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Living with Scoliosis and Spinal Fusions can leave us feeling wrapped in cotton wool. It’s hard to know what exercise works for you, and to trust an instructor to help you feel safe whilst getting strong.


Pilates Trainer

Emily was first introduced to Pilates to compliment her rehab from spinal fusion surgery to correct scoliosis. She gained her Level 3 Matwork Pilates qualification to better understand her own body and give her the confidence to get back to being active and strong.

This has in turn allowed Emily to help others with a wide range of conditions – especially those with fused spines as Emily understands the potential anxiety from not being able to join in with other gym classes, and the struggle to gain confidence post surgery.

Our physical and mental health is intertwined and the link is too important to ignore. Pilates is a great way to take control and build both strength and resilience – Emily loves working to help clients who are on a similar journey, growing their ability and connecting with their body.

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PT & HIIT trainer

Growing up with scoliosis, PT & HIIT trainer Hope is passionate about living a healthy life with our curvy spines. Looking at improving our cardiovascular function in a fun and safe way, Hope is the ray of sunshine we all need! 

Previously teaching exercise classes to the general public, Hope has now specialised in working with those with Scoliosis to compliment her personal experience.

Hope’s twin sister also has Scoliosis and Hope is excited to work with others in the same boat.

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Our clients feel the stretch.

Eversince having my spinal fusion surgery, I have always wanted to find a yoga or pilates class that helps to increase my strength and flexibility. Once I found Build and Breathe Pilates and learnt of Emily's own spinal fusion, I knew I had found the right class for me! Emily's stellar pilates skills and intimate knowledge of scoliosis and spinal fusion, has enabled me to make great progress in my pilates journey. Her classes are always varied, challenging and fun! As a result, I have seen real improvements in my core strength, balance and especially my flexibility which I didn't was possible due to my extensive fusion work. Emily's attention to detail, empathy and infectious positivity make her a truly wonderful teacher! Don't hesitate to sign up for a class especially if you have scoliosis or spinal fusion. You will love it!


Group client since 2020

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all the amazing work you do! I’m so glad I found your page, a year on and I think I’d be lost without your classes/ on demand studio! I always come away from your class feeling physically and mentally stronger. You’re a true inspiration, thank you. I’m so bad at focusing on what I can’t do, but your classes help me remember all the amazing things we can do, so thanks for that! I look forward to your class every week, you’re such a lovely soul!


Group client since 2021

I found Emily through Instagram and quickly signed up to her classes. I was only just one year post op when I signed up for her scoliosis classes, and very nervous about getting back into exercise. I definitely shouldn’t have been worried at all! Em is so kind and caring and genuinely is concerned about her clients. If I’ve had a niggle or concern she’s always been able to help quickly, making me feel so much more confident in my body! Thanks Em!


Group client since 2020

Well... what can I say about Em at Build Breathe Pilates? She is AMAZING!! I started classes during lockdown, I was super nervous and sceptical but after my trial class I knew I had found someone so unbelievably special! Em's classes are SO much fun and I always feel really in tune with my body. After having a spinal fusion 13 years ago and being so frustrated with exercise, I am happy to of finally found someone who truly understands. Since starting pilates with Em, I rarely get pain anymore and I am so much more confident with the way my back looks. The BEST thing about classes with Em, is my mental health. I used to be so anxious but now, I have seen a massive improvement and I couldn't be more grateful. I feel completely in tune with my body and my mind. I also do private one to one classes with Em once a week which i've found so so beneficial, I really like working one to one with Em! Thank you so soooo much I am so glad I found you xx


Group & 1-2-1 client since 2020

After only a few weeks I can already see the improvement both in class and in my day to day activity, and the progress that I’m making that is really motivating. I’m finding that regular Pilates is really helping with my pain management - before when my back was a bit twingy I’d take paracetamol, but now I do a few stretches to ease the pain! Whether you’ve had a spinal fusion or not, you’ll gain so much from Em’s classes. Her enthusiasm and positivity for Pilates and the difference it can make to your life is totally infectious and you’ll find yourself falling in love with it too!


Private client since 2020