About Us

Me with my horse Ruby

Hi, I’m Ruth and welcome to my website!

I am a fully qualified Pilates instructor having gained a Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork through Active IQ.

I am also an Equipilates Biomechanics Trainer™

I teach Matwork Pilates for the non-rider and Equipilates for the horse rider.

I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old, getting my first pony when I was 10. I am the proud owner of Ruby, my home-bred mare and we compete in Dressage whenever I can find the time!

I am so passionate about Pilates and I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with all my clients. I love the positive feedback I receive from my clients about how Pilates has been life changing for them.

I attended my first Pilates class in 2011 after having a riding lesson with Charlie Hutton on my old horse Chunky. I’ll be the first to admit that my position wasn’t the best back then, but Charlie made it quite clear to me that I needed to improve. I will never forget the words he said to me… “You need to go to Pilates and establish where your pelvis is” So that’s exactly what I did, and I haven’t looked back! My riding improved massively and in 2017 I discovered Equipilates™ with Sarah Payne at Sheepgate. This opened my eyes so much to how we as the rider influence the horse and it’s way of going.

In June 2018 I lost my horse Digo who I had owned for 18 years. That same day I attended an Equipilates™ class with Sarah. As you can imagine I was really upset and I had one of those moments where I thought I need to change my life. I’m sure we’ve all had them! As I laid on my pilates mat and holding back the tears I thought “I could do this” When I got home I looked into Equipilates training and the rest, as they say is history.

I began my Pilates and Equipilates™ journey in October 2018 when I attend Equipilates™ HQ for the first part of my year long training. I loved it instantly. I was fascinated by how the body works and how with simple exercises we can change our bodies for the better. In March 2019 I was back at Equipilates™ HQ for another 5 days training and in June 2019 I was back for my exams. I felt confident I would pass my teaching exam but not so much about my Anatomy & Physiology exam! However, I passed them both with flying colours and I gained a Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork.

I was back at Equipilates™ HQ in July 2019 for the final part of my Equipilates training and I qualified as a Biomechanics Trainer with Biomechanics Education. This change everything for me. The penny dropped. It brought everything together and it made me realise just how much we as riders influence the horse with our alignment, breathing and centre. Equipilates™ will help you to become the rider your horse would choose.

I was trained by Rachel Rafiefar and Lindsay Wilcox-Reid. Rachel is a Master Pilates Teacher and she qualified as a teacher in Pilates in 1991 with Alan Herdman. Lindsay is the founder of Equipilates™. She is a Pilates instructor, a Specialist Biomechanics Coach™ (Intelligent Training Systems), a Master Trainer for Biomechanics Education™ and the author of “Pilates for Riders” and “Core Connection for Riders”

In my previous job I worked as a mental health support worker I gained a Level 2 qualification in Awareness of Mental Health Problems. I am also a Mental Health first aider.

I can’t wait to share my knowledge with you!

What People Say About Us!

Just had my first private pilates session! As an absolute beginner I wanted to try it on my own before venturing into a class. It was so good. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ruth is very good at what she does. Looking forward to my next session. Thank you Ruth

Amanda

Had a fabulous beginners session today. The instructor Ruth explained and demonstrated all the movements in an easy to understand way. Her analogies for exercises were informative and witty. This class was an absolute joy to be in. I would definitely recommend BlackSalt Pilates for all abilities. I can’t wait for the next session. Brilliant!

Karen

Great class
professional encouraging instructor
easy to follow
positive vibes inside and out
my posture and core strength are an ongoing improvement

Hollie

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