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Neither Classical nor Contemporary Pilates is a replacement for physiotherapy. If you have an injury, then Phil Birch is the person to see!

Miguel Bengoa

What do you get?

Hi, I’m Miguel. I’m the teacher & owner of your studio and writer for PilatesIntel magazine. 

My first ever encounter with “Pilates” was at my local gym where a friend showed me some exercises she had picked up on her own fitness journey.

I was an immediate convert!  I was training for a marathon and I realised that these exercises were the perfect recovery toolso much more efficient than the stretching exercises I had learned.

I successfully rehabbed myself after two operations on my big toe joint and broken wrist, elbow and dislocated shoulder after a cycling accident. But it was when I discovered Classical Pilates that things changed! 

But it was Classical Pilates, the original method created by Joseph Pilates, that really changed my body and my teaching. Hands down, it is so much more complete and effective than any other Pilates-based exercise.

I still love my running, cycling and speak several languages!

Training and Certification

Balanced Body
Pilates Method Alliance
NPCP Teacher

Phil Birch


Phil is the person to see if you have an injury. Pilates is not specifically corrective, but more “bodybuilding” and coordinating..  It is outside the Scope of Practice (and a Breach of Ethics) for Pilates  teachers to claim to “treat” or “rehabilitate” injury or disease.

Phil is a soft tissue injury specialist, with over 35 years experience in the fields of dance and performing arts. 24 years with Birmingham Royal ballet as possibly the most sought after treatment provider of the Jerwood Centre team. He has toured with the company across the globe.

He has treated some of the dance world’s most famous icons including Rudolph Nureyev, Sylvie Guillem and Darcy Bussell. His West End credits are too numerous to mention but it’s unlikely you’ll find a style of dance with which Phil doesn’t have an affinity and an answer to an injury.

But it’s not just dance. Phil has worked with actors and singers for vocal balancing, professional footballers, martial artists, athletes and counts many famous names amongst his client list.

Still passionate about the performing arts industries,  he is totally focussed on making each one a work of art and perfection. Visit his website: Dance Clinic

Outside of the clinic, Phil is a keen golfer and keeps himself fit through mountain biking and the gym. He enjoys his family time and gets involved with charity work and fundraising.

Joanna Myslicka

I love practising Pilates and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others to feel fitter, healthier, and happier. The benefits of Pilates are amazing!

I began Pilates as part of my training at the National Ballet School in Warsaw. I qualified as a fitness instructor & Personal Trainer in my early 20’s, but I discovered that Pilates just offers so much more than Personal Training.  So, I have worked hard to gain a wealth of experience in teaching both classical Pilates and Dance to adults, children, and teenagers.

As well as qualifying in Matwork I have also trained extensively in the large Pilates Studio Equipment.  I am very grateful to be training with Miguel.

"I feel so rewarded when I see change"...

I particularly enjoy working with people in post-rehabilitation and feel so rewarded when I see progress and recovery. My Pilates training is on-going, and my goal is to learn something new every day. I’m proud to continue to study with Miguel.

I grew up in Poland and have lived and danced professionally in Spain. I spent 5 years studying French and Spanish language and culture.

I love running, cycling, paddle-boarding, rollerblading and play badminton. But I also enjoy camping, gardening and travel as well as reading for relaxation and to widen my knowledge. I have a keen interest in massage, meditation, yoga, and Chinese medicine too, but of course my real love is Pilates!


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  • Avatar Noema Malecová ★★★★★ a month ago
    I wanted to learn what Pilates is about and I booked a workshop with Miguel to get into it. It was so worth it! I got what I was hoping for and even more as Miguel … read more teaches you in the way of practising along with explanation instead of giving you too many information without an action. Furthermore the studio is really nice set up filled with positive vibes 🙂 Highly recommended !
  • Avatar Adriana Oliveira Alves ★★★★★ a month ago
    I’ve always heard about Pilates, but I could not understand the real benefits until I had my first lessons with Miguel. His knowledge is incredible and he really … read more knows how to explain you to understands the movements and the mindset. I’ve learned it’s much more than exercise or posture improvement. I feel more energised for work, for more exercises and much less headache, because it was caused from muscle neck pain. In few weeks, I already feel more fit. And the best part, the knowledge Miguel shares about Pilates is for life! I can only say thank you very much!
  • Avatar Kerry Berry ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    This is the best pilates studio
    Miguel and Joanna are amazing
    Pilates has changed my life
    Give it a go you will not regret it
    The expertise that flows out of this
    … read more studio is Fantastic

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