Our Team

Director

Melissa

  • Bachelor of Dance Performance
  • Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio & Rehabilitation Method
  • CrossFit L1
  • CrossFit L2
  • Kettlebell Level 1 & Level 2
  • Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services
  • Pilates Alliance Australasia Full Member
  • Mentor for Polestar Pilates: Studio and Reformer

Originally from Canberra, Melissa began dancing at the age of 3 before she moved to Adelaide to pursue her study in dance, completing her Bachelor in Dance Performance in 2008. The anatomy and kinesiology components of the course particularly appealed to Melissa, which aided in further understanding of the body.
Unfortunately, a pelvic injury was the deciding factor in not pursuing a dance career, so she followed her creative side and accrued a Diploma in Specialist Makeup Services.

Her continuous Pilates attendance has facilitated her in the many hours of dance training from her teens, maintaining her technique to help prevent, rehabilitate and reduce further injuries.

With her Level 1 and Level 2 in CrossFit, Melissa emphasises the importance of the Pilates method and its ability to successfully emphasise core and body awareness, breathing, mobilisation and strengthening of the body within all physical activities and general daily life.

Instructors

Dee 

  • Diploma of Clinical Pilates by Breathe Education
  • Certificate IV in Pilates by Breathe Education (mat and reformer group teaching)

Dee began gymnastics training and dancing in the early years of primary school but this was interrupted after a couple of years due to kidney sensitivity to strenuous activity. In her teenage years she developed interest in design and architecture which led her to pursue a career in this field. A busy career and lifestyle led her to a very sedentary lifestyle and after a number of years this led to a back injury just from doing general life activities.
She started regular Pilates classes to manage her back pain and to regain her body strength, physically and mentally. After only 3 sessions she decided that this was something she had to explore further. She enrolled into a Pilates course with Breathe Education thinking that it would give her basics to understand her body better and to help herself. Soon she realised that the course was giving her not only that but a totally new understanding and perspective of the human body and its physical and mental state.
Just by sharing her newly discovered passion with friends and family she realised she was suddenly able to help them as well.
During her Pilates course she met and worked with other Pilates teachers emphasising the importance and application of the Pilates method into everyday life and physical activity.
She is passionate about challenging clients and helping them achieve their long term goals. She believes that Pilates is the perfect exercise for everyone because it can be modified to suit the goals and needs of each individual.

 

Aneeka

  • DMA Clinical Pilates Unit A
  • APPI Matwork Level 1
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 1 Coach

Aneeka was an elite junior basketballer representing Australia at the U17 Women’s World Championships in Toulouse, France in 2010. Injuries eventually saw her switch to cycling where she currently races with the Women’s Butterfields Cycling Team.

Aneeka completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2015 and is currently completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through Latrobe University.

She is still heavily involved in sport as the team physiotherapist for the U17 Women’s Australian Basketball Team, U16 SA Metro Women’s Basketball Team, Adelaide Lightning Women’s Basketball Team and Prince Alfred Old Collegians Football Club.

Aneeka is very passionate about movement not only for herself personally but educating the benefits to others. With her joint hypermobility, Pilates has become an integral part of maintaining her stability and control. She utilises the Pilates method to help rehabilitate and facilitate performance whilst helping people achieve their goals.

 

Camila

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate in Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Diploma of Clinical Pilates by Fisiocorp Brazil
  • Diploma III and IV in Fitness

Camila is originally from Brazil and a few years ago decided to come to Australia to experience a new culture. Her first location was Sydney; staying for 3 years and completing her Diploma in Fitness to further her knowledge. She then chose to move to Adelaide to build up her career and have a quieter life.
Camila was originally a synchronised swimming athlete for almost 10 years, and after working with physiotherapists to attend to the injuries incurred from her sport, she decided to study Physiotherapy.
A few years after completing her degree, she continued on to complete her Diploma of Clinical Pilates. This allowed her to join her two passions: rehabilitation and movement.

 

Lisa

  • Bachelor of Dance Performance
  • Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio & Rehabilitation Method

Lisa’s interest in movement began as a professional dancer in South Africa in 1994, before furthering her career in Australia, completing her BA in Dance Performance in 2006. Having suffered significant spinal fractures, she was introduced to the world of Pilates and commenced her Polestar Diploma in Clinical Pilates in 2009.
The Pilates method helped rehabilitate Lisa’s spinal injuries, opening her world to Pilates as a form of management for acute, sub-acute and chronic injury.
Alongside her dance career, Lisa opened her first Pilates Mat studio in 2009, before her starting her role as a Clinical Pilates Practitioner for Melissa Laing Pilates, Physique Pilates, and InsideOut Pilates Studios. She later opened Adelaide East Pilates Studio, as a resident clinical Pilates studio at Stomping Ground Studios in 2014, where she worked hand-in-hand with co-resident Osteopath, Anna Lucas, to help clients suffering from injuries.
Lisa took indefinite maternity leave from her studio in July 2017 and after having her second child in 2019, has returned to teaching Clinical Pilates exclusively at Körpermotus.
Lisa loves to fuse her movement and intuitive understanding of the body’s biomechanics in order to cater to her clients individual needs.

 

Lauren

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy UniSA 2017
  • Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio & Rehabilitation Method 2020 
  • Women’s Health Physiotherapist (Women’s Health Training Associates, 2019)
  • Principles of Rehab and Performance (Dr Dan Kirkbride, 2020)
  • Current Physiotherapist SPOC Football Club

Growing up in the Adelaide Hills as a lover of the outdoors and sports, Lauren began her interest in movement as a keen young Netballer, playing at local, association and regional levels. Lauren has always had a keen interest in the human body and in movement, and pursuing a career in Physiotherapy was a natural direction to take. 

Lauren began her journey in Pilates in 2016 through Physiotherapy at University. The congruence between Physiotherapy and Pilates was clear from the beginning and it quickly became a clear career direction. Lauren has always worked in cohesive Physiotherapy and Pilates environments, and also has experience working in Women’s Health in both of these settings. Practicing as a Physiotherapist with the backing of Pilates and Women’s Health has shaped the way Lauren understands and teaches movement.

Pilates has been foundational to Lauren personally in her pursuit of different sports and athletics into adulthood. It was instrumental in rehabilitation from football injuries and in preparation for a recent triathlon. With years of teaching as a Physiotherapist, the observation of the way Pilates can take people so thoroughly through their rehabilitation from injury, postnatally, or just to keep fit, is a constant delight and motivation!

 

Margaret

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • DMA Clinical Pilates Unit A & B
  • Currently undertaking Polestar Studio and Rehabilitation Series

Margaret has long been passionate about sport, exercise and taking a holistic approach to health. It is this that lead her to Physiotherapy, graduating from the University of South Australia with merit in 2014. She has since gained extensive experience working with elite and recreational athletes, pre and post-natal women, the elderly and everyone in between. With a love of movement therapy, Pilates has always been part of her clinical practice supporting clients on their individual rehabilitation journey.

Margaret understands the benefits of Pilates extend far beyond the physical, and thrives on teaching students to better understand their body and learning how to move well for their complete wellbeing. Whether gaining confidence, mobility, strength or control is the goal, she believes Pilates is the method.

 

Adele

  • Bachelor of Science (Human Biology and Human Movement) U.W.A
  • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University
  • Certified Practitioner of Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method (Polestar)

Adele was born in South Africa and emigrated to Western Australia at age six. Inspired by her medical parents, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Human Movement and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia. She then completed a physiotherapy degree at Curtin University.

Keen to explore the world, she travelled to Byron Bay and worked briefly in a rehabilitation hospital before moving to London. She worked in a variety of clinical settings including aged care, orthopaedic outpatients, and private practice. After 4 years, in search of warmer beaches, she moved to Sydney and spent 2 years working in a private practice.
She married a South Australian and moved to Adelaide and worked in a clinic that introduced her to the Pilates method. She was impressed with the amazing scope of exercises available using Pilates equipment; from acute rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries and respiratory patients to elite sports conditioning.

Adele has a special interest in the spine, having worked at the Back Clinic in London and the Headache Clinic in Adelaide. She has also studied with Sarah Key in Sydney. She is passionate about movement and getting people to move more. In today’s world, developing a movement practice is more important than ever, as people of all ages sit hunched over a computer keyboard against the ever-present force of gravity, and she feels that the Pilates method allows movement challenges in all planes relevant to gravity. She knows the method can build a tailored solution for better balance, improved bone mass, co-ordination, strength, and flexibility… and of course it’s fun!

 

Nathan

  • Certificate III and IV in Fitness; Fitness Institute Australia
  • 200 hour Yoga teacher training; Yandara Yoga Institute
  • Extensive exposure to circus and parkour

Nathan is back in Adelaide after many years in Melbourne and Vegas, and is very excited to work with you all.
He has spent most of his life wandering the globe learning, teaching, performing and immersing myself in various physical cultures. From classic fitness concepts, Calisthenics and martial arts to circus, dance, yoga and parkour.

After spending many years learning various techniques, skills and tricks, he had the realization that many of these arts are separated more by culture and context than by physical requirements.

His passion lays in developing the overall capabilities of the human body and being involved in the cultures which give all of these capabilities context. Whether it is looking good, becoming functional, increasing levels of fitness or exploring the possibilities of your body, he is here to guide and help in whatever capacity he can and looks forward to growing and learning with you all!

 

Elle

  • Bachelor of Dance Performance
  • Elixr School of Pilates Certification
  • Elixr School of Pilates Pregnancy Certification
Elle began practising the Pilates method 12 years ago whilst studying for her Bachelor of Dance Performance, and became a Qualified Pilates Instructor 8 years ago in Melbourne.
Elle discovered Pilates after becoming injured and used the Pilates method as rehabilitation to get her body back on track. She fell in love with the method and continued this form of training to compliment and as pre-hab for her dancing.
After working at a range of studios in Melbourne, including working her way up to being a studio manager, she’s back in Adelaide with an array of repertoire. Elle endeavours to work her clients to the nth degree in a fun, laugh out loud environment.