Women’s health and fitness, personal training and Pilates

Meet the Team

Sian Sheppard

Sian set up Feelgood Fitness to help other people feel fitter and happier about themselves. Initially she focused on working with people suffering with back pain and other injuries as this was something close to her personally. She’s trained both in fitness as well as a fully comprehensive Pilates and has a degree in Sports Science.

Over the years and after having her own children, Sian decided to focus more on women’s health and fitness and in particular around the postnatal period. The female body goes through so much change during childbirth that sometimes it needs a little bit of care and special attention when returning to fitness. For this reason she focused her skills on helping women to heal and learn about their tummy separation issues (diastasis recti), pelvic pain such as PGP or SPD and pelvic floor health.

Sian’s a firm believer in treating the whole body and taking a holistic approach not just focusing on exercising. She looks at daily life habits and tries to incorporate working towards your goals into your everyday life. As well as working with you personally Sian can refer you to the right professionals if you need more help such as women’s health physiotherapists, musculoskeletal physiotherapists, masseuse and nutritionists.


Debs Newth

Debs is a passionate Level Four Exercise Referral Specialist and a Pilates and Hatha Yoga instructor. She has been working in the Health and Fitness Industry for the last fourteen years focused around Exercise on Referral and Rehabilitation programmes alongside the NHS. She uses a combination of exercise disciplines to help manage and improve health, including Pilates and Yoga.

Debs has delivered a variety of classes accessible to those with various health needs including Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, cancer, coronary heart disease, mental and physical impairments and older frailer adults. Her teachings have varied from adapted chair based Yoga, traditional gentle mat based Pilates exercises and basic yoga asanas to intermediate and advanced Pilates with equipment and personal training.

She believes that regardless of mobility or health anyone can find joy, relief and benefit from the practice of regular movement.


Laura Gunn

Laura started practising Pilates in 2016 to help with her long-term back pain caused by hypermobility. Since then she’s discovered the many other benefits, sometimes first-hand and sometimes through the interesting feedback her clients give her.

Originally from New Zealand, Laura likes to keep classes relaxed, offering a mindful workout for the whole body. She is also a qualified Nutritionist (BSc hons).

She loves living in Bristol where she teaches from various community venues, and also the comfort of her lounge via Zoom.

Laura is currently qualified to teach Level 3 Mat Pilates and is looking forward to broadening her horizons in the near future.

 


Petra Lewis

Petra has been in the fitness industry since 2000. Starting as a tennis coach and enjoying helping people to achieve their goals. she decided to get UK qualifications in the fitness industry and achieved her Personal Trainer Diploma in 2013.

Later, after developing lower back pain and various health issues, Petra discovered the healing power of Pilates, Yoga and Qigong. Gaining the relevant qualifications,  Petra has used her knowledge to create a unique class called Trigger Point Pilates which has proven popular with people having back and neck issues or just a tight body.

Petra is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives by improving their health and fitness.

 

 


Sarah Leonard

Sarah began her Pilates journey 13 years ago, taking a break from triathlon and marathon running after suffering with injuries and arthritis. She loved how nourishing Pilates was for her body and mind and how adaptable it was for all kinds of abilities and circumstances (including her own creaky neck and shoulder!).

She took a career break after having children to look after her two energetic young boys and it was during this time that she retrained to become a Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor. She is currently undertaking further training to teach Reformer Pilates and hopes to continue to learn more!

Sarah has a BSc hons in Sport and Exercise Science with Biology and loves chatting with people about being active and finding activities to enjoy.