Hello, I’m Amanda Hughes, the founder and owner of House of Equilibrium, creator of Boutique Pilates & Wellness Studio and “The Garden Room Holbrook”.
I'm a Health and Wellness Coach which embodies many hats including Pilates Teacher, Boxing Fitness Instructor, Massage Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher and Holistic Practitioner. All of which come together as I work with you through mindful movement, massage therapy and meditation, to boost your mental and physical health so you can lead a healthier, happier life.
After many years battling with anxiety and depression fuelled by work related stress and fatigue, I made the decision in 2010 to put my health first, left my pressurised job and retrained in the world of Complementary Therapies.
This is where my journey began when I qualified through VTCT as a Level 3 Complementary Therapist. After working with clients with more specific needs and requirements, I returned to my studies and obtained a Level 4 qualification in Sports Therapy Massage. This gave me a thorough understanding of not only specialized massage techniques but also advanced anatomy & physiology, body mechanics and psychology, enabling me to develop and grow as a therapist.
To keep my health and wellbeing in check I started researching nutrition, relaxation techniques and practicing Mindfulness. I then went on to attend an NHS led 8 week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programme (MBCT) followed by distance learning (including self-study) and gained a Diploma in Mindfulness.
In 2016 I broadened my skillset further qualifying as a Level 3 Mat Pilates Teacher and Boxing Fitness Instructor because I wanted to assist clients off the massage couch helping them develop awareness and a healthy mind and body through movement. Health and fitness has always been my passion, including over 10 years in Mat Pilates so I wanted to incorporate this into my work life.
I created House of Equilibrium in 2011 to help people improve their mental as well as physical health primarily through Complementary Therapies. I initially worked from a room at home and also offered a mobile service a couple of times a week. As my knowledge, experience and confidence grew in this field I started working alongside other wellbeing practitioners including an Osteopath to complement their services. My therapies also took me off into Derby to host Corporate Wellbieng days for businesses as part of their health and wellbeing initiatives.
In October 2018 I opened Boutique Pilates & Wellness Studio in Ripley after losing my father to cancer earlier in the year. I channelled all emotions into doing something positive and created a calm, nurturing studio built with love to help others. The studio hosted small group Pilate’s classes, meditation groups, as well as a range of Complementary Therapies. I also collaborated with likeminded health and wellbeing professionals to share our experiences, knowledge and expertise through support groups and educational workshops.
Later that year I lost my other parent and from the trauma my body shut down. I could hardly walk due to nerve and joint pain, and this was followed in 2019 by a diagnosis of hip osteoarthritis. After several discussions with my specialist at Nuffield Hospital, we came to the conclusion that it would be beneficial for me to cut down on the amount of Pilate’s classes that I teach.
So to enable me to do this I made the decision to close Boutique Pilates in December 2019 and teach larger classes to ensure my students could continue with their practice.
For the last 18 months I have been researching and writing my own rehab programmes to strengthen my mind and body and get me more mobile. I am not the fittest I have been and may never reach that point again, but I am so grateful to be able to move freely and for most days without pain.
In January 2020 I returned to teaching larger group Pilates classes at Horsley Village Hall and Sage Yoga in Belper.
In March 2020 I opened “The Garden Room”, a tranquil space nestled in the beautiful village of Holbrook in Derbyshire providing bespoke services in Massage Therapy, Private Pilate’s lessons and Mind & Body Wellbeing packages.
2 weeks after opening we went into lockdown with the Coronavirus outbreak so the studio closed until the end of August and I started work to adapt the business to keep it afloat.
I moved all my Pilates classes via Zoom and created an online health and wellness programme called Mind & Body. This was a balance of mindful movement based fitness activities and going inwards practicing relaxation/meditation techniques to boost mental and physical.
I was so nervous about the whole online world but when we went into lockdown I wanted to do something to help people stay connected, healthy and happy during these uncertain times so bit the bullet. And by taking small steps and learning daily, I created a small inclusive, supportive online community which I was extremely grateful for.
I have seen a huge impact on clients mental and physical wellbeing from the effects of lockdown including overwhelm, heightened anxiety, depression, withdrawal from being isolated, fear and lethargy to name a few. I am so happy that The Garden Room has now reopened and I am able to work with you again to help you regain some balance.
I look forward to welcoming you soon!
Founder & Owner @ House of Equilibrium
0744 560 8767