Body Control Pilates & Master Matwork Teacher
Back4Good® Practitioner & Low Back Pain Specialist
Ante and Post-Natal Specialist
Seiki Shiatsu Therapist
Since childhood, I had an appreciation for movement that led me to train as a professional dancer. During my undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban, the discovery of Pilates has been an invaluable help in recovering from injuries and finding a deeper connection with my own physicality. Having been a dancer for most of my life I understood first-hand the importance of having a healthy body, and saw the potential in using my experience to enable others to cultivate their own body awareness, strength and flexibility. So I pursued my studies and qualified as a Body Control Pilates teacher.
In the years that followed, I took paths which made me travel around the world, from France all the way to Australia, and back to London. Along this journey I met amazing teachers and clients, including the Zen Monks, who taught me that only by “connecting your mind to your body, you can be truly alive and get in touch with the wonders of life”. Inspired by these encounters, I felt the need to complement my knowledge with meditation and mindfulness practices, and as my curiosity grew bigger, I turned my attention also towards Oriental medicine till I found the holistic approach I was looking for. Since the start of my training as Seiki Shiatsu Therapist, I begun to combine these elements with Pilates and gave life to a more integrated wellbeing experience.
When 2020 lockdown was announced, I too found myself having to adapt to a new reality. Yet, I saw this as an opportunity to put into practice 10 years of research and experience as mind-body wellness specialist, and at a time when I felt it was much needed. As a way to show solidarity and offer support during the pandemic, I started running my own “Online Community Classes”: donation-based and open to everyone across the globe, they also contributed to great causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support. Inspired by Pilates movements as well as Shiatsu and mindfulness practices, I believe these classes helped us all remain in-tune during these difficult times.
The choices we made and the paths we took have been exciting, and have given me the strength to build further resources to support our growing Online Community. So I have created this space to give you access to an increased range of ONLINE live group classes (as well as 121 tutoring), complement your practice with additional pre-recorded videos, and dabble in some meditation sessions too. The classes on this site are varied in nature, and can accompany your journey as beginner all the way to more experienced practitioners.
Although I wish for “normality” to return into your life soon, I am delighted to be here and committed to support your home practice whenever you need and wherever you are!
“Chiara’s online classes have been one of the consistently good things in my year. They are a perfect counterbalance to hours spent at the desk and have greatly helped my mental/physical health through this challenging year. I really appreciate the way that Chiara curates the experience for her students. I always end the class feeling so much better than when I began” — Michelle, Paris
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you do. You are such a ray of sunshine. You have helped me immensely, both physically and mentally, through pregnancy, the post-natal period, and now through nights of little sleep! You have a very special gift” — Sam, London
“Chiara is an inspirational teacher! She also has x-ray eyes ... she can spot and correct misalignment from outer space (ok, exaggerating, but it's not always easy via Zoom). She is hugely generous with her advice and sharing her expertise, I have learned so much from her. And her community class gave me huge joy during the darkest lockdown days“ — Jane, Edinburgh
“You are able to make online sessions as effective as in-person sessions, as you are always attentive and ready to offer prompt advice and corrections to each participant” — Martina, Rome
“I love the graceful calm you spread so generously through this class and yet you make us move and be challenged (..) giving options of movement and being there for everybody still. I also love how you make people aware of their breathing and take all the time it takes to connect with the breath and calm down before starting with the exercises” — Susi, London