Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Gemma James, Director

Pilates, TRX and Kids Yoga Instructor

Gemma co-founded Sense of Space in 2010 with dear friends and colleauges Karin Gurtner and Martina Turiakova with a vision of creating a personalised, small studio that provided the highest quality teaching.  

Gemma is a full-time mother to her two sons and managing director of Sense of Space.  She loves gardening, sunshine and all things Pilates and Yoga. 

Gemma became interested in Pilates after experiencing a severe back injury when she was 21.  She was eventually discharged from care by her sports physician and physiotherapist, but was unable to return to a normal level of function and was living in chronic pain.  Pilates was rare in Perth at that time but was the very thing that bridged the gap and brought Gemma back to a level of function that surpassed her expectations.... her pain gradually disappeared and as she became more strong and mobile than she (and her previous team of rehab specialists) ever thought possible, her joy in movement returned.  This led Gemma to change careers and become a Pilates Instructor focused on exercise rehabilitation.  As her pain disappeared and her joy in movement returned, Gemma rediscovered her love of Pilates and Yoga.


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Mel Tibbitts, Pilates Instructor

Mel first joined Sense of Space as a client in 2011 and over the first two years, her love for Pilates and Yoga grew immeasurably.  Mel joined the Sense of Space team in 2013 in the role of Client Advisor and then Studio Manager and has been an integral part of the Sense of Space family since.  

In 2015 Mel commenced her Pilates Teacher Training course, graduating in 2016, and is excited to share her passion for Pilates and mind-body training with others.  

Mel is also in her 3rd year of studying a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy, with a dream of marrying the two fields of Pilates and OT in professional practice once graduated at the end of 2017.

 


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Martina Turiakova, Pilates & TRX Instructor

Martina co-founded Sense of Space with Gemma and Karin in 2010.  Martina has had a life long passion for movement which started with athletics and playing handball for Slovakia in 1992.  Today she is a lecturer and assessor for art of motion training in movement, and a self confessed anatomy junky.

Martina loves to choreograph functional and fun sequences in her classes and incorporate the use of small props to invigorate, challenge and stimulate our clients' bodies and minds.  Martina wears her heart on her sleeve and her passion, compassion and enthusiasm are contagious!


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Leonie Fancourt, Pilates & TRX Instructor

Leonie is orignially a Queenslander who moved to Perth over 10 years ago and loves Western Australia.

Discovering Pilates at the age of 30 she was excited to find it encompasses her life-long passions of dance, exercise, movement and healthy living.  Having worked as a nurse for over 10 years, Leonie now focuses more on promoting health and reducing the risk of illness and injury.  

On a personal level, Pilates has absolutely revolutionised Leonie's life, health, energy levels and outlook.  She gets immense satisfaction out of encouraging and empowering people to make changes that will see greater holistic wellness, functionality and energy in their everyday life and future.  When not doing Pilates, she enjoys travelling, snowboarding, just being outdoors and spending time with her husband, friends, family and dog.


Annelise Remigio, Pilates, TRX & Barre Instructor

Dance has been a part of Annelise's life in some form or another since she was a young girl.  When she was not performing, she loved to practice and compete in yoga, Pilates, athletics, gymnastics, beach volleyball and soccer.

She has first hand experience in how yoga and Pilates practice greatly aids rehabilitation, in her case from snowboarding injuries.  Her passion for human movement stems from that fact that regular practice  makes such a huge improvement in people’s well-being. 

Annelise loves to educate and ensures she passes on fundamental theory and techniques to ensure clients gain the most out of the exercises they are performing.  She loves to add challenges to increase proprioception and confidence.

 


Janine Murray, Physiotherapist, Pilates & TRX Instructor

Janine represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics Games in the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics and was a member of the Gold medal winning team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

After having done Pilates throughout her gymnastics career for both injury prevention as well as rehabilitation, Janine came to appreciate and understand the benefits of this holistic method, enhancing not only her own sporting performance but whole body health and balance too.

After retiring from competitive sport, Janine subsequently, completed her Matwork training in a quest to integrate her studies with her knowledge and experience as an athlete, to inspire people to maximize their own individual potential and live happier, healthier lives.


Kelly Darby, Pilates, TRX & Barre Instructor

When Kelly became qualified as a personal trainer in 2011, she knew deep down that her journey would take her beyond the gym environment.  What she didn't imagine was that her focus in years to come would in fact be mindfulness, and that her passion would be encouraging mindfulness practice, whether it be during a workshop, pilates class, during one of the Wellness Retreats she now runs, or even during a high intensity session.  

She was once someone who tried to cram as much into her day as possible, train as hard as possible, and keep it together. There was a time when anxiety took control of her life. So to overcome this on her own and allow stillness, recognise the beauty of falling apart and invite opportunity to learn to be mindful during movement and eventually mindful as a practice, truly changed Kelly's course.

"When we become aware of how we move, how we hold ourselves, where our mind goes, what brings us joy, and what makes us feel not so awesome…we start making conscious choices. There is room for mindfulness in every single aspect of our lives, and it will C H A N G E your life. Let’s move because it feels awesome, nourish because food is amazing and should be celebrated, and strive for a life that is simple, yet blissful.

There is always more to learn, there is always more to share, and my commitment to you is that I will always be real, I will always be excited, I will always be silly. I will always seek out people who inspire me, because I want to inspire you."


Tess Metcalf, Pilates & TRX Instructor

Tess discovered Pilates ten years ago whilst at university studying agriculture and economics.  Tess found Pilates to be such a wonderful addition to her life, she decided to complete her Pilates Matwork Instructor qualification. 

Tess enjoys an enriching dual career as a Pilates Instructor and an Agribusiness Consultant and finds that Pilates is the perfect complement for the demands of office life.  

 


Domonique D'Souza, Yoga Instructor

Dominique started her yoga journey in 2010 initially as a form of physical exercise however she immediately fell in love with the clarity and sense of peace that came from the practice. In 2014 she adopted a daily practice and during this time began to notice yoga moving beyond the mat and into her everyday life.

Through her daily work as an Occupational Therapist she realised that health and wellbeing needed a more holistic approach and in early 2015 travelled to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, to complete her teacher training. This was followed by five months of further training in other styles of yoga, meditation and alternative therapies in Ubud.

Dominique’s teaching style is a blend of her own experience – drawing on her traditional Hatha and Ashtanga training and infusing it with a modern Vinyasa practice to create a dynamic flow. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone, with modifications and adjustments for the beginner to the more seasoned yogi.


Mavra Grimonprez, Yoga & TRX Instructor

Mavra was introduced to Hatha Yoga as a child by her father. She has been practising almost daily from age 13, exploring different styles by herself or under the guidance of various teachers in France, Scotland, Austria and Australia.

From her early 20ies she felt ready to share her knowledge and experience with others and started teaching casually. Mavra found her Yoga Master in Perth, who allowed her through his teachings and mentoring to bring her physical and spiritual practice to a new level while progressively building and strengthening her teaching skills.

She took her 200h Teacher Training in Bali in April 2014 with the American school I-Flow Yoga. She likes the fluid pace of Vinyasa which allows creativity in sequence design.

In her classes, Mavra insists on reminding practitioners that the health benefits of Yoga come from finding and working at one’s honest edge in a posture while maintaining easy, constant breathing. She understands Yoga as the science of wisdom that teaches us how to release emotional blockages hidden in the body and keep a clear, steady mind while embracing and peacefully navigating the impermanence of life.

Mavra is also a passionate belly dance teacher who sees in this beautiful, multi-facetted art a powerful healing tool for women to express and reconnect with their inner feminine identity.