Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher
Janna was born in the west coast town of Raglan, where from a young age her time was shared between dance and music. During high school she developed a keen interest in nutrition and physical health. She began her studies in physiotherapy after relocating to Auckland.
Upon completing her studies Janna trained both as a Pilates apprentice at DancePilates/Westmere PIlates and in the Polestar International Rehabilitation training programme. She has been using Pilates as her primary tool in rehabilitation since 2003. Her aim as a therapist is to educate the client about their bodies and give them the tools to take control of their own recovery. Janna is committed to advancing her education in both Pilates and Physiotherapy and continues to explore other movement therapies, completing her GYROTONIC® apprentice training in 2008.
Her areas of special interest include chronic pain, dance physiotherapy, pre/postnatal exercise and the correction of postural alignment and muscle imbalance.
Amanda de Lima Santos
Amanda was born in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a degree in Physical Education and a post-grad specialisation in Exercise Physiology and Resistance Training in Health, Disease and Ageing Populations. In 2010, Amanda moved to Wellington and in 2011 she graduated as a Pilates Instructor from Hearts and Bones Comprehensive Instructor Training Programme. She has a first-hand experience in fitness training and developing specific health programmes to support clients with different needs and goals. Before moving to New Zealand, she worked as a Personal Trainer for several years and has been a dedicated Pilates Teacher since 2011. For her, Pilates integrates movement, breath and spinal integrity. It provides people with the necessary tools for a lifetime of fitness and wellness.
Sara Gorski Kelm
Sara completed the Polestar Pilates instructor training (equipment and mat) in 2017.
18 years ago, she became a certified fitness instructor in Canada, and she’s an advocate of functional movement and using pilates principles in your daily life.
Sara came to Pilates like many clients, following an injury (broken femur) and a health diagnosis (rheumatoid arthritis) so she knows first hand the challenges of reintegrating movement back into everyday activities following long periods of illness and inactivity. Pilates has changed the way she lives, breathes and moves, and she loves helping others enjoy the benefits of increased body awareness, mindfulness, calmness and movement control.
Pilates is for clients of all ages, and Sara wants to help you transform everyday movement patterns, improve flexibility, increase strength, and challenge balance. If you’re looking to achieve a new goal, or just curious what pilates can do for you, she is keen to be your partner in a pilates programme!
Helen, originally from New Zealand, spent most of her life in Canada where she became a Pilates teacher in the mid 90's studying under Dianne Miller in Vancouver. Helen has taught clients from all physical backgrounds ranging from professional dancers, actors and elite athletes to rehabilitation work including spinal injuries and accident victims with both physical and brain injuries.
Helen's continued travels, including studios in Canada and Asia, gave her the opportunity to learn from Master Teachers like Alan Herdman, Deborah Lessen, Michelle Larson and Ron Fletcher. We welcome Helen to our studio and are excited to have her share with us all of her knowledge and experience.
Ali has been a practitioner of Pilates since 2004 and has been teaching since 2011.
As a full-time teacher, Ali has developed well-practiced observation and communication skills. She works hard to motivate clients and to give sessions variety, aiming to make them enjoyable and challenging.
She has worked with men and women, including expecting mums and with people ageing from teenagers to seniors. During that time, she has taught both groups and individual classes and her clients have included those with persistent lower back pain, chronic neck and shoulder tension, hip replacements, single and double mastectomies, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulders, sciatica, prolapsed discs and facet joint syndrome.
She has achieved the following qualifications:
- Certified Instructor - Stott Pilates Essential and Intermediate Mat-work
- Certified Instructor - Stott Pilates Essential and Intermediate Reformer
- Certificate IV level - Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
- Certificate IV level - Personal Training
- Certificate Level I - Neurokinetic Therapy ( a corrective movement system which aims to address
dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the brain, often the underlying cause of long term pain)