Our Story

We decided to open our studio in Bath to be close to family, live in a beautiful city and share our love of Pilates with the South West UK. Here's our Pilates history:

Elaine Dowsett Co-owner of The Pilates Quarter

Elaine Dowsett Co-owner of The Pilates Quarter

Elaine was introduced to Pilates in the mid 90s as part of her classical ballet training. She began her Pilates teaching apprenticeship at Westmere Pilates, in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2006. She went on to study with Polestar Pilates where she gained a formal comprehensive qualification.

In 2008 Elaine qualified as a pre-natal and post-partum specialist through the centre for women’s fitness in Michigan USA.

Elaine and her partner Phil opened their own studio in Wellington, New Zealand in 2010. After the birth of their second child, they sold the studio and moved back to the UK in 2014.

It is in Classical Pilates that Elaine has found huge inspiration. As part of her ongoing professional development, Elaine completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program with The Pilates Center at Pepilates in London 2015.

Philip Ward co-owner of The Pilates Quarter

Philip Ward co-owner of The Pilates Quarter

Phil brings several foundation years of osteopathic training to his Pilates work, which has given him a solid knowledge of human anatomy and fuelled his love of body work. 

Together with his partner Elaine, Phil owned a studio, Pilates Flow, in Wellington, New Zealand. Since early 2010 he was one of the core teaching team at Pilates Flow as well as the studio's business manager. He has completed both Polestar Pilates' comprehensive training (1 year) and The Pilates Center's advanced teacher training (1 year).

Phil is also a trained actor which has further inspired his fascination with movement and the body. Phil has always felt that the specificity and focus of Pilates gives the human body greater ease of movement and freedom of expression.