The instructors taking classes at Studio194 have a deep commitment and understanding of the concept of Pelvic Floor Friendly exercising and will endeavour to make the exercise experience safe and enjoyable while strengthening the key muscles of the deep abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor, as well as the whole body. There will be a mix of classes including yoga, Pilates, pregnancy, post-natal, dance as well as classes designed to relax and down-train the pelvic floor for those who have an over-active pelvic floor.
STUDIO 194 Sue Croft PhysioFitness INSTRUCTORS
Sue Croft is the Director and Owner of Studio194. She is an experienced physiotherapist (circa 1978 BPhty UQ) working for the last 28 years in Women’s Health and specializing in continence promotion and pelvic floor dysfunction for women, men and children for the last 25 years. She has designed the Pain Management & Relaxation classes, the education classes for pre and post-op gynae surgery and the prostatectomy clients and has established the new Running Clinic at the Hampstead Rd Highgate Hill rooms.
Martine Lange is a physiotherapist and is an accredited Pilates instructor through the Queensland Pilates Institute. At Studio 194, she will be taking the Pain Management and Relaxation classes. Martine has worked with people from all walks of life to improve their physical health and well-being through education, Pilates-based therapeutic exercise and manual physiotherapy techniques. Martine has undertaken further study and has a special interest in Women’s Health physiotherapy and has completed both mat and equipment training (trapeze and reformer). Martine’s Pilates classes are a safe and effective way to improve your posture, your deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength. They are also a fantastic way to gain self-awareness of poor postural habits so that you can be empowered to make informed lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your pain and improve your physique and strength.
Megan Bergman graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996. Initially she worked and ran a busy sports practice in Cairns, including providing physiotherapy services for state and national level hockey and basketball teams. Megan then spent two years working throughout England and a 2 year period in Asia raising her two sons. She has now returned to Brisbane with her family, where her passion for Women’s Health has lead to continued ongoing education and training. She is an experienced instructor, and avid bush walker. Megan loves to help clients achieve their goals and take control of their bodies and is excited to be joining Sue’s team.
Alexandra Schafer graduated in 2001 as a Physiotherapist in Germany. In her early career she worked mainly in the areas of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Lymphoedema treatment. After moving to Australia, Alex completed a DMA clinical pilates course and has been teaching pilates and reformer classes. Her passion has shifted towards Women’s health since giving birth to her children and she has since undertaken several courses to enhance her skills in the area of Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health. Alex is currently studying for a Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She also works in a public hospital in the maternity ward and pelvic health outpatient department.
Jane Cannan graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Education in 1999 and initially worked as a Primary School Health and Physical Education teacher and Secondary School Health, Physical Education, Maths and Science teacher. In 2009, Jane completed her Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland. Initially working in a Musculoskeletal private practice, Jane developed a keen interest in Women’s Health early in her physiotherapy career. Combining the two disciplines enables Jane to provide an integrated approach to pelvic floor dysfunction, lower back and hip pain. Following the birth of her twins in 2012, Jane developed a keen interest in running. She has now completed a half marathon in 2014, and a full marathon in 2015. Helping women safely achieve their own post-pregnancy goals is one of Jane’s passions.
Alison Spink will be taking Pilates Barre classes and ‘One on Ones’ at the Studio. Alison began her Pilates training after a career as a classical ballet dancer. For the past 8 years she has been teaching Pilates both in Australia and in London for various Pilates studios and physiotherapy clinics. Alison is also a STOTT Total Barre instructor, combining her love of Pilates and dance. She aims to provide safe, enjoyable classes for all levels and is dedicated to continuing her education through courses and workshops. She is currently studying to become an Osteopath.
Marzena Skowronska came to Australia from Poland nine years ago with her husband and has a Masters degree in Engineering. Yoga came into her life during her first pregnancy. She found yoga to be a great help in preparation for her labour, both physically and emotionally. Following the birth of her second child, Marzena then embarked on an exciting journey to complete her yoga teacher training and certification. Marzena will be conducting General Hatha Yoga which is a great way to build complete body muscle tone, strength and flexibility; helps achieve total body relaxation and helps to mindfully connect with your inner self.
Maddy Pilgrim started dancing at the age of 3 and started teaching at the age of 15. She has taught girls and ladies (aged 3 to 50 years+) for four years while still competing at high level. Maddy is a qualified dance judge (at both state and regional level) and retired from competitive dancing at the start of 2017 but is excited to continue her love and passion for dance by instructing at Studio 194.