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Your Pilates Trainers




Carin Nutt BSc Hons DThD ITEC



Carin trained as a classical ballet dancer at Arts Educational School, Tring and after training as a teacher through the Royal Academy of Dance she taught dance abroad in her 20's. She later trained and gained her RSA exercise to music and worked as a fitness instructor in the 1980s working in the Pineapple Dance Studio and Big Apple Centre during this time. She also trained and gained a diploma in dietary therapy, qualified in ITEC massage and worked as a personal trainer in London.



Later on in her 30's Carin went back to university and gained her degree as an Occupational Therapist going on to work in the National Health Service. During her 20+ years as an OT she worked in areas of elderly medicine, back care, stroke, mental health and community and became a Senior OT at the N&NUH in orthopaedics and specialises in elective surgery. Carin has just retired from the NHS but her knowledge of the working body has come from all her fields of work giving her a full understanding of the mechanics of the body, the anatomical basis of good posture and the importance of exercise.



Carin discovered Pilates after having twins and thought she would never see her toes again - let alone her stomach muscles! She enrolled in a Pilates class, falling in love with her ballet on the floor and has not looked back since.



After arriving in Norwich in 2005 Carin went to classes with Shape Up Pilates where Kim Snelling encouraged her to train. Carin underwent her Fitness Pilates training and worked with Kim during the year. At this time Hempnall Hall were looking for a teacher and Carin started her first class in 2006. 

As classes started to grow she undertook her Matwork Course Levels 1, 2 and 3 with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute). She passed her final Rehabilitation Exam in 2013 and is now a fully certified APPI instructor.  To keep her training up to date, she undertakes annual CPD coursework with the APPI including Small Equipment, Shoulder Rehabilitation and Founders Workshops.

Her courses are now well established with a large and loyal following of regular clients at Hempnall and Cringleford as well as a handful of private clients. Carin keeps very busy with several classes each week and working part-time as an OT at the hospital. In any spare time left over she enjoys cycling and ballroom dancing.



 Carin is CRB-checked and holds her St John's Ambulance First Aid training. 

Jo Douglas

Jo's background is as an occupational therapist, and has worked in
orthopaedics, rheumatology and community mental health.

Her own 'back history' began following two pregnancies twenty eight
years ago.  Over the ensuing years there has been much involvement with 'various therapies'.  Finally, a chiropractor told her (very nicely), that if she took more responsibility for her own spinal health, there would be less dependency on other interventions.

This prompted Jo to take up pilates, and the chiropractors point was
proved to be true. Jo then trained in Pilates with Training Solutions in Surrey.  She strongly feels that if people are able to understand the mechanics of their body, they too will be able to begin to help themselves.

Jo's additional interests are in alternative therapies to which end she
is also qualified in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology.

Sue Palmer

The journey from ballet to Pilates was such a natural - and obvious - one! 

Trained by the Royal Ballet School from an early age through to a professional dancer, and then later as a teacher, my knowledge and experience of anatomy and injuries were always to the fore. Throughout the years when I ran my Ballet School (and, later, fitness classes too) this knowledge was essential.  

I am greatly indebted to Carin, and to the APPI, for a thorough training in Fitness Pilates - a fantastic system that works.  The benefits to mind and body are truly remarkable.

Charlotte Harrison  Chartered Physiotherapist  MCSP,  BSc Hons,  MSc

Charlotte is a senior physiotherapist with a special interest in back pain at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital. She completed her physiotherapy training at the University of East Anglia qualifying in 2002. She has recently completed her Masters in Advanced Physiotherapy Research and Practice reviewing the effectiveness of physiotherapy techniques for low back pain in the elderly population.

Charlotte has been running spinal education and rehabilitation classes within the NHS for the last 8 years. Through these classes she has discovered the impact of empowering people to take control of their back pain through Pilates style self management exercises. This prompted her to learn more about the Pilates method and begin training with the APPI. She completed her first matwork course in March 2014 before discovering Carin’s classes. Learning the art of running a successful class through Carin’s experience and enthusiasm Charlotte completed her APPI certification in February 2016.

Following the birth of her two children, now 8 years and 6 years old, Charlotte initially regained her fitness by returning to running and playing hockey. It is only now by complementing these hobbies with regular Pilates that she feels the healthiest and strongest she has ever been.