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pilates teacher blackwood

KIM PAXTON

OWNER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR

'KIM PAXTON'S PASSION IS INFECTIOUS!' - ADELAIDE MAGAZINE 2012

ORIGINALLY FROM NEW ZEALAND, KIM’S EARLY TRAINING BEGAN IN BALLET AND MODERN DANCE. MOVING TO MELBOURNE AT AGE 16, SHE CONTINUED TO STUDY BALLET FULL-TIME, EVENTUALLY LEADING TO A CONTRACT DANCING WITH THE GUANGZHOU BALLET COMPANY, CHINA. AFTER HER TIME HERE, KIM RELOCATED TO CANADA WHERE SHE ATTAINED HER TEACHER’S CERTIFICATE THROUGH THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE, TEACHING DANCE TO CHILDREN.

KIM DECIDED TO PURSUE PILATES TEACHER TRAINING, AFTER RETIRING FROM DANCE. INITIALLY TRAINING WITH TRACY FRIESEN OF INTEGRATION PILATES (EDMONTON, CANADA) SHE HAS SINCE CONTINUED HER EDUCATION WITH SOME OF THE FINEST PILATES SCHOOLS IN THE INDUSTRY SUCH AS THE PILATES CENTER IN BOULDER, COLORADO, PILATES FROM THE CENTER, VANCOUVER (UNDER MATILDA CHRISTENSEN) AND SIMPLY PILATES IN MELBOURNE AND CURRENTLY WITH OLGA TAMARA FROM AUTHENTIC PILATES EDUCATION AUSTRALIA (BASED IN SYDNEY).

SHE HAS ALSO ATTAINED A CERTIFICATION IN PRE AND POST NATAL PILATES FROM THE CENTER OF WOMEN’S FITNESS (US) AND HAS A VERY SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF WOMEN IN PREGNANCY AND BEYOND. SHE HAS ALSO UNDERTAKEN TRAINING IN MYOFASCIAL RELEASE, TRIGGER POINT THERAPY AND OTHER COMPLEMENTARY MODALITIES HERE IN ADELAIDE.

KIM IS PASSIONATE ABOUT TEACHING AUTHENTIC PILATES TO A WIDE RANGE OF PEOPLE, FROM ELITE ATHLETES AND DANCERS TO OFFICE-WORKERS, THOSE GETTING BACK TO EXERCISE, NEW MUMS AND MUMS-TO-BE. SHE BELIEVES THE BEAUTY OF THE METHOD LIES IN IT’S VERSATILITY AND ABILITY TO MODIFY OR CHALLENGE THE INDIVIDUAL DEPENDING ON THEIR NEEDS.

 AS THE OWNER OF THE PILATES STUDIO BLACKWOOD, KIM LOOKS FORWARD TO TEACHING PILATES IN HER NEIGHBOURHOOD, HAVING MOVED UP TO THE ADELAIDE HILLS WITH HER HUSBAND, TWO SMALL CHILDREN IN 2012.

 IN 2017, KIM WAS ASKED TO TEACH CLASS AT THE PILATES ALLIANCE AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE AND HAS BEEN INVITED AGAIN IN 2019.

Kim holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and is the Head Teacher Trainer for The Pilates Studio Teacher Training, established in 2021.

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RACHEL MILLER

APPRENTICE TEACHER - ADVANCED

Rachel is an Adelaide local and Intensive Care Nurse specialising in Cardiac nursing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2012. Rachel completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2009 and followed on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Cardiac Nursing) in 2012. She is a Medication Safety Link Nurse and is on the ECMO (Heart-Lung Bypass) specialist team. 
 

Rachel’s Nursing profession has its reputation for injuries on the job associated with manual handing of equipment and patients. Rachel came to Pilates via a recurring back injury sustained at work. She decided to attend The Pilates Studio Blackwood, attracted by the boutique offerings and Authentic Pilates training. Rachel attended the studio regularly and over time  discovered a new found body that embodied flexibility and strength as well as less frequency of injury. 

 

Rachel found Pilates to be a purposeful movement method she could incorporate into her nursing and everyday life. Rachel also continued her Pilates practice throughout her whole pregnancy, up until days as few days of giving birth. Rachel found Pilates paramount in keeping her strong and subsequently supported her ever growing body with little to no pain through strength of core and pelvis.  Rachel recommenced Pilates shortly after giving birth and was able to reconnect with her body to her previous levels of strength.

Rachel started her teacher training in 2020 in order to share the same benefits she had experienced in her own practice to clients.  Rachel completed her APEI Mat Course in 2021 and is currently undertaking her Classical Training through the Pilates Studio Blackwood's training course: The Pilates Studio Teacher Training.  

In Rachels spare time, she enjoys sending time with her young family, going on holidays (near a beach somewhere) and is an amateur green thumb wanting to build a garden for her family and wildlife to enjoy for years to come.  

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LEILA MORSY

APPRENTICE TEACHER - ADVANCED

Leila Morsy is a teacher and writer. She grew up in Paris and has a Masters in Teaching from Columbia University and a Masters and Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After many years of sitting unbelievably still at a desk for all the hours in the world, she found she needed to move. Pilates—the authentic kind that is so close to the source—allows her body to do all the things it was meant to, multiplying pleasure and enjoyment.