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Rob's Teaching Philosophy

Rob's approach is constantly evolving, but his passion for the work is based on the following key principles:

  • Each client is unique; Rob's movement practice is more than a rigid set of exercises or techniques - his passion is to problem solve, adapt and modify in response to what his clients experience in each session and what their goals are

  • Non-Judgemental; this not only relates to Rob's teaching but also to his client's own attitude towards their body

  • Facilitate clients to be successful; sessions should focus on what a client's body can do, while building confidence and physical strength to overcome fear, so that clients can take back control of their lives. This also includes liaising with any therapists his clients may be receiving treatment from

  • Be calm, caring & kind

  • Be inclusive

  • Make sessions fun!

Rob Filmer

A Brief History

Rob graduated with a degree in Business in the late 1980s and pursued a career in computer & business consultancy for over 16 years, working in both the private and public sectors.

In 2002, Rob started Pilates on the recommendation of his osteopath, who was treating him for a number of back-related issues and a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Pilates was a revelation to Rob, not only due to its ability to help him to support his physical body with accessible exercises (and becoming less reliant on regular osteopathic treatment), but also the mind-body focus and work on breath which helped him address stress & anxiety.


Rob was so inspired that he decided to embark on his own training to become a Pilates teacher, working with Helge Fisher (one of the co-founders of BodyControl Pilates ®) to train in Matwork Pilates, qualifying in 2004. He completed his Studio Teacher Training with Polestar ®Pilates in 2006.


Subsequently, he obtained a RYT200 Yoga Teacher Training qualification from the Art of Contemporary Yoga to complement his Pilates teaching practice. The highlights of the course for him were obtaining a greater understanding of myofascial anatomy and the influence of Far-Eastern Psychology, both of which have had a huge impact on his teaching.


Rob continues to expand his skills obtaining specialist qualifications in Low Back Pain Management, GP Exercise Referral, Cancer Rehabilitation (including Post-Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer) and Stroke Rehabilitation.


He has also attended CranioSacral Therapy (CST) workshops with the Upledger Institute, as he wanted to enhance his "hands-on" skills.

Rob continues to be inspired by both fellow therapists, teachers and above all by his amazing clients. His aim is to utilise his knowledge of Pilates, Yoga, myofascial anatomy movement practice, CST and other approaches to help each client on their unique journey.


He continues to study, regularly attending workshops and courses to expand his knowledge. 

  • Pilates Matwork (New Pilates School - 2004)

  • Pilates Studio (Polestar ® Pilates - 2006)

  • RYT200 Yoga Teacher (Art of Contemporary Yoga - 2009)

  • Certificate in Exercise for Management of Low Back Pain (Premier Training International - 2011)

  • Pilates Based Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis (MBodies - 2015)

  • Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Post Operative Rehab Specialist (MBodies - 2019)

  • Diploma in GP Exercise Referral (Wright Foundation CIC - 2020)

  • Certificate in Cancer Rehabilitation (Wright Foundation CIC - 2021)

  • Functional Rehabilitation & Exercise Training After Stroke (ARNI Institute - 2022)

  • Exercise Referral Practitioner with The Chartered Institute of Management of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA)

  • Qualified First Aider

  • Mental Health First Aider

  • Enhanced DBS Checked

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