Rob finished his exercise science and physiology degree in New Zealand before teaching fitness-based reformer Pilates classes in some of central London’s most popular studios. He retrained to focus on injury rehabilitation, and landed a number of roles in physiotherapy clinics, where he also got to support the medical staff at the Brentford Championship Football League delivering Pilates. During this time, he also wandered down the rabbit hole that it is the functional neurology training. This has now become his main focus outside of the Pilates, and the two interlink beautifully to provide answers to problems with movement or injuries that won’t seem to go away!
Ash attended ballet class from the age of five and continued her dance training for another 16 years, completing her honours in dance in 2009. After graduation, she worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher throughout Australia, Europe and the UK until 2015 and taught Barre in London. In 2016 she moved to Melbourne and completed her diploma of Integrated Pilates under mentor Bruce Hilderbrand whilst also working at Balance & Control. Movementality was founded a year later and she now works alongside partner Rob Carruthers in their beautiful open plan studio.
Ash has a knack for working with injuries, having faced many during her dance career and specializes in helping young dancers boost their performance potential. She also has additional pre and post-natal experience and offers national and international online Skype training.
Mollie came to Pilates through her love of dance, fitness and movement education. With over 14 years of experience, Mollies brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to her classes. Mollie was owner and co-director of The Pilates Center Mosman in Sydney 2004-8, before moving to Melbourne to join her husband Bruce and his team at Balance & Control Pilates. Through her extensive training with Polestar, she also acted as an assistant educator for Polestar training programs throughout Australia. With 2 young children, Mollie brings her pregnancy experience to the many women that come along to classes. She has a special interest in women's health, general fitness and the importance of posture, strength, and balance in the older client.
Tessa qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 from Kings College London and discovered Pilates while working as a physio in Cape Town in 2000. Tessa brings her many years of clinical experience and knowledge and integrates this into her Pilates practice. She loves educating people about their bodies and believes in creating balance in people's lives from the exercise they do to the food they eat. Tessa has 2 young girls and so she has personal as well as professional experience with pregnancy and post natal mums. She loves working to strengthen and re-balance the body with Pilates exercises. Tessa also loves seeing the huge benefits of Pilates in older clients improving their posture, strength, balance etc and using her clinical experience to reduce joint pain, improve spinal mobility or rehabilitate after a hip/knee replacement or surgery.
Jill originally started her working life as a Primary School sports teacher, although life then quickly took her a different direction, leading her into Insurance of which she has enjoyed a successful career. During this time Jill became a student of the Pilates method at Balance & Control, initially starting to support her netball and counteract the strain of a deskjob on her body. She ended up enjoying it so much over the years she enrolled to become a teacher! This has reinforced her enjoyment for the method to the point Jill now knows teaching Pilates is what she loves to do. She knows how Pilates can benefit people of all ages, fitness and activity levels, and strives to share her passion.
Sam started her physiotherapy career at a private practice in Mill Park, and after 4 years moved to London. During this time, Sam worked for Six Physio as a physiotherapist delivering clinical Pilates. As a lover of Pilates since age 15, a part-time job at the time eventually left me with back pain, referring down my leg. My mother, being a head of her time, took me to a Pilates clinic in Prahran and I ended up starting my Pilates journey. Sam finds the combination of physiotherapy in the acute phase, and Pilates for movement re-education to be very effective. Her area's of interest are the shoulder complex and spinal injuries, but also enjoys treating all types of musculo-skeletal injuries including hips, knees, and ankles.
As an elite basketballer Gabby has always had a passion for fitness and movement. Her interest in Pilates began after having a full knee reconstruction in 2013. Pilates was an essential aspect to her recovery and her personal experience of rehabilitation is the foundation on which she built her skills as a teacher. Her aim is to share the knowledge, enjoyment and confident movement that she personally gained through Pilates with everyone she teaches.
Patricia moved to Australia from Colombia in 2013 with the dream of learning another language and to continue her professional development. She decided to focus her studies on Yoga and Pilates, which she has used effectively for her own personal care since 2008. This new life allowed her to develop a deeper yoga practice, of which she will be a student of forever, along with with fitness and now more extensive Pilates training. Patricia likes how alive and connected to herself she feels when she moves and loves guiding others through their own movement experience. Teaching others how to connect with their bodies has been a great privilege for Patricia. Also this experience taught her how powerful the mind and body can be and how versatile we are.