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After working together for many years Sarah Sessa and Karen Pearce joined forces and opened the Physiotherapy & Pilates Rehab Centre. 

Karen, a former Ballet dancer, trained with Alan Herdman in 1999 and has been running The Pilates Studio in Taunton for nearly 20 years whilst developing a Teacher Training programme affiliated with Alan Herdman.

Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist from University College London (UCL) in 1995 and then as a Pilates Instructor in 2009, she began lecturing for the Pilates studio TTC in 2012  has just completed a Masters in Inter-Professional Development at UWE where much of the focus was on neuroscience and the use of Pilates in neurological conditions, particularly Parkinson’s. 

Both are fully qualified to teach matwork and machine-based Pilates and share an interest in Pilates for rehabilitation and individualising exercise for clients with differing needs.

In 2016 they published a book Pilates and Parkinson’s with Muswell Hill Press and now jointly run The PPRC  Pilates Teacher Training course in affiliation with Alan Herdman. 

New Wells Studio

Opening in 2019 offering physiotherapy assessment and equipment Pilates for neurological conditions.



  • I would thoroughly recommend the teacher training course at PPRC. Sarah and Karen are both very friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and the course is very well balanced, with plenty of time for practical learning in the studio, underpinned by in-depth lectures from qualified Physiotherapists. Trainees are also required to spend time observing and assisting in public studio sessions, meaning you get the opportunity to put your learning into practice.

    Tom, Nailsea
  • During the sessions, the physio stretched muscles and instigated exercises for me to practice independently. She also communicated regularly with my OT to discuss the possible resources that I would benefit from. The approach was refreshing compared to some support networks that I've experienced previously, and I feel that my course of therapy was an extremely positive one. I believe that I have benefited both physically and mentally and I am very grateful.

  • A year of attending Pilates classes has made such a difference to my hip. I was living with constant pain, but over time and with careful guidance, my core strength and flexibility has improved which supported my back and hip and relieved the pain. I didn't expect such a change as the exercises seem so subtle. The groups are small, allowing for personal attention. I cannot recommend them enough.

  • I have been attending these Pilates classes for a couple of years and found it to be very beneficial to my health and wellbeing. I have improved my posture, flexibility and, importantly for me, am able to maintain my back health. The lessons are tailored to your particular needs and knowing the programme is overseen by a physiotherapist inspires confidence that the exercises are safe.

  • I travelled from the United States to attend this course. I have been teaching Pilates for 20 years and this course is, by far, one of the best I have ever taken. The course materials were excellent, and the instructors, led by Sara Sessa a certified physio, Karen Pearce, a certified Pilates trainer and studio owner are outstanding and endlessly patient. The program is affiliated with Alan Herdman, a legend in international Pilates. This class is apprenticeship based so you are observing the principles in action immediately and then working with clients as soon as you are ready. The hands on learning experience you gain from is absolutely invaluable. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed the class, working with Sara and Karen , my classmates, the lovely people I got to work with in the Studio and how much I learned in my time there.

    Lisa, USA
  • The PPTC was the most valuable investment I’ve made in years. Worried about investing in a flighty weekend course, it was refreshing to find a Pilates Teacher Training Course that demanded a foundation in anatomy and a complete understanding of the principles and fundamentals of Pilates. In addition it gives you the Active IQ Level III qualification, which allows you to benefit from an international approved standard. The PPTC not only covered an intense study course, but also offered a full practical training course in all exercises extended through Pilates equipment and mat work. It is designed to help you understand the needs, conditions and uses of Pilates exercises when facing all types of clients and situations. In addition, the course provided on site work placement throughout the training, giving us students the possibility to develop a level of confidence in our knowledge, that is needed when progressing to working by oneself. Both Sarah Sessa and Karen Pearce are hugely experienced professionals, who use their immense knowledge to train and progress their students as much as possible. To complete the course and to finally be assessed and passed by the distinguished “Alan Herdman”, was the highlight of my year. I highly recommend the course, which not only provides a great depth of knowledge through training, but which on graduating, allows you to become associated with a seminal group of professionals within this industry.

    Alyson Steinsrud
  • I have limited mobility due to MS. On assessment the physio immediately understood my needs, not just in terms of a physical diagnosis but also as an individual in a holistic way. She listened to what I was saying and made me feel part of the therapeutic process.

  • A big "thank you" to all members of staff who have always made me feel very welcome and extremely well cared for at every session. I am truly grateful for all the consistent advice, encouragement and guidance I receive which helps me to strengthen my muscles and improve my balance.

  • I have attended classes for several months. The Pilates expertise and knowledge ensures a tailor-made exercise sessions. I have a progressive neurological condition and have markedly benefited in terms of flexibility and balance, as well as improved strength and posture. The exercises are taught in a friendly, effective manner by an impressive and highly professional teacher.

  • The staff are very amiable and make you feel at ease straight away. They take time to understand your needs and problems and suggests a programme of exercise to try to alleviate them. Since attending sessions I have achieved improvement in balance and have increase my core strength. I can highly recommend the studio.