Instructors

Studio owner Catherine Watts

Catherine graduated in from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in dance. She began Pilates in 1989 as a dance student and has continued practising ever since.

Catherine has taught Pilates professionally since 1998, she has a Diploma of Pilates movement therapy and gain level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association instructor certification. She has also studied with Polestar pilates. She has extensive experience in the fitness industry, injury rehabilitation, rehabilitation from chronic back pain, sports injuries and holistic wellbeing.

Catherine is passionate about women's health and providing a caring and nurturing environment within her studio, she has undertaken further studies in a sports science degree at Charles Darwin University (currently on pause).

In addition to being a mother of three, Catherine loves swimming, hiking, camping and all things outdoors. 

Studio owner Grant Breuer

Grant started his career in the health industry as a remedial massage therapist and fitness instructor over a decade ago and began teaching Pilates in 2003.

Grant has a sports massage certificate and a Diploma of Health Science in Remedial Massage. He has worked along side many physiotherapists in private practise and also spent 4 years working with Hawthorn football club.

Grant holds a Diploma of Pilates movement therapy with the Australian pilates method association and gained level 4 APMA Pilates Practitioner certification.  With a passion for rehabilitation of long-term back pain, sports injuries and athlete training he has supported  many people to achieve better health and fitness. Grant is passionate able ongoing study and is undergoing further studies in sports science degree at Charles Darwin University (currently on pause)

Alongside his love for mountain bike riding, snowboarding and AFL, Grant enjoys walking his beautiful black Labrador Bert and looking after his three children.

Karin Krouse

Karin immigrated to Australia in 1996 from Germany and began Pilates in 2000. The effect of Pilates on her lower back pain recovery inspired her to share this passion for Pilates with the broader community.

As a graduate of the Polestar Pilates Diploma programme, Karin has a keen interest in working with special interest groups such as neurological disorders, pregnancy, general rehabilitation but also to help all people to discover their own inner-athlete and improve their overall quality of life. 

Karin holds a certification in the Classical Method through Authentic Pilates Education Australia and is a member of the education faculty for Polestar Pilates Australia and supports aspiring Pilates instructors through their certification process. Prior to teaching Pilates, she was an Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a translator for English, French and German.

 

Robyn Fynmore

Robyn first experienced Pilates as a young ballet dancer with a back injury in London in 1982, at one of the first studios in the "Pineapple Dance Centre" in Covent Garden.

Then in 1990 when working on the ballet staff of The Australian Ballet she commenced Pilates based exercise with Andrew Baxter at his newly opened studio at The Australian Ballet Centre.

Following 4 years of personal practise with Andrew, Robyn commenced an apprenticeship with him in his studio in South Melbourne. Robyn joined the APMA in its inaugural year and completed the APMA instructor course with Paul Cini when it was available.

Robyn has been teaching Pilates for the past 20 years, at studios including The Australian Ballet Centre and Inbalance in Ivanhoe.

Robyn is currently teaching here at Body Centre Pilates and from her home in the Macedon Ranges.

Val Romeo

Val qualified with STOTT Pilates in 2009. She previously worked as a remedial massage therapist and physio assistant in multi disciplinary clinics and rehab hospitals. In that time she treated a range of conditions from chronic pain to sporting injuries.

Val is a passionate instructor with attention to detail and educates her clients with self management strategies. Val is a mother of 2, enjoys fun runs, travelling and baking.

Sarah White

Sarah White qualified as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2006 and has been operating private practice since 2007. Sarah believes that a massage should feel good as well as provide long lasting relief from pain and stress and that a regular massage can bring positive benefits to our busy lives.

Sarah uses a combination of deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myo-fascial release, cupping and stretching techniques within her treatments. She is also a trained Pilates Method Instructor and can provide postural education and exercise advice. Sarah is registered with the Australian Association of Massage Therapists and is listed with most private health fund providers.

To make an appointment or inquiry please call Sarah on 0407 613 972.

Clare Pontonio

Clare is in her final year of a Masters of Physiotherapy. She has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports science from La Trobe University, to complement her passion for Pilates. This passion grew through self-practise for many years and a great appreciation for how Pilates enhances body awareness and builds physical and mental strength.

Clare is a qualified Pilates instructor through the Australian Pilates Method Association gaining her qualifications in 2014. She continues to regularly attend workshops and conferences to further develop and consolidate her knowledge.

She is calm and caring practitioner who enjoys helping clients achieve their individual health and fitness goals. Clare creates a warm and inspiring environment, through her enthusiasm and love of life.

Lara McFarlane

Lara began Pilates at the age of 12 at the Australian Ballet School. After sustaining various injuries through dance, she came to enjoy Pilates & strength training even more than dance itself and decided to share that joy of movement with others. 

Since completing her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction in 2017, she has taught a range of clients, from ballet dancers and teenagers through to working professionals, the elderly, pregnant clients and clients suffering from chronic pain, MS and other conditions.

Lara enjoys helping clients to build body-awareness, develop better movements patterns and re-balance the muscular imbalances in their bodies. She’s also passionate about providing clients with the tools and confidence to take care of their bodies both inside and outside the studio.

When she’s not in the studio she enjoys ice skating, bike riding and volunteering at her local church. 

Elise Drinkwater

Elise graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dance. Elise studied with Polestar Pilates and has a Diploma in Pilates.
Elise is passionate about injury prevention, encouraging well-being through movement and focusing on individual needs and goals. She is passionate about people finding joy in movement through Pilates. 
Elise’s endless encouragement and warmth is forever present in her teaching.

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