Teachers

Bronwyn Beck

Bronwyn Beck is a STOTT qualified Pilates instructor, completing her study in Sydney, Australia and specialising in Reformer classes.

"I particularly love the Reformer machines, they are so adaptable and you can work with men and women of all ages and levels of fitness - from beginners right through to working with athletes and rehabilitation is a must on the Reformer." 

Bronwyn started her love for health and fitness at boarding school, where she taught aerobics/fitness classes to fellow boarders; this continued when she left school working in the fitness industry in both New Zealand and Australia.

Her passion of Pilates started over a decade ago and she hasn't looked back.

After starting a family, It only seemed natural to set up her Balance Pilates home studio. Moving from 2, to 5 and now to 8 Pilates Reformer machines, in September 2019, Balance Pilates relocated to the grand Old Masonic Lodge, perched on the Port Hills, overlooking Christchurch City and the Southern Alps. 

Michelle Ongley

Michelle has been a Physio for over 20 years, qualifying in 1998 from the University of Otago.  She completed a Master’s Degree in Anatomy & Structural Biology before her Physiotherapy degree. 

 

Michelle has completed post-graduate training in Manipulative therapy, Acupuncture and Pilates.  She has been a Polestar Certified Clinical Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor since 2012,

 

finishing her training in Perth, Australia.  She enjoys teaching on a variety of equipment, especially the reformer.  She is passionate about using Pilates as a rehab tool to develop strength and flexibility, especially aiding return to activity after injury. 

 

Returning to Christchurch after several years away in Perth and Auckland with her husband, two teenage sons, cat and chocolate lab, she also works part-time as a physio at Active Health.

Natalie Macrides-Pantos

Natalie Macrides-Pantos
Natalie joins us from Johannesburg, South Africa, along with her husband and two sons. All her boys are products of a happy mom,
who loves to move just as much as her kids do.


As an ex-gymnast and Latin-American dancer, Natalie’s love for
movement and body discipline has inspired over 10 years of teaching
and various alternative studies.

 

Natalie’s experience is as a rehabilitation specialist, focusing on Pilates and utilizing Yoga and Cranio-Sacral Therapy as complimentary modalities to bring spinal alignment, fluidity and overall wellbeing to her classes.

 

She believes that the ability to connect to one’s body through exercise is one of
THE most empowering and rewarding personal experiences. Equally
important, is to have fun. Training should be a blast!


So while in the studio, three basic rules apply.
Move. Breathe. Smile. Sweat. Then Repeat.
Your body will thank you.


Natalie’s training qualifications include:
BASI Pilates
Ashtanga Yoga
Cranio-Sacral Therapy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craniosacral_therapy
CBA Body Talk Practitioner
Zumba level-1

Stephanie Hadley
Amber Stephens
Nicole Mackes

Stephanie has a passion for dance and fitness and combines these worlds to provide a unique experience to classes and programmes she provides. 

Stephanie has been teaching dance and group fitness for over 16 years, is a REPS registered exercise professional in Group Fitness, a certified instructor of The BootyBarre, KONGA, Studio Pilates International and a certified pre and post natal coach.

Stephanie teaches Barre and Pilates Mat classes at EnForme Studios in Merivale, she also contributes to the industry through her governance positions as Chair of the Exercise Association of New Zealand Inc and Director of Skills Active Aotearoa Ltd. 

Outside of the studio, she is an Associate at James and Wells Intellectual Property.

Stephanie lives in Halswell with her husband James, daughter Maria and energetic GSP/Vizsla Mack.  

Amber is passionate about teaching functional body movement and helping people to achieve optimum strength, mobility and flexibility. Amber has been teaching dance, Mat Pilates, Yoga and Barre for over 10 years and has recently gained her Pilates Reformer Teacher Training certificate. 

 

Her passion for dance emerged at the age of 4, an undergraduate degree in Contemporary Dance led Amber to a master's degree in Fine Arts in Vienna, with a minor in Performative Arts. During this time, a professional career in dance and choreography emerged, where she spent over 10 years performing, choreographing and teaching in Europe. On returning to New Zealand, Amber undertook a Postgraduate degree in Choreography, which led her to developing the Barre Program - Barre Warrior.

 

Amber will be teaching Reformer Pilates for us at Balance Pilates, she will also be launching her Barre Warrior Program, beginning with a 4 wk introductory course. We welcome Ambers passion and enthusiasm to the team and if you have an interest in dance/movement or just want to give Barre Warrior a go, please jump on board. 

Nicole is originally from Stuttgart in the South of Germany but is happy to call Christchurch home for almost 14 years . 

 

Coming from a Physiotherapy background Nicole is very passionate about sharing her knowledge about the physical body and  functional movements . Throughout her classes she integrates a safe physical practice with yoga teachings for a holistic approach to wellbeing .

As a mum of 2 young boys she knows of  the importance of creating moments of stillness , balance and relaxation in a often  busy life . 

 

She is excited and very grateful to join the lovely community of  Balance Pilates Cashmere in their amazing new venue to share the practice of yoga. 

Louise Neville

I’m a personal trainer and group fitness instructor...  

I love teaching BootyBarre because it combines my passion for ballet and my passion for fitness.

I look forward to seeing you all soon at the Barre!

Angela Wesolowski
Instructor in training.

I am Angela, 28 years old and originally from Germany. About a year ago my fiancé and I received our NZ residence, it was by far one of our happiest days!

Before I came to New Zealand I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture. After working in an office for a few months here in Christchurch, I noticed some aches and pain in my back and hip from sitting in a bad posture 8 hours a day.

 

This is the reason why I Initially started Reformer Pilates at Balance Pilates. After only a couple months of consistent training and wonderful guidance from Bron, my whole body realigned itself and generally I felt stronger, more resilient and balanced.

I have really loved and benefited  from the Reformer training, because it challenges muscles and mind without being hard on the joints. Overall I enjoy being active and love the outdoors, so the reality of being a future architect didn’t suit my lifestyle anymore.

So I started studying Naturopathy by correspondence with a German school. And i am currently doing my Pilates Reformer Teacher Training with the Stott NZ Master Trainer in Auckland. 
I am feeling very lucky to be part of this wonderful Balance Pilates community, and really look forward seeing you all benefit as I did through Reformer Pilates. 

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