I am Wendy Collings, Owner & Director of Centrr, Woo Pilates & Woo Yoga. I am a qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master based in Bishop Stortford. I have a passion for improving both the mind and the body.
I started practicing Pilates in 2010 after my first daughter was born. During my pregnancy I suffered with lower back pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) also referred to as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), where the pubis symphysis (joint between the two halves of the pelvis) increased too much and caused pain, instability and limitation of mobility and functioning in the three pelvic joints.
The birth of my first daughter was quite traumatic and left me with further pelvic damage. Just over a year later and during my second pregnancy, I was involved in a 4 way car accident which left me with chronic lower back pain and whiplash. Luckily and with the help of my Pilates practise, I went on to have a very quick and enjoyable birth with my second daughter.
Along with being genetically hyper-mobile, I realised that Pilates is something I needed to continue with on a regular basis for the rest of my life. Gone are the painkillers and most of my discomfort – my strong core now protects my back and I have learnt how to keep my hyper-mobile joints within normal range of movement, to help prevent injuries. At the end of 2012, I knew that if I could help myself, then I could also help other people through experience from my own journey. I left my sales career in London behind and trained for 12 months with The Body Control Pilates Association to become a level 3 Pilates Teacher. It was the best move I ever made!
I gave birth to my third (and last daughter) in August 2018, and following Maternity leave and an unfortunate clash with Pneumonia & Sepsis in March 2019, I have recovered and have now returned back to teaching. I have just been on a Vital Breathe workshop and hope to share what I have learnt very soon!
My third daughter Lily, was born with mild hip dysplasia and unilateral fixed talipes (Clubfoot) and as a result,this has created a new found interest in feet! – I am currently studying on a Feet-Ness course, where I will offering Pilates specifically for your feet.