We are delighted to welcome Dr Jane Simmonds to Body Control Pilates Central.
In this introductory video, Dr Simmonds talks to Lynne about what hypermobility is, the different types of hypermobility syndromes and how they can affect the body.
Dr. Jane Simmonds MCSP MMACP (PD, MA, PGDip, BAppSc, BPE) - Jane is a specialist musculoskeletal and exercise rehabilitation physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience.
Originally from Western Australia where she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy education at Curtin University, Jane combines clinical work in the Hypermobility Unit with teaching and research at University College London. As a committed educator and active researcher, she regularly publishes research and clinical papers. Additionally, Jane often presents at national and international conferences and contributes to CPD education and training on hypermobility-related topics.
Jane developed the ‘Pilates for Hypermobility’ course for Body Control Pilates and is the course tutor on all courses. Jane is medical advisor to Ehlers Danlos Support UK and the Hypermobility Syndrome Patient Association (HMSA) and a board member of the International Ehlers Danlos Society.
Lynne is co-founder and director of Body Control Pilates Education (for whom she lectures on training courses for new teachers and on specialist courses for qualified teachers) and of the Body Control Pilates Association, Europe’s largest professional body for Pilates teachers (approximately 1,400 teaching members).
Alongside her teaching responsibilities in the UK and abroad, Lynne is always busy writing new courses for Body Control Pilates Education.
Her latest book (Pilates for Life) was published in the UK in 2014 by Kyle Books, while the Pilates Bible continues to retain its position as the world's best-selling Pilates book. Lynne is also currently writing a new ‘Shape Up’ book for release in early 2019. Lynne's most recent DVD ('Inch Loss Pilates') has, as with her other DVDs, received excellent reviews.
Lynne was at the forefront of creating the boom in Pilates in the UK and her name and image have become synonymous with Pilates. She is firmly established as the world’s top-selling Pilates author and presenter, her books and videos being sold in over thirty countries.
Her first introduction to Pilates came in 1992 whilst living in Sydney, Australia, after being recommended to take up classes as a solution to the severe back problems that Lynne had experienced for many years. Lynne was a student with Penny Latey in Sydney, and then completed her formal Pilates training after returning to London. She co-founded Body Control Pilates in 1996.
In the UK, the Times newspaper has hailed her as “The Queen of Pilates” and the Observer called her "The undisputed First Lady of Pilates". Recognising the impact that her work has had on general attitudes to fitness and on training techniques, the London Evening Standard featured Lynne in their list of London’s ‘Power People’, the capital’s three hundred most influential people.
Lynne has also been featured extensively in the media for her work with Liz Hurley during the latter’s pregnancy. Her current and past clients include Sophie Dahl, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Hollie Willoughby, Hugh Grant, Pat Cash, Kyran Bracken, the Football Association and the England Cricket Team.
Lynne has worked regularly with West Bromwich Albion FC and at Chelsea Football Club where, on a weekly basis for more than three years, she taught players in the first team and reserve squads and working closely with the club's medical management to develop exercise programmes for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Lynne holds an Honours degree and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
Filming by MK Ceesay (www.zigzagzig.co.uk)
Photography by Charlie Kelly (www.charliekelly.co.uk)
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