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.
Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher
Nina has specialised in musculoskeletal, sports and orthopaedic Physiotherapy since graduating in New Zealand in 2008. She completed a post-graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture in 2011 and has maintained an interest in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including acute and chronic low back, neck and knee pain and migraines and headaches.
Nina believes in a holistic approach to care. She understands the importance of attaining a clear diagnosis, providing evidence based rehabilitation and identifying predisposing factors to prevent recurrence of injuries for a successful long-term outcome. Working at a number of hospitals in London has exposed Nina to a wide range of post-operative conditions. She enjoys a hands-on approach to therapy including mobilisation, manipulation and deep tissue techniques in conjunction with Education, Acupuncture, Pilates and Biomechanic analysis using a multidisciplinary approach.
Nina completed the Polestar Pilates course while working in London and loves the diversity of the exercise and its approach in rehabilitation as well as its’ amazing benefits in everyday health and wellbeing.
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)