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Heather Thompson-Barker

Studio Founder & Owner

Heather is the founder and owner of Sano Studio. She is a Beauty Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the Beauty & Wellness Industry and a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor with a Diploma in Clinical Pilates teaching Mat & Reformer Pilates.  


She is passionate about helping people improve their own health and wellbeing through a person-centred approach.  


She has a rare genetic disease commonly known as Brittle Bones which causes a mutation in the way her body produces collagen. This makes her bones and tissue very delicate and susceptible to breaking or damage. 


Pilates has reformed her body, from a rehabilitation patient to a physically strong and confident Clinical STOTT PILATES® Instructor. Today she is the strongest she has ever been and has managed to stay (mostly!) injury-free. 


Although she cannot change her genetic makeup her experience in the wellness industry has made her passionate about helping people push past limitations safely and not accepting that those limitations will define you and what you can achieve to improve your overall health and well-being.

Heather Thompson-Barker

Laura Csernus

Reformer & Mat Pilates Instructor, Physiotherapist /Massage & Reiki Practitioner

An experienced passionate Pilates instructor, Physiotherapist, and Reiki Practitioner, she complements our holistic approach.  


Her experience is influenced by diverse dance styles whilst studying in Budapest and Austria. Dance-related injuries led to her discovering the transformative benefits of Pilates which ignited interest in physiotherapy, with a Bsc Physiotherapy degree from the Netherlands, complemented by clinical practices across Europe. 


Experience with elderly rehabilitation within public and private practices has allowed her to work with diverse conditions including; orthopaedic and sports-specific injuries, chronic pain and pre/post-natal care and as a Clinical Pilates Instructor at Wimbledon.

Her unique skills and experience promote injury prevention and overall fitness leaving you feeling empowered and infused with enthusiasm.


Laura’s massages are dedicated to addressing sports needs, injuries and work-related stress all aimed for relaxation and rejuvenation. In the realm of Reiki, she fosters balance and harmony by guiding individuals on a transformative journey.


Outside of work, you'll find her hiking, singing, dancing, or immersed in a good book.

Laura Csernus

Leigh Anderson

Beauty Therapist

After having her first child, Leigh decided it was time to have a more fulfilling job. That is when she left her day job to start her career in beauty therapy. She became a beauty therapist because she is passionate in helping people feel like the best version of themselves.


Leigh is a HNC qualified beauty therapist who studied at Edinburgh College and graduated in 2019. She went on to work in a local salon specialising in facials and massage before taking a career break to raise her two children. Leigh is excited to get back to work and help her clients to improve their health and wellbeing. She is a passionate believer in self-care and enjoys delivering treatments which offer deep relaxation and improve skin health.


Leigh feels her best when she is with her family enjoying the outdoors or cooking together at home.  She enjoys all things creative in her spare time and loves to cosy up with a good book.

Leigh Anderson

Caroline Laing

Reformer & Mat Pilates Instructor

Caroline is a qualified Pilates mat and reformer instructor. She originally completed her Matwork teacher training with BASI and went on to complete her certificate in Mat and Reformer with Breathe Education, an evidence based Pilates training programme. Caroline discovered Pilates around 17 years ago in London and instantly fell in love with it.


Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact of Pilates on her own life, especially during pregnancy and postpartum recovery, she is passionate about empowering others to discover their strength and resilience.


Caroline’s classes are for all abilities, focusing on strength, flexibility and body awareness. She’s a big advocate for the benefits of Pilates not just for physical health but mental well-being too. You’ll find

her classes offer a good mix of dynamic flow, challenge and fun!


When she’s not teaching she enjoys spending time with friends and family and muddy walks with her bouncy young lab Poppy.

Caroline Laing

Susan Mallinder

Acupuncturist

Susan is our Lifestyle Medicine Specialist who works alongside us as well as being the founder of her own wellbeing company.


Susan is passionate about improving your wellbeing and wants to help you live your best life. She does this by listening to your needs and assessing the whole you. When you visit Susan, you can expect her to use a customised blend of East Asian therapies and Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit. Her blended treatments can ease symptoms, working with nature to bring harmony and balance to the body.


Her treatments range from cosmetic acupuncture to helping people suffering from pain and ailments to seasonal pick me ups. She offers a range of treatments to balance the body, heal after falls and help with professional sports conditioning and performance. Her treatments include a range of therapies from acupuncture to cupping and red-light therapy to name a few.


Everyone is warmly welcomed by Susan.

Susan Mallinder

Dee Murray

Yoga Teacher

With 20 years of experience Dee is passionate about helping people reduce stress and overwhelm so they can start to feel better and create balance in their lives - Yoga is a big part of this. Dee works to create space for people to take time for themselves and enjoy a moment of peace.


As the mother of a neurodivergent person, Dee understands intimately how difficult life can be at times. This is why she is particularly interested in offering gentle, restorative-style yoga classes that offer us the space, and time needed to relax more deeply.


Alongside her yoga training, Dee’s class is informed by her years of experience as a wellbeing practitioner. Her class offers a mix of gentle yoga movement, breathwork, relaxation, meditation, restorative yoga poses, and Yoga Nidra. There are no pretzel poses in her restorative class!


When not being a Mom, you will find Dee with a book, journalling, walking, meditating, eating and thinking about womaning up enough to go for a wild swim.

Dee Murray

Josefa Buckland

Massage Therapist

Josefa is a Swedish massage therapist at Sano Studio. She offers a holistic and person-centred approach to massage. Massage is such a beneficial tool for wellness and Josefa looks forward to sharing this with the Sano community. Whether you are having massage to alleviate a particular condition or regular maintenance massages, Josefa will work with you to ensure you get the maximum benefit out of your sessions.


Josefa trained as a massage therapist with Scottish Massage Schools and is currently continuing her studies with Advanced Massage Techniques School, completing a Diploma in Remedial and Sports massage. She retrained as a massage therapist, following a varied career, because of a deep interest in all aspects of wellness and a desire to help people.


Josefa has 2 young daughters, who both enjoy regular massages! She also enjoys sea swimming, sitting by a fire on the beach and (naturally!) Reformer Pilates.

Josefa Buckland

Kirsty Lyon

Breathwork Facilitator & Holistic Mind Body Coach

Kirsty is our trauma informed Breathwork Facilitator and Certified Holistic Mind and Body Coach. She is passionate in teaching others about the mind body connection, and she knows how intricately linked each system and emotion is.


After experiencing chronic health issues, Kirsty decided to take the holistic route to healing and believes in a somatic approach to mind body issues, the most powerful for her being breathwork. She discovered firsthand how conscious connected breathing has the power to release trauma stored in the body, relieving physical and mental imbalances, and rewiring the subconscious mind. Kirsty’s sessions are designed with conscious breathing and sound vibration to leave you feeling deeply fulfilled with a sense of peace and relaxation.


Kirsty spends as much time as she can outside in nature where she feels at her happiest, she loves to write and work on creative projects in her spare time and believes in the healing power of humour and sharing stories.

Kirsty Lyon

Irina Bekasova

Reformer Pilates Instructor

Irina is a STOTT trained instructor teaching Reformer Pilates. She is passionate about making her clients feel welcome and confident to make the most of their reformer workout and feel good in their bodies. She brings a calm and positive attitude to her classes as she supports the clients on their pilates journey.


With a background in dance, Irina has always been passionate about physical movement and exercising in ways to nurture both the body and the mind. When she discovered Reformer Pilates, she instantly loved how it challenged her body to become the healthiest and strongest it has ever been and helped release any mental and physical tension.


When she’s not doing Pilates, she will most likely be immersed in a good book while enjoying a strong cup of coffee or be outside playing tennis.

Irina Bekasova

Catrin Dawson

Reformer Pilates Instructor

Catrin is a Reformer Pilates instructor trained in New Zealand, and now living in Edinburgh. She originally found Pilates as a way to rehabilitate from injuries as a runner, and after enjoying it so much herself, became interested in helping others on their Pilates and wellness journeys. 


The focus and presence that Pilates has brought Catrin, as well as the improved strength and flexbility of both mind and body is what she loves most about the practice and wishes to impart on others. She has a warm and energetic teaching style, and will encourage everyone in her class to push themselves! 


When she isn’t teaching, you’ll probably find her bouldering, running, or enjoying a good book in the (rare) Scottish sunshine!

Catrin Dawson
Meet the Team

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