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MEET YOUR TRAINERS

Annika

Master Trainer and Owner of The Mat Life

With an extensive background in human anatomy, studying functional musculoskeletal anatomy and neuroanatomy at a university level, Annika's health science background is combined with 18 years of dance training. Her interest in the human body and the benefits of Pilates on holistic health, encouraged her to pursue her dream of being a certified Pilates instructor full time.

 

Annika believes that coming back to your Pilates mat each day is a practice of self-love; which in this fast-paced world of technology, consumerism and social media is often neglected. Pilates enables you to move your body in a way that is safe and optimal for our anatomy. Additionally, living with an autoimmune disease that affects her joints (Rheumatoid Arthritis), Annika understands the necessity of being kind to your body but also nourishing it with exercise.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) with Distinction 

  • Studio Pilates Matwork & Reformer Instructor 

  • Pre/ Post Natal Certified

  • KX Reformer Pilates Instructor 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • KX Pilates State Trainer of the Year (2022)

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Cassie

TRAINER

Cassie has been driven to deepening her knowledge of movement and anatomy for the benefit of helping others as well as her own practice. She has 11 years of dance training and performance experience which included her Bachelor of Dance qualification where she studied body science, functional movement and human anatomy at a tertiary level.

 

Cassie's passion for the restorative benefits of movement lead her to volunteer for Dance for Parkinsons Australia where she facilitates a community support movement class.

Through this Cassie has a seen  the benefits that Pilates and movement serves and is excited to continue her training on top of her Mat work certification with Studio Pilates.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Dance

  • Studio Pilates Matwork & Reformer Instructor 

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Lisa

TRAINER

Lisa's passion for Pilates began with her own self-practice. She fell in love with the movement and how it connects spinal health, strength and flexibility. Lisa credits Pilates with helping her to regain core strength and better understand how her own body works. Lisa felt like she couldn't keep this knowledge to herself and wanted to share this understanding with others- so became a certified Pilates instructor with Breathe Education. 

Lisa is passionate about teaching Pilates to people of all ages and stages. She has an in-depth understanding of how Pilates benefits the body as it ages and how Pilates can be a perfect form of exercise for pre/post natal clients and those living with injuries. 

 

Lisa is always furthering her knowledge in women's health and fitness and has a deep interest in working with women throughout all stages of their life.

 

n her spare time Lisa loves hiking, so make sure you ask her about the best trails in the mountains when you attend her classes. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Breathe Certification in Pilates 

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Ellissa

TRAINER

Ellissa has extensive experience in teaching pilates on the mat, reformer, spine corrector and trapeze equipment.  For the past seven years Ellissa ran her own pilates business in the Blue Mountains training hundreds of local community members to feel stronger, toned and more flexible after each session.

Ellissa is passionate about guiding people along their own fitness and long-term health management journey, using pilates as an effective and low impact method of exercise. Rehabilitating from two spine fusion operations, Ellissa also specialises in back pain management and developing all muscles in the body to support and maintain a healthy spine.

While learning the six pilates principles: Breathe, Centering, Control,  Concentration, Precision and Flow, Ellissa will make you feel inspired, supported and challenged on your own path to greater fitness and wellbeing.

QUALIFICATIONS ​​

  • Breathe Education Cert IV, Mat and Reformer

  • Studio Pilates,  Mat and Reformer 
    (including Back Pain, Small Equipment and Pre/Post Natal)

  • Australian Academy of Fitness Cert III, Fitness Instruction

  • Master of Contemporary Arts – Visual Arts (UTAS)

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Brave Rising Star Award, Women with Altitude

  • Finalist in six Local Business Awards 

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