Our Story

Pilates for Life is a fully equipped and modern studio located in The Junction, Newcastle offering many classes and courses in Pilates as well as Physiotherapy and other programs including Fit-4-2 pregnancy and Mums n Bubs  classes.

Our studio is air conditioned, making it a perfect place to exercise out of the winter cold or the summer sun! We have Male and Female toilets/ change rooms. All of the equipment you will require is supplied by us so all that you need to bring along is a sweat towel.

Class numbers are kept small to ensure quality of teaching and correction of technique.

Pilates for Life owner Kirsten Joyner graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa with a B.Sc. Honours degree in physiotherapy in 1995. In 1997 she obtained a post graduate certificate in sports physiotherapy from Manchester metropolitan university, England. She has worked in South Africa, The U.K and Sydney before moving to Newcastle.

Kirsten has had extensive experience in the treatment of backs, necks and sports related injuries. She has attended a large number of post-grad courses, and completed her Pilates mat training in 2003  and also holds a Diploma in contemporary Pilates. She is a member of the APA ( Australian Physiotherapy Association) and the APMA ( the Australian Pilates Method association). In addition, Kirsten has completed a number of womens health courses;  she developed a special interest in Women’s health Physiotherapy after becoming a mother in 2002. Kirsten’s passion is treating women during pregnancy and postnatally , including the treatment of Pregnancy related back and pelvic pain. Kirsten offers Post-natal check-ups and exercise prescription to aid postpartum recovery including Diastasis Recti and Pelvic floor dysfunction.

Kirsten has completed courses in Pregnancy pilates and exercise and in 2003 founded Fit-4-2 physiotherapy this is a pregnancy and postnatal exercise program; these classes incorporate the use of Physiotherapy, Pilates, fitball and other small equipment. These classes give pregnant ladies a safe and effective exercise class as well as empowering women with Birth Skills to prepare for labour and birth. Mums n bubs classes are also available.

Kirsten is a mother of two with a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

What exactly is Pilates?

Pilates exercises develop strong abdominal, back , pelvic, gluteal and deep postural muscles to support the skeletal system. Joseph Pilates called these core muscles the “Powerhouse” of the body. The Pilates method works to strengthen the core, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, build muscle tone and increase flexibility. Pilates is also an excellent Rehabilitation system for back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip and repetitive strain injuries. Pilates addresses the body as a whole correcting the body’s asymmetries and chronic weaknesses to prevent injury and bring the body back into balance.

At Pilates for Life you will learn exercises to improve functional movement and posture. In our small group studio classes you will perform exercises prescribed and tailored to suit your needs.

Why choose us?

We have the highest quality of Pilates instruction available: Our Instructors are all trained to the highest standard and are experts in observing and teaching correct movement techniques detecting and correcting things which are missed by average fitness professionals in large gymnasium based classes.

No Long-Term Commitment or contracts: Sessions can be paid individually or in a ten class pass

Personal approach: Every client is important to us and is a member of the Pilates for life family, you are never just a number to us.

Facility: We have a pleasant spacious studio located in the upmarket suburb of The Junction. We have the best Pilates Equipment by Balanced body and Clinical pilates.

Our happy clients

Not only is Kirsten a wonderful Pilates Instructor – fantastic business woman, Physiotherapist, great mum and all round Smart -Woman Chick. Her awesomeness has extended itself to chasing away pain in this creaky Ladie’s old arthritic chubby knees! ♥ Kirsten at Pilates for Life( The Junction Physio & Pilates Centre) is a Smart Woman indeed!

I love Pilates for life because it gets me out of the house and on the road to reclaiming my pre baby(ies) strength. Plus,I love how no one laughs at me when I more resemble an overturned turtle on those giant balls.!

Love the music, conversation, exercise, pain relief, bouncy balls to play with, relaxed atmosphere and expert teachers!

ODE TO PILATES – Pilates really is my bestfriend, as it makes you stretch and it makes you bend. Pilates will tone those trouble spots, and relax your mind and body lots. Pilates is a place to meet and greet, a place you go to have bare feet. But lastly pilates is the place to see, Kirsten moving ever so gracefully!

What is there not to like about Pilates for Life.. I love it, great exercise and beaut people.

I love the fit 4 2 classes because they provide me with invaluable info about positions to try for labour, I get a great low impact work out, and a fabulous sense of community. Wonderful!!!

I have loved the Fit 4 2 classes. I always walk away relaxed and ready to take on more after a class. I also love all the tips we learn along the way for labour. Thanks

I love going to Fit 4 2 pilates. This is my third pregnancy and my first time to fit 4 2. Its such a great way to get time out from the chaos at home. Plus i feel amazing after the class. Its also really nice doing the class with lots of other pregnant women. I wish i had done it with my previous babies.

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