About Rachel Tyler
Hi, I’m Rachel
Rachel Tyler, BSc, PGCE, CPT-RES, Diploma in Pilates
I have always been a person who loves moving – running, gym, yoga, tennis, in fact any type of fitness. The trouble was that, even though the exercise made me feel great at the time, I was actually feeling sore. I found standing around at parties painful on my back – even walking around the shops made my legs and back ache too. I practised yoga to try and ease my aches and pains and to some extent that helped. For a long time it was enough for me to be able to keep mobile and pain-free enough to manage. My second pregnancy in 2007, this one with two large boys, was the last straw for my back, my hips and my pelvic floor. I was horribly uncomfortable during that pregnancy (and eventual C-section) but assumed once I’d recovered all would be well and I would go back to normal. Well, my body didn’t properly recover and even with regular yoga and gym visits, I still didn’t feel that I had put myself back together very well!
I discovered Pilates and loved that it worked to balance out my muscle tension and helped me strengthen my core muscles. I began to appreciate that exercise isn’t only about sweating it out in a gym doing endless repetitive movements. I realised that it was even more important to learn and practice how to move underused parts of the body and balance muscle strength with muscle length.
I trained to teach Pilates with a strong personal specialism in core rehabilitation focusing particularly on postnatal restoration. In my search for more answers to improving movement I studied with Katy Bowman and qualified as a Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist (RES).
My interest in the field of biomechanics, alignment and movement therapy has deepened and I love finding ways that work to improve functionality and make people move better. This has included focusing on the huge improvements in body posture and pain relief that can come simply by re-learning how to walk properly (with Anatomy in Motion (AiM) with Gard Ward), and how to re-programme dysfunctional muscle patterns with Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT). I have also studied the importance of how the intrinsic core muscles can and should work together to repair and rehabilitate our bodies (with Dr Kathy Dooley and Immaculate Dissection). I use these and other techniques I have learnt from industry leaders in my private therapy practise to help people recover from injury, realign faulty movements patterns and get people out of pain.
For more details on some of the methods I use for rehabilitation and treatment look at My Methods.
How I can help you
I’ve learned that a healthy body isn’t necessarily gained in sweat and sufferance but in improving balance, better breathing and muscle coordination. I do exercise, but I spend much more time moving more often and thinking about how my body works in a mechanical way – particularly having had three children – and this approach can help you too.
By influencing the brain’s instructions to your body, improving your breathing, lymph flow, balance and muscle coordination you can learn how to become free from muscular and body pain too.
I lead numerous workshops and group classes along with a private practice to help clients move and feel better. If you want to move better, or if you have any pain, lack of mobility or lack of stability, I will be happy to help you.
I have helped hundreds of people learn how to live and move more freely and exercise better. From professional sportsmen and women, new mum’s recovering from pregnancy and child-birth, people suffering with pelvic floor problems (from incontinence to prolapse), people training for long runs and people living with muscular pain, old and young.
My movement qualifications
- Certificate in Restorative Exercise with Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement®
- REPs Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork
- Highly trained and experienced in pre and post-natal Exercise
- Pelvic Floor training – Pfilates and many other workshops
- Member of the Guild of Pregnancy & Postnatal Exercise Instructors
- Myofascial Release Technique training with Carolyn Anthony
- Psoas workshop with Liz Koch
- Healthy Foot Practitioner® certification with Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement®
- Hidden Kyphosis course with Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement™
- The Roll Model® Method with Jill Miller
- Restore Your Core (RYC™) study
- Finding Centre – Anatomy in Motion with Gary Ward
- NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 2
- Immaculate Dissection’s Core Concepts
- Immaculate Dissection’s Lower Extremity Concepts
- Immaculate Dissection’s Upper Extremity Concepts
- Immaculate Dissection’s Assessing Movement Subsystems
- Immaculate Dissection’s Neck, Jaw and Hand Concepts
- iTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports Massage
- Stop Chasing Pain – Lymphatic Mojo with Dr Perry Nickelston
- NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 3
- NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Teaching Assistant Levels 2 and 3
“I felt my feet weren’t functioning well (ganglion on one and plantar fasciitis on the other) and that specific exercises could help. I had been to Rachel’s classes before and know she is good and with a scientific background.”
“The workshop was truly informative and interesting. I’m so happy I was able to attend. I shall be starting the exercises tonight.”
“I have a problem with my Achilles tendon that every morning when I get up it is numb for 10 minutes and I hobble about. After the workshop it stopped thanks to the stretching you got us to do.”
“Rachel’s Pilates classes are really excellent. She provides a wide variety of exercises introducing new ones every week to maintain enthusiasm as well as to exercise different parts of the body. Her teaching style is friendly and encouraging as well as very well informed. I can highly recommend these classes to all who want worthwhile exercise in a fun environment.”
“I have attended both a Foot Health and a Pelvic Floor Health workshop and learnt so much. Lots of practical information with clear instructions for exercising at home. These are well worth attending whether you have an immediate issue or as a preventative measure for the future!”
“I love Rachel’s Pilates! It’s great that it’s not the same every week as she uses a variety of things to help strengthen and tone different areas. I particularly like using the soft ballsand can do similar exercises at home. Rachel always talks us through the different moves and checks we are doing them right. I have had a lot of back problems in the past but Rachel’s Pilates has really helped me strengthen my core and I have had no back pain since I started. I would really recommend Rachel’s Pilates!”