Russell Jones, aka “The Flying Doctor”, is a medical doctor, Pilates teacher and trapeze artist.
Russell initially trained as a medical doctor specialising in children’s emergency medicine and worked for over ten years at the Bristol Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. He has since moved into Community Child Health, but retains his interests in childhood injury prevention and rehabilitation.
THE ROAD TO PILATES
In the late 1990s his medical work took him to Australia and it was during these years that he developed his interest in physical theatre. On his return to England, he followed this new path into performing, undertaking an MA in theatre practice at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Following this, he went to Circomedia in Bristol to study aerial and physical theatre. He has performed with NoFit State Circus and was a founding member of Amphitheatre of the Arts and Cirque Nova with whom he performed regularly in London. He has also performed his solo work at various festivals, including Glastonbury and also at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome.
Russell regularly teaches evening classes in trapeze and other aerial skills. In addition to all this, he has trained as a Comprehensive Pilates teacher (mat and equipment), with Suzanne Scott, of the Scott Studio, Castle Cary. Russell endeavours to integrate his medical knowledge with his understanding of movement to produce a form of Pilates that is both effective exercise and supports injury prevention.
Russell runs Pilates mat classes at the Albany Centre, Bristol and offers one-to-one classes in your home.