Lisa Carswell, BBA (Marketing), Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (CYQ)

Lisa graduated from university in 1989 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and began a career in the Executive Development Program for a chain of department stores in the US.  She took a 20 year career break to focus on raising her family and volunteer work. During those years she had the opportunity to pursue her passion for ballet by performing in amateur productions as well as teaching.  

After moving to Scotland in 2008, she continued to teach ballet and five years later starting training to become a Pilates Instructor.  In 2014, Lisa received her Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Matwork) and was granted membership in the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).  She ran her own classes in Hamilton in addition to teaching Pilates classes at a physiotherapy clinic in Glasgow for three years.

Her combined experience in teaching ballet and Pilates, plus working directly with physiotherapists has given her a unique skill set.  In 2017, Lisa opened LC Pilates Studio where she offers classes and private instruction in Hamilton. She wants to help clients toMove better for better living.

For Lisa, Pilates and ballet go hand in hand.  She was first introduced to Pilates over 30 years ago when training to become a professional ballet dancer.  Dance related injuries kept Lisa from a career in dance, but instilled in her a desire to help others prevent and recover from their own injuries.  She has a keen eye for proper body mechanics and is able to teach clients new patterns of movement to help maintain fitness, alleviate/manage pain or recover from injury or surgery.

Lisa is partial to the Pilates Exercise Method for its adaptability, making it accessible to most people of different ages, fitness levels and sport interests to develop strength and flexibility as well rehabilitate. It goes without saying:  Lisa loves ballet - performing, watching and teaching! She is eager to share that passion in the Adult Ballet Barre class which focuses on posture, alignment, flexibility and muscle strengthening. Combine both Pilates and Ballet Barre to increase your overall fitness and wellbeing.


Karen Brandon, BSc in Physiotherapy

Karen qualified with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 2013. Her career began in the NHS gaining invaluable experience working in Care of the Elderly, Community Rehab and Orthopaedics before focusing her career on Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy.

Karen’s clinical interests include sports rehabilitation and rehabing clients back to a particular hobby or sport as well as low back pain and orthopaedic conditions. Alongside her expert skills in managing and treating various MSK conditions, Karen also specialises in Occupational Health Physiotherapy for acute and chronic conditions.

Karen is a qualified Acupuncture therapist which she uses frequently for management of pain. Karen has recently attended a course for management of shoulder conditions and is certified in the Kevin Hall Soft Tissue skills.

Karen has also completed her Pilates training through APPI which she combines into her treatment of back pain and various upper and lower limb conditions. She runs a weekly Pilates class in Motherwell. Karen will be offering Clinical Pilates classes at LC Pilates Studio for clients with MSK conditions not addressed in a regular class.  She is also available for physiotherapy appointments.

Away from work Karen enjoys doing Pilates herself as well as yoga, ballet, walking and cooking.