A little bit about Kristin
From the age of 8 to 16 I was a competitive equestrian, planning to make a career out of my love for animals and dressage. However another dream took over and I left my home country, Germany to study Art in the UK. At Uni I grew an interest in Physical Theater and Direction for Acting.
After a few years of working in the Arts and Cultural Sector I decided to finally focus on physical movement. I became a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher. However I quickly grew tired of simply prescribing exercises. I felt that people and their bodies are all different and intriguingly complex. I wanted to know more about how the body works. Few years later I was holding further qualifications in Clinical Massage and Biomechanics Coaching. At the same time I had started working as a tutor for Intelligent Fitness Ltd in Scotland, teaching anatomy as well as intermediate and advanced Pilates repertoire on their teacher training courses. While I felt empowered with knowing so much more about our human physiology and how to treat basic soft tissue injuries I still felt that a piece of the puzzle was missing for me. I had however no idea what it was.
In 2014 I signed up for more in-depth training with Polestar Pilates UK and Anatomy and Movement specialist Gary Carter, in London. Exploring human movement much more holistically, I began to understand the massive and sneaky role that the nervous system (otherwise known as the mind) plays in our physical well being and our ability to move. Having always struggled with anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia and low confidence I was surprised to learn just how much working with my body in a specific way, could help me emotionally. I also realised that when it came to my work, especially clients with chronic pain conditions benefited from a much more holistic approach, in which the entire person, not just the body, is considered and involved in the healing process.
Seeking to understand more about how our brain works and impacts on our body I decided to train as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. The skills I learned there gave me an even greater sense of power over my personal struggles and introduced me to a much more confident, relaxed and happy me.
Having experienced the power of the combined mind and movement work in myself I decided in 2017 to start three years of training in Somatic Experiencing, a body and nervous system focused coaching method, developed by Clinical Psychologist Peter Levine, to increase emotional resilience and gradually resolve traumatic stress.
My journey of exploring the powerful resources that exist within ourselves will probably never end. However while on an exciting path, I am proud to be running my own studio and practice in Leigh on Sea and to be a member of the Polestar Pilates UK Education Team, passing on what I have learned to my clients and inspiring other Pilates Teachers.
Kristin's Qualifications & Formal Training Includes:
Kristin is also an Anatomy and Physiology Lecturer in the Fitness Industry and a Mentor with the Polestar Pilates UK Education Team. She is currently undergoing further long term training in "Somatic Experiencing" Trauma Release work with SOS Internationale.