Soul Pilates, South Melbourne VIC

Tell us about Soul Pilates, when did it begin?

Soul Pilates enjoys a distinguished reputation as a centre for excellence in Pilates instruction. A fully equipped studio established in 2001. A lovely light filled and well located space with views of the city, Soul Pilates offers the best choice in Pilates.

Soul Pilates is dedicated to inspiring clients to achieve optimum results physically and mentally, through exceptional and positive Pilates instruction.

The classes at Soul Pilates are more than just a workout. They are a safe and highly effective way to strengthen, stretch and elongate your body without adding bulk.

Tell us about your team...How many instructors do you have?

  • Celeste Bruce

Celeste Bruce established Soul Pilates in South Melbourne in 2001, and has overseen the blossoming of the studio’s reputation as a centre of Pilates excellence.

Celeste studied dance for many years both in Australia and the United States, and has travelled widely teaching body conditioning and anatomy and physiology for dancers, as well as delivering community lectures on osteoarthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis and disease prevention from a Pilates perspective.

With over a decade of experience as a qualified Pilates instructor, she is certified with the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) and Polestar Pilates, and has been on the board of the APMA as chairperson for the education committee.

While specialising in dance and sports conditioning, Celeste’s continuing ambition is to educate and encourage all people to exercise more wisely, for the benefit of the mind, the body and the spirit.

  • Sally Rochlin

Sally has a true passion for Pilates.

As a professional musician (completing a Bachelor of Music in 2008), she found the demands of long hours of playing with need to restore functional balance to muscles exceedingly apparent.

Sally successfully completed the CTTC with Body Arts and Science International, teaches Pilates in Melbourne as well as attending regular workshops and master classes.

Her aim is to assist clients to incorporate Pilates in everyday life, so each movement is executed with better alignment, efficiency, and ease.

  • Clare Pontonio

Clare discovered the affects of body awareness and the amazing benefits through attending regular Pilates studio sessions.

Originally from a hospitality background as a general manager in a well-known, bustling hotel, Clare followed her passion for Pilates and acquired a qualification through the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA).

Clare keeps up to date with new and exciting practices of the Pilates Method by attending regular workshops, conferences and courses, always looking to add to and improve on her level of skill, experience and knowledge, ensuring she provides the highest standard of instruction possible.

Clare enjoys working with a variety of clients to achieve their health and fitness goals.

  • Sydney Henry

Sydney was born in British Columbia, Canada, where she began her dance studies at Goh Ballet and further continued at Northern Ballet in the U.K for three years.

In 2010 Sydney changed her classical focus direction to contemporary, joining Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, in Israel for the dance journey program.

Sydney was introduced to Pilates over 10 years ago. As a dancer Sydney fell in love with the classical Pilates method of balanced body, mind and spirit.

In 2013 studied Pilates under Veronica McClurg and Matilda Christensen, and graduated from the Teacher Training Program of The Pilates Center, Boulder Colorado.

Sydney enjoys teaching a wide range of clients.

  • Haggar Nedder

Haggar had been teaching Pilates for the past two and a half years in classical Pilates studios in Israel before relocating with her husband to Melbourne. Haggar has studied classical pilates in Israel and also very eager to learn and evolve as a teacher, attends regular workshops to keep herself up to date. Haggar is a gifted instructor and specialises in strength and conditioning with athletes.

  • Lenny

Lenny (the wonder dog) belong’s to Celeste (as a Yorkshire Terrier, loves lots of cuddles from everyone). He adore’s meeting and greeting everyone coming into the Studio before class. Lenny watch’s the many different exercises humans need to do to remain strong and fit for life as part of their Pilates Practice and looks forward to many treats.

What are the biggest challenges and rewards in running your own business?

For me the biggest challenge is trying to get a holiday! Rewards come every day in the form of clients gaining strength and mastering technique and working with a lovely conscientious team

How is your studio different to other Studios in your area?

It has beautiful natural light and open windows making it a fabulous environment to be in, day or night. So well located, close to the city, the botanical gardens, the albert park lake and the beach. Amazing caring and well qualified instructors.

Do you have any special deals for new members?

A fantastic offer of a 12 month membership, come as often as you like for $3750

Which class is the most popular?

Studio sessions are the most popular.

What's your favourite class that you offer and why?

semi-private classes of no more than four. Clients start at their own level and progress at their own pace.

Do you have one on one classes as well as group classes?

We do offer one on one classes for those with specific needs.

What does the next 5 years look like for your studio?

Continuing the same quality and expanding the studio to offer more classes.


Soul Pilates

24 Eastern Rd, South Melbourne

VIC 3205

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