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.
Showing a great enthusiasm for sports since young, Beatriz is passionate about leading an active and healthy lifestyle. After completing her Bachelor in Physical Education from Rio de Janeiro University in Brazil, Beatriz has been working in the fitness industry for over 19 years and had worked in various health clubs teaching a wide range of classes.
Beatriz was first introduced to Pilates during her school days and has been practicing since. She later took a step further to get qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2002 and enjoys helping her clients to learn to improve their quality of life through body awareness and Pilates movement.
Having worked in México, Guatemala, Buenos Aires and Qatar, Mayoly has over nine years of experience teaching Pilates and a background in Physiotherapy, Yoga, Classic Ballet, Global Active Stretching, and Postural Reeducation.
Trained in Polestar Pilates, an internationally recognised qualification, Mayoly is dedicated and observant, always paying careful attention to her client’s needs. Believing that individuals are unique and different, she works on understanding and customising each programme according to her client’s conditions and injuries, to help them adapt to the exercises.
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.
Kimberly has always been active in sports, and enjoys varying her workout routine by incorporating a myriad of activities from Pilates and yoga, to running and swimming.
Having been first introduced to Pilates in 2010, she grew to enjoy the art of training the mind and body as a tool for healthier and heartier living. Kimberly was inspired to take her skills to the next level, and trained to become a certified Polestar Pilates Instructor. She has since been working closely with clients to bring them into the world of Pilates and to help them achieve their personal wellbeing goals.
Kimberly is constantly inspired by seeing individuals from all walks of life living well through moving well - being pain-free, having mobility in their joints, and being in good control of their bodies.
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.
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.
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.
As an avid runner, Zi En first began Pilates in 2010 to incorporate strength and flexibility aspects in her fitness routine; however what was supposed to be a complementary activity, became a passion, which she has since incorporated into her daily lifestyle.
In addition to the fitness benefits of increased strength, improved posture and enhanced flexibility, Zi En also found that she felt healthier and more energetic. She also found that Pilates helped her relax and eased the kinks in her neck after a long day at her corporate job.
Yearning to have a deeper understanding of Pilates, Zi En enrolled and completed the Polestar Instructor Training Programme. Zi En believes that Pilates can significantly improve one’s quality of life and hopes to share this gift with everyone.
Linna has been teaching dance and movement for 20 years, during which her passion for these led her to explore different types of training. This included Pilates, which she needed to strengthen her core and reduce injuries. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates, she went on to complete the Polestar Pilates Matwork course.
During her career as a Pilates instructor, she discovered GYROTONIC in 2008 and has been practising that since.
With a fun-loving personality, patient and keen eye for details, Linna is committed to helping her clients achieve their fitness goals and ensuring they feel better about themselves while enjoying the sessions.
Having led an active lifestyle, Alicia started practising Pilates more than 10 years ago to supplement her fitness routine including running and tennis. Not long after she started her practice, Alicia immediately experienced the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates, which helped her recover from her knee injury as well as alleviated the constant neck and back pain developed from a desk bound job.
With better mobility and an improved postural alignment, Alicia is also more aware of her body movements, which benefits and complements her other trainings. Alicia later enrolled in the Polestar Pilates instructor course to gain a deeper understanding, as she believes in using the Pilates method to help people feel better about themselves, both mentally and physically.
Dragana is a highly experienced Physiotherapist with 30 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.
Christine started her career practicing as an orthopaedic physical therapist in California, and has since chalked up experience treating musculoskeletal injuries in Singapore and England.
She incorporates manual therapy and Pilates exercises in her treatment sessions to speed up recovery, as she thinks it is key to the rehabilitation process that one experiences pain free movement as soon as possible to prevent secondary compensations.
Over the years, she has worked closely with various orthopaedic doctors, sports doctors, and spine specialists from different countries to provide the best multi-disciplinary medical team management, and helped athletes from university and national teams to return to competition. Christine is certified in Sports Trauma Management as well, and is keen to introduce Pilates to the sports community to improve their game.
Her other clinical experience includes Pediatrics, Neurology, Gerontology, and Aquatic therapy. She strongly believes in the importance of patient education and patient empowerment to affect positive changes in all of her clients.
Candice is a Canadian trained physiotherapist who was born and raised in Toronto. Her early work experience in 2009, started out in Vancouver, where she worked with complex geriatric patients and their families. In 2012, she then went on to specialise in spinal cord injuries at a leading international researched-based rehab hospital in Toronto.
She has since completed additional education in running assessment and training, pre and post-natal rehabilitation, as well as post-graduate training in hands-on manual therapy techniques. She enjoys working in the private practice setting where she sees all types of clients from sports to office related injuries. She also brings forth her experience as a busy mom and can relate to the physical and mental demands of being a parent!
As a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, Candice has a strong focus on active rehabilitation. She works closely with clients to identify their personal goals and strives to provide a well-rounded treatment plan that is not only aimed at symptom relief but on strengthening and re-conditioning the mind and body in order to return to sport and function with confidence and with prevention of re-injury. In practice, Candice merges the knowledge of the most up-to-date research with a patient’s values and preferences and is a strong believe in a holistic approach to health care.
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.
Jia Zhi has developed a strong passion for sports, particularly netball and has represented both her school team and Singapore during her educational years. From her first encounter with a physiotherapist as a sports injury patient, Jia Zhi recognised the importance of the role rehabilitation plays in recovery. This interest grew and led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy.
After working in a hospital setting for more than five years, Jia Zhi sees a strong need to educate and address the common misconceptions patients with neck and back pain have about exercising. Hence, she hopes to incorporate Pilates into rehabilitation to help her clients regain their confidence and get back to pain-free function.
As an avid runner, Joy has enjoyed running recreationally as well as competed nationally in Cross country races through her educational years. It was during her first physiotherapy visit as a knee injury patient that sparked her interest in sports rehabilitation.
After graduating from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2012, Joy gained invaluable experience working in a local hospital in Singapore for over five years, in which she spent three years in the outpatient musculoskeletal clinic.
Having treated a variety of sports-related injuries, post-op and geriatric cases, Joy also worked concurrently with other health professionals in the Pain clinic, managing patients with chronic pain.
Upon completion of her BSc in Physiotherapy, Sophie developed a strong all round foundation in physiotherapy, working across a number of in and out patient services in both Ireland and Singapore. Then specialising in sports physiotherapy Sophie honed her skills in the leading public department for sports medicine in Singapore.
Having competed at the athletics and cross country national championships in Ireland, representing Singapore with football and having dealt with her fair share of injuries, Sophie understands the importance of an effective treatment programme when returning to sports and getting active!
Working with people of all ages and activity levels to improve their health, well being and athletic performance is what motivates Sophie each day. Through the utilisation of a dynamic combination of a variety of traditional physiotherapy treatment techniques, alongside Pilates, Sophie works with clients to optimise their function and improve their performance.
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 email@example.com.
Read the full article for the tips and advice on injury prevention by our Physiotherapist and Football enthusiast, Sophie.
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