Meet the Team
We are very proud of the team that creates Flow Studio. Each individual brings a depth of knowledge, skill and energy to the studio. We hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about us all.
Katie created Flow in 2013 and knew she wanted to expand the team to offer a range of skills, personalities and styles of classes. Katie guides the Strala Yoga classes at the studio, as well as the workshops and events.
My name is Katie and I created Flow in 2013. I wanted to create a space Torbay and the surrounding South Devon that offers ways we can feel better, live better and move more easily, with less pain, less stress and a greater sense of time. Time for self-care and .
I qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 2007. I then moved to Torquay and I feel privileged to now call it home. I worked as a rotational Physiotherapist to a senior level within the NHS in South Devon; gaining experience in a wide range of core areas, from Trauma and Orthopaedics to Pain Management Physio, before specialising in musculoskeletal conditions.
In 2016 I completed the 200 hour Strala Ready to Lead training, then followed this with the 300 hour Advanced training in July 2017. Both these experiences offered me an amazing sense of support in what I was creating here in Devon. During the training we incorporated Tai Chi and Shiatsu, which both resonated with my style of physio in using touch in a positive and kind way for the body and treating you as a whole.
I am passionate about supporting people finding ease in their lives, be it through a physio/massage/acupuncture appointment, a private session of yoga or a class. We want to support you in finding ways to nourish your whole self and feel strong, calm and ready to live your full life.
This philosophy has helped me hugely, not just in running and growing Flow, but also in my hobbies. In 2016 we completed an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride then a marathon, 26.2 miles). The aim was to explore how we can do even big things with ease, using yoga/pilates and mindfulness to support us. It worked and I am proud to be able to give people confidence in moving how feels good and no longer focussing on feeling like you have ‘done something’.
Jess has been our Pilates queen for Flow since 2014, her classes are always fun, popular and include lots of variety of strength and stretching.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 from the University of Brighton and have always had a love for health and fitness. During my career I found that I was using Pilates more and more to help rehabilitate my patients following injury, with great results. So in 2006 I trained in modified pilates with The APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and began teaching my first classes. I fell in love not only with the exercise itself but also with teaching and have managed to carry on practicing and teaching through both my pregnancies, which also hugely helped me to keep fit and strong which was especially needed when carrying my twins!
In 2013 I expanded my knowledge by qualifying as a Level 3 instructor in pilates with the fitness industry which gave me a greater scope on the world of pilates in a fitness setting as well as clinical. Just after this course I met Katie at an open water swim and she told me her plans for Flow and here we are today. I love being part of Flow and have been very lucky to see my classes grow and have met some amazingly positive people through it.
Outside of work I keep very busy with my husband and 3 children and love pretty much every sport, I love the outdoors which is why I do triathlons to incorporate the combination of fitness and enjoying everything the south west has to offer. I like playing tennis and playing about on the water, either on a board or being pulled behind a boat on a wakeboard.
Ella joined Flow in 2018 to teach some of our Pilates classes and it’s like she was always here. She offers a warm, inspiring teaching style that our community loves.
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2013 from the University of Plymouth. I completed my junior rotations in Torbay through which I gained experience in a broad range of areas. This enabled me to develop the knowledge and skills which lead me to specialise into my current role as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS.
I first met Katie in 2014 when our paths crossed only briefly; however I followed her journey to create Flow and was thrilled when she invited me to guide Pilates at the studio. With a shared love of being active and a shared goal of facilitating others to be able to move more freely, it made complete sense to me to join Team Flow!
I completed training with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) in April 2018 and started taking classes at Flow in November 2018. I have now completed all 3 Matwork levels meaning I have been able to encorporate the Pilates principles and exercises into my daily role as a physiotherapist and have expanded my class repertoire to include intermediate and advanced exercises. What I love about my classes at Flow is the broad range of people that attend and the diversity of what Pilates can offer to each and every one of them!
In my spare time I like to make the most of the beautiful place we get to call home and will usually be found exploring Dartmoor or hiking along the south west coast path at the weekend. Whilst I love a sweaty spinning or gym session, I have found enjoyment in slowing down with Pilates and the strength/flexibility it brings to support an active lifestyle.