More About Ali

Pilates, Yoga, Fitness and Wellness Professional

As seen on Channel 4's show March 2019 and Revisit 23rd February 2021

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Hola, I am Ali the founder of Wellness Escapes Spain, after a successful and rewarding fitness teaching, nutrition and therapy career since 2000 in the UK, my dream was to relocate to sunny of Spain and to continue with my passion for good health an active lifestyle.

I have been so fortunate in my life, with an amazingly supportive family and friends, my wonderful, intelligent daughter Ellie, who has completed a 3 year Degree in Social Work and applied Studies, graduated and I so proud of my baby girl.  Now working with our local Somerset county council and loving her work. My cheeky chappie son Chad, who loves the outdoor and freedom of farming life, With Chad around never a dull moment and  a true entertainer.  

I have had the absolute pleasure of supporting and encouraging hundreds of clients, now good friends since my career started in 2000 in their journeys to improved fitness, health and well-being. I have worked closely in the UK with the NHS; through GP Referral schemes, local councils; in weight management and specialised courses, sports centres and in the community.rI have enjoyed teaching numerous group disciplines; Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Mindfulness, through to HIIT, Zumba, Pound, Aerobics and many more Cardio, Weight Management through to Pilates Personal Training with my personally designed ‘Fit Females” programs. Fully qualified in ITEC, VTCT, CIBT Therapies and a Weight Management & Detox Consultant for exercise and nutrition.

I love teaching all my disciplines, my true passion, is Pilates and Yoga. In 2003 I was asked by a friend and fellow teacher to cover her Pilates class, which I attended. I myself have suffered with low back pain due to my years of gymnastics, majorettes and dance, just after 1 class I was blown away with the relief in my back, felt taller and reduced discomfort.  

The next day I looked in to teacher training courses, I started my journey to become a fully qualified Pilates teacher with the support, guidance and instruction of Pilates Institute, St Thomas and Guy’s physiotherapist and lectures and training days with members of the Harley Street Back Clinic, London in group foundation, improver, advanced instruction through to BackCare, clinical posture, pre and postnatal, sport specific, specialist age, personal training through to NHS GP referral specialist and then added my Yoga qualifies to enhance my teaching, my well being and students. I still love my teaching and self practice today.

I created www.wellnessescapesspain.com based on the idea that people value their health and wellbeing. Our retreats are located in the most stunning and peaceful settings, so that our guests can enjoy an enriching and memorable experience that will change the concept of daily life into moments of deep connection and appreciation. I have had the absolute pleasure of supporting and encouraging hundreds of clients, now good friends since my career started in 2000 in their journeys to improved fitness, health and wellbeing and my commitment to my personal continued professional development ensures I give the best to my clients. 

MY MAIN QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS:

BSY HATHA & ASHTANGA YOGA DIPLOMA, BSY ZEN MEDIATION DIPLOMA , MINDFULNESS, MOVEMENT & MEDIATION DIPLOMA, PILATES DIPLOMA, PRE & POST PILATES, ZUMBA, BOKWA, KS EXTREME, POUND, AFOGB, ITEC, AQUA, PRE/POST AQUA, VFA GP REFERRAL & CYQ NUTRITION for PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PILATES INSTITUTE (LONDON), HOLISTIC THERAPIST CTHA, ITEC, VCTC, BSY, FIRST AID and EMERGENCY RESPONDER, PUBLIC LIABILITY

  • Basic Fitness Instruction (AFOGB) – 24th May 2000

  • Step Training (Fulcrum) – 9th November 2002

  • Cardio Kick (YMCA) – 2nd February 2003

  • Shallow Aqua with Mitts – (Hydro-Actif) – 5th April 2003

  • OCR 2 Mat Based Pilates (Future Fit) – January 2004

  • OCR Level 2 Pilates Matwork (QCA) – 30th April 2004

  • Noodle & Senior Aqua (Hydro-Actif) – 22nd February 2004

  • Pre & Postnatal Aqua (Hydro-Actif) – 17th & 18th February 2004

  • Gym Instruction 2 Award (BWLA) – September 2004

  • Ante & Postnatal Pilates (Guild of Pregnancy & Postnatal Teachers) – 18th & 19th Sept 2004

  • Next Step Pilates (Future Fit) – March 2005

  • Groove FX Instructor – (Fitness FX) – 15th May 2005

  • Shokk – Young People Gym Instruction (Shokk) – July 2005

  • Senior Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) – December 2005

  • Pregnancy Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) – December 2005

  • Healthy Back for Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) - April 2006

  • Clinical Posture for Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) - April 2006

  • Shoulder Girdle and Neck for Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) - June 2006

  • Sacroiliac and Hip for Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) - June 2006

  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage (ITEC) – July 2006

  • Knee and Foot for Pilates (Pilates Institute-London) – October 2006

  • Pilates One to One (Personal Training) (Pilates Institute-London) – March 2007

  • Original Repertoire Pilates Matwork (Pilates Institute-London) – March 2007

  • Intermediate Repertoire Pilates Matwork (Pilates Institute-London) – March 2007

  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology (ITEC) – July 2007 ITEC Level 3

  • Diploma in Indian head massage - March 2008

  • Pilates Matwork 3 Diploma (Pilates Institute-London) – 20th November 2008

  • Advanced Pilates Diploma (Pilates Institute-London) – 20th November 2008

  • NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy (VTCT) – 21st August 2009 Level 1

  • Zumba (Zumba Fitness) – 3rd April 2011

  • Zumba Toning (Zumba Fitness) – 17th July 2011

  • Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management (IQ Active) – 8th February 2012

  • Bokwa Level 1 (Bokwa Fitness) – 30th June 2012

  • Bokwa Level 2 (Bokwa Fitness) – 25th November 2012

  • VFA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (IQ Active) – February 2013

  • VFA Level 3 Certificate in GP Exercise Referral (IQ Active) – April 2013

  • ProActive Approved Team Member (for Aqua and Pilates only person in Somerset) – Sept 2013KS

  • Hatha Yoga Teaching Diploma (BSY Merit) - 13th June 2014

  • Yoga Practical Training Award (BSY) - 1st July 2014

  • Xtreme (HIIT) qualified (Rachel Holmes Choreography To Go) – October 2014

  • CYQ Level 3 (EQF 4) Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity (through SSDC) – December 2014

  • Yoga Flow and Yin Teaching Course - May 2016 Course (Rachael Holmes) - 11th September 2016

  • Pound Pro Training - 22nd October 2016

  • Ashtanga Yoga Teaching Diploma (BSY) - 12th January 2017

  • Mindfulness, Movement & Mediation Diploma (BSY) - 1st August 2017

  • Zen Mediation Diploma (BSY) - October 2017

  • Renaissance Life Therapies - Start Your Now Life Coaching Business Diploma -14th April 2020

  • Renaissance Life Therapies - CBT Coaching Diploma - 14th April 2020

  • Udemy - Yoga for Back Pain Relief and Prevention Certification Course - 18th April 2020

  • Kew Academy - Holistic Pain Management Diploma - 30th April Dr Karen E Well Academy -

  • Accredited Professional Body Therapist Counselling Diploma - June 2020

  • Udemy - Aromatherapy - using Essential Oils for Natural Living - 1st June 2020

  • Udemy - Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists Certificate Course - 2nd June 2020

  • Renaissance Life Therapies - Start Your Now Lie Coaching Business Diploma -14th April 2020

  • Renaissamce Life Therapies - CBT Coaching Diploma - 14th April 2020 

  • Udemy - Yoga for Back Pain Relief and Prevention Certification Course - 18th April 2020

  • Kew Academy - Holistic Pain Management Diploma - 30th April 

  • Dr Karen E Well Academy -    Accredited Professional Body Therapist Counselling Diploma - June 2020

  • Udemy - Aromatherapy - using Essential Oils for Natural Living - 1st June 2020

  • Udemy - Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists Certificate Course - 2nd June 2020

  • Udemy - Fully Accredited Ultimate Stress & Mindfulness Diploma - 10th June 2020

  • Centre of Excellence - Indian Head Massage Diploma - 17th August 2020

  • Udemy - Acupressure and Yoga for Hormonal Imbalance - 22nd August 2020

  • Udemy - Essential Oils and Healthy Menopause - 23rd September 2020

  • Udemy - Ketogenic Lifestyle for Menopause - 5th November 2020

  • Centre of Excellence - Corporate Wellness Coaching Diploma - 19th February 2021

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