Our Team

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Diane Archer

Diane Archer is a Pilates teacher and the studio owner of Compassionate Body Pilates. She took her first pilates class in Toronto in 2003 and quickly developed a keen interest in understanding more about how bodies move. She discovered that pilates could contribute to her own mental and physical well being, and reduce her own chronic pain. In the UK in 2012, she took her first pilates teacher training and opened her initial studio. Then she pursued further training in both the UK and Canada on post- rehab protocols for hips and knees, shoulders, and the spine, and also updated her skills with a comprehensive training course on all the pilates equipment. She considers herself a movement re-educator who enjoys adapting the pilates method to design specific programs for individuals, and also to create programs for classes to achieve fitness in a fun and supportive environment. Her studio provides a full spectrum of equipment and teaching to meet the needs of people at all levels, to educate them about their bodies, and empower them to move with ease in everyday life. Diane is a wife and mother of two young children and very much enjoys hiking and camping.


2012: Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates Instruction from Health and Fitness Education

2014: Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions at Future Fit

2014: Small Equipment Workshop at Future Fit

2015: Hip and Knee Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics

2016: Shoulder Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics

2016: Spine Post Rehab Protocols at Body Harmonics

2018: Intro to Fascia with Stott Pilates

2018: Pilates Matwork with a Fascial Focus with Stott Pilates

2022: Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Allison Kares Movement Education

2022: In Progress: Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist 2.0 from Dr. Sarah Duvall

Rachel Ramsden

Rachel Ramsden has been a very active person throughout her life. She loves soccer, volleyball, sailing, biking, running and swimming. As a young child she was first introduced to mind body movement in the form of yoga by her mother, who was an instructor. In 2019 Rachel decided to become a yoga instructor herself and quickly developed a passion for helping people connect their minds and bodies. Rachel was first introduced to Pilates in the early 2000’s when she purchased a VHS tape from an infomercial! She instantly discovered that pilates made her feel taller and improved her posture and strength which carried over into her daily life. Rachel has worked as a dental hygenist for 30 years, and yoga and pilates has been instrumental in helping her cope with all the aches and pains that come with the job. In 2022 Rachel completed her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor course and has been teaching classes in mat, chair, reformer and cadillac Pilates for the last year. She likes to laugh and crack jokes during class and believes life is too short to be serious all the time.

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2022: Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Allison Kares Movement Education

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