The elbowroom opened its doors in February 2003. Lisa Wilkinson, who had been teaching yoga locally since 1998, decided that teaching in community and church halls and other such like establishments was not the ideal scenario. Instead, whilst pregnant, Lisa renovated a delipidated old building. Renovated meaning, she put in the central heating, updated the wiring and helped lay the floor herself.
With her newly equipped plumbing skills and the imminent arrival of a baby the studio opened its doors offering just a handful of classes taught by Lisa and her friend Susan Church. By a process of determination and organic growth, the studio took off and became a great success. After the arrival of baby Tuilelaith, Lisa was soon back at work introducing more classes aimed at the wider community. Both low cost and charity classes and family orientated classes were now on offer.
Through the help and dedication staff, teachers and therapists, The centre continued to grow and grow. Two years after opening, Lisa opened a second studio and this time hired a crack team of Polish builders to do the hard graft. This time with underfloor heating, showers and changing facilities, the second studio was home to hot yoga and a plethora of treatments.
Then disaster struck, after 4 years and 9 months, Lisa was informed that the original studio lease would not be renewed as the landlords wanted to avoid her getting long term tenants rights. Undeterred for four long months, Lisa with the help of dedicated customers barraged any TD or senator who would listen. Eventually, a bill was pushed through the Dail but too late for the lease. The premises was re-let to other tenants. A very sad time for all concerned.
Then, a miracle happened. The tenants left, and as the bill was now law, Lisa could renounce her long-term rights and the lease was hers again. Hooray. The studio got a revamp and was reopened. Much to the delight of her amazing Pilates teachers and clients who endured a much smaller room for over a year.
Now, with 4 studio’s fully functional, a comprehensive schedule of classes to suit absolutely everyone, The elbowroom opened an integrated health clinic in January 2010. We plan to evolve with our community and are committed to all our futures.
And thanks go to…
Many teachers, therapists and staff and those who have moved on. All our wonderful clients over 10,000 of you have passed our doors. And a personal thanks to my (Lisa Wilkinson’s) children for being the catalyst for almost everything.