Making Moves

Our last month of memories at 129 Latrobe……

Don’t worry! We’re not going far!

Almost six years have passed since we joined the Latrobe Terrace community and although our four walls are about to change, we could never go too far!

From Monday 23rd September our new Paddington studio address is:

104c Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Just 160m down the road, directly opposite Woolies, our new Pilates sanctuary is down the path between the bookshop and Remy’s cafe.

We are thrilled about moving into a new space that will allow our business to adapt and explore exciting new avenues for our clients.

What our new Paddington space has to offer…..

  • A new outlook (still with a very pretty view, just in the other direction!)
  • A new environment to inspire and energise you
  • Easy access from Woolworths shops and car park
  • Additional parking onsite
  • Space for additional offerings for the Movement Principle community in the future

Why the change?

Throughout our nine years in business we have embraced the need to change and evolve regularly in order to stay relevant in our industry, engaged with our loyal clients and inspired to keep delivering wonderful experiences for our community. Our new studio gives us space to grow and explore slightly different directions going forward. We’ve redefined what’s important to us (keep your eye our for a fresh new website coming soon!) and we’ve set some new goals for the years ahead so we are ready to make some new memories in the MP Paddington studio of 2020 and beyond. 

Classes will run as normal at 129 Latrobe up until close of business Saturday 21st September.

All schedules will then run exactly as programmed in the new space from Monday 23rd September. 

We couldn’t be more thankful to the amazing people that we have been lucky to have around us over our time in business. Growth, development, and positive changes cannot be achieved without the support and positive influence of wonderful humans so please allow us to say a few rounds of thanks. 

Firstly big thanks to our legendary Paddington landlords of the last six years Leanne and John Demartini of Thousand Island Dressing. Allowing us to take over and transform the beautiful space into a wonderful haven for movement and community has helped us build a business that can continue support all of our clients to this point and beyond.

To our amazing staff! Your dedication and continuing passion for Pilates and people continues to inspire us to make sure that Movement Principle continues to be able to assist and affect change for our clients, and support this beautiful community we have built together thus far. The gift you continue to share to transform and change lives for the better is so appreciated by us, not to mention those you teach each and every week!

To our family and friends, our dedicated support and cheer team in all things business, you know who we are and we couldn’t do it without you. Business is a community and a collaborative effort and we draw on our network of great minds and soothing words regularly.

And lastly to all our amazing clients that continue coming to sessions and supporting us with your time, loyalty and acts of ongoing kindness (who accept on occasion our human and technological errors… ooopppssss) the biggest of thanks to you. 

Thanks for allowing us the space for our business and community to adapt and reaffirm our relevancy and importance both locally, nationally and hopefully one day internationally (retreat anyone???). We hope to continue being a part of your movement practice as the professionals that aim to make Pilates a valued part of your life.

xx Anita, Catherine and the team at MPP

Pilates Teacher Training comes to Movement Principle

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We are thrilled to announce that we have joined the Pilates International Training Centre as their Brisbane training location and delivery partners for 2019.

PITC has been delivering professional Pilates instructor training in Australia for longer than any other organisation, and has the respect of the pilates industry across the country and internationally. It’s founder and CEO Sally Anderson was one of the first teachers to bring Pilates to Australia, and she has worked tirelessly to raise the standards of training and accreditation across the industry for more than 30 years. PITC courses are highly regarded amongst employers and students alike, known for their professionalism, versatility, and high quality training structure.

Now collaborating with Pilates Training Institute in Perth to deliver and manage the courses (headed by another extremely experienced girl-boss-duo, Frances Cahill and Suzanne Newby) PITC have expanded again in 2019 to further their reach and support to students nationwide.

“As our training family grows nationally, our students have access to the best and brightest minds and bodies in the business. It is very exciting times!”. Read more from Fran, Suzanne and Sally in their collaboration announcement earlier this year.

We are thrilled to be joining the team and to be able to take this opportunity to step into a faculty role of educating and guiding students. We’ve always enjoyed supporting and working with students who have come through our studios in the past and we are looking forward to taking on a bigger role in the industry.

As the Brisbane base for PITC, our studios will provide a welcoming environment for students to complete their face-to-face components of their studies during weekend coursework and practicums, as well as work towards their self mastery within our classes. Anita, Catherine and Leanne have joined the teaching team to deliver the courses, guide the students and be the friendly faces to support them on their journey.

PITC offer 4 levels of teacher training:
– Pilates Mat
– Pilates Mat and Reformer
– Diploma of Pilates Instruction (10527NAT)
– Advanced Diploma of Pilates Instruction (10538NAT).
The Diploma and Advanced Diploma are accredited as part of the Australian VET framework. Read more about all of these training courses here.

We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the PITC family and invite you to share in our excitement! We are determined to contribute qualified and well-trained teachers to our industry, teachers with a passion for movement and helping people experience the best of their health through movement. With a focus on the value of mentorship and hands-on training, we are looking forward to being a part of the ongoing development of the pilates profession and the nurturing of passionate and knowledgable teachers.

If you have any questions about this very exciting addition to Movement Principle please don’t hesitate to email us.

Catherine & Anita

Pilates for Peelers, for Riders, for Rowers and more…..

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Why we love getting out into the community to help different movers.

Later this month we’ll be heading to a different type of studio. To teach a different type of mover. The Bombshell Burlesque Academy have invited us to run a workshop for their students, affectionately termed ‘Pilates for Peelers’. As any performer will know, the demands of regular training and rehearsal schedules, often while juggling other work or life tasks, can leave little time for personal maintenance. And yet those who use their bodies for recreation or work are the most in need of some pilates love!

There are a lot of occupations that require a physically active and strong body, often with a unique and challenging skill set too. Firefighters are required to maintain a lifting strength of around 100kgs, dance teachers need to be able to demonstrate steps throughout their day, often without the benefit of a full warm up. Nurses need to be able to lift and mobilise patients on and off beds without transferring unnecessary strain to their bodies. And one of our clients, a Vet, requires exceptional bicep strength and girth to be able to work, um, ‘deep inside cows’ as a reproduction specialist. Everyone’s goals are unique! And we love working towards specific requests in our studios.

However, not everyone can get into the studio. And a regular fitness or sports regime that involves other styles of movement might just about cover all bases for them. But adding a bit of pilates training, either in the studio on an occasional basis or by incorporating mat work into their regular routine, can help them coordinate and control their muscle patterns better, build better efficiency of movement, improve the way they breathe and increase their overall mobility, all of which can help take them to the next level in their chosen skill.

Last month, we had the pleasure of working with the Motorcycling Queensland’s young elites at their Talented Rider Identification Program (TRIP) Camp based at UQ. These teenagers are used to training hard (we saw their schedule for the week!) but moving in a mindful and purposeful way was something quite new to them. Learning about anatomy and posture for riding, and identifying ways they could incorporate stretch and strengthening into their training for long term health, was so rewarding for us and hugely helpful for them. We look forward to keeping in touch with them over the year!

Yoga and Pilates give a new perspective to competitive motorcyclists

Anita explaining the importance of strengthening posture

In our Pilates for Peelers workshop, we’ll be using the specific movements and philosophies of pilates to help burlesque dancers strengthen their posture, understand balance and control better, improve calf, ankle and leg strength for working in heels, and improve shoulder posture and strength for reducing the risk of injury when working with props. It may not seem like it (they make it look so effortless) but those cabaret fans are HEAVY!! A 3 min routine of working with two giant feather fans overhead would challenge the shoulders of all but the best of us! Lila Luxx, owner and director of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy has been undertaking regular studio pilates for years.  She says “Pilates has taught me to work smarter, rather than harder, when performing, engaging the correct muscles to work and abandoning bad habits, which tended to fatigue my body more rapidly.  Now I feel like I have years ahead of me with a strong foundation, increased flexibility and much better stability in heels than ever before.”

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Burlesque fans are designed to cover the whole body

The professional dancers of Queensland Ballet also use Pilates to support their training. Our Senior Instructor and Co-Director, Catherine, works on-site with the company on a weekly basis, fitting in consultations and classes around their busy rehearsal schedule. And when time allows, especially during times of rehab or holidays, we’ve had many of them visit our studios to focus more intensely on their pilates conditioning and helping them be at their best for when they return to dance.


Catherine working with a company dancer at Queensland Ballet’s on-site studio in West End.


Queensland Ballet Principal Artist Lucy Green working on her extension in our Paddington Studio


Queensland Ballet dancers use Pilates for daily conditioning as well as to aid injury recovery

We’ve worked with many different sportspeople over the years, some as individuals, some in groups, from rowers to swimmers, triathletes to ballroom dancers, footballers and cyclists and ultra marathon runners. Each has their own unique requirements surrounding movement patterning and injury prevention and we love working with them to come up with the best outcomes. Advanced movement training for advanced movers!

Last year we ran a monthly workshop for Young Dancers on Saturday afternoons, which came about from a few parents who knew the benefits of pilates but also knew a busy dance schedule didn’t allow for anything extra on a weekly basis. These teenagers had a great time! Working (playing??) on the equipment gave them a new point of focus and a way to connect with their body, and they were sent home with homework to integrate into their warm ups for the month.

Young Dancers aged 11-17 learning exercises to work on at home

If you have a sports or special interest group that you think might benefit from a one-off or a short series of classes, either in or out of our studio, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Although it can be hard to build a pilates routine into an already-busy weekly training schedule, even a few months of dedicated pilates practice can change your body and your sports performance dramatically and we’ll always work with each group or individual to come up with something that works.

If you’d like to know more about our services and our studios, please visit our website or contact us by email to discuss any workshop or off-site ideas you have.

If you’d like to know more about Bombshell Burlesque Academy, click here to visit their website, and head to their workshops page to read more about Pilates for Peelers.

If you’d like to know more about Motorcycling Queensland’s TRIP program, visit their website here.

And to learn more about Queensland Ballet and how dancers maintain their health, visit their YouTube channel here.

Anita chats to MoveActive about life and studio ownership

Anita recently spoke to one of our favourite suppliers, MoveActive about all things Pilates. MoveActive’s practical and comfortable grip socks are a favourite amongst our clients and staff alike! We know you love their colourful designs and we always get excited when a new shipment arrives (New designs just arrived this week! Check them out in the studios now!)

Read the interview below and visit their blog to read more about their featured studios.  Don’t forget to follow @moveactive on instagram – they love it when you tag them and your fancy toes too!

Tell us about Movement Principle Pilates, where did it all begin?

Cat and I (Anita) first began working together over 10 years ago at a well established and innovative Pilates studio in Brisbane, with me completing my training with Cat as one of my mentors. Having had previous business experience and with Cat looking for some flexibility and control in her scheduling around her new bub we had had discussions around opening and dreaming about our own individual studio spaces. Then we thought, why not open something together 50/50? Movement Principle was born from these brief discussions.

We both had a really strong vision of what we did and didn’t want a studio space to be and also what kind of environment we wanted to create for the teachers working with us. We are lucky that we both bring very different skills to the table and very different personalities so we tend to cover most (not all) bases and are really good at being a sounding board or playing devils advocate for ideas. It wasn’t the smoothest start with the Brisbane flood of 2011 damaging our new shiny studio just two days after we opened, but we mopped ourselves off and re-opened within two weeks, which was really about determination and positivity and productivity of us and the team of family, friends and tradies around us.

We have always felt that we have paid attention to and developed a really client focused business that celebrated outcomes and achievements as a community. Our vision included ideals about positive movement experiences, where no-one’s needs or wants were more important than anyone else’s and that’s when our brand really became what we had intended it to be.


Do you have a team that you work with? Tell us about them.

We have the best team! A hand picked and curated bunch of Brisbane’s best if you ask us (we are a little bias and proud of them all though). Our team of 8 are massive movement nerds, all fully comprehensively qualified instructors which makes them experts in their craft. They are so supportive to our clients and each other so it makes it a pleasure to be their teeny tiny bosses (what our team affectionately calls as we both clock in at just on 5 foot tall). They continue to up-skill and continually re-educate them selves. They are also self motivated and always look for ways they can be helpful to us and each other, and that is so motivating as leaders who sometimes get stuck with the boring jobs that can come along with owning a studio.

We are lucky to have true Pilates professionals working on our team. Positivity and professionalism is key to joining the team at Movement Principle Pilates.

What’s the biggest reward in running your own studio?

Building a community of happy and healthy movers is the biggest reward hands down. We consider ourselves to be so fortunate to do the work we do. Working with people can be amazing because they let you in to become a part of their life and their journey.It is rewarding and fun to see people feel better about moving better. Facilitating the space for amazing movement! it’s a pretty great way to spend your working life!


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

Although we have two studios that have slightly different vibes we have always focussed on the power of the clients as individuals and us being the facilitators of good, confident and challenging movement. We are lucky enough to have spaces that don’t feel clinical so even when clients are injured or unwell they feel comfortable and not like they are “broken” and need to be “fixed”. So much can be said for how our studio spaces and staff make people feel.

We thoroughly believe that at the centre of our studio and what makes us different is the power we give the client, we don’t fix them, they fix them! We have the knowledge to share and give the clients the guidance and feedback they need but they as individuals do the work. They show up and they do the exercises and our studios provide the excellent and caring instruction and the gorgeous and calming spaces. We know that Pilates is just one piece of the puzzle and we make sure we don’t claim to be the only ones doing it right. We also don’t try and be a “one stop shop” we work together with other allied health practitioners to help the clients to achieve their best outcome. It’s amazing what can be achieved when you collaborate with other modalities and therapies outside of your own four walls it broadens everyone’s community, development, trust and professionalism. We have a great wealth of knowledge that we share but are also very honest about where our scope of practice ends and have such a great bunch of experts to refer to when we hit a roadblock in someone’s progression.


You offer ‘Trio Studio classes’ – Tell us about these.

Our trio classes are by far our most popular classes as they are a very affordable way to get targeted and specific instruction from our teachers. Each client is one of only three in the class and the instructor during these sessions is able to specifically program to the individuals’ needs and goals.

Want stronger glutes? We got you. Recovering from injury? We got you. Pregnant?  nothing but perfect posture and support for our mums to be. Plus you get the added bonus of working along side other clients so there is always good chats to be heard #overheardatpilates


Do you have any special offers for new members?

We sure do! Whether a new client is looking to go into Privates and Trio classes, or wants to join our group Reformer, TRX and floor classes, we have a $59 new client offer to suit.

$59 for an initial consultation which is the gateway to personalised instruction in Privates and trios or $59 to try 4 of our CBD group classes. Sometimes the high cost of starting something new like pilates can put people off from beginning their journey. We make it affordable so everyone can get the benefits of movement. The more cost effective the more people that can infuse pilates into their lives. That’s a win win!


How many different classes do you have and which one is the most popular?

Apart from our studio based classes (Privates and Trios) that are availiable at both studios, we run 5 different group class styles in our CBD studio: Reformer, Cardio Reformer to get the heart going, Advanced Reformer for our die hard and dedicated clients, Floor Tone which is a barre, dance and pilates inspired mat based class and our TRX which integrates full body movements and challenges in a safe and structured way. Most popular is for sure the reformer classes, because even a lot of our clients who attend trios or privates during the week make time to also attend the general reformer class as part of their workout routine. Consistency is key when you’re trying to strengthen your mind and body connection which is what the pilates method is all about.

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

Both of us naturally gravitate to Trio classes for our personal practice as you get to play with all of the equipment (even the quirky old school  classical pieces of equipment like the toe gizmo’s) and the tailored programming really helps stay on top of our old sport and dance injuries.

If we are talking about group sessions then for me (Anita) I would say the TRX. Although it can be really challenging (insert sweat and and a strong beating heart) the challenge coupled with the fact that you can keep pressure and loading off your joints really means that it is the perfect exercise to challenge the whole body without undoing any of the hard work of my Pilates practice. Catherine’s group class pick will be advanced reformer any day of the week. Her dance background means that anything where the choreography is a little complicated will give her all the happy vibes.


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

Yep private pilates sessions are a big part of our business and it allows us to work with a full range of clients from elite and professional dancers and athletes, Advanced Pilates clients (those die hard and dedicated ones I mentioned earlier) as well as clients coming back from injury and illness. It also is the perfect exercise and way to assist in the management of chronic illnesses like chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases and cancer recovery. We love using private sessions to get clients back to their best and feeling better.


Do you have plans to expand Movement Principle Pilates in the future?

Depends on which one of us you’re speaking with and on which day! We often joke that we could open a studio down south as a few of our past instructors have left the Sunshine State for the cooler climates. But in all honesty we are probably just too satisfied with all the sunshine and warm vibes that we have in Brisbane.

Plus there is 2 of us and 2 studios it seems like a good ratio. Saying that we are never say never kinda girls and we often look at where Movement Principle could go or grow to next.

Brisbane is a growing Pilates community with new instructors and studios joining the scene every year. We have been a part of the teaching landscape up here for over a decade each and we plan on being here for a long time more in one capacity or another, helping build the Brisbane pilates landscape for all the people that love it clients and instructors alike.

At the heart of it Movement Principle Pilates is all about the people that love the method and we couldn’t be  happier that we play our role in supporting them.

Being Teeny Tiny Boss Ladies

A nickname we were given a few years back from a slightly more vertically blessed employee.

It fits. We wear it.

Over the last few months we’ve had to make some tough decisions, making changes and sacrifices that feel like the ‘Boss Ladies’ part of our title has been more present than ever.  We’ve had to put our business hats on and put the health and growth of our small and cherished business, first.

Above our personal love of teaching.

Above the personal desire to please everyone.

For the strength and security of our team and the future of our business in an industry that is rapidly changing. Here’s a bit of what’s going on for us.

As a bold step in our role as studio owners, we have made the decision to take a step back (or up?) in our duties at the studio from June 30th this year. This is a vital step in becoming an  efficient and effective business that creates a positive in-studio experience for all of the clients that Movement Principle supports. There is not one client, one shift or one teacher that is more valuable than another but rather a growing system of people supporting people that needs to be nurtured to survive and flourish.

The community that was created inside the walls of our studio spaces is one that needs to be supported and valued and part of that experience relies on the behind the scenes mechanism being truly functional and adaptive. (Much like our bodies! The philosophies  of pilates apply to more than just movement!)

A studio owners our role is day to day: the boring numbers, paying the tax man, managing staff, cleaning the toilet and so much more. But more importantly it is to be adaptive to the community needs alongside staying viable and relevant in the industry. We’re not great with change, particularly ones that can cause disappointment. Quite often we give hope and promise to situations with not much chance of recovery. A “just in case” attitude has seen us keep some classes on the timetable well past when they should have been changed. Well past what was viable and well past the “long hard look” we should have been taking. But we know these decisions have to be made sometimes, and we are as committed to the long term health of this business as we are to the long term health of our clients.

In our new role, we will be able to:

  • provide better management to support the day-to-day runnings of the studio
  • be more available for client enquiries and questions, and support staff with administration and deal with problems as soon as they arise
  • to work on some of the great ideas we’ve had for extra opportunities for all of our clients, our community and the development of our team (think workshops! retreats! research! community and charity classes!)
  • confidently provide cover for our teachers when they are away on holidays or sick.

One of the main values that we are dedicated to is providing teachers for all of our classes that are professional, dedicated, well trained and reliable. There is a lot of variety out there as far as pilates qualifications and we have made a point to always employ teachers who have educated themselves in the most comprehensive and professional courses in the industry. In turn, we strive to provide our teachers with a good work-life balance, a supportive environment to grow and learn, and as much consistency in their work and their income as is possible. Our new schedule and systems are just one more step towards improving things for all of our team.

We are very excited and inspired by what the next little instalment of Movement Principle will become, and we are buzzing with ideas. New ways of doing things and new experiences to bring you. Watch this space as we evolve, yet again, in this crazy world of business and pilates.

Catherine & Anita


The pro’s and con’s of working with a new teacher

There’s something comforting about working with the same teacher for your pilates sessions, week in, week out.  They get to know your body and you as a person. Plus it’s a fairly personal situation, and getting to check in with someone regularly and debrief on the ups and downs, can be a wonderfully supportive element to your physical routine.

A consistent teacher-client relationship can grow to be a very valuable one, with a shared history and a ‘shorthand’ in communication. “Can I do the thing…? You know, the thing?”……… Sound familiar? Also, from the teacher’s perspective – “Let’s do the diamond necklace next” (aka. downstretch) or “It’s time for the one that works your butt” (aka. skating). It can be reassuring, and have a lot of value, to have a teacher who you’ve worked a long time with, and not just because they often remember every injury, ache and muscle strain you’ve ever had.

However, there’s also so much to be gained from a fresh set of eyes! We notice this all the time, that the change to a new teacher can bring an unexpected energy and focus. It can help you redefine your goals as your teacher notices different elements of your movement and introduces new variations of the exercises for you to try and master. Every teacher has their own weird and wonderful set of cues, both verbal and tactile, that they find most effective in their teaching, and the excitement of an ‘ah ha!’ moment, when the simplicity of a new way of explaining things helps an exercise ‘click’, is thrilling for teacher and mover alike. Plain and simple, each one of us sees and interprets movement differently.

Every teacher has found their way to pilates through a unique and rich background, sometimes through injury, or sport, through dancing or via a family member, and each teachers’ history gives them a deep and entirely unique perspective on what they see. Their pre-pilates training can be just as fundamental to their skills as a teacher as their pilates training! Training courses are very comprehensive and ensure every teacher is well equipped to manage a wide variety of clients from the get-go, from all ends of the beginner-advanced spectrum and with all manner of personal and physical history, in a safe and authentic manner. It’s what they bring to it that makes each teacher special. Throw in a personality mix, each one of us is different and each day you turn up to the studio is a chance at a different perspective, a different challenge and a different achievement.

So next time you teacher is away and you have a fill-in, or your schedule changes and you have to find a new regular time, don’t despair! There are lots of pros to the cons of getting to know someone new, and we honestly believe that you can learn something from every teacher you work with.

Summer Special Weekend Classes

Why wait til January to start a new fitness routine?


We’re supplying lovers of pilates with some extra opportunities to get strong for the silly season. Join us at both studios on the weekends until Christmas, with extra Reformer & TRX classes, combo classes and we’ve even added yoga! Experience how yoga can complement your pilates training with an invigorating class to finish your weekend.

Read more here