Kirsten is the owner of Pilates for life. Kirsten qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, (South Africa) in 1995. She also completed a post graduate certificate in Sports physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) in 1997. Kirsten has worked as a physiotherapist in South Africa, England and Australia.
In treating patients with Back and neck pain as well as sports related injuries Kirsten realised the importance of core stability, flexibility , muscle balance and biomechanics to prevent the reoccurrence of injuries, therefore Pilates seemed the perfect exercise method for her patients.
Whilst working at a Sydney private practice with a Pilates studio Kirsten saw the amazing results clients obtained through Pilates. She started attending mat and reformer classes in 2000 and started teaching Pilates in 2004.
Kirsten has a Diploma in contemporary Pilates through Tensegrity, she is also trained in Clinical Pilates- a course designed for Physiotherapists with an emphasis on treating pathology with the appropriate Pilates exercises and movements specific for the individual patient. Kirsten has also trained in Women’s health Pilates through Polestar Pilates and the Centre for Women’s Fitness.
Kirsten is a specialised Pregnancy Pilates teacher and has completed many Post-graduate courses in Women’s Health and pelvic floor Physiotherapy. Kirsten has Tutored at Newcastle University to both Undergraduate Physio Students and Post-graduate Physiotherapists and nurses.
Since becoming a mother in 2002 Kirsten’s main interest has been in women’s health. In 2004 She developed a pregnancy exercise program called fit-4 -2 which focuses on safe exercises for pregnant and postnatal women. This class is a fusion of Pilates and birth preparation- the Fit -4-2 program empowers pregnant women with Birth Skills and techniques to cope with pregnancy and prepare for labour and birth. Kirsten is a proud mother of two children.
Kirsten’s Physio/ Rehab Pilates classes are designed for those who need a physiotherapist’s advice and supervision in their Pilates classes.
Kirsten’s aim is to provide safe and effective Specialised Pilates classes for everybody: Pregnant and Post natal ladies (Fit 4 2), those with injuries and men and women of all fitness levels.
Kirsten is Available for appointments Tuesday – Saturday for Physiotherapy, Post-natal check-ups, Pelvic floor physiotherapy and Return to sport exercise programs, as well as Studio pilates and rehabilitation.