Sam Wilkinson first started The Massage Base in 2003 with a passion to help people reduce pain, move better and feel better. When the opportunity to acquire a Pilates studio came up in 2016, husband Glenn with his wealth of experience in Pilates decided to join the business and together they created The Movement Base. With their energy, passion and expert knowledge they have quickly built an incredible reputation in the industry and have continued to expand the business due to the high demand for their expert services.
Now opening a brand new fully equipped studio in Leigh-on-Sea they hope to bring a place that you feel excited to come to, work hard, but then relax. A place where you feel special, listened to and looked after. With detailed tuition and treatments that are tailored to educate and empower you.
They continue to build a team of therapists and instructors that share their same values and enthusiasm. Read on to find out more about how we all got here…
Director of The Movement Base. Sports/Remedial Massage Therapist. STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
My career started as a professional dancer touring both nationally and internationally performing contemporary repertoire, with renowned dance companies such as The Richards Alston Dance company and Rambert Dance Company. I have taught extensively at various dance colleges/institutions and have always held an interest in anatomy and how the body moves. I completed a Massage qualification back in 1996 with The Holos (now The Massage Training Institute) and after retiring from Rambert Dance Company took a Personal Training and Sports Massage Diploma with Premier International, went on to take a Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage with the North London School of Sports Massage, I also trained with Well Mother – Suzanne Yates and have a diploma in Massage for Pregnancy and trained with Myofascial Release UK – Ruth Duncan in Integrated Myofascial Therapy. My career as a therapist led me to work in clinic alongside chiropractors, at various marathon events and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I felt I wanted to add to this skill set by revisiting Pilates which was part of my training as a dancer. So I then went on to become a STOTT®️ Pilates Certified instructor.
I have held my own practice TheMassageBase since 2008 and since acquiring ThePilatesBase am very excited to share my knowledge and help people to take control of their bodies and ultimately create ease of movement for a healthier and fitter life. I believe in moment for health and hence combined the business to create ‘The Movement Base’.
Registered with the Sports Massage Association (SMA).
Director of The Movement Base. STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
Born in Leeds Glenn trained in ballet and contemporary dance at The Rambert School and joined the prestigious Rambert Dance Company in 1987 performing nationally and internationally for seventeen years. While there he trained with Master Pilates instructor Dreas Renyeke at his studio in Notting Hill London, who also danced with Rambert then know as Ballet Rambert. Dreas was one of the two pioneers bringing Pilates to London in the 1970’s long before the Pilates revolution we know today.
Glenn has over thirty years of teaching experience working with students and professionals globally, he is also a guest assessor for many of the UK’s leading dance schools and colleges. He mentored the winner of BBC Young Dancer 2015 Connor Scott and spent many years training the students of the Royal Ballet’s Upper and Lower Schools.
Glenn has also worked as a choreographer creating works for Rambert Dance Company, The Olympic Torch Relay, Resident and Associate Choreographer for Dirty Dancing London, UK Tour, South Africa, Germany and Asia, Resident and associate Choreographer for Billy Elliot London and the UK and Ireland Tour, Choreographer for Sinatra the Man and his Music London.
Alongside his many years of experience of pilates and movement as a dancer Glenn also trained with STOTT PILATES broadening his already expansive knowledge of the pilates method of movement. He is extremely excited to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise with future clients of The Movement Base.
STOTT Pilates® Certified Instructor
Having danced from the age of 3, Vicky continued to dance and perform for the next 20 years and trained as a dance teacher alongside study towards a university degree in Marketing.
Taking a break from teaching to pursue a career in marketing, Vicky then went on to work within Marketing for various industries including teaching and education.
Vicky first discovered Pilates in recent years after having her children. As a stressed mum wanting to get back to fitness and exercise, she tried various ways but didn’t connect with anything until she started taking Pilates classes at TheMassage&PilatesBase (Now The Movement Base). Instantly Pilates became a big part of her life and she soon developed a real passion for this very beneficial form of exercise. When her youngest son started school this left an opening for Vicky to start a new career. With a background in teaching and a love for Pilates she was keen to make this become part of her life and was delighted when offered the opportunity to train and work alongside some of the best instructors in the STOTT Pilates industry.
Certified Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga Instructor. Craniosacral Therapist
Georgina’s background is in dance – training at Ballet Rambert and Italia Conti Performing Arts, but it was through a back injury, Georgina found herself on an unfolding journey of exploring the nature of our body and mind.
Georgina trained in the Pilates technique with Alan Herdman, qualifying in 2000.
Whilst teaching Pilates, Georgina then discovered the wonders of the Gyrotonic Methodology and trained with Beatriz Pascual, qualifying in 2003. Her studies then led her to study Subtle Yoga and Meditation, and to explore the nature of Self Healing with Mika Hadar, a beautiful Yoga teacher and Healer in North London.
She then trained in Craniosacral therapy with Franklyn Sills at the Karuna Institute, Devon, qualifying in 2008.
Georgina has also been studying Yoga over the past 10 years, training with Susanne Lahusen, Paula Mayura from 2014 – 2016, and also at Yogacampus, Islington, qualifying in March 2021.
Georgina has a passion to help people discover their true nature, and to realise we don’t have to be in pain – physically, mentally or emotionally. By gently coming into the present moment, we can release tension and trauma from our past, and ease into a state of balance in body and mind.
After working in various studios in London over the years, Georgina now teaches at The Light Centre, Belgravia, and is part of The Movement Base team.