Our Team

Director: Emma Lee


Despite injuring her back as a student, Emma qualified from Canterbury Christ Church as a nurse in 1990. She worked extensively in the community and in hospitals in London and the South East as a neurological rehabilitation nurse. She enjoyed working with physiotherapists gaining much experience in assisting those with movement impairment problems. While suffering her own back pain since the age of 18, she found no permanent solution. Considering the surgical route, Emma attended her first Pilates class in Australia in 1999 and it was obvious from the outset that this was exactly what she needed.


Amazed at how gentle and yet effective the exercises were, Emma enrolled as a student with Body Control Pilates and qualified as a Pilates teacher in 2002. As a member of the Body Control Pilates Association, she is required to continue to develop her knowledge and skills. In 2006, Emma qualified as an Alan Herdman trained instructor. This one-year full time in house training course certified her to teach clinical Pilates and studio equipment Pilates. 


She has been teaching successful clinical classes for almost 20 years and has recently qualified as a Back4Good® practitioner. Emma now enjoys a pain free life by the sea teaching Pilates to the local community.

Alex Sanderson

Alex Sanderson holds a Diploma in Level 3 Pilates, pre and post natal coaching, as well as a BSc. in Applied Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy and an MSc. in Dance Science and Education focusing on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Originally from Maine, USA, she has lived in Deal since 2017.

Before arriving in Deal, Alex worked in various rehabilitative clinics specialising in rehabilitative Pilates, as well as coaching a University Dance Team.

Since childhood, she trained for many years in a variety of dance styles, which developed into an early understanding of the body and a trained eye for technique. Having experienced her own back pain from being a competitive dancer she became a true believer in Pilates, seeing firsthand how effective the method can be.

Alex uses Pilates as a foundation towards creating and maintaining a stronger and healthier mind and body and is dedicated to helping others do the same.

Alex also has her own Pilates classes locally in Kent and is available for home visits.

Maxine Phillips

Maxine Phillips holds a BA (hons) in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey.

It was during her time at university that she first discovered Pilates, which she undertook to compliment her practical dance training. She then went on to be a company dancer and teacher for Mapdance and gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance in Chichester.

On graduation in 2010 Maxine moved to London and became a freelance dance artist. From then she worked for many professional dance companies and studios including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, East London Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, Green Candle Dance Company, DanceDigital, The Place, Greenshoes Arts, Absolute Bollywood and Pineapple Dance Studios. Maxine has taught all over the UK, in India, Shanghai and Saudi Arabia.

Living in Qatar in 2016, she trained to become a Pilates matwork teacher with Body Control Pilates. Maxine also went on to complete her intermediate and advanced teacher training with Body Control Pilates an upon her return to the UK in March 2018. She also joined The Royal Opera House team as a dance artist, as well as continuing her role with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Maxine teaches her own Pilates classes locally in Kent.

Carly Allen: Yoga


Knowledgeable, perceptive, inspiring: just three ways to describe Carly Allen, a dedicated and versatile yoga teacher whose classes are sympathetically tailored to the needs of each group. 


Carly studied contemporary dance at Manchester Metropolitan University, then travelled to many destinations around the world. In 2000, Carly trained with 'Teach Yoga' in London and became a fully qualified teacher through The British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. 


Carly offers various classes, based at The Pilates Shed covering Hatha Yoga, Somatics, Prenatal, Postnatal, Baby Yoga and Sacred Pregnancy workshops.  


For more details and booking contact Carly at loveyogaindeal@gmail.com

or Tel: 0797 1347704 or by clicking the link below.

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