved the results so much that she decided to train and become a teacher herself.  She has recently completed and passed her Reformer Training Qualification and now offers one to one sessions for us using this piece of equipment.

Tanya is passionate about her teaching and helping others whether its for health and fitness, help with an injury or just to feel good.  She takes regular classes herself and is currently training for her Advanced Matwork certificate.

“My passion for Pilates continues to grow and I love the strength and focus it brings”




 Lucy Mae LowndesHeadshot1          Lucy trained as a dancer at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and went on to have a professional career for ten years.    It was here she was first introduced to pilates and  throughout her career she continued to practice and study pilates.
In 2014 Lucy completed her Pilates teacher training with the Independent Pilates Teachers Association which felt like a natural transition after working as a dancer.  Lucy now teaches Pilates full time and also teaches at the English National Ballet, Central School of Ballet and Nuffield Health and Wellbeing Centre.  She is excited to be joining the team at Palace Pilates and will  be taking over our Tuesday evening classes.



Denise Lalonde    Denise has been practicing Pilates for IMG_3789over 10 years. After many years of exploring various physical disciplines including aerobics, yoga and tai chi, she discovered the true benefits that Pilates has to offer. She began her teacher training with Body Control Pilates in 2005. After qualifying she has been teaching classes and one to one’s in South London. Denise is a passionate student and teacher of the Pilates method and continues to develop her skills. She enjoys teaching and motivating all students with all levels of fitness, from athletic cyclists to clients with chronic back pain. Denise finds working with clients and helping them to achieve their personal goals very r



Emma Ählström is a level 3 qualified Pilates teacher with a background in fitness instruction and massage therapy. She trained with Body Control Pilates in London and is also qualified to teach pre and postnatal clients. Emma has always had a desire to help people improve their health and well-being and she is vewarding.ery passionate about sharing all the health benefits that Pilates has to offer, especially how it can be used to relieve stress and tension.
”I love seeing my clients postures improving, their pains and aches disappearing and their bodies becoming stronger for every week. Being a Pilates teacher is such a rewarding job and I feel really lucky that I’m able to help so many people through sharing my passion and teaching this fantastic form of exercise.”

I have seen the incredible results of Pilates time and time again.  Having been through terrible back pain myself I know what my clients have to gain and believe without pilates I may well have ended up wheelchair bound today.  I think one of the biggest obstacles to recovery is often the lack of knowledge that you can do something about it.  I aim to share with you the knowledge that you can……

Suzanne Wooder




Learning pilates with Palace Pilates has literally turned my life around. I was suffering from chronic back pain and living on painkillers and now I’m free from both thanks to the wonderful teachers you have and approach to learning pilates in well structured and small classes.”

Rhian John- Hankinson, July 2016





‘ Thank you for the wonderful instruction I received from all of your team. I am missing pilates already as it is the only thing which seems to alleviate my shoulder pain. Many many thanks for all your care and attention. Have a great summer and see you in November’.

Beatrice Selwood       April 2015










All our teachers are qualified Body Control Pilates Instructors as well as members of the Register of Exercise Professionals.

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