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.”



tanya carpenter 177x222Tanya 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”




Russell Parish  profile-picture

Russell has been teaching Pilates for over 3 years and loves both teaching and participating in classes.  He is trained to teach to an intermediate level for mat work and has also completed the Body Control Pilates for Golfers course.

He has always been very active and loves physical exercise. He played semi professional football for 20+ years but when he started experiencing back and hip pain discovered Pilates. He started classes with Suzanne at Palace Pilates in 2011 and after seeing the benefits Pilates had to offer decided to do his training with the Body Control Association and we are delighted to have Russell now join the team.

He is friendly and passionate about helping people develop the fundamental principles of Pilates and keen to share the many benefits with others. He continues to play tennis, attend the gym and makes pilates a part of his daily life.


 Lucy Mae Lowndes
Headshot1 (1)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.

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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