Jess Bannister pilates health project

Jess Bannister graduated Brunel University in 2015 with a Sport Science BSc Second Class (2:1) Degree. She furthered her education and knowledge by qualifying as a Level 5 Detox Specialist and a Body Control Level 3 Pilates Teacher.

She is also apparatus trained (BCPA Reformer qualification) and has the Intermediate Matwork Certification.

Jess is a Mindfulness and Life Coach and uses a fresh perspective to combine her up-to-date Pilates knowledge with mindful movement allowing a deeper connection between the mind and body.

Her Pilates sessions are knowledgeable, flowing and good for the soul!


  • Body Control Pilates Matwork Teacher (Level 3)
  • Body Control Pilates Intermediate Matwork
  • Body Control Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Body Control Pilates Sport Performance
  • BSc Sport Science Degree
  • Diet & Nutritional Advisor Diploma
  • Detox Specialist (Level 5 Diploma)
  • Mindfulness Coach
  • Health & Wellbeing Coach
  • Gym Instructor (Level 2)
  • Emergency First Aid at work


  • Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering (Level 2)
  • Climbing Wall Instructor
  • Mountain Boarding Instructor ATBA (Level 1)
  • Mountain Biking Instructor MIAS (Non-technical terrain)

A LITTLE ABOUT how she could work with you…

Jess loves an active lifestyle, but it hasn’t always been easy… At 6 years old, Jess developed toxic synovitis in her right hip joint which left her with a weakness and intermittent pain. She’s had to work hard to build strength to allow her to continue her hobbies, especially climbing, surfing and long-boarding.

Although naturally confident, Jess found she began to develop anxiety. It is living with anxiety, that has helped Jess move forward on her career path with empathy, awareness and understanding of physical and mental health. It is what makes her a wonderful role model, Pilates Teacher and Lifestyle coach.

Recently Jess has become a Health & Wellbeing Coach for the Mid Devon Primary Care Network. 

Lauren bannister pilates health project

Lauren Bannister has been working in the Sports & Fitness Industry for over thirty years, teaching Athletics, Netball and Swimming, as well as being a qualified RSA Fitness Instructor, Circuits Instructor and Power Plate Trainer. She also holds a diploma in Sports Psychology and is a qualified Nutritionist.

She spent ten years working overseas as a Skydiving Instructor and United States Parachute Association Freefall Instructor Examiner but was then introduced to Pilates and went on to train with the Body Control Pilates Association in 2000. 

Since then, Lauren has worked with Doctors and Clinical Practitioners, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and taught Pilates to talented young athletes selected through Stratford on Avon Athletics Club.

Lauren is a Master Pilates Teacher and Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (low back pain) who is also trained on all studio apparatus.

In 2021, Lauren qualified as a Menopause Coach, and she now uses this knowledge combined with her Pilates and nutritional qualifications to provide full wellness packages for women who are looking for a complete health ‘reset’.


  • Body Control Pilates Matwork Certified in 2000 (Level 3)
  • Body Control Pilates Master (Advanced) Matwork Teacher Certification, with honours
  • Body Control Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Body Control Pilates Cadillac Certification, with honours
  • Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (Low Back Pain)
  • Body Control Pilates Back4Good Practitioner Certification
  • Level 4 Movement & Adaptations
  • Pilates Pregnancy & Exercise
  • Qualified in Pilates Level 3 for the Older Person
  • Body Control Pilates Level 3 in Bone Health (Osteoporosis)
  • Body Control Pilates and Scoliosis
  • Pilates for Hypermobility and related conditions
  • Body Control Pilates for Golfers
  • Body Control Pilates Performance (for Sport)
  • Body Control Pilates: Understanding Cancer
  • Body Control Pilates: Mental Health Foundation
  • BCPA Supervising Teacher for Devon


  • Movement & Strength for Menopause: Burrell Education
  • 3rd Age Woman Menopause Transition Online Certification: Burrell Education
  • Menopause Movement Professional Development Training Programme 
  • Adore Your Pelvic Floor Teacher Training: Louise Field

A LITTLE ABOUT how she could work with you…

Lauren was always 100% with life and sport. She raised two daughters as a single parent and has run a thriving full-time business for the last thirty years. Then the natural process of aging caught up… weight gain, lack of energy, unexpected injuries and dipping confidence in herself. She was going through menopause and hadn’t realized it!

Her Pilates tuition has always been on the more technical side for specific goals, sports or injuries but found there was nothing on offer for women who had reached menopause.

There was simply not enough information or support out there for women who wanted to keep moving but had to navigate a range of issues because their bodies were going through physiological changes. Lauren links it all together, and having lived it, truly understands how to support others, no matter their age or situation.