Owner and Principal Instructor
Sharon’s Pilates journey began quite unconsciously as a part of her dance training [in a previous life she was a dancer :) ] Sharon had never concentrated on the intricacies of this amazing method until later in her career when she completed her Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction. She then began training with international instructors and studying, in great detail, the “Classical” or “Original” method as delivered by Joe Pilates.
Sharon is dedicated to what was first called “Contrology”, now known as Pilates, and she continues to be mentored by international instructors on a weekly basis. She is a firm believer in the ever-learning journey of “The Method” of Pilates and that you have to put it in your body to benefit.
Sharon’s ongoing education and training is with a number of world-renowned Pilates teachers including Kathi Ross Nash (a star student of Romana Kryzanowska - first generation “Elder” of Joe's work) and Sandy Shimoda (owner of Vintage Pilates). Sharon continues to be mentored by Gloria Gasperi of Glo Pilates e-motion, Italy (a graduate of Vintage Pilates) who is an amazing and brilliant instructor of “The Method”.
Sharon has also spent considerable time researching the work of Sonje Mayo, also a first generation teacher and has immersed herself in the lineage of yet another first generation “Elder”, Jay Grimes. Jay has continued to teach the method of Pilates as it was taught to him by Joe and Clara Pilates. Sharon believes this style of passing the torch is so very important to keep the method as true as it can be - not because we are dogmatic about it but because performing “The Method” this way, in its simplicity, is remarkably effective.
Committed to passing her learnings on to her own team and clients, Sharon wholeheartedly embraces the approach that Jay Grimes has in his delivery of “The Method”. Sharon truly believes in Jay’s mantra: “You don’t teach someone Pilates, you help them discover it in their body” and practises this approach at Mandurah Movement Therapy.
Mel was inspired to become a Pilates instructor after practising the method with MMT owner Sharon for a number of years. She first focussed on teaching Reformer before branching out into Matwork and then teaching clients through MMT’s My Pilates Gym. Mel is a fitness fanatic and when not practising Pilates is usually out running, cycling or teaching a spin class. She doesn’t stop! Mel is a qualified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Fitness Institute and is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Training Program.
Hayley started at MMT while indulging deeper into her passion for Pilates. She developed her Pilates knowledge from early in her career while attending training through the Art of Motion and has built on this through her time working as a PT and an instructor in aerobics and spin, as well as many other Les Mills programs. While living overseas, Hayley also took up marathon running and competed in several countries. She believes Pilates benefits running greatly and recommends practising Pilates to anyone that wants to see the gains in other sports. Hayley says Pilates has become her love, is excited to continue her journey with MMT and feels lucky to have Sharon, MMT’s owner, as her leader, mentor and friend. Hayley is a qualified Pilates instructor through the Pilates Fitness Institute and is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Training Program.
As a bachelor of science graduate, Sarah has always been interested in all aspects of health and is fascinated with the human body and what it can achieve. She found her true place and passion when she started practising Pilates and is now obsessed - in the best way possible! Pilates has helped Sarah to overcome issues with neck, back and knee pain but most importantly Sarah says she loves the feeling she gets when walking out of the studio after a session of working on all of her body connections. She loves being able to assist clients with finding this feeling in their bodies as well. Sarah is completing her Matwork, Reformer and small apparatus certifications through the Pilates Fitness Institute and is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Matwork Training Program.
Emilie has always had an interest in Pilates and has found a new passion for the practise in recent years after spending some time travelling. Following her return to Australia she re-united with MMT owner, Sharon, who had been Emilie’s teacher in a previous life. She then commenced training to become a Pilates instructor. Emilie feels the practise has enabled her to combine her love of dance, health and fitness and says Pilates felt like the right next step for her. She loves helping people feel their best and have fun at the same time. Emilie is also professional dancer and has been dancing since the age of 12 and started teaching dance at the age of 15, gaining her Certificate IV. Most recently Emilie has finished a 6 month dance contract in India where she danced in Bollywood movies with some of India’s biggest Bollywood stars. She is continuing to teach dance as well as Pilates at MMT. Emilie is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Matwork Training Program.
Olga has been involved in sports and fitness her whole life. She has been particularly involved in swimming, athletics and other team sports and participated in competitions at all levels. Olga has been practising Pilates since 2017 and she says the method has won her love forever. Olga particularly likes the visual results gained from regular and consistent workouts either for herself or helping clients find this in their bodies. She believes Pilates is not only about fitness, but that it’s a real philosophy of creating a healthy body and mind connection. Olga is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Matwork Training Program.
Michael has been practising Pilates since 2012 but he feels he only truly discovered the method when he started at MMT in 2018. He believes consistent Pilates practise leads to significant total body benefits. Michael is a runner and has completed 10 marathons, with his proudest achievement being the New York City Marathon in 2019. He is an advocate for the Pilates practise providing overall improvements to other sporting activities and recommends that runners and cyclists in particular make a commitment to practising Pilates as the gains in total body strength and energy are substantial. As well as continuous mentoring by Sharon, MMT’s owner, Michael is regularly coached by internationally acclaimed Pilates practitioner Miguel Silva. Michael is a graduate of the Mandurah Movement Therapy Matwork Training Program.
What is Studio?
Studio is where the full method of Pilates is applied through various Pilates equipment to maximise your strength and length in your Pilates practise. Through a series of Private sessions a program specific to your body will be learned and practised.
What is Studio practise?
This is when you book a time to come in and practise your program specifically for your body. There will be instructors in the studio to guide you here and there but this is your time to put the work in your body and is not a private session. See more information about The Studio and our other options.
Why must I do an Intro to studio 4 pack?
This is for an initial assessment of your body's requirements, for you to learn the program for your body. To understand the apparatus that you will be working with and to be inducted into the studio space.
Why do I have to do a private studio session every month to keep my membership?
The practise of Pilates will change your body, therefore your program also needs to be added, extended, altered. To have a set of trained eyes on you while you work IS the work. To align you, to help you find the right apparatus for your body’s current needs.
What is a Semi Private all about?
A semi private session is a small group (3 clients) that work through a program together under the instruction of the teacher on the Studio Tower apparatus. It is more tailored than a full group class and makes use of the amazing Studio equipment. See more details about this and other options.
Isn’t the Studio for injured people?
The Studio is for everyone!!! From athletes wanting to challenge their bodies to rehabilitation after an injury to care after some time away from exercise or for first timers!! It is FOR EVERYONE. We have members who are runners, cyclist, surfers and dancers and who all attest to Pilates taking their other activities to a different level.
Do I have to be a member to buy studio sessions?
No, a membership is not required to attend private or semi private sessions.
You WILL need to be a member for access to studio practise. Which is a casual supervision of your own practise. Have a look at the membership option that's right for you.
Is my membership a lock in contract?
There are no lock in contracts but your membership will be on a direct debit basis. You can opt to cancel anytime.
What if I cannot get to a group class in my week?
The group classes are available at specific times and if you are unable to attend then studio is still open for you at other times. Classes are not accrued if missed in any given week.