Our Instructors

Pei-Jiun Cheah

Bachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy (Uni of Sydney)
Certificate in Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)
Mentor for Pilates Instructors-in-training (Polestar Pilates Australia)
Meditation Facilitator

Pei-Jiun Cheah is an experienced physiotherapist, certified Pilates Instructor for Rehabilitation, and Polestar Pilates mentor who specialises her practice in movement and dance and the intricate play between flexibility and stability. Her physiotherapy working experience extends from assessing and treating post-operative clients both on land and in a hydrotherapy pool, pre and post natal clients, clients with sporting injuries, spinal issues, arthritic and osteoporotic conditions to full time ballet dancers. Her passion for treating the person as a whole comes from her own personal injury experiences. Whilst growing up, Pei-Jiun has always been very active, playing basketball, volleyball, dancing and ballet. As a result, she has had various injuries and understands the importance of treating not only the physical body, but also addressing mental and emotional states to achieve your highest performance goals.

 

When Pei-Jiun is not attending courses or working, you will find her horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, dancing salsa or ballet, playing the piano or meditating.

 

Mind Heart Body Centre now specialises in many areas of physiotherapy, Pilates and meditation in Sydney and are ready to help you feel and look your best.

Pei-Jiun’s special interests:

Treating back or pelvic pain

Rib, neck or hip dysfunction

Sporting and Dance injuries

Women's Health - pre and post natal, continence

Women's Health - pre and post natal, continence

Physio and rehabilitation after surgeries such as mastectomies, gastrointestinal, urological, renal surgeries

Karen Beattie

Cert IV in Pilates Instruction (91121NSW)
Cert IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
  • Dip. Remedial Massage
  • Dip. Drama (Ensemble Studios)
  • Dip. Teaching (Adult Education)

Karen Beattie, Pilates Instructor at Mindful Movement, has expertise in Pilates that has been formed by over 20 years of teaching the Pilates Method to a wide range of clientele, from acute rehabilitation through to advanced, sports specific and performing artists programming.  Karen initially undertook a Pilates apprenticeship style training in 1992 with the late and great Megan Williams.  She also undertook the Body Arts & Science International (BASI) training with Rael Isacowitz.

 

Karen is a Trainer Level Practitioner with the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA), was one of the founding committee members and served a short stint as President of the PAA.

 

A vocational training consultant, Karen has consulted on Pilates training and course accreditation matters. She was the former Training Manager for Pilates International Training Centre (PITC), and worked closely with the Director, Sally Anderson, for PITC to become the first government approved Pilates training organisation in Australia.

 

From her years as a professional creative movement educator, Karen’s Pilates teaching style is influenced by Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), as well as the many aspects of Yoga, breath work and Eastern philosophies.

Debbie Virdi

BSc (Physiotherapy; First Class Honours)
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)

Debbie worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in both the private and public health sectors in the UK. Debbie also has extensive massage therapy skills and qualifications, establishing her own private sports and therapeutic massage clinic in 2000, and a physiotherapy clinic in 2009. She has also worked as a lecturer in massage and soft tissue treatment at Colleges of Further Education in the UK.

 

Debbie’s Pilates journey started following the birth of her second child after she participated in a post-natal Pilates Matwork class.  She quickly realised the benefits of the Pilates method so trained as a Certified Matwork Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) in 2009.   She enjoys the theoretical aspect of Pilates and supports its underlying principles.  Debbie loves the versatility that Pilates offers and how it can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual.  She enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients using Pilates as an integral part of rehabilitation, and also as a means to challenge fitness and performance goals.

 

Debbie continues to embrace the Pilates method and her love of learning. After moving to Australia, she completed Certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation with Polestar Pilates in 2013. Her positive, encouraging nature, coupled with genuine compassion for her clients helps to facilitate positive changes in their well-being and help them work towards their personal goals.

Rosie Schwartz

Diploma of Athlete Support Services
Certificate 4 in Fitness, Personal Trainer
Certificate 3 In Fitness , Gym instruction, Group Fitness
Certificate In Ballet Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance
Advanced 2 with Distinction, Royal Academy of Dance
Certificate 4 in Pilates Mat Instruction (Polestar)
Level 2 Accreditation, Australian Strength and Conditioning Association

Rosie Schwartz ARAD has had a lifelong appreciation of movement. Rosie trained in classical ballet from the age of 4 into adulthood, completing all examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as being involved recreationally in many sports.

 

Moving into the fitness industry was a natural progression. Rosie started Vocational Tertiary Education at Meadowbank TAFE in 2006 where she studied a Cert 3 in Fitness, a Cert 4 in Personal Training and a Diploma of Athlete Support Services. Alongside this, Rosie started her ballet teaching career and began working at Resolution Fitness, a commercial gym where she was contracted as a Personal Trainer for 6 years.

 

From the outset of her studies Rosie felt a calling to provide strength and conditioning services specifically designed for dancers. Over the following years Rosie gained qualifications and experience relevant to her vision and by 2010 had begun working with dancers in this capacity. In 2014, Rosie registered her strength and conditioning business ‘Dance Athlete’. Today, Dance Athlete clients include some of Sydney’s top ballet training institutes and dancers in elite levels of training.

 

Rosie’s great appreciation of Pilates continues to blossom and grow. Rosie considers her choice to study with Polestar Pilates in 2013, one of her best decisions. Pilates principles align perfectly with Rosie’s movement background and holistic training philosophy. Pilates is an invaluable study for dancers and for people in any walk of life.

 

Today Rosie continues to provide strength and conditioning services for dancers, RAD ballet teaching and Pilates mat instructing. Rosie is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science part time at ACU.

 

*Photo credit Prue Vickery Photography