Outstanding professionals

For all our retreats, we fly out a team of experts from London. This dream team of in:spa massage therapists, nutritionists, chefs, yoga teachers and personal trainers ensure maximum benefits for every guest, such as weight-loss, improved fitness, greater flexibility, stress relief and a heightened sense of wellbeing.

For each retreat, in:spa provides a winning combination of wellness experts to refresh and revive you. Whilst each member of the in:spa team is a leading expert in their particular fields, with many years experience, it is the combination of expertise and personalities – in a relaxed, friendly, beautiful environment – that our guests find so beneficial.

 

Personal Trainers

in:spa has a superb team of highly qualified and very experienced personal trainers. Each guest will benefit from a wide variety of fun and effective group training sessions during the retreat as well as a private personal training session. Every class is tailored to ensure that all guests, whatever their fitness level, are able to train at their own pace - under the expert guidance of our team - and return home feeling much fitter and motivated to keep up the good work once they return home.

Chris Manning

Expert in Fitness Training

Manchester born, Brighton based, Chris has 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry. A published nutrition author, strength training specialist and a sought-after personal trainer in the field of fitness retreats. He continues to enjoy a successful varied career Including running his own bespoke training and nutrition service across the South East. Chris is a highly personable trainer and educator with an infectious passion and professionalism to create an environment where fitness goals are heard, nurtured and executed on in:spa retreats.

Craig Caroll

Expert in Fitness Training

Craig Carroll, has been working in the fitness industry for over 7 years and is well versed in training both high profile sporting athletes including international rugby, football, and track & field athletes, as well as fitness enthusiasts in and around London. With his depth of knowledge within sports performance, Craig has acquired a skill set that is second to none and works alongside some of the world’s leading sport coaches, and is a regular writer for fitness magazines such as Men’s Running, Runners World and Ultra fit. Craig specialises in strength and injury rehabilitation, and running coaching.

Erica Foulds

Expert in Fitness Training

Erica’s love and appreciation for both general fitness and precise movement started early, with classical ballet training. This dual passion for technique-driven exercise and a good old-fashioned workout can also is reflected in her many qualifications – she combines a degree in human communication science with qualifications in personal training, fitness instruction and indoor cycling.

Erica is equally happy helping people recover from serious injury (she has previously worked as an exercise rehab therapist in a clinical stroke rehabilitation unit) and pushing people to achieve their fitness goals (spin and gruelling outdoor fitness sessions are particular favourites of hers.)

For the majority of Erica’s career, she has worked for some of London’s top financial institutions as a corporate fitness wellbeing advisor and personal trainer integrating health and fitness into the lives of the chronically time-poor.

Erica has a strong belief in the age old ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ motto and her passion is about making it available for all.

When not at the studio you can find her on a bike (with the latest Ibiza mixes keeping her on the pace) or tapping her toes to the beat at a Dalston jazz cafe.

George Dick

Expert in Fitness Training

George graduated from St Mary’s University in Twickenham with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Science and Biology, and has now spent over 20 years within the fitness industry. He has proven an extremely effective and motivational personal trainer over the years, with a wide base of expertise. He was senior fitness coach at Crystal Palace FC before becoming a senior trainer at Matt Roberts in Mayfair training many high profile clients. In the last few years his passion for skiing lead him to become a BASI ski instructor in Zermatt in Switzerland. George’s philosophy to training ensures fun, effective, holistic solutions to every client’s goals.

Kath Beesley

Expert in Fitness Training

Kath’s sporty background, energy and motivation make her an ideal retreat host. Her care and attention, as well as her love of the outdoors, make her an invaluable member of the in:spa team and a host who ensures your trip will leave you full of energy and feeling amazing.

Kath began Personal Training 12 years ago and has gained many fitness qualifications including Boxercise and Vipr training. She likes to make sessions enjoyable but hard so her clients achieve the results they want with a smile on their face. Having completed her Meta Fit training, she currently teaches group sessions in gyms and outdoors with a variety of clients. Coming from a sporty back ground means that she particularly enjoys training sport specific clients and groups. She has run various marathons including New York and London, mostly dressed up for charities! Kath is highly motivated and she will make sure that her fitness sessions bring out the energy in you!

Malcolm Coombes

Expert in Fitness Training

Malcolm is a registered REPs level 4 and a GP personal trainer with a specialist qualification in weight management/ obesity and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He is an exercise specialist using multiple disciplines including bodyweight, traditional resistance, kettlebell, suspension, high-intensity interval (HIIT), boxing and dance training to train a client base that spans a vast professional demographic from celebrities, producers, directors and home executives. He developed danceFIIT, barreFITT and groupFITT classes which are his own style whilst taking components of popular group fitness classes and have been a huge success in the fitness industry over the past 10 years. Previously, Malcolm had a lucrative international entertainment career spanning 18 years as a dancer and musical theatre actor/ singer travelling to all parts of the globe. At 41 years old and with all his career choices involving a thorough understanding of the human body, its aesthetics and potential for good form, he aims to have you feeling energised, inspired and wanting more.

Stan Blair

Expert in Fitness Training

Stan began his career in the fitness industry in 1994. In 2000, Stan joined the fitness team at London’s prestigious Harbour Club on a freelance basis, teaching classes and training clients one to one. Stan has a reputation as being a versatile trainer with bags of enthusiasm and is keen to bring a sense of achievement and success to all his clients. Recently Stan has trained in Pilates and is a Level 1 C. H. E. K Practitioner (Corrective High performance Kineisiology).

Stan has played a number of sports to a high standard and boasts tennis and golf as his most recent sporting passions. Stan’s areas of expertise are in weight management, strength and stability training and lifestyle coaching.

Willian Shombe

Expert in Fitness Training

Willan is a fantastic level 4 personal trainer, group instructor, sports massage therapist and GP referral specialist with over 20 years personal training experience. He began as a martial artist, then moved on to train as a dancer at the Arts Educational School. He now runs his own company “willtrainyou.com” and trains people with medical conditions as well as working on our incredible retreats! Clients will be transformed both physically and mentally while with Willan on his structured programmes.

Yoga Teachers

Yoga classes are held every morning and every evening on in:spa retreats by one of our superb teachers.  Morning classes are designed to be energising and are an excellent way to kick start the day, whilst evening classes are relaxing and restorative - a lovely way to wind down at the end of the day.  Don't worry if you're new to yoga or have never tried it before; many of our other guests will be the same. Our teachers are all highly experienced and well versed in ensuring that everyone, whatever their experience, derives maximum benefit and enjoyment from the yoga classes.

Isaac Mullins

Expert in Yoga

Isaac began practicing Ashtanga Yoga 15 years ago, initially only to complement his career as a dancer with companies including the English National ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Spanish National Ballet. At 23 his desire to pursue yoga overtook his desire to dance, prompting him to train as a teacher.

He has travelled extensively in India, studying many styles including Ashtanga, Sivananda and Iyengar. He has been lucky enough to learn from many great teachers including Richard Freeman, David Svenson, Liz Lark (another of our in:spa yoga teachers), Padma Nair, Gusta (Shunya) and many more.

Isaac is qualified with the British wheel of Yoga and is certified by the Yoga Alliance.

James Giuseppi

Expert in Yoga

James was working as a trader in the City in ’95 when he discovered that yoga could relieve chronic back pain and assist in calming a restless mind. He had completed one teacher training course with Sivananda in 2002 when he was thankfully made redundant and began teaching full-time. The decade of City life gave him an invaluable understanding of the challenges of working in high-pressure environments. During the following five years he also gained Yoga Alliance certification and taught in yoga centres and health clubs across London as well as organising his own classes and yoga holidays. In 2006 he went to India for six months’ intensive study of Astanga in Mysore and trained with Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

James’ teaching style is an amalgamation of the wide range of yoga instruction he has personally experienced and his classes are accessible to all whilst he tailors each session to the individual needs and abilities of his students.

Joanne King

Expert in Yoga

Joanne teaches mindful breath-led yoga, inspired by many great teachers along the way. Over the course of fourteen years, her yoga practise has grown towards a keen interest in the energetic effects of postures and breath work, the grace of flowing movement and the contemplative practises of meditation. She teachers a fusion of Hatha, vinyasa flow and kundalini yoga. A love for words and poetry can be found weaved into her classes.

She has a passion for teaching yoga to all levels from beginner to advanced, and credits her students for teaching her as much as she has them! Joanne is also a certified Reiki practitioner and intuitive healer.

Sophie Lewis

Expert in Yoga

Sophie draws on a variety of backgrounds including Sports, Dance and Qi Gong during her yoga teaching. She teaches a strong flow of very creative, dynamic sequences that focus on building strength, stamina and flexibility. For the last 15 years Sophie has trained in India and the UK, studying various yoga traditions, including Hatha, Sivananda, Ashtanga and Iyengar. She has a background in Triathlon and has developed a unique programme of Yoga for Athletes, which focuses on core strength, injury prevention and mental focus. Sophie’s classes are energetic, imaginative and motivating beyond the mat.

Nutritionists

in:spa nutritionists play an important role, along with our specialist chefs, in creating healthy, cleansing, nutritious - and delicious! - meals for our guests on the retreats.  All guests will benefit from a private nutrition consultation during their stay and, as the nutritionists are on hand throughout the week, have lots of opportunities of asking questions and learning more about diet and nutrition as the week progresses.
 

Alli Godbold

Expert in Nutrition

Alli is an incredible nutritionist who has been working with us since 2005. She qualified from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 1996 and specialises in weight loss and fatigue as well as digestive and hormonal health. Alli frequently runs cookery workshops and has her own popular cookery book ‘Feed Your Health’, she is now working on her second book of simple, healthy recipes. She has also created the NOURISH diet – an 8 week programme for weight loss and improved health which has been hugely successful since it began in 2012.

Alli is a regular contributor to the HEALTHISTA.COM website, demonstrating healthy, delicious recipes and a certified gluten practitioner having studied a programme devised by gluten guru Dr Tom O’Bryan.

Emma Olliff

Expert in Nutrition

Emma is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists. She believes that If you know how to take care of your body, it will take care of you, and her ethos has been borne out of a love of food and a commitment to health.  Currently running thriving clinics in both Brightonand London’s Harley Street, Emma is experienced in all aspects of nutrition whilst specialising in weight loss, digestive health and hormone regulation. Emma also teaches workshops in schools for both children and parents – the workshops aim to demystify nutrition and provide practical tips for eating well and optimizing health.

Melanie Brown

Expert in hosting retreats and nutrition

Mel joined the in:spa team as a nutritionist and is now one of our regular retreat hosts.  She’s highly organised and extremely good at looking after our guests, and it’s a real bonus having her nutrition expertise along side her management skills.

After 25 years in the health and beauty business, Melanie completed a three year full time degree in Nutritional Therapy, graduating in 2001. She practices in a central London clinic specialising in fertility and at a GP practice, holds community-based healthy cooking workshops, writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine and is currently studying for a Masters in Nutritional Medicine. She specializes in hormonal problems, weight management, digestive issues and using nutrition to improve aging skin. However, she fundamentally believes that eating well makes you feel better, as well as helping improve health. She likes good food and her consultations are always really enjoyable as well as informative.

Tanya Borowski

Expert in Nutrition

Tanya is an incredible Functional Nutritionist and BANT registered nutritional Therapist. Her quest for knowledge combined with a passion for the healing power of food has resulted in developing a specialist interest in digestive complaints & gut function, thyroid health, autoimmunity and chronic conditions of poor energy delivery. She creates bespoke weight loss packages using the functional medicine paradigm to again unravel the causes of individual’s reasons for incremental weight gain, plateauing or inability to lose weight.

Tanya attended The College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, has her FirstLine Therapy © Certification for Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome, completed her Functional Medicine & Laboratory Interpretation Certificate with Dr. Bryan Walsh and completed her IFM certification in 2016. She brings her passion and dedication to each client and empowers them to obtain their optimal health and well-being.

Chefs

It's difficult to over state the importance of our specialist chefs on retreats. All meals are created, with the assistance of our expert nutritionists, without salt, wheat, dairy, red meat and alcohol - and our guests are always amazed and delighted at how utterly delicious everything is.  We call it gourmet cleansing cuisine and are proud to have such superb chefs on our team.  During your retreat, you will have the opportunity of learning first hand at a cooking demonstration just how they create such inspirational meals - and be able to take home their recipes.

Miranda Martin

Expert in creating gourmet cleansing cuisine

Originally from Ireland, Miranda previously worked in the world of horse-racing and has now been a freelance chef for the last 15 years. Following extensive travels in Europe, the West Indies and north Africa, she has gained a wealth of experience along the way. Self-taught, with a strong emphasis on using the best ingredients cooked simply and a deep-rooted interested in healthy-living, she was first introduced to in:spa while living in Marrakech and now divides her time cooking on both in:spa and fitscape holidays, and for leading catering companies in London and Directors Dining Rooms in the City.

Sara Kempton

Expert in creating gourmet cleansing cuisine

Sara has been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, starting off as the chef at Finn’s on London’s Chelsea Green before branching out to do event catering for lunches and dinner parties. In 2000 she opened her own Delicatessen & Outside Catering Company off Kensington High Street which, in 2006, she sold to Otto Lenghi and moved to Winchester from where she now continues to provide catering for numerous happy clients.

Massage Therapists

Our team of highly experienced in:spa massage therapists ensure that the massage treatments you enjoy during the week ease out any aches and pains and leave you refreshed and revived.  Many of our guests tell us that the massages they experience during their in:spa retreat are the best they have ever had.

Antonia Curling

Expert in massage therapies

Since completing her training in Swedish Massage in 2003, her passion for holistic therapies continued to grow: training in both Hot Stone Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage and Pregnancy Massage.  After spending 7 years as a full time massage therapist for a boutique hotel in Egypt, Antonia returned to the UK and subsequently completed a course in Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques. Adding this to her 10 years of experience, she is now able to provide clients with an individually tailored treatment plan targeting specific problems, as well as holistic solutions for mind, body and spirit.  When she’s not looking after guests on in:spa retreats, Antonia works from a private and relaxing treatment room in South London, and is also mobile, visiting homes and offices.

Frank Horstmann

Expert in massage therapies

Frank left Germany in 1988 and made London his new home. After working in retail management for 13 years, he decided that he wanted to do something new. Aromatherapy had been a hobby of his for a long time, so he trained with the Tisserand Institute for a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy. Apart from Aromatherapy, he practises Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Remedial and Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candles and Aromatherapy Facials. Frank is glad to share his knowledge with others. His motto in life is balance – do not deny yourself of anything but do everything in moderation, and have a passion.

Jo Nighy

Expert in massage therapies

Jo offers Holistic and Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki and Indian head Massage. She combines a variety of techniques to create a unique treatment according to each individual’s needs. She is passionate about body work, continually adding to her skills and developing her intuition. Jo is particularly interested in the Mind-Body connection, believing that the sense of touch is key to our emotional, mental, and physical well-being. She aims to create a space for her clients where they can feel safe, nurtured and at ease to be as they are.

Jo’s massage treatments on in:spa retreats are always raved about by our guests!

Petra Moxley

Expert in hosting retreats and massage therapies

Petra originally joined the in:spa team as a massage therapist but was so good at organising things and looking after guests that she has now become a regular host on retreats too.

Petra has over 20 years experience as a qualified massage therapist and natural health practitioner. With a busy private practice in London, Petra tailors her treatments to meet the individual needs of her clients. By combining her skills as a therapeutic, remedial and sports massage therapist with cranial sacral techniques, kinesiology, plus her skill as a McTimoney Chiropractor, Petra’s holistic and perceptive approach has consistently yielded results for her growing list of regular clients. Being a regular member of The Healthy Holiday Company team, and hosting a number of the trips as well, enables Petra to merge her love of travel with her passion for natural health. Her sensitivity to her clients’ needs, coupled with her intuition and versatility, ensures guests have a truly invigorating experience.

Retreat Hosts

All in:spa retreats have an experienced, dedicated host.  His or her role is to ensure the smooth running of the retreat and to ensure all our guests enjoy maximum benefits from the week.  Your host will greet you at the airport on your arrival and then look after you throughout the week.

Kath Beesley

Expert in Fitness Training

Kath’s sporty background, energy and motivation make her an ideal retreat host. Her care and attention, as well as her love of the outdoors, make her an invaluable member of the in:spa team and a host who ensures your trip will leave you full of energy and feeling amazing.

Kath began Personal Training 12 years ago and has gained many fitness qualifications including Boxercise and Vipr training. She likes to make sessions enjoyable but hard so her clients achieve the results they want with a smile on their face. Having completed her Meta Fit training, she currently teaches group sessions in gyms and outdoors with a variety of clients. Coming from a sporty back ground means that she particularly enjoys training sport specific clients and groups. She has run various marathons including New York and London, mostly dressed up for charities! Kath is highly motivated and she will make sure that her fitness sessions bring out the energy in you!

Melanie Brown

Expert in hosting retreats and nutrition

Mel joined the in:spa team as a nutritionist and is now one of our regular retreat hosts.  She’s highly organised and extremely good at looking after our guests, and it’s a real bonus having her nutrition expertise along side her management skills.

After 25 years in the health and beauty business, Melanie completed a three year full time degree in Nutritional Therapy, graduating in 2001. She practices in a central London clinic specialising in fertility and at a GP practice, holds community-based healthy cooking workshops, writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine and is currently studying for a Masters in Nutritional Medicine. She specializes in hormonal problems, weight management, digestive issues and using nutrition to improve aging skin. However, she fundamentally believes that eating well makes you feel better, as well as helping improve health. She likes good food and her consultations are always really enjoyable as well as informative.

Petra Moxley

Expert in hosting retreats and massage therapies

Petra originally joined the in:spa team as a massage therapist but was so good at organising things and looking after guests that she has now become a regular host on retreats too.

Petra has over 20 years experience as a qualified massage therapist and natural health practitioner. With a busy private practice in London, Petra tailors her treatments to meet the individual needs of her clients. By combining her skills as a therapeutic, remedial and sports massage therapist with cranial sacral techniques, kinesiology, plus her skill as a McTimoney Chiropractor, Petra’s holistic and perceptive approach has consistently yielded results for her growing list of regular clients. Being a regular member of The Healthy Holiday Company team, and hosting a number of the trips as well, enables Petra to merge her love of travel with her passion for natural health. Her sensitivity to her clients’ needs, coupled with her intuition and versatility, ensures guests have a truly invigorating experience.

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