Our Pilates Holidays Instructors

Our Flavour’s Pilates courses on our Pilates holidays in Italy are led by experts who teach body control 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 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 Crossland

Eleanor's Qualifications

  • Certified Body Control Pilates Instructor Level 3
  • Pilates with the Band
  • Pilates with the Small Ball
  • Pilates at the Barre

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.”

Flavours Pilates teacher, 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!”

Jo Luckman

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.

Headshot of Pilates tutor Rosalind Hoyes.

Rosalind Hoyes

  • 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 Methley

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

Ruth Partington

Ruth discovered Pilates 17 years ago, having taught many disciplines within the fitness industry. She was impressed by its intelligent approach, using body and mind to create a stronger, more functional body. Ruth loves that Pilates can be adapted to benefit such a wide range of ages and abilities. She qualified as a Body Control Pilates Instructor in 2003 and teach groups and individuals in Cheshire, with an age range of 19 to 90!

“Working on a Flavours Pilates Holiday will give me the chance to really get to know my guests and how their bodies work. The 1:1 sessions will help me to identify their individual needs and goals so that I can tailor the group classes to give maximum benefit to everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing guests revitalised after a week of intensive, energising Pilates in beautiful, inspiring surroundings.”

Pilates teacher Ruth Partington.

Ruth Partington

  • Body Control Pilates Matwork Instructor Level 3
  • Intermediate and Advanced Matwork
  • Pilates for Osteoporosis
  • Equipment courses including balls, bands, toning circles
  • Certificate in Education
  • Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals

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.

Charlotte Cirell

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 our new Pilates holiday instructor for 2017. She 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 Parr

  • 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 Lindsay

Jackie's Qualifications

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

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