This fresh and modern approach to clinical Pilates is the brainchild of Teejay Sogunro. His passion derives from his own personal journey of many years in search of pain relief from a debilitating back condition, the result of playing semi-professional sport for many years.
During his own long search for the correct advice and treatment, Teejay experienced a wide range of available therapies including physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports injury therapy and Pilates. He swiftly discovered the potential benefits of Pilates, but was dismayed to then suffer the devastating consequences of being subjected to the wrong Pilates exercises for his condition. This led him to research into why some Pilates exercises worked but others caused further damage. He then went on to study and master the clinical knowledge and skills vital for the application of the appropriate treatment and exercises for specific musculoskeletal conditions.
Resulting from his own experience of the damage the wrong kind of exercise can cause, Teejay has no time for rigid interpretations of Pilates exercises that are clinically inappropriate; his unique method applies the latest scientific evidence to clinical Pilates and combines this with other forms of rehabilitation and conditioning exercise to help clients of all ages and backgrounds to achieve significant and lasting results.
“If you have tried Pilates and you feel that it has made your issues worse then you need to re-evaluate the exercises you are doing. We advise on what Pilates exercises you should NOT do and recommend precisely the correct exercises for you.”
Teejay specialises in treatment and exercise programmes including rehabilitation, remedial, pre- and post-operative, fitness, well-being and sports performance. Combined with his experience and dedication is an impressive list of qualifications – a Pilates instructor with this kind of comprehensive knowledge within such a wide range of disciplines is a rarity.
No surprise then that his clients include medical and allied health professionals, elite sports professionals, pre- and post-surgery clients and individuals who have suffered injuries resulting from their day to day work, home or leisure activities.
Teejay’s dedication extends to creating a welcoming environment to encourage clients who would never normally set foot in a Pilates studio. Pilates may have originally been designed for elite ballet dancers and gymnasts, but he and his team are as devoted to the office worker and home-maker with backache as they are to the professional sportsman. Nothing is more important to Teejay than working out the best method for each client.
“Part of what we do is reassure people and let them know we are going to work to their level. We build up their confidence and find out what works for each person. We have a huge tool box and we’re going to choose the right tool.”
Teejay is proud to say that in the years since he extensively trained, he has literally changed people’s lives. While it is well documented that the knowledge and effectiveness of Pilates instructors can vary, there are no shortcuts in Applied Pilates. Teejay’s clinical skills in applying Pilates and other rehabilitation, sports injury and performance enhancing exercises to patients’ specific needs is truly inspiring.
“Life’s too short to waste time having to go through years of pain and lack of quality of life. My passion is to help you achieve your goal as quickly as possible.”
- Certified Pilates Instructor: Stott Pilates trained
- Qualified Sports Therapist, Injuries and Sports Massage Therapist
- Registered Practitioner with Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
- Registered Practitioner with Complementary Therapist Association (CThA)
- YMCA Qualified Professional Fitness Instructor
- Certified Rehab Trainer and Master Rehab Trainer
- Studied Osteopathy at Middlesex University
- Plays squash racquet at high level, Nuffield O45s champion 2019 and Hertfordshire County O55s champion 2018
- Certifications require mandatory minimum 30 hours a year of Continuing Professional Development
- First Aid trained with onsite defibrillator equipment