Our teachers come with the highest level of skill and experience. They come with many years of working with the public and are always friendly, supportive and understanding.
Mark Parfitt Jones
I have been working in the fitness industry since 1994. Originally training as a fitness instructor and sports therapist at the City of Bath College.
In 2003 I qualified with Body Control Pilates and became deeply committed to the method. I continued with my development and became a master teacher for both studio and matwork. I am a supervising teacher, helping in the qualifying of new teachers as well as teaching on the Pilates for Hypermobility Course,
I am also The Body Control Pilates Associations Council Member for the south.
In 2012 I took on the position of conditioning tutor and module coordinator with Circomedia; an internationally recognised school offering degree courses, one of only two in the UK. I also completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education.
Through my love of movement , I discovered Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains and I trained as a KMI practitioner (now known as Anatomy Trains Structural Integration) and completed the exam to become Board Certified Structural Integrator. It was around this time I met James Earls and Lucy Wintle. In 2019 we formed Animatum an advanced fitness education company. Animatum.co.uk
This began an interest in Fascia and in 2017 I completed my fascial fitness trainer qualification
I originally graduated with a Fashion and Textiles Degree. And worked in this industry in London for a number of years. Whilst doing my degree I became interested in Dance and Movement. This became a passion and I was encouraged to train in Dance and Fitness. This led to me to becoming a teacher. I worked for various organisations. Including time spent at Bristol University in their Health, Sport, Exercise and Healthy Living Centre.
Later on I became interested in Pilates and subsequently trained as a teacher with the Pilates Foundation becoming a student mentor after gaining experience. I also trained in 2012 with Body Control Pilates and have now been teaching for 15 years and have been running a Pilates Studio for the last 12 years in the south of the city.
I have also been a practising Reflexologist for the last 17 years and run a practise alongside my teaching, I was lucky to have been part of the complementary therapy module
offered to third year University of Bristol medical students as part of a introduction as to how these therapies could be used along side other forms of medicine.
Over the years I have spent a good deal of time working in the south of the city and feel a strong connection to this community. This has lead to me being invited to work on many specific projects across the city. Including both Pilates and Reflexology. I have a particular interest in Pre and Post Pregnancy, the Older Age Group and Supporting people with cancer awarded by the Penny Brohn Centre.