How we do it

We value the role of the felt sense in developing a greater awareness of being, integrating our own experience as we explore the moving body.

The foundation of our courses is always embodiment. We are committed to the study of fascia and its role in movement and continue to research and embed this understanding in our teaching and practice to an advanced level.

Our level of support, connection and engagement creates community. We’re honoured to witness the commitment and warmth of our growing student community, in person and online. 

Meet the team

Ana Barretxeguren

Founder and Principal Educator

Ana Barretxeguren is a movement educator, Pilates teacher and myofascial release practitioner. Through self-enquiry, a passion for anatomy and her extensive work helping people recover from injury, she has created Moving Fascia®,  a movement method based on embodiment, self-release and movement techniques developed from the latest fascial research.

Her own struggle with catamenial pneumothorax, a rare condition where a woman experiences repetitive lung collapses, has led Ana to a continuous investigation of fascia, focusing on the visceral space and its connections to breath and movement.

Ana holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Anatomical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and has over 500 hours of human dissection research in the dissection lab. She has extensive clinic practice as a Myofascial Release and visceral manipulation practitioner and has been an educator in various Pilates teacher trainings for the past 12 years. Ana founded Evolve Movement Education in 2013 and is the owner of Brighton Pilates Studio, a Pilates and health centre in Brighton.

Tansy Blaik-Kelly

Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training

Tansy has a background in dance and began learning Pilates at ballet school in 1987 with Alan Herdman, founder of the UK’s first Pilates studio.

Tansy is qualified to teach Mat-work and Pre and Postnatal Pilates through the Pilates Foundation, and as a Comprehensive Studio teacher with Polestar Pilates. She owns Turning Tide Pilates, a busy boutique Pilates studio in Uckfield, East Sussex.

Tansy’s interests lie in encouraging the body to return to more natural movement patterns. Exploring the inter-relationships between body, mind and movement. Promoting greater comfort and better posture in your body, reducing the mechanical stresses that can contribute to pain.

Ulala Yamamoto

Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training

Ulala is a Pilates Foundation teacher who has undertaken trainings with Dominique Jansen the director of Pilates off the Square in London, Hannah Jones and Susanne Lahusen.

She brings a wealth of movement experience and knowledge of the body gained during her career as contemporary dancer to her understandings and application of Pilates. Ulala has been teaching Pilates for over eight years and has taught both in Japan and the UK. She teaches all levels and age groups from pre and post-natal clients to very elderly clients, injury work and rehabilitation, including pre and post surgery Pilates.

She has also organised and run a number of Pilates and movement workshops for dancers in Japan. Ulala has discovered the fantastic benefits of the Pilates method through her dance career and two pregnancies and feels passionate about sharing this with her clients.

Rosa Firbank

Course Coordinator

Rosa has been supporting the growth of Evolve Movement Education since 2014, providing administrative, marketing and development support.

Alongside her role at Evolve Movement Education, Rosa is a professional contemporary dancer and freelance producer, working across the arts and movement sector. Rosa was first introduced to Ana Barretxeguren’s work following injury whilst training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. “For several years I have personally experienced and witnessed in others the lasting impact of the EME approach to understanding the body in movement.

It is an absolute pleasure to work with the Evolve Movement Education team, to support the platform for Ana’s teaching, as well as connect with our brilliant students and online community.

Kay Cowling

Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training
Teaching Assistant

Kay was first introduced to Pilates during her 3 year teacher training course at The London College of Dance. Once qualified in 1991, Kay continued to develop her knowledge and practice whilst teaching and choreographing in Asia and the Middle East.

On return to the UK she went on to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has taught in primary, secondary and SEN schools throughout London and the South East. In 2012, Kay undertook the Body Control Pilates Matwork Certification and in 2017, she graduated as an Evolve Movement Education certified comprehensive Pilates teacher.

She has been providing guidance on policy and supporting the administration of Evolve Movement Education since 2018.