Welcome to Aquafusion

Aquafusion offers high quality educational training courses in West Yorkshire leading to valuable and nationally recognised qualifications.  We give you the knowledge, ability and motivation to enable you to deliver safe, effective community-based exercise sessions during and after pregnancy.


Aquafusion was developed in the early 1980s by Christine.  When she found out she was pregnant with twins she was unable to find exercises and pregnancy classes.  She approached physiotherapists and midwives and together they developed a programme of Aquanatal courses. This successful programme is now recognised in the UK and Europe and was endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives.

These community led programmes enable midwives and fitness professionals to outreach to members of the community to help and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle during and after pregnancy. For the latest details on Aquafusion events and activity then click the Facebook icon below and follow our page.

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Why Choose Aquafusion?

Our tutors are specialists in their field and are all highly qualified and proactive within the health and well-being profession. Our courses offer midwives the opportunity to teach exercise within the community for the NHS or to enable them to develop their own Aquanatal business to support mothers during and after pregnancy. Our students travel from far and wide to Leeds to attend our courses coming from as far away as Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and London. As well as midwives travelling from Malta, Gibraltar and the Outer Hebrides. Many of our midwives continue their careers within the NHS alongside teaching Aquanatal and some go on to set up exciting new businesses for expectant and post-natal mothers.

Our Courses

Aquanatal -
Introduction to Teaching

This intensive practical and theoretical foundation course provides the knowledge and coaching skills to lead a community based aqua-natal exercise class safely and effectively.

All our administration team and tutors will enthusiastically manage and support the whole training process from initial enquiry through to successful completion. Our enthusiasm is second to none and will inspire you to reach your full potential through our training programmes.


29 Feb & 1 Mar 2024  – Nuffield – Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing, West Yorkshire

15 & 16 Nov 2024 – Nuffield – Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing, West Yorkshire

Course Cost (2 Days) £375 – if a course is oversubscribed we may need to ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure your place.

For an application form please contact us at


Aquanatal -
Advanced Teaching Skills

This course is designed for midwives and fitness professionals who are currently teaching or returning to aqua-natal community classes.

This course will further your knowledge in both ante and post-natal exercise prescription & looks at a wide variety of class formats including circuits. It will look at introduction of small equipment into an aqua-natal session including water noodles, floats, water buoys and will also introduce the concept of introducing circuit style formats into your session plans.

The course is designed to give you an up-date on teaching skills and communication and introduce you to new ideas to refresh your teaching. Delivered through theory and practical sessions where tutors can support and give you feedback throughout.

We usually recommend that you have attended our Aquanatal – Introduction To Teaching course prior to attending the Aquanatal – Advanced Teaching Skills course.

On completion of this 1 day course you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance.

20 Sept 2024 – Nuffield Shipley Fitness & Wellbeing West Yorkshire 

Course Cost (1 day) £190 – if the course is oversubscribed we may need to ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure your place.

For an application form please contact


Back & Abdominal Care in
Pregnancy & Beyond

This course is a basic introduction to how to teach safe and appropriate exercises using the principles of Pilates.

It introduces Midwives and Health and Fitness professionals to the principles of core stability and back care that are essential to new mums during and after pregnancy.

It will introduce you to 10 exercises that focus on improving posture, maintaining abdominal tone, aiding back care and maintaining pelvic stability, along with lifting and carrying baby. The course will enable you to introduce exercises that are core-based and aimed at strengthening the back and abdominals to improve posture during pregnancy and beyond. Delivered through theory and practical sessions where tutors can support and give you feedback throughout.

On completion of this 1 day course you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance.

Next courses:

21 Sept 2024  – The Studio, Menston, West Yorkshire

Course Cost (1 day) £190 – we many need to ask for a non-refundable deposit if the course is oversubscribed to secure your place.

For an application form please contact us

Modern Pilates

Welcome to Modern Pilates

For the past 25 years we have specialised in turning your passion for Pilates into an exciting new career opportunity. Whether your interest is just a hobby, or you are a fitness or health professional, we nurture, support and teach you the skills you need to become a successful Clinical Contemporary Matwork Pilates Teacher. 

Our unique contemporary clinical approach to Pilates training was created in consultation with Physiotherapist and Author Christopher Norris MSc MCSP, Cherry Baker and Christine North-Minchella.  Our ‘clinical’ method of Pilates looks at functional stability, postural alignment, core stability and modifications of the original works of Joseph Pilates as well as the original 34 exercises.  This unique combination of all approaches brings you the respected Modern ‘clinical’ Pilates training programme.


  • Modern Pilates were the first training organisation to gain validation with Central YMCA Qualifications, the ‘gold standard’ for training and education in the fitness industry.
  • Modern Pilates works extensively with a team of leading physiotherapists who are respected in their field of work as well as working actively within the industry.
  • Modern Pilates was the first Pilates organisation to develop a functional standing Pilates programme.
  • Modern Pilates tutors and assessors are qualified educationalists who work on a day-to-day basis as Pilates practitioners within a studio or clinical setting.
  • Modern Pilates courses are taught by physiotherapists who are also Pilates practitioners and experts in this field.
  • Modern Pilates students once qualified are able to work in a studio, clinical environment or one-to-one.
  • Modern Pilates encourages students to be creative individuals who are able to analyse movement and critically evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Pilates based exercises.
  • Modern Pilates training programmes are ideal for Pilates enthusiasts, health professionals, physiotherapists, health professionals, studio instructors and those wishing to become personal trainers.
  • Modern Pilates provides continual professional development in specialist fields including spinal conditions, pregnancy, aging, shoulder, hip, knee and advanced Matwork with equipment



Our Diploma in Teaching Pilates course aims to give students a strong foundation to build or develop a new career. This course comes highly recommended by our past students due to the face to face tuition and depth of knowledge gained, the standard of teaching and the exceptional skills they have learned from tutors and physiotherapists. Our course is very comprehensive and covers functional anatomy alongside the practical motivational and programming skills needed to become a successful Pilates instructor. The course is delivered via our unique blended learning programme which enables you to study some of the anatomy at home prior to attending the course. Once you have booked on the course, we will send you your home study manual and guidance notes. It is important that you allow yourself plenty of time to study the manual before you attend the course. The  course focuses on the practical aspects of teaching a Modern Pilates Matwork class. You will be taught by physiotherapists and Pilates practitioners via a combination of lectures, workshops and home study. You will always have the support of your tutors who will be in attendance for 100% of the course and be available to give you feedback and support. You will receive a YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates certificate. You will then be on the road to success and can work with a wide range of clients of any age and fitness level.



Course Content The course covers essential knowledge related to anatomy of movement, functional movement, Pilates exercises and advanced group teaching skills including:

  • Joseph Pilates exercises and methodology
  • Pelvis and shoulder stability
  • Posture assessment and muscle imbalance
  • Teaching practice and methodology
  • Advanced functional anatomy
  • Core stability
  • Postural alignment and assessment
  • Essential Modern Pilates exercise modifications
  • Programme planning
  • Science of teaching effective skilled movement
  • This course leads to being awarded a YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates


Assessment to gain Diploma


  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate a Modern Pilates session
  • Undertake YMCA Awards Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology theory paper (on the course) or provide evidence of current NVQ Level 3 theory
  • Undertake YMCA Awards Worksheets
  • Undertake a Case Study and Progressive Programme on a client of your choice
  • Undertake YMCA Principles of Fitness level 2 theory paper (on the course) or provide evidence of current certification
  • Bring a ‘client’ for the practical assessment

Looking to the Future

From January 2022 we are handing over the reins of this part of our business to renowned Pilates trainer Graeme Baxter with whom we have worked for 30 years.

Fitness and sport have always been a  huge part of Graeme’s life. He originally trained to become a  personal trainer, firstly completing the Diploma in Health and Fitness at London Central YMCA, followed by other courses including Adapting for Older Adults, Adapting for Pregnancy, Nutrition, Advanced Matwork Pilates & Diagnostic Pilates.  His success in Personal Training led him to diversify and he undertook the Diploma in Teaching  Pilates with Modern Pilates. Graeme was so inspired by the tutors and their professional, friendly approach he was motivated to complete his teaching and assessing qualifications. He is an NVQ TDLB Assessor with CYQ in Modern Pilates.  Graeme still runs his own personal training consultancy as well as tutoring for Modern Pilates and other organisations.

As Graeme has been working closely alongside Christine and her team for over 30 years it seems only natural that he will continue our great work under his own banner.

L3 YMCA Awards Diploma in Teaching Pilates

Full course cost for 10 day course including assessment £1895

Contact Graeme for details of our instalment scheme –


 September 2022 course (Menston, West Yorkshire)

24 & 25 Sept, 8 & 9 Oct, 22 & 23 Oct, 12 & 13 Nov, 3 & 4 Dec

Practical Assessment 14 or 15 Jan 2023

Contact Graeme Baxter for more information or to book.

07946 518603

The Studio

Introducing The Studio in Menston.

We have been developing classes and tutorials for the past 10 years and have built up a unique community-style environment where friends can meet and exercise together without the pressures of a ‘big gym’ environment.
At the Studio we run a wide range of classes for all levels and abilities with an emphasis on Modern Pilates, Fitness, Personal Training and Mummy Fit.
Due to the growth of this aspect of our business we are always looking for new teachers and tutors to join us and support Christine’s own teaching programmes and commitments.
Christine has delivered classes at large nationally renowned Fitness Centres, and in subsequent years has set up and run  two of her own Studios, she has built up a huge bank of knowledge. This wealth of experience is available to any teacher who wants to develop their own studio operation and would like to benefit from a guiding hand.

Clicking here will take you direct to The Studio’s own website where you can find out more

“Hi could I just say the tutor Christine for this course was nothing short of perfect she kept us motivated and was so kind and warming it was a pleasure to be on this course. I’ve done many many fitness courses and this lady had everything. Thankyou so much” (Aquanatal 1 – Introduction to Teaching)
Emma Carthy