Principle Pilates
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    We have a fabulous location in Sarisbury Green, Southampton

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Welcome To Principle Pilates

STOTT PILATES® is a big part of our life and we want to share the benefits with everyone!

To walk taller, stand better, feel better, perform sport or just everyday activities in a fluid way is just a wonderful thing and Pilates does that!

The STOTT PILATES® method has contemporised the work of the late Joseph Pilates and applied the latest up to date information we have of the body. Using the exercises we have seen people in chronic pain and close to the operating table get better, some even taking up new sports and activities, whilst other active people continue to partake in their favourite pastimes well into their retirement. Truly remarkable in preventing injury and restoring balance to our bodies, it should be prescribed for everyday!

Principle Pilates is located at the Principle Pilates Studio in Sarisbury Green, Southampton.

As well as offering Pilates to clients we also teach training courses and workshops to Pilates students throughout the country.

Principle Pilates offers:-

Group Pilates Reformer and machine sessions

Private Sessions

Training Courses - For people looking to become Pilates Instructors

Workshops - For Pilates Instructors to keep their skills up to date.

bo Physiotherapy and Acupuncture – With our HPC and CSP qualified and registered Physiotherapists

Mission Statement.

To help everyone achieve a stronger, flexible body and enjoy life to best of their ability! To spread the word and the method of Pilates to EVERYONE!



If you would like more information on any of the services offered by Principle Pilates, or you would like to chat to Chrissy, please email or telephone 07817 262 549.

You can also contact Samantha directly if you have a Principle Physiotherapy question by emailing her on

Best wishes




Our Instructors



Chrissy Connelly is our fully certified Lead STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer who Chrissyworks from the Principle Pilates Studio at Universal Marina in Sarisbury Green, Southampton. She qualified in 2005 and now works closely with many Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractioners in the area and enjoys working with clients from re-hab to International Sports people.

Chrissy is one of only 5 Lead Instructor Trainers in the UK for the Merrithew STOTT PILATES® and Zenga Mindful Movement Methods. Chrissy delivers their courses, workshops and takes students through all the pieces of equipment Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels.

Chrissy was a member of the British Olympic Windsurfing Team and has 3 World and many National Titles under her belt. She enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, horse riding and walking her dog in her free time. She also spends many hours supporting her teenage son Freddy who is a National Level competitive swimmer.


Dawn Cleland is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor ZENGA Mat & Equipment Instructor with a BA hons degree in Business Studies.

DawnHaving worked in the corporate marketing world & running my own market research business for almost 20 years I decided to follow my passion for fitness & train as STOTT PILATES® Instructor. After 4 years of practice & studying I became fully certified to level one (in Mat work, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair & Barrels). Two years later I am now practicing & studying to gain my level two Advanced certification across all pieces of equipment. This will then lead me on to train to be an Instructor Trainer. I enjoy teaching classes, small groups & one to ones & also helping new instructors gain their certification. In my spare time I train to compete in triathlons & have completed two London marathons. I look forward to working with you.


Samantha Allen is a Chartered Physiotherapist having graduated from Liverpool University in 1995 with a degree in physiotherapy, a qualified member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, a certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and a member of the Acupuncture Association of chartered Physiotherapists.

Initially, Samantha worked in the NHS at Aintree Hospital, SamLiverpool and then St Georges Hospital, London where she specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working as an Extended Scope Practitioner in Accident & Emergency and then as a Principal Physiotherapist managing a team of 8 other physiotherapists. For the last five years, she has been working in private practice.

Clinically, Samantha treats all musculoskeletal problems, including sports injuries. She has experience working with rugby teams, at the London Marathon, at the World Netball Championships and more recently with golfers, triathletes, sailors and cyclists. She also integrates Pilates (mat, reformer, Cadillac and stability chair) into her everyday practice and finds it an extremely useful tool and adjunct in the rehabilitation of her clients.

When Samantha is not working she enjoys sailing, skiing, paddle boarding, cycling and running. She also has two young and energetic sons who keep her busy.

If you would like to contact Samantha directly her email is


Amanda Hemingway qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1986 working initially in the NHS and then in private practice. With a love of animals she then took a further period of study to qualify as a veterinary physiotherapist, attaining a MSc Vet Physio from the Royal Veterinary College. Over the following 20 years she established a very successful practice and became the Rider and Equine Physiotherapist for the GB Equestrian team at Olympic Level, travelling with the team to Atlanta in 1996. During this time she developed a practical training programme for veterinary physiotherapists working with horses and riders.

Amanda discovered Pilates when she was treating Chrissy's dog for a spinal condition. At this time her teenage son was unable to play Basketball after sustaining an injury and, whilst treating Perdy, they both discovered a mutual understanding of movement. This led to a course of Pilates for him with Chrissy, getting him back on court and transforming her whole approach to rehabilitation and exercise. After years of treating horses (and dogs) Amanda was herself suffering from postural strain and embarked on a full time training programme with STOTT PILATES® becoming certified in Matwork in 2015. Since then she has undertaken further training in Reformer, Zenga and Equipilates applying her amazing animal and human knowledge to the exercise method. Having sold her veterinary physiotherapy practice she has now become a member of the Principal Pilates team and has established a specialised referral service for small animals called, ASAP.

Amanda is available for classes and 1 2 1 or 2 2 1 sessions and can also treat your beloved pets by appointment.

Amanda Hemingway A.C.P.A.T., Cat A, MSc Vet Phys. Royal Vet College, M.C.S.P. HPC.


Rob Edmonson qualified in 2000 from Brunel University and began his career working in several of the large teaching hospitals in London. He moved to Warsash 7 years ago and he has worked in a busy sports Physiotherapy clinic since that time. This experience has enabled him to work for the Hampshire cricket team and also do contract work at the RYA performance unit in Weymouth.

Rob is now really enjoying applying his STOTT PILATES® Reformer knowledge into his Physiotherapy treatments.


Anne Hume is a qualified Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist @ Level 3 with additional qualifications in Holistic Massage Therapies and is a Personal Trainer @ Level 3 . Anne

Having worked in the banking and accounts industry for some years she decided to fulfil her passion in Health and Wellbeing. Anne qualified initially in 2004 as a Holistic Massage Therapist and obtained her Sports Massage qualification in 2008 . She currently works from two clinics one a busy Natural Health Clinic , the other a popular Physiotherapy practice. Anne recently obtained her Personal Trainer Level 3 qualification enabling her to offer a more comprehensive service to clients especially with rehabilitation after an injury.

Anne has worked with a wide variety of elite sports people especially in tennis, squash, netball and running. She has helped clients of all age groups and abilities, whether it be sport, occupational or general wellbeing . She is passionate and enthusiastic as about clients achieving their goals. In the past Anne has competed in netball at county level and, when not working, enjoys playing tennis , racket ball , walking, keeping fit , pilates, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Please contact Anne directly her email is

Third Party Accreditation

MERRITHEW® branded programs: including the STOTT PILATES® Certification Program and ZEN•GA®  are recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals. 

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)  


Upon completion of each approved program/event member must submit the title, instructor/presenters name and event/location details to REPs directly (online). Letters and certificates of completion can also be submitted as proof of attendance.
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Latest News in 2018

Intensive Reformer Course (IR) - 2/3/4 & 23/4/5/ November 8/9 December 2018 and 5/6 January 2019 Click here for more information. Please note there are only 4 places left on the 2nd November course so book now!


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"Chrissy is one of the most generous Instructor Trainers I have been taught by, and has great patience and tenacity when trying to help you to learn. I always feel reinvigorated after spending time under Chrissy's instruction, she inspires me to be the best I can be - even after an exam!"
Clare Walters STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, Herefordshire