By Rachael Bird, Myotherapist
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Anke Wagner, a local pilates instructor here in Rowville. Anke is a very experienced instructor, shes been teaching for nearly 2 decades, and based locally in Rowville for 9 years.
I interviewed Anke about her classes and her approach to pilates.
What services do you provide to the community and where are you located?
I offer Pilates classes in Rowville. The classes range from using the reformer equipment, and the Pilates chair and separate classes with just the aerial hammock.
The groups are small with a maximum of 3 people. Private classes are offered for beginners as well as clients with specific needs for their injuries.
How long have you been operating?
AnkePilates has been operating since 2006 and has been in Rowville since 2014.
What are your open hours?
Monday to Wednesday - 9:15-1pm, 5pm-8.15pm
Thursday and Friday 9:15 - 1pm
Private classes can be booked outside these opening hours.
What made you choose to teach Pilates?
I’ve always loved dancing and movement in general. From an early age, I’ve danced ballet up until my late twenties.
While living in New Delhi, India, I taught movement classes and Aqua fitness at the American Embassy. Following this amazing experience I began training myself in Pilates in Germany. Once I experienced the Pilates equipment it got me hooked and I knew I wanted to let others experience it too.
What types of people does your business serve?
I teach a variety of clients, currently from ages 12 to 80. My clients come from all around the eastern suburbs and mostly join to work on their strength and general fitness. I also have clients who join to form a fitness routine with me as well as enjoying the socialising of being in a small intimate group. Some are young mothers who need a bit of ‘me-time’, some don’t enjoy going to a normal gym, or are women in their 40-50s experiencing menopause.
No matter the diversity in clients, I always make sure to integrate fun and laughter during our workouts. If a client has ongoing health issues I offer to teach one-on-one.
What do you like most about it?
My favourite part about teaching Pilates is that it gives people confidence even when their mobility and moving range is limited.
There is also so much variety in movements that the Pilates method offers which lets me tailor the class to create challenges and to adjust and support each individual's needs.
And of course the way of teaching. I get to use a lot of visual language to facilitate a certain movement. Pilates is a big playground for me.
Tell us about you?
Besides my movement practices, you can find me going on long hikes through the Dandenong Rangers with my husband or enjoying all the flowers I’ve planted in my garden. I’m also on the path to becoming a Harp Therapist as well as giving Sound Massages.
My qualifications include:
How can people find more information or book a pilates class with you?
Information about classes can be found online at www.ankepilates.com.au
I can be contacted for enquiries and bookings by emailing email@example.com or by phone on 0439109775.
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