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Taeko Farthing

Taeko

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I discovered Pilates 15 years ago. I was suffering from sciatica, brought on by long hours of standing work and desk work, and my friend recommended I try Pilates. At first, I found it difficult to incorporate pilates into my daily routine. But after the birth of my second child, the pain became unbearable. I was struggling to look after my babies, and I realised that my body was not only for myself any more. My responsibility to my children meant that I simply had to look after my body.

After 3 months of either personal training or pilates classes on an almost daily basis, I felt stronger and healthier. After 6 months, people around me started noticing the change in my physique. A few years later, with exercise firmly established in my daily routine, the births of my third and fourth children were relatively easy, and the recoveries were easier and quicker.

Once pilates became a part of my daily life, I always felt driven to help other people with physical problems find their way to a solution through pilates. So I began studying to be a pilates instructor, and these days I am lucky enough to do what I love doing, every day. I am forever grateful to all at Options Pilates in Singapore, particularly Sharon Brendia and Koko-sensei, who gave me this opportunity.

My qualifications are from Pilates Academy International (NYC), which is under the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) umbrella.

Licences
All Populations Mat Ⅰ
All Populations Mat Ⅱ (Progressions/Challenge)
All Populations Reformer Ⅰ
All Populations Reformer Ⅱ (Progressions/Challenge)
All Populations Cadillac Ⅰ
All Populations Chair Ⅰ
All Populations Barrel Ⅰ

Additional Courses
Gold Pilates (Senior)
Rehabilitation
Prenatal, Postnatal

Maiko

Maiko

My journey to Pilates

I once suffered constant neck and shoulder pains due to my Scoliosis, and sitting long hours in front of computer working as a secretary in a corporate setting. Massage therapy and alternative holistic treatments were great, but they only brought temporary relief from pain. As a result, I turned to Pilates as a form of rehabilitation, and slowly but surely, I started to feel more relaxed and pain gradually got better.

Having experienced the benefits of Pilates, it lead me to quit my corporate lifestyle and begin training as a Pilates instructor.

As a late bloomer, it definitely was a challenge in many ways, but I DID IT and it was all worth it.

My goal is to spread the joy and benefits that Pilates has given me, and to assure people that it is never too late to start!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time at home cooking plant based meals, and to wind down with a glass of wine!

Certified Level 1 Mat and Reformer STOTT PILATES instructor

Kyoko

Kyoko

I started pilates when feeling discomfort in my body from long hours of office work and very quickly, began to physically feel much better. I was inspired to share what I had learned to eventually become a pilates instructor. After a few years, I became pregnant and although I was confident about my physical condition having practiced pilates, my pregnancy did not go as I expected. I felt constantly sick throughout and even after birth my pain continued and could not enjoy simple daily activities. Feeling disappointed and down, I knew I had to work on my body to enjoy motherhood and life, so I started medical pilates first to gradually get movements back. This process took quite a long time but with a lot of patience I could begin to move my body naturally and started teaching pilates again. I’m still working on it, but pilates did wonders for my mental health, well-being and was able to feel social again.

Through pilates, I’ve gained an understanding that everyone’s body has an amazing ability of natural movement and beauty. Pilates is not about ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ movements. There are so many different variations and there’s a different approach for every body. Pilates movement helps you discover how your body wants to move and who you really are physically by raising the awareness of your body.

My goal for teaching pilates is to listen to clients' bodies and help them articulate their own movements. I also hope, with their bodies, they can enjoy their daily activities to the fullest.

《qualifications》
Body Arts and Science International(BASI)Mat work
ITT Essential Exercises
Polestar Comprehensive Course(Studio course)

《hobbies》
Watching movies, meditation, baking, playing ukulele with my son, walking, finding great curry restaurants in Tokyo.

Kasia

Kasia

Malu & Pinky

Malu & Pinky

Meet Malu & Pinky, our studio Mascot!
Job description: Cuddles , tummy rubs
Working day: Irregular