About

Rob's Personal Teaching Philosophy

Rob's approach is constantly evolving, but his passion for the work is based on the following key principles:

  • Each client is unique; Rob's practice is more than a rigid set of exercises or techniques - his passion is to problem solve, adapt and modify in response to what his clients experience in each session and what their personal goals are.
  • Facilitate clients to be "successful"; sessions should focus on what a client's body "can do", while building confidence and physical strength to overcome fear, so that clients can take back some control of their lives. This also includes liaising with other therapists his clients may be receiving treatment from.
  • Non-Judgemental; this not only relates to Rob's teaching but also to his client's own attitude towards their body.
  • Be calm, caring & kind
  • Make sessions fun!


A Brief History

Rob graduated with a degree in Business in the late 1980s and pursued a career in computer & business consultancy for over 16 years, working in both the private and public sectors.

In 2002, Rob started Pilates on the recommendation of his osteopath, who was treating him for a number of back-related issues and a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Pilates was a revelation to Rob, not only due to its ability to help him to support his physical body with accessible exercises (and becoming less reliant on regular osteopathic treatment), but also the mind-body focus and work on breath which helped him address stress.

Rob was so inspired that he decided to embark on his own training to become a Pilates teacher, working with Helge Fisher (one of the co-founders of BodyControl Pilates ®) to train in Matwork Pilates, qualifying in 2004. He completed his Studio Teacher Training with Polestar ® Pilates in 2006.

Subsequently, he obtained a RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training qualification from the Art of Contemporary Yoga to complement his Pilates teaching practice. The highlights of the course for him were obtaining a greater understanding of myofascial anatomy and the influence of Far-Eastern Psychology, both of which have had a huge impact on his teaching.

Rob obtained a specialist qualification in Exercise for Low Back Pain Management in 2011, to help complement his existing Pilates skills for clients experiencing a wide variety of spine-related issues.

He has also attended CranioSacral Therapy (CST) training with the Upledger Institute, as he wanted to have a non-invasive "hands-on" skill to provide his clients with a different approach.

Rob continues to be inspired by both fellow therapists, teachers and above all by his clients. His aim is to utilise his knowledge of Pilates, Yoga, Anatomy and CST to help each client on their unique journey. He continues to study, regularly attending workshops and courses to expand his knowledge.


REPS Polestar Pilates

 

 

 

07971 814303

rob@gatewaytobalance.co.uk

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Rob Filmer

Qualifications:

  • Pilates Matwork (New Pilates School)


Areas of Specialist Interest: 

Osteoporosis (Download Information Sheet)

Multiple Sclerosis

Spinal Pathologies & Pilates Repertoire 

Shoulder Pathologies & Pilates Repertoire

Leg / Arm Pathologies & Pilates Repertoire

Pre & Post-Natal Pilates

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) 1 & 2 

Myofascial Anatomy


Miscellaneous:

Level 4 Member of Register of Exercise Professionals

Qualified First Aider