Paola Langella

Founder of SHAPES

I am a qualified Stott Pilates teacher, personal trainer and health coach nutritionist. My classes offer a full resistance workout by mobilising and working every single muscle of the body to achieve a long and lean shape. I believe in Pilates as a miracle for the body that can help people to get the body and mind in the shape they desire.

I was born in Naples and I grew up within the warmth of a big, loving community; there I soon found a passion for dancing.

When I moved to London to complete my master’s degree in media and communications, dance remained my primary passion. Then one fateful day, while performing a tango choreography, I slipped and fell. The pain was immense. I was unable to move my neck and I returned to Italy where a doctor diagnosed me as having a slipped disk that couldn’t be operated on due to the delicacy of the area.

This  terrible injury brought me to discover the healing powers of Pilates and motivated me after years of teaching and experiences to bring the power of Pilates and Fitness affordably into the lives of so many more bodies around the world, with my online Pilates, Fitness and well-being studio: SHAPES.

I spent some time teaching amongst physical therapists and sports medicine experts; paying homage to the incredibly scientific background of the practice, and its vast powers of rehabilitation. It was invaluable learning but because of my dance experience, I felt the context was too clinical to really make connections with my clients and make use of the emotionally transformative nature of the Practice.

With my unique range of rhythmical classes that heal, inspire, and transform bodies of all shapes, I went on to become one of London's most sought after Pilates instructors at Core Collective, Bodyism and I work with private clients in homes across London.

The gratitude of my clients, and seeing the transformation that was taking place in their lives as well as their bodies, motivated me to reach and to connect with more like-minded people.

For me, Shapes is not only an online studio, but a philosophy of life. I see Shapes as a contribution and a support for everyone that wants to become healthier, fitter and to be empowered to train, to eat healthy and to follow a balanced lifestyle wherever they are in the world.


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