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CHRISTINE ARTHUR

Director, Samford & Bardon

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I have always enjoyed being physically active and grew up in a family which loved sports such as swimming, tennis, squash, and running.  Combining this with healthy nutrition (as well as the odd pack of maltesers…which I love!!!) is a must in my day-to-day life.  Pilates came into my life in 2010 when I unfortunately had a knee injury which then led to a sore lower back.  My physio said that pilates would be a great form of exercise for me as part of my rehab and I have never looked back…I was hooked!!!  

I ended up leaving the corporate world in 2013 and opened my first pilates studio in the Brisbane CBD in early 2014, then a second studio at Ashgrove in 2015.  Busy times ensued, but also great opportunities for personal growth and for me to learn more about the human body, refine and modify pilates techniques and generally just have a lot of fun with some amazing instructors and clients….some of whom are still with me today!!  

I’ve seen first-hand how reformer pilates helps everyday people to be healthy – whether it’s mentally, physically or emotionally! It creates such a positive impact on so many of our clients when they can suddenly feel themselves standing up taller, or being able to move more freely, or without acute pain that they have been living with for many years.  I am truly grateful to have this ability to help people achieve their goals and hope to be changing more and more lives in the years ahead with the Pilates Emporium studios and our amazing team of instructors.

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Karen

Samford

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Hi, I’m Karen. I’ve always had a love of fitness which started as a gymnast when I was just 5 years old. After years of High Intensity exercises – (Pump, Step, CX Worx, Tennis and running 10km 2-3 times a week) I started to get severe back pain.  What I didn’t realise was that even though I was relatively fit, I actually had very little TRUE core or glute strength. So I started pilates and went back to the basics of learning how to CORRECTLY activate those muscles. It was found I had severe degeneration of the L5/S1 vertebrae and had successful Spinal Fusion Surgery almost 3 years ago. Pilates has been an integral part of my rehabilitation, learning to focus on particular muscles through Mind Muscle Connection, and using breath to enhance muscle activation has been one of my greatest learning points. I am so passionate about Pilates and it’s benefits which is why I decided to become an Instructor.

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Lizzie

Samford & Bardonn

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Hi, I’m Lizzie! My first introduction to Pilates was at age nine in my ballet school growing up. Then in 2012, when I was in my final year of full time dance training, I dislocated my hip. It took 6 months of physio appointments and clinical Pilates to get me back to a point where I could return to dance. It was then that I really fell in love and started to appreciate what Pilates could do for me.

 

Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey, a footballer, a gym junky or an ex dancer like myself, I really feel that Pilates is the answer for so manyof us seeking better health and wellbeing.

I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals and show you how Pilates can benefit you on a daily basis!!

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Alexa

Samford & Bardon

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Hi, I’m Alexa. As a dancer, movement will always be the focus of my profession and something I am passionate about. Reformer Pilates has continually supplemented my dance training, consistently developing strength, flexibility and control.

 

I love reformer Pilates because it allows me to focus on specific muscle groups and training methods to get the most out of my body in each workout. I thoroughly enjoy being surrounded by individuals who are passionate about their health and wellbeing.

 

As an instructor at Pilates Emporium, I am always filled with gratitude to have the opportunity to help others train their bodies and educate our clients about Pilates, health and fitness each and every day.

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Kat

Samford

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Hello, I’m Kat! A little bit about me; Following a disc injury a few years ago, my rehabilitation program involved clinical Pilates. This is where my love for Pilates began and I decided I really wanted to be able to teach others the fine art of isolating particular muscle groups while still achieving a whole body workout (including the brain!). Pilates is for every type of body and will help you build a strong core and strengthen and lengthen your muscles. I can’t wait to welcome you into one of my classes soon 🙂
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Grace

Samford

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Hi, my name is Grace. I’ve been practicing dance since the age of 4 and since then developed an appreciation for physical movement. I can’t imagine a life without it!! I was encouraged to incorporate Pilates into my fitness regime to help strengthen muscles and support posture as well as to improve balance, tone and flexibility and to prevent injuries. Surprisingly, I was introduced to muscles I never knew existed. The body response was amazing! I’m so passionate about Pilates and the magic it offers. I believe it to be an intrinsic form of exercise. It allows you to take time out for yourself (and yes, it can be relaxing) and focus on YOU!! Exercise, movement and achieving goals inspires healthy living and happiness. I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t already 🙂