A New Beginning

Grounded Movement was founded in 2000 as Pilates PhysicalMind Studio by Pilates pioneer Paul Cini, as one of Melbourne’s first professional Pilates studios. Originally located in Tooronga Village, the studio moved to its current location in Malvern East in 2004 and has been a stable base for our clients to practice Pilates ever since.

Over the past 20 years, our studio has been at the forefront of Pilates developments, delivering excellence in Pilates instruction and practice to our clients and helping shape the Melbourne Pilates industry as we currently know it.

Relaunched at the end of 2019, we are thrilled to continue this legacy as GROUNDED MOVEMENT, expanding our studio to include physiotherapy and dance physiotherapy. Together, we make a commitment to optimising the wellness experiences of our clients, in delivery of exceptional allied health and wellness services.

A New Beginning

Grounded Movement was founded in 2000 as Pilates PhysicalMind Studio by Pilates pioneer Paul Cini, as one of Melbourne’s first professional Pilates studios. Originally located in Tooronga Village, the studio moved to its current location in Malvern East in 2004 and has been a stable base for our clients to practice Pilates ever since.

Over the past 20 years, our studio has been at the forefront of Pilates developments, delivering excellence in Pilates instruction and practice to our clients and helping shape the Melbourne Pilates industry as we currently know it.

Relaunched at the end of 2019, we are thrilled to continue this legacy as GROUNDED MOVEMENT, expanding our studio to include physiotherapy and dance physiotherapy. Together, we make a commitment to optimising the wellness experiences of our clients, in delivery of exceptional allied health and wellness services.

Our Core Values

Integrity and Respect

each other, the space, the Pilates method, our integrity

Community

Malvern East and surrounds, Pilates, physiotherapy and wellness industry

Professional Excellence

commitment, ethics, registration and memberships

Progressive

leadership, ongoing education, learning, development and growth

Collective

teamwork, cohesion, unity, movement

Grounded

centred, stable, foundational, authentic

Integrity and Respect

each other, the space, the Pilates method, our integrity

Community

Malvern East and surrounds, Pilates, physiotherapy and wellness industry

Professional Excellence

commitment, ethics, registration and memberships

Progressive

leadership, ongoing education, learning, development and growth

Collective

teamwork, cohesion, unity, movement

Grounded

centred, stable, foundational, authentic

Our Expert Team

Grounded Movement is all about its people.

Charissa Fermelis

Director & Physiotherapist

Charissa is the founder and director of Grounded Movement. Her professional journey in the health care industry began during adolescence across the other side of the treatment table as a young injured dancer. Pilates became an important part of her rehabilitation and training as a national title winner in calisthenics and classically trained dancer through the Royal Academy of Dance, achieving her Advanced 2 with Honours.

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Soon after commencing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, she was eager to marry her love of the body in motion with a deep understanding of its machinations and treatments, so deferred her university studies to obtain her Pilates teaching qualification in 2007, becoming certified by the Australian Pilates Method Association. She commenced teaching Pilates alongside leading Pilates practitioners whilst completing her Physiotherapy degree at LaTrobe University.

After graduating from LaTrobe in 2009, Charissa  stretched her professional wings, gaining valuable experience in the field of elite sports injury management. Working intimately with world class female gymnasts, Gymnastics Victoria and with Olympic physiotherapists and medical teams, she established a keen desire to combine her personal background in dance and performance with current sports medicine principles. She was also for several years a consultant physiotherapist for the Old Melburnians Football Club in the VAFA Premier Division.

Since 2012 Charissa has been based in Melbourne practising predominantly in the unique area of dance medicine, working alongside renowned physiotherapists from the Victorian College of the Arts and the dance community, and developing highly regarded dance assessment procedures. She has special interests in biomechanical analysis and movement retraining, dance-specific injury management and prevention, and mentoring the physiotherapists and Pilates practitioners of Grounded Movement.

More recently Charissa has been contracted with international dance companies and touring artists, including Ballet Preljocaj’s “Snow White”, Cher’s “Here we go again” tour and Shania Twain’s “Now” tour.

Her own background in elite dance and high-level performance allows Charissa to understand the motivation that inspires a performer. She knows the stresses dancers place on their bodies and has first-hand experience in the types of injuries they sustain. She prides herself on being able to intertwine scientific-based clinical medicine with a holistic and grounded approach to wellbeing.

In her spare time, Charissa loves going on adventures in the great outdoors, travelling and experiencing rich and diverse cultures, and hopes to one day realise her dream of seeing every sunrise and sunset in a calendar year.

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Elizabeth Shedden

Pilates Practitioner

Grounded Movement is so lucky to have a Pilates practitioner of Liz’s calibre on our team.

Having started ballet at a very young age, Liz progressed through the Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus, completing her Advanced examination prior to graduating from The Australian Ballet School with a Diploma of Dance. Liz’s professional dance career then included dancing as a Principle Artist at Singapore Dance Theatre Ballet Company, Guest Artist with the Hong Kong Ballet Company and touring as a Soloist with The Phantom of The Opera.

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Following her retirement from professional dance, Liz undertook her formal Pilates teacher training through Vass & Shaw in Sydney in 1999. She began teaching Pilates and classical ballet, freelancing throughout Victoria and NSW, and has been based in private studio settings in Melbourne for the last 15 years. Along her career pathway, Liz has become a recognised VicFit fitness instructor, achieved her teacher training certificate in Body Arts & Science, and most recently has qualified as a Barre instructor.

Throughout her career, Liz has had the pleasure of sharing her skills and expertise through teaching Pilates to professional ballet dancers, footballers, cricketers, gymnasts and divers. Liz’s dance teaching experience has ranged from children to adults, professional to beginners in many forums, including at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. More recently, Liz has been working with elite athletes, introducing them to ballet technique to complement their existing training regime.

Liz’s depth of knowledge, understanding and precision of human movement allows her to deliver a holistic approach to her work with the clients of Grounded Movement. She enjoys working with a broad range of clients – from beginners to advanced – and feels she grows with each and every interaction. Her endeavour in both Pilates and dance teaching is to enhance, strengthen and educate each person, enabling her students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Outside of her work with Grounded Movement, Liz loves being active and enjoying the precious gift of life with her husband and two beautiful children.

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Bettina Kurten

Pilates Practitioner

A familiar progression and natural fit, Bettina found Pilates through her primary career as a professional dancer.

Bettina graduated from the Bavarian State Opera Ballet Academy before joining the Munich Ballet Company. Highlights include performing with Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov as guest artists.

Read More

Becoming recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association with a Level 2 Pilates Instructor certificate in 2011, Bettina has been teaching Pilates ever since, inspired to pass on the Method originally created by Joseph Pilates to many wonderful clients.

Bettina endeavours to teach individual tailor-made exercise programs to ‘train the brain’ in order to guide her clients to a more conscious, educated and effortless way of movement. She believes that Pilates assists with a multitude of conditions and pathologies, and has worked clients navigate through osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, stroke related issues, Multiple Sclerosis, ongoing exercises after surgery, and regaining confidence through specific balance exercises. She wishes for her clients to achieve greater understanding of how their bodies move and function to reach their potential across all levels and age groups, and regularly attends professional development programs to further enhance her skill set and knowledge.

More recently she has been a Lecturer in Stagecraft and Movement at the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Course, and Choreographer and Rehearsal Director for Melbourne Opera.

Bettina also currently teaches Specialist Ballet Technique and Pilates classes at the Stonnington School of Dance to her gorgeous talented ballet students.

Bettina is looking forward to continued development with her clients and excited to help new clients achieve their goals.

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Annabel Muttdon

Pilates Practitioner

Annabel began Pilates in 2006 as a school girl and elite gymnast, as a method to manage her body and balance out the countless hours of training in the gym. She developed n early passion for the profession and always knew she would end up in the allied health industry.

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Throughout her teens, Annabel coached swimming nearby at the PLC aquatic centre before moving across to coach gymnastics, which she now coaches at a national level. She is recognised as an Advanced Aerobic Gymnastics Coach and Intermediate Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach by Gymnastics Australia. Her own remarkable athletic career saw her represent Australia in Aerobic Gymnastics over six consecutive years, winning the Senior International Australian Title. Highlights include representing Australia at the 2014 and 2018 World Championships and being awarded Gymnastics Australia Senior International Athlete of the Year on three occasions.

Annabel graduated from LaTrobe University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Podiatric Practice, and has since been gaining valuable experience in two private practices across Melbourne. In 2017 Annabel invested additional time to obtain her Pilates instructor qualification, as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Annabel thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with the clients of Grounded Movement, working with athletes and anyone with the passion to better themselves. She has special interest in working with conditions of the foot and ankle. She loves the welcoming and kind nature of her clients and colleagues and the luxury of freedom and space within the studio.

When she is not in the studio or consulting as a podiatrist, Annabel loves participating in sport and different exercise classes to stay fit and healthy.

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Rachel Vanzyl

Pilates Practitioner

Rachel’s journey with Pilates began in an unorthodox manner, with a career in big business. This has given her a unique perspective of what makes Pilates so special and beneficial to people from all backgrounds and abilities.

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Rachel attended Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in mathematics and economics. After completing university, Rachel worked for major multinational companies managing customer service departments across Australia and South East Asia.  She had a particular interest in measurement tools for business and service.  After the birth of her two children, Rachel then worked in sales support positions with Samsung and Campbell Arnotts. At this time, she was developing an increasing interest in movement and Pilates and decided to leave the business industry to pursue her passion for health.

Rachel loves to work with all bodies and clients of all ages.  She has helped clients navigate various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, such as joint injuries, tendinopathies, scoliosis, back pain, stroke rehabilitation, pregnancy, osteoporosis, pre- and post-operative conditioning, as well as healthy bodies!  Rachel also enjoys helping sports people in the fields of cycling, swimming, running and golf, right through to grandparents wishing to be more active with their grandchildren.

Rachel is thoroughly adored by the clients of Grounded Movement. Her personal values align beautifully with those of the studio, as she focuses on understanding her clients’ needs and tailors each session to provide a meaningful and enjoyable class.  She gains satisfaction from the caring environment, working alongside Pilates professionals to provide personalised care.

Outside of Grounded Movement, Rachel is a busy mum of two teenagers. She loves to swim, ski and keep active.  Her family share time cooking, spending summer at the beach and travelling together. You might see her walking her dog in the local parks of Malvern East!

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Kimberley Masin

Pilates Practitioner

Kim’s interest in the function and healing of the human body began in her teens, while she was playing elite level netball. She met an inspiring osteopath who helped her through numerous injuries; developing an appreciation for the individualized and holistic approach to her management and inspiring her to study osteopathy herself.

Read More

After graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor and Masters degree, following five years of study at Victoria University, Kim began practicing in 2013.

Kim required a knee reconstruction after a catastrophic ACL injury in 2013, further encouraging her curiosities in sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation in her professional practice. She commenced rehab-based Pilates personally and took to it like a duck to water.

She began her own osteopathic practice renting a small room in Glen Waverley in 2014 and moved into our studio at Grounded Movement in 2015 slowly growing the patient base which she manages today. In 2017, the then director of the studio, Paul Cini, invited her to participate in his Level 2 Australian Pilates Method Association instructor course; Kim has been teaching Pilates classes ever since.

The combination of using her clinical knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics vastly added to her skill set when managing both the studios Pilates clients and her own patient caseload.

When coming to one of Kim’s classes you can expect to experience a mini anatomy lesson and practise functional exercises relevant to your individual goals and needs. She has a bubbly personality, but don’t let this fool you; she will make you work hard and smile all the while through it!

During classes you may also experience debriefs about AFL matches and book suggestions, as Kim is an avid reader and even started her own book club.

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Gillian Niven

Pilates Practitioner

Gillian is a multi-skilled practitioner, and we feel so blessed to have her on our team.

Gillian has achieved a Bachelor of Music, a Diploma of Remedial Massage, a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and a Level 2 Pilates Instructor qualification as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Read More

Having been a musician and ticking all the boxes she wished to achieve in music, Gillian transitioned to Health Science and ultimately Remedial Massage, followed by Pilates; a great compliment to each other!

Gillian first started working at the studio in a massage capacity in 2004, then upon completion of her Pilates teaching training, as a Pilates practitioner from 2009. She has always loved the big open space of the studio, the length of class times to allow change to happen without rushing, and the philosophy of getting the brain in contact with the body and creating lasting and meaningful change.

Gillian enjoys working with athletes, mainly as a massage therapist and occasionally with Pilates, and also enjoys working with everyone who realises the benefits of Pilates. She is inspired by the positive change she sees in her clients and by their motivation from recognising the change within themselves.

Gillian loves to travel, and has had some great professional opportunities, particularly through her work with elite athletes. Highlights include the 2012 London Paralympics, 2014 Glascow Commonwealth Games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and many world cups with track cycling.

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit by jogging, swimming, riding her bike and doing Pilates! Occasionally she still plays some music too!

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Victoria Ching

Pilates Practitioner

Victoria’s love for body movement and function started when she was very young. She spent many years dedicated to dance and performance, progressing through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus to achieve Advanced 2 with Distinction, with another highlight being performing at Disneyland in Anaheim. During these years, she sustained several injuries and found Pilates an ideal way to assist with rehabilitation and build resilience and technique. During her final years of high school. Victoria qualified as a CSTD teacher, teaching at May Downs School of Dance.

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Wishing to turn her passion into a career, Victoria completed her Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science in 2014 before graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from Monash University in 2018. During this time, Victoria invested additional time to obtain her Pilates instructor qualification, as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association. She was also a sports trainer with Old Scotch Soccer Club in the State League 2.

Victoria has gained valuable experience in the private practice physiotherapy setting as well as teaching Pilates in a traditional Pilates studio. She enjoys drawing on her own dance and performance background and combining her physiotherapy, Pilates and dance expertise to work with young athletes and dancers, gymnasts and soccer players to improve their physical performance.

Victoria has lived in the local community surrounding Grounded Movement her whole life, with her family operating a business in High St, Ashburton. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, exploring Melbourne’s food culture, and keeping herself fit through regular personal Pilates sessions.

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Our Expert Team

Grounded Movement is all about its people.

Charissa Fermelis

Director & Physiotherapist

Charissa is the founder and director of Grounded Movement. Her professional journey in the health care industry began during adolescence across the other side of the treatment table as a young injured dancer. Pilates became an important part of her rehabilitation and training as a national title winner in calisthenics and classically trained dancer through the Royal Academy of Dance, achieving her Advanced 2 with Honours.

Read More

Soon after commencing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, she was eager to marry her love of the body in motion with a deep understanding of its machinations and treatments, so deferred her university studies to obtain her Pilates teaching qualification in 2007, becoming certified by the Australian Pilates Method Association. She commenced teaching Pilates alongside leading Pilates practitioners whilst completing her Physiotherapy degree at LaTrobe University.

After graduating from LaTrobe in 2009, Charissa  stretched her professional wings, gaining valuable experience in the field of elite sports injury management. Working intimately with world class female gymnasts, Gymnastics Victoria and with Olympic physiotherapists and medical teams, she established a keen desire to combine her personal background in dance and performance with current sports medicine principles. She was also for several years a consultant physiotherapist for the Old Melburnians Football Club in the VAFA Premier Division.

Since 2012 Charissa has been based in Melbourne practising predominantly in the unique area of dance medicine, working alongside renowned physiotherapists from the Victorian College of the Arts and the dance community, and developing highly regarded dance assessment procedures. She has special interests in biomechanical analysis and movement retraining, dance-specific injury management and prevention, and mentoring the physiotherapists and Pilates practitioners of Grounded Movement.

More recently Charissa has been contracted with international dance companies and touring artists, including Ballet Preljocaj’s “Snow White”, Cher’s “Here we go again” tour and Shania Twain’s “Now” tour.

Her own background in elite dance and high-level performance allows Charissa to understand the motivation that inspires a performer. She knows the stresses dancers place on their bodies and has first-hand experience in the types of injuries they sustain. She prides herself on being able to intertwine scientific-based clinical medicine with a holistic and grounded approach to wellbeing.

In her spare time, Charissa loves going on adventures in the great outdoors, travelling and experiencing rich and diverse cultures, and hopes to one day realise her dream of seeing every sunrise and sunset in a calendar year.

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Elizabeth Shedden

Pilates Practitioner

Grounded Movement is so lucky to have a Pilates practitioner of Liz’s calibre on our team.

Having started ballet at a very young age, Liz progressed through the Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus, completing her Advanced examination prior to graduating from The Australian Ballet School with a Diploma of Dance. Liz’s professional dance career then included dancing as a Principle Artist at Singapore Dance Theatre Ballet Company, Guest Artist with the Hong Kong Ballet Company and touring as a Soloist with The Phantom of The Opera.

Read More

Following her retirement from professional dance, Liz undertook her formal Pilates teacher training through Vass & Shaw in Sydney in 1999. She began teaching Pilates and classical ballet, freelancing throughout Victoria and NSW, and has been based in private studio settings in Melbourne for the last 15 years. Along her career pathway, Liz has become a recognised VicFit fitness instructor, achieved her teacher training certificate in Body Arts & Science, and most recently has qualified as a Barre instructor.

Throughout her career, Liz has had the pleasure of sharing her skills and expertise through teaching Pilates to professional ballet dancers, footballers, cricketers, gymnasts and divers. Liz’s dance teaching experience has ranged from children to adults, professional to beginners in many forums, including at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. More recently, Liz has been working with elite athletes, introducing them to ballet technique to complement their existing training regime.

Liz’s depth of knowledge, understanding and precision of human movement allows her to deliver a holistic approach to her work with the clients of Grounded Movement. She enjoys working with a broad range of clients – from beginners to advanced – and feels she grows with each and every interaction. Her endeavour in both Pilates and dance teaching is to enhance, strengthen and educate each person, enabling her students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Outside of her work with Grounded Movement, Liz loves being active and enjoying the precious gift of life with her husband and two beautiful children.

Read Less

Bettina Kurten

Pilates Practitioner

A familiar progression and natural fit, Bettina found Pilates through her primary career as a professional dancer.

Bettina graduated from the Bavarian State Opera Ballet Academy before joining the Munich Ballet Company. Highlights include performing with Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov as guest artists.

Read More

Becoming recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association with a Level 2 Pilates Instructor certificate in 2011, Bettina has been teaching Pilates ever since, inspired to pass on the Method originally created by Joseph Pilates to many wonderful clients.

Bettina endeavours to teach individual tailor-made exercise programs to ‘train the brain’ in order to guide her clients to a more conscious, educated and effortless way of movement. She believes that Pilates assists with a multitude of conditions and pathologies, and has worked clients navigate through osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, stroke related issues, Multiple Sclerosis, ongoing exercises after surgery, and regaining confidence through specific balance exercises. She wishes for her clients to achieve greater understanding of how their bodies move and function to reach their potential across all levels and age groups, and regularly attends professional development programs to further enhance her skill set and knowledge.

More recently she has been a Lecturer in Stagecraft and Movement at the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Course, and Choreographer and Rehearsal Director for Melbourne Opera.

Bettina also currently teaches Specialist Ballet Technique and Pilates classes at the Stonnington School of Dance to her gorgeous talented ballet students.

Bettina is looking forward to continued development with her clients and excited to help new clients achieve their goals.

Read Less

Annabel Muttdon

Pilates Practitioner

Annabel began Pilates in 2006 as a school girl and elite gymnast, as a method to manage her body and balance out the countless hours of training in the gym. She developed n early passion for the profession and always knew she would end up in the allied health industry.

Read More

Throughout her teens, Annabel coached swimming nearby at the PLC aquatic centre before moving across to coach gymnastics, which she now coaches at a national level. She is recognised as an Advanced Aerobic Gymnastics Coach and Intermediate Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach by Gymnastics Australia. Her own remarkable athletic career saw her represent Australia in Aerobic Gymnastics over six consecutive years, winning the Senior International Australian Title. Highlights include representing Australia at the 2014 and 2018 World Championships and being awarded Gymnastics Australia Senior International Athlete of the Year on three occasions.

Annabel graduated from LaTrobe University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Podiatric Practice, and has since been gaining valuable experience in two private practices across Melbourne. In 2017 Annabel invested additional time to obtain her Pilates instructor qualification, as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Annabel thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with the clients of Grounded Movement, working with athletes and anyone with the passion to better themselves. She has special interest in working with conditions of the foot and ankle. She loves the welcoming and kind nature of her clients and colleagues and the luxury of freedom and space within the studio.

When she is not in the studio or consulting as a podiatrist, Annabel loves participating in sport and different exercise classes to stay fit and healthy.

Read Less

Rachel Vanzyl

Pilates Practitioner

Rachel’s journey with Pilates began in an unorthodox manner, with a career in big business. This has given her a unique perspective of what makes Pilates so special and beneficial to people from all backgrounds and abilities.

Read More

Rachel attended Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in mathematics and economics. After completing university, Rachel worked for major multinational companies managing customer service departments across Australia and South East Asia.  She had a particular interest in measurement tools for business and service.  After the birth of her two children, Rachel then worked in sales support positions with Samsung and Campbell Arnotts. At this time, she was developing an increasing interest in movement and Pilates and decided to leave the business industry to pursue her passion for health.

Rachel loves to work with all bodies and clients of all ages.  She has helped clients navigate various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, such as joint injuries, tendinopathies, scoliosis, back pain, stroke rehabilitation, pregnancy, osteoporosis, pre- and post-operative conditioning, as well as healthy bodies!  Rachel also enjoys helping sports people in the fields of cycling, swimming, running and golf, right through to grandparents wishing to be more active with their grandchildren.

Rachel is thoroughly adored by the clients of Grounded Movement. Her personal values align beautifully with those of the studio, as she focuses on understanding her clients’ needs and tailors each session to provide a meaningful and enjoyable class.  She gains satisfaction from the caring environment, working alongside Pilates professionals to provide personalised care.

Outside of Grounded Movement, Rachel is a busy mum of two teenagers. She loves to swim, ski and keep active.  Her family share time cooking, spending summer at the beach and travelling together. You might see her walking her dog in the local parks of Malvern East!

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Kimberley Masin

Pilates Practitioner

Kim’s interest in the function and healing of the human body began in her teens, while she was playing elite level netball. She met an inspiring osteopath who helped her through numerous injuries; developing an appreciation for the individualized and holistic approach to her management and inspiring her to study osteopathy herself.

Read More

After graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor and Masters degree, following five years of study at Victoria University, Kim began practicing in 2013.

Kim required a knee reconstruction after a catastrophic ACL injury in 2013, further encouraging her curiosities in sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation in her professional practice. She commenced rehab-based Pilates personally and took to it like a duck to water.

She began her own osteopathic practice renting a small room in Glen Waverley in 2014 and moved into our studio at Grounded Movement in 2015 slowly growing the patient base which she manages today. In 2017, the then director of the studio, Paul Cini, invited her to participate in his Level 2 Australian Pilates Method Association instructor course; Kim has been teaching Pilates classes ever since.

The combination of using her clinical knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics vastly added to her skill set when managing both the studios Pilates clients and her own patient caseload.

When coming to one of Kim’s classes you can expect to experience a mini anatomy lesson and practise functional exercises relevant to your individual goals and needs. She has a bubbly personality, but don’t let this fool you; she will make you work hard and smile all the while through it!

During classes you may also experience debriefs about AFL matches and book suggestions, as Kim is an avid reader and even started her own book club.

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Gillian Niven

Pilates Practitioner

Gillian is a multi-skilled practitioner, and we feel so blessed to have her on our team.

Gillian has achieved a Bachelor of Music, a Diploma of Remedial Massage, a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and a Level 2 Pilates Instructor qualification as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association.

Read More

Having been a musician and ticking all the boxes she wished to achieve in music, Gillian transitioned to Health Science and ultimately Remedial Massage, followed by Pilates; a great compliment to each other!

Gillian first started working at the studio in a massage capacity in 2004, then upon completion of her Pilates teaching training, as a Pilates practitioner from 2009. She has always loved the big open space of the studio, the length of class times to allow change to happen without rushing, and the philosophy of getting the brain in contact with the body and creating lasting and meaningful change.

Gillian enjoys working with athletes, mainly as a massage therapist and occasionally with Pilates, and also enjoys working with everyone who realises the benefits of Pilates. She is inspired by the positive change she sees in her clients and by their motivation from recognising the change within themselves.

Gillian loves to travel, and has had some great professional opportunities, particularly through her work with elite athletes. Highlights include the 2012 London Paralympics, 2014 Glascow Commonwealth Games, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and many world cups with track cycling.

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit by jogging, swimming, riding her bike and doing Pilates! Occasionally she still plays some music too!

Read Less

Victoria Ching

Pilates Practitioner

Victoria’s love for body movement and function started when she was very young. She spent many years dedicated to dance and performance, progressing through the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus to achieve Advanced 2 with Distinction, with another highlight being performing at Disneyland in Anaheim. During these years, she sustained several injuries and found Pilates an ideal way to assist with rehabilitation and build resilience and technique. During her final years of high school. Victoria qualified as a CSTD teacher, teaching at May Downs School of Dance.

Read More

Wishing to turn her passion into a career, Victoria completed her Honours Degree in Bachelor of Science in 2014 before graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from Monash University in 2018. During this time, Victoria invested additional time to obtain her Pilates instructor qualification, as recognised by the Australian Pilates Method Association. She was also a sports trainer with Old Scotch Soccer Club in the State League 2.

Victoria has gained valuable experience in the private practice physiotherapy setting as well as teaching Pilates in a traditional Pilates studio. She enjoys drawing on her own dance and performance background and combining her physiotherapy, Pilates and dance expertise to work with young athletes and dancers, gymnasts and soccer players to improve their physical performance.

Victoria has lived in the local community surrounding Grounded Movement her whole life, with her family operating a business in High St, Ashburton. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, exploring Melbourne’s food culture, and keeping herself fit through regular personal Pilates sessions.

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Opportunities

We are always on the lookout for awesome people who align with our values to join our team of talented, driven, industry-leading professionals. If you would like to join Grounded Movement, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing charissa@groundedmovement.com.au

Opportunities

We are always on the lookout for awesome people who align with our values to join our team of talented, driven, industry-leading professionals. If you would like to join Grounded Movement, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing charissa@groundedmovement.com.au