Our Pilates Holidays Instructors

Our Flavour’s Pilates courses on our Pilates holidays in Italy are led by experts who teach body control (or the equivalent) Pilates, a form of Pilates that has many physical advantages; such as toning your body to combating back problems and is suitable for any age or ability. Why not read more about our inspiring instructors below?

Diane Parrilla

Diane formally trained with the Royal Ballet School in London. After an injury in 2002, she trained to become a qualified Body Control Pilates instructor and since then has continuously developed her knowledge.  “The great thing about a Pilates holiday is that it’s not just about Pilates. Besides high quality lessons, you will have the opportunity to see beautiful sights and learn how to cook fabulous Italian food.”

Diane’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Sicily 12 – 19 June 2022
  • Pilates in Tuscany 17 – 24 September 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Diane Parrilla, the Pilates instructor in studio on mat exercising Pilates

Diane's Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates Matwork Instructor Level 3
  • Certified Back 4 Good Practitioner (register of exercise professionals level 4)
  • Back Care professional
  • Pilates for older persons, MS, osteoporosis and hypermobility
  • Equipment courses including balls, circles and foam rollers
  • Supervising teacher for Body Control
  • Reformer qualified
  • Intermediate to advanced matwork

Eleanor Crossland

Hi there. I’m Ele, a Level 3 Body Control Pilates teacher. I first began practising Pilates around four years ago, and loved how this non-impact exercise strengthened and toned my body. In addition, just one hour of concentration and focus allowed my mind to have a break from its constant business. I was hooked! Coming to a crossroads with work, I decided to retrain as a Pilates teacher, and registered with London-based Body Control Pilates in February 2016. I qualified in Spring 2017, and hold a certificate in Level 3 Matwork Pilates. I love to share my love for Pilates with those who are both new to Pilates and experienced, and get so much from seeing people develop in strength, confidence and enthusiasm through their practice. I hope that you’ll find my classes fun, challenging, friendly and relaxed.

Eleanor’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Puglia 11 – 18 June 2022
  • Pilates in Puglia 18 – 25 June 2022
  • Pilates in Puglia 17 – 24 September 2022
  • Pilates in Puglia 24 September – 01 October 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

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Eleanor Crossland

Eleanor's Qualifications

  • Certified Pilates Teacher Pilates Teacher Level 3
  • Intermediate Matwork Pilates with the Band
  • Matwork Evolution Pilates at the Barre
  • Pilates with the Small Ball
  • Pilates with the Band
  • Pregnancy 1 and 2: Ante and Postnatal programmes
  • First Aid Certificate in Basic Life Support

Catherine Crompton

Catherine discovered Pilates after being diagnosed with prolapsed discs in her lumbar spine, the prognosis was either surgery or help herself. She chose to try the latter, to rehabilitate herself with the help of gentle Pilates exercises. Having suffered back pain for many years, she decided to train to become a Pilates teacher, knowing that the method really can help with many types of medical conditions including stress and anxiety for people at any stage of their life.  Having lived in Italy makes teaching there the perfect scenario, combining two of her great loves, Italy and Pilates. “There’s nothing better than telling my clients to float their arms up to the bright blue sky and really meaning it.”


Catherine’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Amalfi 02 – 09 April 2022
  • Pilates in Amalfi 22 – 29 October 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

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Catherine Crompton

Catherine's Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates Level 3 Matwork certified.
  • Level 4 Pilates for Lower Back Pain - Back Care Professional.
  • Register of BackCare Professionals.
  • Pilates for Bone Health (Osteoporosis).
  • Pilates for the Older Person.
  • Matwork Pilates with all Small Equipment.

Jo Luckman

Until 2002 Jo had a very successful career as a nurse specialising in Renal nursing, but suffered with chronic lower back pain as a result of years of lifting heavy patients and equipment around. She discovered the wonderful world of Pilates and fell in love with it. Not only did it change her body shape, but it well and truly sorted out her back pain. She loved it so much, she decided to train as an instructor with Body Control Pilates. She has continued to develop and extend her skills by attending courses run by Body Control Pilates as well as workshops in the Franklin Method under the New Pilates School amongst others. Jo teaches classes and private clients in and around Dorking in Surrey. Her clients include Olympic athletes and international equestrians. Jo is a keen runner and has run 3 marathons as well as many many many half marathons! Her other passion is music , and she plays saxophone in several jazz bands in the south of England. “What I love about teaching Pilates on a Flavours retreat is seeing my guests improve so much over the course of the week as they develop their technique and strength, as well as seeing them totally relax and really enjoy themselves. My classes are all about having fun as well as working hard!”

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Jo's Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates Matwork
  • Pilates in pregnancy
  • Matwork equipment courses including balls, bands, toning circles, Swiss balls, balance boards
  • Teacher specific training courses with En Avant Pilates Therapy
  • Franklin Method pelvis and psoas workshop

Rosalind Hoyes

Rosalind stumbled upon Pilates back in 2002 after getting her youngest child off to school. She joined a local class to find out what all the fuss was about. “I was immediately gripped and it set me on the road to training with Body Control and turning a passion into a career.”

Since qualifying with Body Control in 2004, Rosalind has taught in a variety of situations. After running a studio in Northamptonshire for many years, she now teaches private clients and thoroughly enjoys her work with Flavours Holidays. “Having the opportunity to get to know the guests in such a relaxed environment, watching them steadily progress with the benefit of daily practice and tuition is an absolute joy as a Pilates teacher.”
Rosalind recently gained a teaching certification in ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction’ with Bangor University. She brings elements of this philosophy into all areas of her teaching practice.

Rosalind’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Puglia 30 April – 07 May 2022
  • Pilates in Sicily 03 – 10 July 2022
  • Pilates in Scotland 25 – 29 July 2022
  • Pilates in Sicily 21 – 28 August 2022
  • Pilates in Sicily 24 September – 01 October 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Headshot of Pilates tutor Rosalind Hoyes.

Rosalind's Qualifications

  • Certified Body Control Pilates Instructor Level 3
  • Intermediate and Advanced Mat Instructor
  • All Matwork Equipment Courses
  • Reformer trained
  • CPR Certification
  • Mindfulness Teacher

Rebecca Methley

Has been practising pilates since 1997 after being directed towards pilates following a back injury. Favourite activities include running, swimming and golf. Decided to qualify to teach pilates following recovering from breast cancer and finding pilates the key to returning to full strength and activity. Enjoys seeing clients develop strength and flexibility and incorporate pilates into everyday life. Pilates in beautiful surroundings is food for the body and soul and I love passing on all I have learnt about keeping myself healthy and strong enough to face whatever life throws at me.

Rebecca’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Sicily 08 – 15 May 2022
  • Pilates in Puglia 04 – 11 June 2022
  • Pilates in Puglia 03 – 10 September 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Rebecca's Qualifications

  • Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Matwork Pilates
  • Level 3 Matwork Body Control Pilates
  • Body Control Pilates for Golfers
  • Body Control Posture Unravelled I
  • Body Control Small Ball and Toning Circle
  • Basic Life support

Charlotte Cirell

I qualified as a Body Control Pilates teacher in 2003, following a career break looking after my children and having previously worked as a Solicitor. I love teaching and practising Pilates, the flexibility and strength it gives and the feel-good factor after every class. My specialities are Pilates for Low Back Pain; for Pregnancy and also for Bone Health. I run my own classes at home in Leeds, and also teach at Leeds University studios, David Lloyd Leisure and various corporate clients in Leeds. My other passion in life is dancing, ballet, tap and jazz. I attend classes several times a week and perform as much as possible. Teaching for Flavours give me the perfect opportunity to really understand the guests’ Pilates requirements and work to achieve real progression through the week of classes. Very satisfying for the guests and for me.

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Charlotte's Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates Certified Matwork. Level 3.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Pilates. Level 3.
  • Pilates for Low Back Pain. Level 4.
  • Post and Ante Natal Pilates. Level 3.
  • Pilates for Bone Health. Level 3.

Amanda Parr

Amanda is a highly experienced Body Control Pilates instructor and firm believer in incorporating Pilates into your daily routine so it becomes a way of life.

“I have been teaching Pilates since 2003, having qualified as a teacher after a car accident caused a neck injury. I soon found Pilates addressed the whole body and not just helped my neck injury. I enjoy teaching, and run a small studio at home, working closely with local physios in the area. Teaching Pilates in Italy, is the best, a chance to get to know the guests and structure lessons to suit everyone, and exercising outside in the glorious sunshine”.

Amanda’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates & Nordic Walking in Loch Lomond 11 – 15 July 2022
  • Pilates in Andalusia 18 – 25 September 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

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Mandy Parr

Amanda's Qualifications

  • Body Control Trained Level 3
  • Intermediate & Advanced Matwork
  • Pilates for Older Person, Osteoporosis and Bone Health
  • Pre/Post Natal Pilates
  • Small Equipment Course
  • HIP Pilates
  • Nordic Walking Instructor

Jackie Lindsay

Jackie has over 30yrs Nursing & Midwifery experience. She trained as a fitness instructor with the YMCA in 1996, studied Sports & Remedial Therapy in Dumfries in 2000 & qualified as a Pilates teacher with Rachel Holmes in 2006. She is also a trained phase IV instructor in Cardiac Rehabilitation & an Aqua-cise teacher. Recently, she trained in Diamond Pilates with Cherry Baker & now delivers Pelvic Health workshops in her area. She has her own business as a Sports & Remedial Therapist, also teaching 8-10 Pilates classes a week. Having attended Pilates holidays in the sun for the past 4yrs… ‘there is nothing quite like doing Pilates outside in beautiful sunshine.’

Jackie’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Loch Lomond 10 – 13 March 2022
  • Pilates in Sicily 05 – 12 June 2022
  • Pilates in Tuscany 10 – 17 September 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Jackie's Qualifications

  • Pilates Level 3
  • Matwork Pilates with balls, bands & foam rollers
  • Diamond Pilates
  • CPR Certificate
  • Member of Register of Exercise Professionals

Myra McGinley

I began my fitness career with the Scottish Keep Fit Association in 1993, training in Pilates in 2002 and continued to train in various fitness methods. I have been a beauty therapist for over 20 years, but found clients were expecting to me to “fix” back problems, and as a beauty therapist didn’t have the knowledge so I returned to college and I studied HND Sports Therapy. Using this knowledge, along with Pilates, means I am now successfully helping backs and much more. I have had my own business for over 15 years where I offer sports massage, Pilates and a variety of different beauty and holistic treatments.

Myra's Qualifications

  • Fitness instructor
  • Pilates level 4 instructor
  • Equipment course, Swiss ball, circles, foam rollers
  • WABBA instructor
  • Piloxing instructor
  • Beauty therapist
  • Holistic therapist

Sharon O’Hanlon

I have been teaching Pilates since 2008. Like many teachers I discovered the amazing benefits Pilates can offer following an accident which lead to a complete life style change. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 11 years as well as being a holistic therapist and trainer, I knew I needed to find something that would strengthen both the body and mind without the need for medications and surgery. Pilates works! As a Reiki Master I like to meditate daily and would love you to join in.

Sharon’s next available holiday dates are:

  • Wellness Weekend in Loch Lomond 31 – 03 April 2022
  • Pilates in Seville 23 – 30 April 2022
  • Pilates in Tuscany 07 – 14 May 2022
  • Pilates in Tuscany 14 – 21 May 2022
  • Pilates in Seville 11 – 18 June 2022
  • Pilates in Seville 18 – 25 June 2022
  • Pilates in Loch Lomond 15 – 19 August 2022
  • Pilates in Andalusia 09 – 16 October 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Sharon O'Hanlon

Sharon's Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates Mat Level 3. 2008
  • European Register Exercise Professionals
  • Level 4 Pilates Teacher
  • Reiki Master & Teacher
  • Holistic Therapist
  • Sports First Aid
  • British Heart Foundation Heart Start

Jules Hardman

Jules discovered the benefits of Pilates back in 2001, when she was working as an art director for a fashion mail order company. Long hours in front of a computer, frequent long haul flights and staying in hotels, Jules found Pilates helped her to relax, improve her posture and flexibility. Best of all she could still carry out the exercises in the comfort of her hotel room whilst away on location shoots. Jules became seriously addicted and passionate about Pilates and in 2009 when she was thinking about a change of career realised that it seemed the natural choice to spread the word and train to be a Pilates teacher. She’s based in Cheshire and teaches 14 classes per week as well as 1:1 private lessons. The great thing about teaching Pilates for Flavours Holidays is every guest has a 1:1 private lesson as well as daily group lessons. Getting to know the guest and watching them progress during the course of a week is very rewarding.

Jules’ next available holiday dates are:

  • Pilates in Sicily 04 -11 September 2022

More dates are available – call 0131 343 2500 for further details

Jules' Qualifications

  • Body Control Pilates – Level 3 and APPI
  • Intermediate Matwork
  • Ultimate Pilates Technique
  • Standing Pilates
  • High Intensity Power Pilates
  • Small Equipment & Foam Roller
  • Reformer on the Mat using Pilates Bands
  • Pilates for Older Persons, Osteoporosis and Bone Health, Pregnancy, Horse Riders, Skiing, Runners, Cyclists, Scoliosis

Johanna Dollerson

Johanna trained in London with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and has been practicing Pilates for more than ten years. She became increasingly interested in Pilates while working in global communications for public health. While practicing Pilates in hotel rooms in order to maintain fitness on her travels, she realized that this more practical approach to public health was rather compelling. Her key motivation is seeing clients build strength and control to develop more active lifestyles – particularly to enjoy the great outdoors! The APPI method is widely used by the NHS for rehabilitation, in elite sport to build athletes’ strength and endurance, and by many professional dance companies, including the English National Ballet.

Johanna Dollerson

Johanna's Qualifications

  • APPI Comprehensive Pilates — Matwork Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Antenatal and postnatal Pilates
  • Pilates for osteoporosis

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