LARA PEPPER – Pilates. Nutrition. Massage. offers a whole-body, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. I offer a science-based approach to functional movement and nutrition, with the aim to complement conventional medical treatments.
Lara Pepper BSc DipCNM APPI rVTCT rGNC
I love nutritious and tasty food, exercise (especially Pilates), and feeling as healthy as I can. After graduating from the University of Reading (Geography and Economics BSc) I then spent two years working for a bank in London. I was commuting for two hours each way every day, and generally feeling unmotivated and unwell, so I decided it was time for a change.
I retrained as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor qualifying with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), London. I have a real interest in rehabilitative Pilates, and specialise in low back pain, and ante and post-natal Pilates.
Following this I trained as a Sports Massage Therapist with Sports Therapy UK (VTCT). This further complements my interest in anatomy and physiology, alongside functional movement.
I am also a registered Nutritional Therapist (DipCNM mANP rGNC) qualifying with the College of Naturopathic Medicine, London, following three years of study. This included an in-depth study of anatomy and physiology, alongside knowledge of pathologies and how nutritional therapy can help. I have a real interest in digestive issues and auto-immunity.
I believe that caring for your body both nutritionally and physically is extremely important, and in this modern stressful world we all need to take some time for ourselves! I am passionate about motivating others to look after their bodies, get excited about what they are eating and feel the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This may be as a preventative measure or to support treatment of an existing medical condition.
My interest in nutrition and health was sparked at the age of 17 when I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), a rare auto-immune disease, causing severe muscle weakness. My symptoms mainly impact my facial muscles making it difficult to talk and swallow at times.
Since being diagnosed I have undergone all the conventional medical treatments, ranging from immune suppressing medications to regular plasma exchanges. I have also tried to improve my health in other ways, including the decision to change career. I believe the fitter, stronger and happier you can be the better chance you give your body to get better.
Things happen for a reason, and in some ways, I believe that without my diagnosis I may never have followed my passion into fitness and nutrition. This is a continuously changing industry, and is becoming increasingly more interesting for medical experts in relation to the importance of lifestyle changes and their connection with many diseases.