Aimee Challies is an exceptional Pilates and Garuda teacher. She strives to deliver the highest level and most positive experience for every client in her classes with the most exquisite talent for verbal cueing of any instructor that I know. Through this ability you as the participant maximize every component of every exercise. Her gentle, encouraging, but firm manner empower you to acheive beautiful movement and to feel the true purpose of the exercise. As someone who was initially her teacher and mentor I am humbled and extremely proud to enjoy now being Aimee’s student and contemporary. Through her high level of knowledge and her personal need to continue to learn, Aimee has the ability to take on any role she wishes in the world of Pilates and Garuda.
We have been very proud and honoured to host Aimee last October. I am a PMA Pilates Practitioner and owner of a Pilates studio in Paris, equipped with a Garuda Apparatus. We loved her personality combined with a solid knowledge on the Garuda technique and James D’Sivas method. We appreciate her discipline and teaching skills - she is a great teacher! And finally we miss her and we wait for her to return to Paris!
AS A PROFESSIONAL DANCER, I’M FOREVER SEEKING WAYS TO FINE TUNE MY INSTRUMENT - MY BODY - AND INCREASE ITS CAPACITY FOR PHYSICAL EXPRESSION. THROUGH THE GARUDA METHOD, I’VE BEEN ABLE TO AWAKEN A NEW AWARENESS OF MY PHYSICALITY THAT I BELIEVE IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS UNIQUE METHOD. AIMEE IS A VERY ATTENTIVE TEACHER WITH A FANTASTIC UNDERSTANDING AND NOT AFRAID OF A CHALLENGE, WHICH IS SUPER IMPORTANT FOR ME.
AIMEE CHALLIES IS A TALENTED AND PASSIONATE TEACHER OF BOTH GARUDA AND PILATES. IT IS RARE TO FIND A TEACHER THAT IS ABLE TO CONNECT SO WELL WITH MANY DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR DIFFERENT NEEDS, IN A COMPASSIONATE, CARING YET EFFICIENT MANNER. HER DEDICATION TO THE REHABILITATION AND WELL BEING OF CLIENTS IS UNQUESTIONABLE. HER BACKGROUND IN DANCE GIVES HER A NATURAL UNDERSTANDING OF POSTURE AND INJURY. SHE IS PROFESSIONAL IN HER MANNER AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IN HER EXPERIENCE, WITH A POISE AND GRACE ABOUT HER SELF THAT IS AN INSPIRATION IN THE STUDIO.
I had always suffered from a number of injuries in competitive sport prior to doing pilates with Aimee, but her classes played a big part in helping me recover from a hip arthroscope. I was very grateful for the ‘extra’ effort that Aimee went to in contacting my physiotherapist, and in constantly seeking feedback from me on how my body was feeling. Aimee struck just the right balance between listening to the needs of our small class and pushing us to our potential. I now feel as fit and as strong as ever, and have never performed better on the cricket field. Thanks Aimee!
I have practiced Pilates for 2 years since my osteopath recommended it after a minor work-related spinal injury, and Aimee has been one of my preferred instructors over that period. Her eye for detail and fine-tuning is phenomenal, as well as her recall of each client’s particular needs and foibles, but, critically, she also has a knack for making the session enjoyable, challenging and full of variety which keeps a loyal client base returning for more on a regular basis! Aimee seamlessly blends stretching and strengthening exercises with more challenging cardio moments, and you can really feel the difference after regular lessons.
I have attended a weekly clinical Pilates session, as part of a small group, with Aimee as the instructor for about 2 ½ years. I have a great love for sport & fitness. I play cricket, baseball as well as run up to 70km per week in training for various races/fun runs. I found Aimee’s sessions to be extremely beneficial and were a key component of my training regime. She focuses on the individual needs of each of her students in a very considerate way & for me was able to significantly improve my flexibility, increase my core strength and all the while keep my L5 aligned. I attribute this as a major factor in keeping me injury free for my various sporting endeavours. Aimee has a terrific ability to demonstrate & teach the correct technique in a very friendly & personable manner. Attending her classes was always fun. As a dedicated Pilates person I have no hesitation in recommending Aimee as a “top shelf” Pilates instructor.
When Aimee teaches she is able to focus on correct technique and precise movements whilst still giving you a really physically challenging workout. I’m a very visual person and Aimee recognised that and always made sure to teach me in a way that I could relate to, showing me the movements and using visual imagery to communicate. Whilst Aimee was my teacher I noticed a definite improvement in my body, with increased muscle tone, better posture and less neck and shoulder pain. I’m now much more aware of my body. I would recommend classes with Aimee to anyone.