My love of Pilates was ignited more than 14 years ago when I tried my first session. I realised then than I had been practising the essence of Pilates since I began dancing at age five.
My passion for discovering and sharing the complexities of the body, as well as the knowledge and self empowerment Pilates gives us, led to my career change from the corporate world, in order to focus on Pilates. Since then, I have been teaching and managing studios around Australia, working with clients of all ages and fitness levels. I have worked along side physiotherapists to rehabilitate clients from injury, and continue to have a holistic approach to my teaching, working closely with physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and masseaurs, to ensure my clients recieve the best treatments possible. My own personal injury rehabilitation enables me to empathise with my clients who are also in a similar situation.
The thing I love most about teaching Pilates is helping people find greater body awareness, and being a part of their journey of self-discovery. I have a great sense of fulfilment when I see my clients progress and improve their strength and posture, and reduce pain.
Emergy Pilates Lounge came to life almost four years ago, from my desire to create a warm and inviting space, where people could enjoy and share my passion.
I now enjoy mentoring others, and continue to expand my own knowledge through study and international travel. I stay in touch with the forefront of the fitness industry and introduce new exercise methods from my travels such as the Xtend Barre Workout. Emergy Pilates Lounge is proud to have debuted Xtend Barre in Australia.
I am STOTT PILATES Internationally Certified, a registered Fitness Instructor with FIA, NLP & Reiki Practitioner, the first instructor to teach Xtend Barre workout in Australia, and an Xtend Barre Instructor Trainer. I also own and operate Tamarama Pilates at Tamarama Surf Club.
Bens background as a competitive gymnast and professional acrobat gives him a very focused approach to his 8 years experience in Pilate’s tuition. His progression into fitness and Pilates coincided with rehabilitating a chronic back injury as well as other various injuries, caused by the demands of his acrobatic career. Consequently, now he has a very thorough understanding of addressing specific conditions of his clients. His calm and polite nature is always focused on the clients needs and prides himself on providing a warm and welcoming environment in which his clients can achieve their goals.
From 2008 – 2011 Ben lived and worked in Lausanne Switzerland where he learnt to speak French, teaching in both French and English in Lausanne and Geneva.
Ben teaches Private, Semi – Private, Group Reformer and Mat classes and Circuit classes at Emergy Pilates, and is one of our Senior Instructors.
Snow Nah – Pilates Instructor
With over six years of training and experience as a Stott Pilates Certified Instructor, Snow brings a wealth of knowledge to Emergy.
Her technical knowledge ensures classes are tailored accordingly to specific client needs, whilst her creativity in developing training programs leaves students feeling challenged every time.
Specialising in group reformer, circuit and mat classes, as well as private sessions, Snow provides a positive environment where individuals are encouraged to reach their maximum potential. Exercises will tone and sculpt the body, and also assist in injury rehabilitation.
Snow continues to lead a healthy and active lifestyle outside of the studio, fitting in a run whenever she can and living life to the fullest.
Rebecca Sheedy – Pilates Instructor
Bio coming soon
Deanne Berry - Pilates & Xtend Barre Instructor
Born and raised in Australia, Deanne has spent most of her early performing years in Sydney, however for the past eight years she has based herself in London where her career has developed. Working as a dancer / choreographer and presenter in various fitness DVD’s, music videos and TV shows. Deanne has also performed with some of the world’s top artists and created celebrity fitness DVD’s. She has been a fitness columnist for “NOW” magazine and worked as the face of K-swiss sports brand in the UK.
“Training and Working as a dancer teaches you a huge respect for your body. It requires discipline and encourages you to obtain your best results. Both Pilates and Xtend Barre embrace these qualities”
With a background in Yoga and Stott Pilates, Heidi is ‘Passionate and Geeky’ about intelligent workouts. She teaches a tough and challenging class, her lighthearted warmth and encouragement will have you convinced that Planks are fun and have you pushing your limits beyond what you thought where possible.
With her wealth of Knowledge and eye for detail, Heidi aim’s to help her clients create better patterns of movement, sharing with them her skills to work towards their goals. Heidi truly believes that passion and perrsistance can make anyone a genius at anything.
She continues to study her love of holistic health and fitness and is in her 2nd year Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy and Nutrition.
As a self confessed treadmill-phobe, Heidi fell in love with Xtend Barre from her first class. ‘It’s the ultimate full body cardio workout that gets fast results’. Heidi Shares her love of movement in each and every class. Prepare to work hard and walk out feeling amazing.
Elise Piellard - Pilates & Xtend Barre Instructor
Elise began dancing at the age of 3. Her passion for dancing led her to Paris where she studied Jazz, Modern and Ballet in Rick Odums’s school, later joining his company after completing a French national degree of dance teaching. In France, she worked for many years as a professional cabaret dancer for “Le Paradis Latin”, “Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione”, “DISNEYLAND Paris”, and explored Europe with various companies.
Since moving to Australia in 2009, Elise has complimented her work as a dancer with Pilates training, a natural progression before being thrilled by the Xtend Barre workout.
Training in classical ballet from an early age, a severe arm injury whilst studying dance performance in London, lead me to The Pilates Method. My own rehabilitation via The Pilates Method inspired me to commence training as an instructor with Alan Heardman in London.
Upon returning to Australia, I continued instructor training with Alan Menezes at Pilates Australasia, and have worked for over seven years as a Pilates instructor. I ran the Pilates division of Integrated Life Solutions Gym in Melbourne’s CBD before creating my own business Head Over Heals.
I work with all manner of clients, from 10 years old to 92 years young…as my 92 year young client once said, “If you don’t move it, you lose it!”.
Natalie works as a professional vocalist and performer and has been performing nationally and internationally for over 8 years.
Maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle is a vital to her to ensure a sustainable career in the Entertainment Industry.
After training in Pilates for several years, she discovered Xtend Barre at Emergy, which enabled her to transform her body in a completely new way, that she never thought was possible.
Natalie’s main aim is for her clients to feel and see the benefits of Xtend Barre in the same way she has. She loves to encourage her clients to put their best effort into every class and has a focus on technique, to ensure that everyone can achieve the results they are looking for. She endeavors to make every class challenging, inspiring and well worth every second of those 55 minutes!
Lilian Wong – Pilates, Yoga & Yogalates Instructor
Bio coming soon
Julia Keast – Pilates & Xtend Barre Instructor
I started training in all facets of dance from the age of four. I went on to work as a professional dancer for 14 years here in Australia and also in France, Italy and Sweden. My love of dance and the discipline required to become a dancer brought me to Pilates and through this I discovered how to train the mind and body and gain strength and flexibility.
While practicing Pilates I completed my diploma of remedial massage and started to work more closely with rehabilitation and injuries. I quickly realised to make a difference to someone’s muscles, posture, injuries, strengths and quality of life, Pilates is fundamental.
I began teacher training with STOTT International Pilates and now I work teaching Pilates, dance and practicing massage. I love working with Emma at Emergy, she is such a supportive and nurturing mentor and creates a wonderful working environment.
Rachael Kinder – Pilates Instructor
Bio coming soon