The Breathing Space® Team
Our team is made up of independent & knowledgable specialists who enjoy sharing wellness with The Breathing Space® community. Each coach brings their unique personality, energy and vibe. It isn’t just about how you will be moving, it is about who you will be moving with. Contact any of the team via the links below their photo.
Sammie McFarland – Award Winning Women’s Wellness Coach
Sammie is an award winning Women’s Wellness Coach, Holistic Core Restore® coach and Dorchesters leading Pre and Postnatal expert.
Sammie fell in love with Pilates after experiencing back pain with her second pregnancy and has now been coaching for 10 years. Having previously worked as a Maternity Nurse and Breast Feeding Consultant it was a natural progression to become a Pre & Postnatal Pilates Fit Pro. Sammie also offers Pre and Postnatal Sports Massage, these skills enable a true depth of knowledge in every movement session.
Sammie believes in offering inclusive, friendly classes and draws on all her skill sets in every session. She approaches each movement mindfully, enabling true body awareness. Classes are modified for clients attending, effective, & delivered with sprinkling of fun.
Mel Mitchell – Fitness Coach and Sports Massage Therapist
From suffering with a bad back on a regular basis and from all the aches and pains of daily life, Mel found the benefits of regular massage. Massage became part of her self care. She wanted to help, not only fellow athletes but also those with everyday aches and pains and now offers Soft Tissue Therapy/Sports Massage which is beneficial to all and helps with those everyday aches and pains as well as sports related injuries.
Saira Francis – Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher
Saira is a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and Holistic Therapist, she also runs yoga retreats here in Dorset and abroad. She has been working with therapies since 2004 and began her journey with healing when she faced the challenge of being a single mother to her 3 children for 14 years. She is convinced that yoga and holistic therapies saved her sanity on many occasions!
Her yoga retreats have won multiple awards in recent years and she is on her own quiet and gentle mission to help her clients heal, find peace, recover from trauma and grief, as well as simply relax and find sacred space to unwind and get away from the busy-ness of life, whether it be on the mat or on the massage couch.
Jo Thompson – Dance Instructor
Jo is a Dance Fitness instructor and has an infectious uplifting energy that motivates clients to move. Dance Fitness was the perfect career choice for Jo as her professional dance career spans 25 years. SlimDance has been Dorchester’s signature dance fitness class for over 9 years and remains as popular as ever. Jo warmly welcomes new class members to her fun and energising classes.
Victoria Boast – Yoga Instructor
Since Victoria tried her first yoga class over 10 years ago, she was hooked – not only impressed by how quickly her strength and flexibility developed, but also how happy a regular practice made her feel.
During her 3 years living in Shanghai, this passion further developed and soon Victoria was qualified with a 200RYT certification in Therapeutic Alignment Vinyasa (TAV).
Inspired by many styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar, Victoria’s classes, workshops and courses are fresh, fun and full of variety.
Victoria is a motivating teacher who helps her students deeply connect with themselves so that they can become more self-aware and get the most out of their practice. She encourages her students to focus on the journey towards their goals rather than shortcutting to the goal itself. Her aim is making sure her students feel great after a class and come back wanting more.
Lucy Ruddle – Lactation Consultant
Lucy is an IBCLC. Her passion in life is to support families with feeding their babies. She does this with a unique combination of clinical skills, counselling, empathy, and warmth, as well as personal and professional experience.
Many people want to know what exactly an IBCLC is! It stands for international board certified lactation consultant, and it’s recognised around the world as being the highest infant feeding qualification. IBCLCs know things about breastfeeding and breastmilk that most people haven’t even heard of!
Lucy is highly skilled, and able to help with the full range of problems from sore nipples to drugs in Breastmilk, stopping breastfeeding, and even tandem feeding. Lucy welcomes questions and concerns about breastfeeding. If you are on the verge of giving up before you want to, give Lucy a shout and to see what we can be achieved together.
Lucy offers:Natter & Nurture Postnatal Social Group, 1-1 Breast Feeding Support, Night Weaning & Starting Solids Workshop, Stopping Feeding a Toddler Support, Tongue & Suck Function & Breast Examinations.
Emily Garrod-Cox – Aerial Circus
Emily fell in love with aerial circus in 2012 and has been a flat out addict ever since. She started secret circus 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back!
She has a background in gymnastics and rock climbing and just can’t get enough of being upside down.
‘Sharing tricks, skills and achievements with my students is just the very best thing I could think of doing with my time!’
Caroline Measures – Holistic Life Coach
Caroline is a Holistic Life Coach and has immersed herself in the nuturing world of self-care, training in a wide range of holistic therapies to enhance her own life and share the benefits with others. As a busy working mum to 3 girls, she is only too aware of the importance of finding a balance in life to maintain good mental health. She is a Master Practitioner in Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy, as well as a qualified Gong Sound Healing Practitioner. Her toolkit also includes many healing holistic therapies.
Claire Harding – Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher
Claire is the founder of Forest Yogi Minds which incorporates children’s yoga and mindfulness with an element of forest schools which is nature based learning brings nature inside by incorporating children’s yoga and mindfulness with an element of forest school to promote calm and wellbeing. Having worked with children for 25 years Clare felt a need to address the whole child and provide life skills that help across all elements of life. Clare is passionate about providing yoga and mindfulness experiences for children and their families to support growth, connection and enjoyment. As a primary teacher with 15 years experience Claire provides life skills within a fun session that makes people smile.
Claire Pullinger – Meditation Practitioner
Claire Pullinger has been a meditation practitioner for over twenty-five years. With a background of extensive study in India and Nepal she studied with some of the most revered meditation masters in Asia. Claire brings her wealth of knowledge and experience with utmost integrity, simplicity and joy, making it accessible for everyone. With a light-hearted approach she is always happy to explore any questions to help gain understanding and deepen your practice.
Lucy Gregory – Early Years Consultant
Lucy is a qualified Norland Nanny and Maternity Practitioner who has ten years of experience, and has worked with families and their children, both privately and in the Community through the NHS. This has enabled Lucy to gain a wealth of knowledge and experiences and she passionately believes that no two journeys are the same which is why she felt a bespoke service should be made available.
Michaela Cawley – Dance Fitness Instructor
Michaela has two sons, and has been teaching fitness for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous career as a pro dancer. Michaela suffers with fibromyalgia & PTSD, but the two things that keep her strong are my wonderful sons & her passion for her career. She loves helping ladies smile & giggle using the best muscles of course…. their chuckle muscles.
Katy Howell – Creche Manager
Katy enjoys working with children and babies and has been working in local schools ,and within childcare, for many years since becoming a mother. Through her work in schools Katy is trained in safeguarding, qualified in first aid, has a full DBS check, she also has retail management experience and is used to working within a team. Katy also manages our cafe, makes. cakes and offers tea with a smile, She is a keen dancer and a truly warm-natured soul.
Bev Welch – Yoga Teacher
Saleem Taibjee – Yoga Teacher
Saleem has been practising yoga for over 20 years & did has practiced Ashtanga with James Critchlow in Birmingham, Jonathan Moult in Birmingham. He has recently been attending Hot Yoga classes at YogaHaven Birmingham. Since moving to Dorset 6 years ago, Saleem practices Ashtanga yoga regularly at home. He trained with the Yoga Alliance (Kathy Ran and Pippa Taverner) at Yoga Studios in Poole. Saleem shares his diverse experience including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Rocket, and Hot Yoga with the community of Dorchester and West Dorset & works as a Dermatologist at Dorset County Hospital.
Suzanne Cray – Resilience Trainer and Consultant
As an experienced senior leader in education, Suzanne has seen first-hand the rise in mental health issues in young people, and the lack of resources for supporting them. She launched Learn2Flourish to provide a way of preventing the escalating mental health issues in young people by developing their resilience and giving them tools to reduce their anxiety.
Recognised for her emotional intelligence and passion for developing holistic skills in young people, she became increasingly frustrated and sad that many young people don’t have the resilience to cope with difficulties they encounter, and when help arrives it’s often too late. In 2019 she became the only licensed trainer in the South West for The Resilience Doughnut specialising in children and adolescents, and loves the solution-focused and strengths-based approach that looks at what is working rather than trying to fix the problem.
Sue Clutterbuck – Baby Massage Teacher
Sue raised 3 children and brings maternal warmth & years of experience working with the health visiting team to her work. She shares her passion for inspiring new parents to enhance and promote positive touch through baby massage.
Tracy Kimberg – Family Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Counsellor.
Tracy Kimberg is a certified Family Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Coach who specialises in overcoming negative emotions, limiting beliefs, grief and loss, in a matter of months rather than years so that they can once again live purposeful, joy filled lives, while honouring their past. Having overcome life altering losses and challenges of her own and being certified as a Family Therapist, Coach and Hypnotherapist it has given her the tools to help others do the same. Today Tracy offers individual services, group programs and seminars.
Toni Roberts – Yoga Teacher
As a senior teacher Toni leads inspirational yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher training’s in the UK and overseas and over the past 12years has trained over 600 students to become yoga teachers.
With an extensive & diverse background of study across various yoga traditions, Toni is able to teach classes ranging from the challenging & dynamic, to the mindful & restorative. Toni’s inimitable and informed teaching encourages a practice that heals & improves and integrates the processes and qualities of body and mind.