Jenny Colebourne

Average: 4.4 of 5 stars

7 Reviews

Center of Light

Dimoharous 18, Athens 115 21
Tel. and fax 210 7231 397

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Refined Pilates Circle.
Since 1980

Jenny Colebourne's Illium Center of Light is situated in a beautiful old townhouse in one of the greenest areas of Athens. The spaces at the Center do indeed have a lot of light. Illium is a healing center, a space for alternative forms of exercise and complementary sessions. Upon entering the front door one experiences a sense of peace and harmony. The Center is a refuge from the stresses and strains of our modern day world. Some seminars offered in Mikrohori near Kapandriti where Jenny is developing a retreat. This gives us the opportunity to work close to nature as well as in town. All classes and treatments at Illium are by appointment only. This is our schedule for the 2013 season.

At Illium we believe very strongly that every body is beautiful at all ages and that it is important to let go of society’s prejudices of how a body “should” look. We will take you on a journey to rediscover your body, honour its uniqueness and retrain it to move with ease and assurance from its core.
“The best Pilates in the world” Julianna Stegner, cultural events manager, Goethe Institute.
Refined Pilates is a conscious, intelligent way of exercising. Each individual is given a series of exercises, on mats or specially designed equipment, tailored to suit her or his needs, and to be both challenging and therapeutic. Great emphasis is placed on breathing and on the fine details of how to perform each movement. Refined Pilates results in improved posture and bodyline. Its unique approach encourages a balance between flexibility and power. It is an excellent system for anyone from nine years old upwards, dancers, those wishing to achieve a fitter body, to exercise for therapeutic reasons, pre- and post-natal women, as well as being an excellent complement to other fitness and sporting pursuits.
“At the end of a stressful day, a Pilates class at the Illium Center helps me find my balance, body and soul. Adrianna’s skilful teaching has helped me overcome chronic pain, become aware of bad postural habits and to use exercise as an intervention tool to avert problems.
Besides the exercise classes, the center is a delightful cultural hub. Life would be painful and dull without the center and all the friends I have made there!
Penny Kynigou. Teacher.

We are one of the few studios still offering full hour and a half group sessions. Most offer an hour only. I feel this time is essential for ensuring there is adequate time to identify the needs of the client, a proper warm up and a relaxation at the end.
Classes are by appointment only and last a full hour and a half and are in groups of up to 6 persons. Please note each client is given a program exactly tailored to his or her needs. We do not have everyone doing the same exercises. Appointments are available: Monday 9:30-12:30; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30-14:00; Wednesday 10.00-11.30 Monday and Friday 17:00-20:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 15.30 – 20.00; and Saturday 9:30-12:30.

Private Refined Pilates © private sessions are intense and are therefore an hour long. Private sessions can be arranged with any of our teachers and are by appointment. Here is what one client had to say about her private sessions.
“I started Refined Pilates © private sessions with Jenny two years ago. Jenny taught me to get to know and love my body. Something I had never done. Jenny's sweetness and calm taught me to love my exercise sessions and want to look after myself better. I saw an enormous improvement in my posture, my flexibility and in the intense muscular and bone pain I had suffered. I performed exercises I never thought I would ever be able to do and my self-confidence grew. Jenny won a very special place in my heart because she gave me such a lot in such a short space of time. I am very thankful to her.”
Barbara Mamatis. Artist.

With Jenny Colebourne,
Jenny has been teaching yoga for over 35 years.
Hatha Yoga lessons take place in a quiet meditative space with a view of Ymittos. Apart from the sound of the instructor’s voice, the toning of a specific chakra, silence prevails. The focus is inside one’s own body. The eyes are closed in order to aid concentration and to avoid competition both with oneself and others or specifically focused on a point (dristi). Time is left at the end of the lesson for sharing, questions and clarification. Each asana, or posture, is held, and during this holding the student learns to relax and let go within the structure of the pose. Breathing plays an important part in this process. The results are a greater awareness of the body and a very deep stretching. Classes include deep relaxation, breathing exercises and meditation and are suitable for persons of all ages and fitness levels. Classes are small groups of up to seven persons and are available:
Mondays 18.30 – 20.00, Wednesdays 16.30 -18.00 and Thursdays 19.00 -18.30.

With Jenny Colebourne.
Classes are by appointment and can be taken at any stage of pregnancy. Sessions include asanas or physical postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, and sound vibration and getting in touch with the baby. Previous experience of yoga is not necessary. The practise helps the mother to maintain flexibility, strengthen the pelvic floor and the upper and lower back. She learns to breathe deeply and effectively and come in touch with her natural female strength. Problems such as nausea, constipation, backache and postnatal depression are helped. Yoga helps the women to participate in a conscious way with the birth process and to enjoy her pregnancy. It gives her a sense of empowerment and security.
For me being pregnant has been a joyous miraculous grace-filled experience. Unfortunately, out in modern world there seems to be a tendency to focus on this as an inconvenience or something at best to get over with. Through my Pilates and Yoga class we did the opposite. Through gentle tuning I got better in touch with my fruit-bearing miraculous body! In Pilates, the concentration on specific parts of your body helps to focus your energy to feel the sinews, the bones, the muscle gently exercising them and giving them energy and finally relaxing them. In the Yoga lessons, I have been guided to focus on the graceful connection between my body and universal life through breathing and relaxation. And what more important time to do this then when bearing life within oneself, the most amazing miracle of all. When doing Pilates or Yoga I am with my body and with my baby, together we are breathing in and out, moving, flowing and connecting. During both practices, I empty all the bad and the negative, smooth out all the knots and let happiness and wonder come back and fill every molecule of being.
Joanna Stavropoulou. Communications Manager.


Complementary therapies are the ultimate present you can offer yourself. The wide range of sessions available enables you to address specific problems or simply to relax from the pressures and stress of your everyday life.

With Jenny Colebourne.
Jenny has been practising Reiki for over 24 years.
The word "Reiki" means the energy of the Great Spirit. A gentle but profound healing technique, Reiki can help all types of physical ailments, stress, psychological problems as well as spiritual development. You can receive Reiki either in the form of hands-on healing or at a distance.
"A welcoming hug, the gentle touch throughout the session and the time for sharing after the treatment create a unique ceremony in three parts. It is an unprecedented journey into body and soul with a good friend at your side."
Kostas Eleftheriadis. Decision Support Systems laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.

With Jenny Colebourne
Crystals are placed on and around the body during a Reiki session Crystals are powerful enhancers of the Reiki energy.
By appointment.
With Jenny Colebourne.
Cranial sacral therapy facilitates an even, rhythmic, vital flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. The cerebrospinal fluid moves in the spine and the skull, affecting the central nervous system (including the brain) and the sinuses. Cranial sacral therapy releases stresses in the body's diaphragms and the fascia system. This is a powerful technique effective in the treatment of a wide range of physical problems including headaches, back and neck tension, arthritis, stress, fatigue, gynaecological problems, sinusitis, TMJ dysfunction, learning difficulties and co-ordination.
By appointment
I started cranial sacral therapy with Jenny when I had chronic pain and musculoskeletal problems.
Twenty years ago I had surgery to remove a tumor in the parotid gland and since then I had repeatedly had problems and arthritis in the temporomandibular joint.
The treatment was astonishing! The muscle spasm around the joint was gone along with the chronic pain from which I suffered on an everyday basis. I was able to receive orthodontic treatment to balance the top and bottom teeth. I am chewing normally with no pain!
Tenia Voudouri. Ophthalmologist.
With Jenny Colebourne.
Jenny followed a 10 year long apprenticeship with sound master Joe Tornabene culminating in a one year training with him giving her the right to teach as well as to give sound balancing sessions and to create sound balancing group healing events. Sound balancing requires the facilitator to move into a quiet space, state an intention and to tune into the energy body of the recipient. A sound is then produced that resonates with the vibration of the area of the body being addressed. Usually the sound is made by the voice. Bells, tuning forks, a sacred drum and singing bowls can also be used. There are sound balancing techniques to fine-tune the chakras, to bring out deep-seated memories including those of past lives. Sessions may evolve to the point where the recipient may also respond with sound and authentic movement occurs. Sound is a very powerful healing tool. The spaces or silences between the sounds are called ma and are equally as important as the sound itself.
By appointment
With Jenny Colebourne.
The Sacred Sound Circle works on developing the voice as a healing tool. Vocal ranges, rhythm, the power of the spoken word, sound combined with authentic movement are some of the areas explored. Strong group energy is created.
I live very intense, full and meaningful moments when I participate in the sacred sound circle. Sometimes I experience memories of my life and sometimes I go into new, unique and amazing experiences. With Jenny’s help I go on a journey into myself in a truly magical way. Thank you…....
Dimitra Simou. Lawyer.

With Christina Mavraki.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Medical art which dates back 5000 years. The word Ayurveda is Sanskrit. Ayus means “life” and veda means “knowledge” or” knowledge of life”. One of the methods recommended to maintain good health and prevent disease is Ayurvedic massage. This massage involves the use of warm oils to improve circulation and muscle tone. It unlocks muscle tension and leads to more harmonious movement. It gives a sense of well-being, improves metabolism, skin tone and connective tissue. It helps us to understand the connection with the mind and the body and brings us into better contact with nature.
By appointment.
With Alice Bell.
Body in Balance. A unique treatment developed by and named after Mr. Tom Bowen (1903-1982) from Geelong, Australia.
During a Bowtech treatment the body is “reset” to remember its original blueprint of health. This therapeutic method of gentle and precise finger pressure applied to specific points on the body produces an integrated body response, improving circulation, lymphatic and venous drainage, assimilation of nutrients, elimination of toxins and joint mobility. Overall, Bowtech will boost the immune system helping the body to ward off colds, coughs and infections.
Of vital importance to this treatment are the pauses between each series of moves, which give the body time to respond.
These are some of the conditions that respond well to Bowtech:
Neck pain, migraines, headaches, backache, sciatica, knee injuries, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, respiratory problems, asthma, allergic rhinitis, gynecological problems, athletic injuries, anxiety and stress.
Corrections can occur spontaneously in the 3 to 5 days following a treatment and pain symptoms become a thing of the past.
By appointment.
With Alice Bell.
An Ancient Healing Art. Hippocrates recommended a scented bath every day and a scented massage every week as the way to health. The oils of Arabia were highly prized and their value could exceed that of diamonds or gold. Essential oils are nature’s medicine as well as her indulgence. They are extracted from plants by steam distillation and are highly aromatic, concentrated, volatile and easily absorbed through the skin during massage.
Aromatherapy massage is a gentle, relaxing massage, working mainly on the surface muscles using gentle effleurage strokes to facilitate the absorption of the oils. This allows for the release of tension from the body and can bring deep rest and rejuvenation.
Successful blending requires knowledge, intuition and a sensitive nose familiar with high quality therapeutic grade oils. An Aromatherapy blend will resonate harmoniously with the recipient of the massage.
By appointment.

With Alice Bell.
The Fingertip Facelift. This is a very detailed massage of the face, neck, scalp and décolleté using the fingertips to release tension from the muscles and smooth out wrinkles from the fascia. A Rejuvance treatment will help the face to regain its elasticity and freshness.
The full treatment is carried out over a series of 6 sessions, which allows for the gradual release of old patterns and masks.
It is highly relaxing for the whole body and will often bring the recipient into a state of total relaxation and sleep.
By appointment.

With Jenny Colebourne.
Jenny has been teaching Reiki for over 20 years.
The first degree the student receives 4 powerful attunements, which are designed to open the energy centres and sensitise the recipient to powerful healing energy. The first day is dedicated to learning the hand positions for self-healing, essential for health and vitality and receiving two of the attunements. During the second day the student learns how to give healing to others both on his own and as a part of a group healing. Reiki is a wonderful addition to other health-care skills.
Private seminars can also be arranged.
Second degree Reiki involves receiving a further powerful attunement to bring the student into a deeper connection with the energy. The student learns three ancient, archetypal Reiki symbols to use, strengthen hands on treatments, to develop a healing presence and for healing from a distance. The 2nd degree moves beyond space and time enabling the practitioner to work with healing not just individuals but situations.
The student is required to have completed regular self-practise and 21 full treatments for others.
Each meeting has a theme related to Reiki. There is time for a meditation, a group treatment and sharing and questions.
Reiki 1 meetings are open to all. The meetings include a meditation on an aspect of Reiki, learning techniques to deepen Reiki practise and group treatments. If you, or a friend, have a need for strong healing work you can request a group Reiki treatment.
Meetings are free of charge. It is traditional to bring a small gift such as flowers, incense or candles.

Reiki 2 meetings are open to those who have completed Reiki 2. The meetings include a meditation, practice with the symbols and a Reiki sending. If you, or a friend, have a need for strong healing work you can request a group Reiki treatment from a distance. Please let me know at least a day before.
Meetings are free of charge. It is traditional to bring a small gift such as flowers, incense or candles.
With Jenny Colebourne
Teaching Reiki can be challenging and the shifts that take place in us demanding. These meetings provide support and the joy of sharing the Reiki energy at an advanced level.
These meetings are open to those who have received their master ship from Jenny (which is extensive) or those trained by her teacher or her students. Teachers from other backgrounds should speak to Jenny before attending.
Meetings are free of charge. It is traditional to bring a gift.
With Jenny Colebourne
Mastership training is available to those seriously committed to this powerful healing technique, who wish to develop the ability to pass on these ancient teachings and to become a channel for the attunements. The mastership training takes the form of an apprenticeship, which usually lasts a year but can be longer. It is essential throughout that year to attend the master class, all the Reiki seminars as well as practice sessions. Special arrangements can be made for those living abroad.
“Jenny Colebourne has been my Reiki Master for over 15 years and I know that my work doing Reiki has succeeded because of her energy and powerful alignment. Nothing I have experienced since her attunement has been, as healing and I shall return to Athens to do my Master work with her. She is incredible in her awareness and purity of intent and that makes it so special to have the honour and pleasure of working with her. I am the Chairman of the Board of both a corporation and a charitable foundation and intend for all board members to have the opportunity to work with her so that we can be our most creative and serve in our highest capacity. Jenny is pure magic-enjoy and get ready to soar in consciousness.”
Karen White. Texas.


with Ellie Ioannidou.
Suitable for experienced students and teachers.
In this seminar we will not only be learning exercises but also be getting advice from Ellie as to how to teach the exercises, whom they are suitable for and information about touch corrections.

Saturday 30 November 2013 10.00 – 17.00
Developing an exercise program with the “Foam Roller”.
Sunday 1 December 2013 10.00 -17.00.
Exercises utilizing the outside of the Cadillac, using the foam roller with the leg springs and the “Squirrel” or “Walk Over.”
“Flying series”.
Side bends over small box, splits facing foot bar, star, snake or twist and head work.
Ellie is one of our very successful graduates from out teacher training course in “Refined Pilates”. She has been working with Gordon Thomson for the last 14 years in London and trains teachers for Pilates Body Europe.

with Janet Amato.
Suitable for experienced students and teachers.
Friday January 2014 18.00 – 21.00.
With Janet Amato.
The seminar is suitable for everyone who wishes to experience his or her body on a deeper level, exercise and yoga practitioners, therapists, dancers and actors.
Dates to be announced.
Janet graduated from Jenny Colebourne’s very first “Refined Pilates” © teacher training course. She studied with Jerome Andrews and continues to study and work with Solange Mignion one of Jerome’s dancers. She has been teaching in Paris since 1991. She is a certified Body-Mind Centering® teacher. She is part of the core teachers in the BMC trainings in Europe and Co directs the IDME program with Thomas Greil in France. She trained and practiced for the past 20 years with William Martin Allen DDS, PHD in the art of engaging the craniosacral system.

The training provided at Illium is for those people who are interested in working with the body, mind and soul. Our teachers offer a wealth of knowledge and experience, which they communicate clearly, while, at the same time bringing out the unique qualities and abilities of each student and ensuring that these are expressed and fulfilled.

With Jenny Colebourne.
Jenny has teaching teachers since of Refined Pilates for 28 years been.
I believe we offer some of the most extensive training of this type in the world, covering our own work and how the technique has evolved, as well as advanced work, special problems, anatomy, Refined Pilates for pre- and post-natal women, Refined Pilates in relation to dancers. Successful teaching, practical and written examinations, as well as a project presentation are required for certification. Certificates of attendance are awarded at three levels to those who successfully complete the course: ordinary, with merit and with distinction. Duration 2 years. Minimum 1000 hours. Besides the Theory and Teaching Practice seminar class and the Teacher Trainee Class, trainees are required to take minimum of three other classes as week and do at least 3 hours of teaching observation and assistance a week.
Jenny Colebourne was my first (Body control) Pilates teacher in 1987. In a way she has been my model teacher for many years. Her teacher training gave me the appropriate tools and skills for teaching Pilates and movement. Each exercise was studied with a lot of precision and care. We discussed the benefits and contraindications of every exercise. We paid a special attention to the public we were addressing to the exercises people suffering with scoliosis etc. The rhythm and the flow of the classes were very appropriate to set a strong and solid ground for my learning style. Her gentle and clear voice was always very inspiring and reassuring. It encouraged me to deepen my own movement practice with the machines props and the mat work. It gave me the confidence to transmit this work to others. She inspired me with trust and confidence in my teaching role. Her training is very complete and thorough with a lot of precision. I recommend it to every person who wants to deepen their own movement practice as well as for those wanting to have a strong training for teaching Pilates.
I have a lot of gratitude to her and her training program.
Janet Amato. Pilates teacher, dancer and choreographer. Paris. France.

With Jenny Colebourne.
Jenny has been teaching yoga teachers for over 20 years.
This course is for serious students who already have experience of the asanas. The course covers the detailed analysis and practise of the classical asanas and their transformational qualities; pranayama; the use of touch to transfer energy and to encourage students to go deeper into the asanas; the art of meditation and learning to trust; sound and vibration, the use of the voice as a teaching tool, the power of the mantra and hearing your own and other's inner messages; deep relaxation; seeing beyond the body; teaching practise; carrying the philosophy of yoga into your everyday life, your classes and society. This is a more advanced training course than most, and has been followed by experienced teachers who have benefited greatly.
Trained practitioners perform our alternative therapies, but as they are not doctors, no medical diagnosis is offered. Before commencing any course of exercise or treatment, you should consult your doctor. Please cancel your appointments a minimum of 24 hours in advance, or else you will be charged.


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