Christmas is less than a week away! (Whhhaaatttt!? Yes, this is the sound of panic!)- but I can relax a little knowing who the next guest to #fillourtable is as she is going to bring a bit of calm to our (hypothetical) Christmas dinner party here at Figbar! I'm so delighted to introduce Lauren Murphy, the owner of The Pilates Studio Norwich, as the next guest to #fillourtable !
I hadn't ever done pilates until after giving birth to baby #2, and my doctor recommended it as a way to get back into movement. I haven't looked back since. I swear to you, there are days I leave Lauren's class feeling better than after getting a massage. She's one of the best teachers you will find- approachable, friendly, knowledgable. She knows how to push you that little bit extra, but not too much. There's variation in her class, wonderful advice, and results you can feel and see (I promise I'm not trying to sound like an infomercial, but sometimes those infomercial lines are just the truth!).
Lauren is an absolutely lovely person, and I recommend you all to try out her classes or private sessions. This woman knows what's up. Her energy is limitless, her support and dedication is inspiring, and her footwork, well, it's too be envied! (Gives us all something in aspire to :-).
I'm so so excited to have you at our sharing table, Lauren! Thank you for coming to #fillourtable!
Name: Lauren Murphy
What you do: I spend my days teaching and running my wonderful studio The Pilates Studio Norwich, tucked away in Labour In Vain Yard. I'm a self confessed Pilates geek, Pilates is my profession but also my hobby! At the studio we offer Ballet Barre, Mat and Equipment Pilates classes. We teach Private and Group classes, so something for everyone. Our wonderful clients come to use for various reasons and range from 14 - 86!
A bit about Lauren: I was born in Hertfordshire, went to school in North London and left at 16 to attend a full time Professional Dance college. My boyfriend is from Suffolk and in 2015 when he left the army we decided we wanted to move away from London to East Anglia, and headed for Norwich. The best decision we've made - Norwich is now home. I took over the ownership The Pilates Studio Norwich last year - the second best thing I've done after moving to Norwich!
Where to find Lauren and the Pilates Studio Norwich:
4 Labour In Vain Yard, Guildhall Hill, NR2 1JD
insta - @thepilatesstudio_norwich
1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?
I'm going to assume alive or dead is fine. Aside from the obvious choice of my family, Joseph Pilates would be first on my list. He is the creator of Pilates (originally called 'Contrology.' It was only named Pilates after he died) There is so much I have to ask him. Amanda and Beth, who both teach at the studio would love to meet him so they are on my guest list too. My boyfriend Andy would also come as he is huge Figbar fan (as am I of course) and would definitely want a Jaffa cake for dessert! Lastly Dawn French, because she's a national treasure and would keep everyone entertained!
2. What foods are you most thankful for?
Its simple, but I love Lasagne. Also, a cup of tea at home after a long day at the studio.
3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?
Homemade Sausage rolls on Christmas Eve, 'Fajita Friday' and dinner at my grandparents house. They are Irish so it normally involves Boiled Potatoes and cabbage!
4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?
I received a scholarship when I was in my first year at Dance College which made a huge difference to my parents financially. More recently, the support I have received from the people of Norwich since taking over The Pilates Studio Norwich 16 months ago has been so kind.
5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I get thanked on a daily basis from clients which I take as a compliment. When a client tells me they are now pain free and feeling stronger and more mobile it makes me so proud of the work we do at the studio.
6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?
I think I would give it to my nephew. He is only 18 months old but it can be the start of his life savings!
Thank you, Lauren!! Can't wait to see you in the studio (with some jaffa cakes and brownies ;-) again soon!