Daniel first came across the integration of Pilates with physiotherapy in 1998 when he was living in Australia. He immediately realised the huge potential and great benefits this method could have on fitness enthusiasts, people undergoing rehabilitation and even elite sportsmen and women. Since then, he has been teaching Pilates and personal training throughout Asia and Australia, including the world's top destination spa, Chiva-Som in Thailand. This experience, combined with his Bachelor's in Applied Science (Human Movement Studies), has given him broad exposure to the health and fitness industry. His wide ranging exposure to various fitness training methods convinced him of the impact Pilates can have on a person's life. Thus, Daniel decided to concentrate on teaching and developing Pilates for fitness and rehabilitation. The last few years he has been traveling Asia teaching the Polestar Pilates instructor training courses as well as presented several times at tthe Polestar Pilates Asia conferences.
Daniel shares "I strongly believe that our bodies have an inherent ability to heal itself and perform at peak levels without injuries, given the right environment, care and commitment."
A long time yoga practitioner, Michele has always been passionate about movement. She was introduced to the precision and scientific foundations of the Pilates Method due to a back injury years ago. Having healed her chronic back pain through Pilates, she was then inspired to start her journey towards becoming a qualified Polestar Pilates instructor.
Her caring teaching style, keen eye for movement and attention to detail quickly puts clients at ease, and coaxes them towards improving their body awareness and alignment. Michele enjoys creating unique exercise modifications and tailor-made programmes to develop each client’s core strength, correct muscular imbalances, as well as promote greater ease of movement and healthy biometrics. She is currently a Polestar Pilates mentor and has also attained certification for the GYROTONIC Expansion System to expand her movement repertoire.
Recurrent injuries sustained in the course of her work as a group exercise instructor led Sun to the study and practice of Pilates, which proved to be an indispensible tool in healing her body and preventing additional injury.
A typical session with Sun brings together her vibrant, energising personality with an impressive range of knowledge garnered from her years teaching group exercise, personal training and Pilates. "Specialising in personal training allows me to customize exercises for a wide range of lifestyle, health and body types,” She points out. Above all, Sun’s ultimate goal is to heal her clients and make them feel stronger. “I emphasise the importance of safety, as well as of increasing body awareness and movement in common daily movements. The result is improved alertness, balance, flexibility and coordination."
A decision to look for a form of exercise that is accessible, energetic and effective for muscle tone, balance and movement led Georgie to Pilates and has been practising for 10 years since. Georgie believes that Pilates complements her passion for performing arts and movement, as it allows her to tap into the endurance, movement, awareness and agility required for dance and stage performance.
After a career working in Fashion recruitment consulting, Georgie was ready for a career change and went on to complete an Advanced Teacher Training Programme at The Pilates Center in London. In December 2016, she moved to Singapore after teaching at Pepilates to continue sharing her love for Pilates.
Yin Jay was first introduced to Pilates to improve her alignment and muscle tone while completing her Bachelor in Physiotherapy from Northumbria University. After practising this rehabilitative exercise, she noticed the benefits of Pilates and was able to see transformative results in her body.
Yin Jay believes that physical activities should not be limited due to old injuries. With the aim of regaining and improving her client’s physical health and fitness level, she works on modifying the exercises according to individual’s needs and conditions.
Eager to spread her passion of Pilates, Yin Jay continues to strive for her own perfection in helping her clients to work on building body awareness and achieving effortless movement with reduced risk of injury.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Science from Edinburgh Napier University in Singapore in 2014, and having worked as a nurse for over four years, Wan Yin loves to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives and see her patients regain their health.
Having lead an active and sport-orientated lifestyle, Wan Yin holds a strong passion for sports and enjoys running, wake boarding, Muay Thai and boxing. After years of practicing high-impact sports, Wan Yin developed a number of injuries and it was through the discovery of Pilates that allowed her to rehabilitate her muscles and regain strength. It was this introduction to Pilates, which led Wan Yin to pursue the Polestar Pilates Instructor Training programme and take her career to the next level.
She believes that exercise is an important and meaningful element of daily living. As an ardent supporter that Pilates improves ones’ quality of life, Wan Yin looks forward to sharing her own learning experience with her clients and help them achieve their wellbeing goals.
Rina has always been enthusiastic about sports. She was actively involved and in some cases instructed in inline skating, canoeing, running and Aikido.
Rina has been coping with lower back pain and strains on joints, and due to a Spinal Disc Herniation incident, was recommended by her physiotherapist to try Pilates as a post-rehabilitation exercise.
Within a few months as a client of Focus Pilates, Rina experienced a wealth of benefits and a transformation.“There was a silver lining from my incident. It triggered and motivated me to make changes to my lifestyle and behaviour. The strengthening and toning of muscles improved my movement, awareness and balance. Most importantly, it reduced my back aches and helped me to regain my active lifestyle”.
Rina took up the Polestar Studio instructor course for self-improvement, and more importantly to share and encourage others to enjoy the benefits and transformation she has personally experienced.
Nicole came into Pilates purely by curiosity. Being a fitness group instructor and yoga instructor for many years, she has always been asked about the difference between yoga and Pilates. She decided to dive into it to find out more and since then she has been hooked. Pilates has not only heightened her body awareness but also equipped her with the freedom to pursue her passion in life.
“Like any endurance athlete, I love the 'pain' during gruelling training sessions and races. However, just like everybody else, I dislike the pain that arises from muscle imbalance and poor body awareness. I was pleasantly surprised by how Pilates has helped me to not only train efficiently but more importantly, bring me back to basics and re-teach my body to move in an optimal manner, even for the simplest things such as sitting at a desk. As I began to understand the science behind Pilates and embrace it as part of my life, I also wanted to share this fulfilling journey with the people around me. My motivation is simple: To help my clients work on their body so that their body can in turn work for them. We should never to take our bodies for granted and continue to ensure they perform at their best.”
Ishra has been a dancer for over 20 years, working on stage, in film and television. After completing her Dance Degree at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, England, Ishra joined The London Theatre of Ballroom, which took her to various theaters around the country.
Her long dance career has attributed to her deep understanding of the body as well as movement awareness, and truly understanding the body’s abilities and limitations when performing various movements. Ishra retired from her dance career when she moved to Singapore 15 years ago and started a family. It wasn't until she experienced back issues, that she was introduced to the world of Pilates and was amazed at how much it has helped her.
Ishra loves to spend her days moving and with her qualification in Pilates, she looks forward to being able to pass the gift of Pilates on to others.
Lila was first introduced to Pilates over 10 years ago by a friend, after commenting that she had been experiencing persistent lower back pain. Lila found that practicing Pilates regularly, effectively eased her lower back pain, and she continued with the exercise for several years.
With her keen interest for Pilates and an eagerness to learn more behind how the body moves and the foundation principles of, Lila completed the internationally recognised Polestar Pilates Course.
Lila enjoys teaching Pilates to both clients and friends, and feels that it is a rewarding experience helping people to achieve their fitness goals as well as create total body awareness.
Ruoxi has always lead an active lifestyle, however whilst working professionally in the financial industry, Ruoxi developed lower back, neck and shoulder pain. In 2010, Ruoxi was first introduced to Pilates, and after a short time of practicing the low-impact exercise consistently she felt that her posture had improved and that the tension in her muscles had decreased. It was this change that lead her to enrol in the Polestar Pilates course, and take her career in a new direction.
Ruoxi remains very interested in Pilates and enjoys challenging herself and her clients to more advanced levels. She is a strong believer that Pilates is extremely beneficial for anyone and everyone, and thus enjoys working closely with her clients to help them reap the benefit of Pilates.
Isabell is an avid sports person with a keen interest for anything active. She mixes up her fitness routine with a host of activities, and can be found rock climbing, running, cycling, practicing Pilates, Muay Thai and yoga as well as pole dancing!
Working as a marketing professional, Isabell believes that fitness should be a lifestyle choice to improve our overall wellbeing, and that it’s important to stay active outside of the office. Isabell has found that often as adults we are held back by injury, however has discovered that Pilates is the ultimate rehabilitation tool to rebalance the body, allowing us to get back into physical activity.
Isabell has been practicing at Focus Pilates for over four years, and in 2015 decided to take her passion for Pilates to the next level and become a Polestar Pilates Instructor. She is eager to pass on her ‘active living’ philosophy to others and inspire them to become fit and healthy in a fun way.
‘Pilates is my key to re-energising my body, so I can get more out of life!” – Isabell.
Chami grew up in Seoul (South Korea) and from a young age has led an active lifestyle, enjoying snowboarding, scuba diving, golf and yoga. In 2003, Chami moved to Shanghai for work before moving to Singapore in 2010 with her family.
Common amongst many post-partum women, Chami started experiencing lower back pain after giving birth to her children. She happened upon Pilates whilst in Singapore, which healed her lower back pain, and has since been drawn by its rehabilitative benefits to her physical fitness including eliminating muscle tension, and increasing strength and flexibility. She was amazed to discover how practicing Pilates dramatically improved her physical strength and flexibility, which allowed her to better enjoy her daily activities.
Having experienced the transformative benefits of Pilates, she was driven to seek a deeper understanding into the method. In 2015, Chami undertook the Polestar Pilates Instructor training programme, and looks forward to sharing her experience with others to help them lead a healthier and more refreshing lifestyle.
Chami loves to help her clients feel energised and confident through developing good posture and movement techniques. “The door to beneficial physical fitness lies in understanding your body. The basic components are the same, but each individual is unique in their combination. The dynamic, yet structured exercises of Pilates allows tailor-made, beneficial and most importantly, safe exercises for each individual.” - Chami.
Natasha has always enjoyed being physically active, and throughout her adult-life has pursued different sports from tennis and cycling to running, hiking and of course, Pilates. It was this experience that helped to develop her love for movement.
It was only after the birth of her third child that Natasha experienced persistent lower back pain, which made it difficult and painful to carry out even simple every-day tasks. Natasha was recommended to practice Pilates as a gentle form of movement, to help rehabilitate her lumbar disc herniation and mild spinal stenosis. Within a few weeks she began to notice her flexibility and stability had improved and her core was strengthened, ultimately relieving some of the tension in her back.
After working in brand management for high profile corporates across a number of years, Natasha was ready for a change in her career and yearned for something more active. After experiencing the life-changing benefits of Pilates first-hand, she was propelled to advance her knowledge and sought out the Polestar Pilates certification.
As a firm believer in the advantages of Pilates, Natasha hopes to share her passion with her clients, to teach them the wonderful benefits of this unique movement philosophy and help them achieve their individual fitness goals.
Veron was first introduced to Pilates as a means to add variety to her regular cardio gym workout and was fascinated by how challenging she found the movements. Leading an active lifestyle meant that she held a high level of cardiovascular endurance, however due to the variances in the Pilates exercises which used different muscles and moved her body across multiple planes, Veron found that Pilates helped to perfectly balance her fitness regime by making her feel taller, lighter and more agile after each session.
Having led a highly intense career in the banking industry and as a desk-bound job that brought many stresses, Veron found herself experiencing poor posture and overall stiffness with persistent neck and shoulder pain. As she continued her practice of Pilates, her posture gradually improved and the aches and pains she was experiencing in the office reduced dramatically.
It was this transformation that prompted Veron to deepen her knowledge of Pilates and in 2015 she commenced the Polestar Pilates certification.
Veron finds that the movements of Pilates are very functional and lend themselves well towards strengthening and supporting the specific muscles used for everyday living. She looks forward to helping clients heighten their sense of body awareness and recondition their bodies to move more efficiently, enhancing their quality of life.
Mitsuye first encountered Pilates when she was pregnant in 2015. Her passion for Pilates started after experiencing the benefits of reduced discomfort and how it kept her mobile throughout her pregnancy.
Mitsuye’s love for Pilates continued to grow as she redeveloped her core and overall strength after giving birth. In addition to building strength and flexibility, she also began to notice the improvements in her neck and shoulder pain.
With a desire to share the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates, Mitsuye hopes to help others achieve strength and flexibility through intelligent movement.
A keen runner and yoga practitioner, Xue Wei also dabbles in spinning and circuit training. She first started mat Pilates in 2012 to supplement her active fitness routine and began exploring reformer classes out of curiosity. Realising the tremendous benefits Pilates had to offer, Xue Wei soon experienced an increase in body awareness, improved posture and reduced common body aches associated with working long hours at the desk.
She believes that Pilates is an effective method for correcting body imbalances and reducing pain arising from poor posture and movement. Determined to help people move better and increase their quality of life, Xue Wei is now part of the team as a Polestar Pilates Instructor.
Fiona was first introduced to Pilates by a friend, after being diagnosed with degenerative disc eight years ago and was required to make weekly visits to the physiotherapist. She later found that regular Pilates practice helped improved her back condition, reducing the number of physiotherapy treatment sessions needed.
However, a corporate career in the Human Resource industry for seven years led to daily back stiffness. Hence in 2014, Fiona decided to take up Pilates professionally with Polestar Pilates Education at Focus Pilates and received her professional certification last year.
Through it all, Fiona learnt what it means to “be in control of your body and not at its mercy” - Joseph Pilates, and hopes to share the knowledge she has gained and the benefits of Pilates to everyone.
Dragana is a highly experienced Physiotherapist with more than 28 years experience treating patients using physiotherapy. She specialises in treating different musculoskeletal disorders that affect the back, neck, upper and lower limbs, sports injuries and neurological deficits.
Dragana took up Pilates and completed courses in Clinical Pilates and Polestar Pilates to complement her physiotherapy training. She is able to adapt Pilates exercises for her therapy programme, especially for patients with back and neck issues.
She has found Pilates instrumental in speeding up a patient's recovery period. It also gives long term benefits including strength and flexibility, good balance, alignment, body awareness with motor control and helps reduce pains and improves a person's quality of daily and sports activities.
Sarah has over 10 years of qualified experience as a Physiotherapist, and previously worked as the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Team Leader in the UK for the Royal Air Force (RAF) for three years. Sarah has consistently worked with top sports medicine doctors, international sports teams and private practices throughout her profession. In addition, Sarah has excellent expertise in treating musculoskeletal conditions and chronic spinal occupational injuries as well as providing acute physiotherapy treatment.
Having attained a certificate in the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, as well as a Manipulation and Manual Concepts Course from Perth Australia, Sarah is also fully qualified in Polestar Pilates.
Sarah works on assessing and treating client’s conditions using manual techniques, electrotherapy, pilates and home based exercise programmes that are individually prescribed to ensure clients reach their full potential.
Anna is qualified with an Honors Degree in Physiotherapy from Salford University in the United Kingdom. Having worked for three years in the acute hospital setting and within the community, she then moved to Asia where she began to hone her skills in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and movement analysis.
Anna has an interest in muscle imbalance and movement control specific to neck and back pain. She has undertaken specialist training in relation to core strengthen using bio feedback techniques and has taught this in several countries within Asia.
Anna's philosophy is that looking after your health by maintaining a healthy mind and body should be integrated into your daily lifestyle "Exercising should be something you enjoy, which in turn helps you to enjoy life as a stress-free, fit and healthy individual."
Anna believes this skills base combined with Pilates exercises, significantly contributes to a quick recovery from back and neck pain, and an all round improved posture.
Since qualifying 25 years ago, Lesley has worked as a physiotherapist in Scotland, Hong Kong and Bermuda, specialising in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Whilst working in Scotland for the National Health Service, Lesley developed an interest in sports injuries as one of the physiotherapists with the Scottish and Great British athletics teams. She was an Honorary Physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games in 1994. In Hong Kong, Lesley furthered her experience by covering the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and the Salem and Marlborough tennis events.
During her tenure in Bermuda, Lesley set up and clinically managed an orthopaedic and physiotherapy clinic. It was during this time that Lesley developed a particular interest in the management of shoulder injuries.
Lesley also specialises in the treatment of spinal problems and in particular, the management of surgical and non-surgical spines. She has worked closely with pain management teams in Bermuda, as well as the Spinal Unit of the New England Baptist Hospital, Boston.
Lesley believes that the use of manual physiotherapy techniques and patient education combined with the early implementation of a ‘patient specific’ exercise programme is essential to recovery and function in the long term.
She consequently feels that the combined physiotherapy/Pilates approach is a perfect way to significantly enhance patient recovery and therefore improve a person’s quality of life.
Candice was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and having grown up in an active environment enjoying running, swimming, Pilates and yoga, she developed a passion for the fitness and rehabilitation industry.
In 2007, Candice graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University in Canada. She then went on to graduate with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, Canada. After graduating, Candice worked in acute geriatrics in Vancouver and went on to gain world-class experience at the Spinal Cord Rehab Hospital in Toronto. Candice is also a certified yoga instructor and certified Pilates instructor.
In practice, Candice applies an evidence-based approach to assessing and treating patients, which merges the knowledge of the most up-to-date research with a patient's values and preferences. She is a strong believer in a holistic approach to health-care which places emphasis on recovery for the mind, body and spirit.
After graduating from Curtin University with Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011, Vanessa worked in a private practice in Perth for five years, treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, sporting injuries, and occupational related injuries.
Also, being a sports trainer in AFL, Soccer and Rugby during her undergraduate studies had provided her with invaluable experience in managing various injuries in athletes including state and national levels.
Vanessa is also proficient in dry needling and certified in Spinal Manual Therapy from Manual Concepts (Australia). She is currently undertaking the internationally recognised Polestar Pilates training to further deepen her previous Clinical Pilates knowledge.
Vanessa believes that a complete rehabilitation programme should incorporate Pilates in recovery and she is eager to help clients regain their fitness level and ensuring them to get back to their optimum health.
Having trained in classical ballet for 12 years since the age of six, Cerise developed a strong interest in dance, Pilates and rehabilitation. Coupled with her desire for working in the healthcare industry, being a physiotherapist was a natural progression toward making a career out of her interests.
After completing her Bachelor of Science, Cerise worked in the paediatrics and women’s health setting for two years in a local hospital in Singapore, where she gained invaluable experience in both the ICU and outpatient musculoskeletal clinic.
From there she moved on to work for two years in Tasmania, Australia, in a private practice where she was able to incorporate clinical Pilates into the management of clients with various musculoskeletal conditions. She has treated state and national level netball, track and field athletes and AFL (Australian Football League) players during her time there.
Cerise strongly believes in addressing the underlying cause of a client's problems and symptoms rather than just providing symptom relief. She enjoys the process of getting to know each of her clients and because every person is unique, she recognises the importance of tailoring her management to suit their needs and goals for a successful outcome.
After graduating in 2012 from Curtin University with bachelor in physiotherapy, Max secured a position as a physiotherapist in a private practice in Tasmania. Being situated in a regional setting, Max had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from state-level athletes to those requiring post-surgical rehabilitation
During his undergraduate studies in Perth, Max worked as a trainer for various sports clubs, which provided him with invaluable experience in managing a wide variety of sporting injuries.
After both studying and working aboard, in 2015 Max decided to relocate home to Singapore and continue his career in an environment where he can combine his professional expertise with Pilates.
Proficient in clinical Pilates, Max enjoys seeing his clients go on to maximise their body’s physical potential through exercise, specific strength training and Pilates to achieve a greater quality of life.
Kham graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2006 from the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom. With a keen interest in the field he proceed to study and complete his Masters degree. During this time, Kham gained a high level of experience working in a private practice in Glasgow, treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from acute sports injuries in professional athletes and performers, to chronic spinal pain suffered by both the young and elderly.
In 2010 Kham relocated to Singapore and took up the position as physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital where he rotated in neurology, geriatrics and outpatients.
Kham’s special interests lie in outpatient treatment for musculoskeletal and orthopaedic care. He believes that every client is unique and that each course of treatment must be tailored to address and suit a person’s individual needs.
A firm believer in the saying “prevention is better than cure”; Kham hopes to motivate each of his clients to manage their conditions independently and to empower them with the tools needed to reduce the chance of recurrent injury.
Focus Pilates has a team of experienced and professional Instructors, all of whom are certified by the most comprehensive internationally recognised instructor-training course in the industry, Polestar Pilates. In addition, all of our Instructors also participate in on-going in-house instructor education.
Our internationally-qualified Physiotherapists are also educated in comprehensive Polestar Rehabilitation and/or Clinical Pilates training programmes. Our experienced Physiotherapists assess and treat clients’ conditions through prescribed clinical and exercise treatments.
We are always looking for skilled individuals to join our close-knit team, from Reception Staff to Pilates Instructors to qualified Physiotherapists. If you feel that you have the necessary skills and experience to be part of Focus Pilates, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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