About Me

Movement has always been a huge part of my life since childhood.

When I wasn’t at gymnastics or figure skating I was swimming or practising tricks on my trampoline (no safety nets in those days!) Also managed to squeeze in netball, tennis and finally dancing which was to become a passion and future career.

Following my tertiary studies in Dance and Drama, in 1992 I started Ariel Academy of Dance teaching children and teenagers which ran successfully for almost 15 years.

In January 2002 I started Pilates to recover from Glandular Fever and pretty soon I was hooked! Pilates satisfied all my movement needs and as Joseph Pilates said it really is as much a mental workout as it is physical.

The teacher in me immediately wanted to use my new skills to help others, so a year later I enrolled in a 1 year Anatomy and Physiology course in preparation for my Pilates Teacher training course. In 2004 I completed the Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method at University of Technology Sydney becoming a member of the APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association). As of 2014, I’m a Level 4 Practitioner requiring a minimum of 7500 teaching hours.

The Pilates Centre Mosman, one of Sydney’s leading studios was where I completed the majority of my Supervised Clinical hours as a student and then on completion in 2004,  was thrilled to be offered a permanent position as part of their team totalling 4 wonderful years.

In 2006 I established my own fully equipped, highly personalised boutique studio, ‘Joanne Sutton Pilates’, in Five Dock bringing my unique skills in rehabilitation, pre and post natal fitness, cross training for dancers & general fitness to Sydney’s Inner-West.

JS Mind Body Pilates is the next step as I take my studio online to help as many people as possible take control of their health. I’m grateful to have had so many incredible learning opportunities over the years at conferences, courses and workshops and I’m excited about how much there is still to learn and discover about Pilates.


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