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 and trained with 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 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’.
I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and 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.
People have often commented that I would make a brilliant instructor as I am so passionate about exercising.
I decided to take the plunge and booked a training course to become a Pilates instructor.
I am proud to say that I have fulfilled my dream, I am now a qualified Pilates instructor working for the Movement Base!
STOTT Pilates® Trained Instructor
Lorraine’s passion for Pilates started when she began attending classes herself. After being made redundant from her Legal PA job she decided it was time to turn her love of Pilates into a career and she made the life changing decision to train as a Pilates Instructor. Lorraine also works as a Children’s Gymnastics Teacher so brings with her experience from both the teaching and exercise industries.
Sports Massage Therapist
Sports Massage Therapist
My love for the fitness industry started while studying for my BTEC National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science and using the college gym. I then completed my Fitness Instructor level 2 qualification while still at college. Once I had passed both I started to work as a Gym Instructor at a well known Health Club where I gained a range of experience from teaching classes such as Spin and legs bums and tums.
After a few years I decided to experience London and worked withing the Marketing industry and the Insurance industry while still perusing my love for fitness.