Pilates Instructors

Beck Szewczuk

Studio and Mat Pilates Instructor

I have always been active and loved running and enjoyed playing netball and basketball and sport in general.

I first started Studio Pilates at the end of 2014 after a hip injury which even after seeing a multitude of health professionals did not improve that is when my physio suggested I try Pilates. After only a few sessions I could feel the difference in my body and became hooked. I was amazed that the muscle retraining and education during my Pilates sessions could make such an improvement in my muscle balance and movement patterns.

Looking to do something different and with a background in exercise science becoming a Pilates instructor seemed like a natural progression and I completed the Level 2 APMA instructing course in 2016.

Australian Business Number: 16 297 488 381

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction
  • APMA Level 2 Teacher Training

Ashlee Kelly 

Studio and Mat Pilates Instructor

Ashlee started Pilates at the age of 13 to assist with her calisthenics technique. Her main focus to begin with was to find her core muscles and to even out flexibility. Pilates soon became a way of life – not just in competition season but throughout the years that followed – and was crucial in bouncing back from pregnancy.

Ashlee began studying Pilates with the belief that Pilates is for every body. Every body needs Pilates in their life to help manage, assist or prevent injuries or disabilities, long term and short term.

Australian Business Number: 22 747 350 091

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction
  • Certificate IV in Matwork

Sonia Erice

Studio and Mat Pilates Instructor

Originally from Spain, Sonia’s law degree and professional experience as a TV Production Manager was not well recognised in Australia although it was not long before she found a new career. Sonia fell in love with Pilates in 2005 while she recovered from an emergency back operation. With an underlying back injury, Sonia sneezed (yes, you read that right), and her intervertebral disc protruded and completely paralysed her right leg.

To maintain a pain-free body Sonia knew that she would need to practice Pilates for the rest of her life. So she decided to enroll in the internationally recognised BASI Comprehensive Pilates teacher training Course on the Sunshine Coast and by January 2010 she had graduated. Following her graduation Sonia moved to teach Pilates on the Mornington Peninsula and started a family.

Only to go in search of warmer weather she then moved to sunny Darwin where she ran and operated her own home based Pilates Studio for the past 4 years. Sonia is finally back to call the Peninsula home and we are so excited to have her tremendous knowledge teaching at SMAPS!

Sonia specialises in Clinical Pilates, rehabilitation and chronic pain, while also enjoying the challenge of teaching deep, balanced, full body workouts in Studio and Reformer Pilates Classes. Sonia’s passion drives her to constantly study and grow, incorporating her new human movement skills into each and every class she teaches.

“I love to focus on helping my clients to be self-aware so they can obtain the best possible health and outcomes for their bodies. I am so excited to start working in SMAPS!”

Australian Business Number: 59 264 167 717

Qualifications:

  • Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training

Kim Rowe

Studio and Mat Instructor

Kim fell in love with Pilates at just 16, and has been practicing ever since.  A busy mum of one, Pilates is Kim’s passion and allows her some very important ‘me-time’ time each week!

Pilates helped Kim work through what could have been a debilitating back injury allowing her to remain strong and focused. Now as a Mum, Pilates has taught Kim so much about her body and what it is capable of, more importantly the huge role it has played in her recovery postpartum.

“I love the challenge that Pilates brings both mentally and physically.  My clients can expect classes consisting in a mixture of mat, reformer and apparatus based programs. For me, it’s so rewarding to see my clients grow.  With focus, discipline and fun you can integrate new exercises and challenges into any Pilates program – I can’t wait to start”.

Australian Business Number: 40 807 346 213

Qualifications:

  • Anatomy for Pilates Course – Studio Pilates
  • Mat Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Reformer Instructor Course – Studio Pilates
  • Small Equipment Instructor Course – Studio Pilates

Rachel Ogden

Studio and Mat Instructor

Rachel is a busy Mum of four who loves Pilates, yoga, stand up paddle boarding and her family. Years ago Rach discovered the healing benefits of Pilates after hurting her back. In 2012 she decided to study the Diploma of professional Pilates instruction and has never looked back. Rach has worked in studios teaching clinical, mat and more recently, fitness-based Pilates classes.

“I loved Pilates from my very first session and felt myself grow strong and tall. I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to teach my style of Pilates at SMAPS”.

Australian Business Number: 89 090 329 055

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Professional Pilates Studio Instruction (National Pilates Training)
  • Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction

Emmie Vare

Mat Instructor

Emmie discovered her love for Pilates in preparation for her first baby six years ago. Now, a busy mum of two Emmie studied her Cert IV in Pilates Instruction at Breathe Education. She enjoys teaching clients of all ages, levels and experience and loves nothing more than watching her client’s progress through their Pilates journey to achieve their goals.

All of Emmie’s classes are a “full body workout” made up of both movement and stretch, with added modifications to suit each and every client’s individual needs.

“I teach Pilates because I want to help others feel the benefits that I continue to feel both physically and mentally.”

Australian Business Number: 909 501 319 84

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Pilates Mat and Reformer – Breathe Education

Joanna Nicholls

Mat Instructor

Originally from the UK, Joanna now calls the Mornington Peninsula home. A busy mum of two, Joanna originally found a passion for mat-based Pilates as a way to manage chronic hip and gluteal pain caused by hyper-mobility after her pregnancies. Joanna loves the strength, length and stability that Mat Pilates provides both her and her clients. Qualified as a level-3 Mat Pilates Instructor, Joanna furthered her knowledge gaining accreditation in both pre and post-natal Mat Pilates. This makes her a VERY special addition to the SMAPS squad, allowing us to offer (for the first time) Mat-based pregnancy Pilates!

In the UK Joanna worked alongside a Physiotherapist teaching Mat Pilates, Chair Pilates, and private classes.

“I love that Pilates doesn’t discriminate. Anyone can do it, anyone can improve and anyone can truly see the benefits that Pilates provides within a relatively short period of time. It’s like magic”.

Australian Business Number: 21 637 922 251

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Mat Pilates Instruction
  • Certified Barre Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Pre/Post-natal Mat Pilates Instructor

All of our Pilates Instructors:

  • Have current First aid and CPR training
  • Have current and relevant association memberships
  • Attend ongoing training, workshops and professional development
  • Act as independent instructors and carry their own public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance