My name is Johan Zwaenepoel and my full-time, long-term career has been teaching the Alexander Technique and teaching and helping to develop Pilates in the UK. My belief is that everyone can benefit from and practise Pilates and the Alexander Technique when they are taught and practised correctly. Pilates is at its best when it is taught in a way which is tailored to each individual’s anatomical structure. This requires expert guidance, precise teaching and the right environment. I have over 20 years’ experience in Pilates and my teaching is also influenced by the Alexander Technique to bring general awareness in your movements.
Over the years I have built up an excellent reputation and in turn I have worked with a variety of clients of all ages and all fitness levels; from rehabilitation and health enhancement to top levels of fitness for various sports.
ZW (pronounced "Zee""W") was my nickname since childhood, originating from my surname, Zwaenepoel. I am pleased to incorporate this into the name of my business.
I first started learning Pilates under Gordon Thomson in 1989 and then attended one of the first training courses held by Body Control Pilates in the UK. I went on over the years to qualify with Body Control to teach every level of Pilates to every level of expertise, from beginners to advanced, including teacher training.
Since then I have gained many years’ experience of teaching Pilates at every level, assisting in training courses and workshops and mentoring, supervising and assessing Pilates teachers in the UK. I have also taught modules of anatomy with movement around the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, and Canada and have respected clientele in Saudi Arabia.
Body Control Pilates was instrumental in making Pilates popular in the UK. Pilates was originally designed and developed for dancers and athletes and Body Control worked at breaking down the original Pilates movements to make them more achievable for the average body ensuring a safe and beneficial practice. Attention is given to developing and strengthening the correct muscles in order, before requiring the body to move on to the next level of Pilates exercises. Many physiotherapists became enthusiastic and endorsed Pilates after the movements were tailored to non-dancers.
After completing a four year full-time course in the Alexander Technique, under the direction of Shoshana Kaminitz, I became a fully qualified member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT).
As well as teaching private clients, I have assisted in training courses and workshops on the Alexander Technique and continue to study under Ted McNamara.