09 303 2211

The Polestar Pilates Studio
Wellesley Street West AUCKLAND

Meet the team

We pride ourselves on the excellence and experience of our instructors
 

Our team of instructors are highly qualified and experienced and are all certified under the auspices of Polestar Pilates Education. Most have degrees in human movement, physiotherapy or dance and are part of the Polestar Pilates mentor team. All of the instructors continue to train and on a regular basis take continuing education courses to update their teaching skills.

The instructors are selected for their professionalism, reliability, motivation and their ability to customise a workout for the clients' specific needs and goals. The Pilates Body Studio's innovative and proven training methods, as well as frequent reviews, ensure that the staff is more than capable of providing the best quality of Pilates available.
 

Introducing the Pilates Body Studio team

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Meech Aspden

Having just relocated back to New Zealand after 8 years of living in Hong Kong, Meech’s most recent position was the Regional Director of Group Fitness for Pure International Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Pure Group is the leading lifestyle brand in Asia and has more than 80,000 clients and 2,000 employees with further expansion plans across the region.

One of Pure Fitness' most dynamic leaders, Meech’s commanding presence onstage has earned her popularity and respect in many different countries, having over 20 years of teaching and presenting experience.

Meech's background in competitive gymnastics, love for music – she holds a teaching qualification in classical piano (ATCL), Grade 8 in violin and Grade 5 in Guitar – and infectious enthusiasm makes every workout with her fun and challenging.

Meech is a renowned Master Trainer for TRX and Rip Trainer, Global Master Trainer for ViPR, Master Trainer for Rumble Roller (SMR techniques) and a Mentor/Educator for Polestar Pilates.

She has been instrumental in developing these programs, training instructors and PT’s, and launching them successfully in the Group Fitness environment for Pure.

Development of new initiatives, training, and coaching of instructors are Meech’s forte and passion.

With innate drive, tenacity, and attention to detail, she spearheaded the strategic development of new programs and managed a large and diverse team of international instructors and trainers (100 staff).

Outside the studio, Meech has had a highly successful career in the electronics industry, having been the CEO for Philips New Zealand Ltd. She now dedicates her spare time to charity work, participating in grass root programs for children in the local community and volunteering for animal welfare organisations.

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Kelly Symmons

Kelly's passion for Pilates started back in 2004 to complement her active lifestyle;  keen runner, cycler and member of Chester university swim squad,  keeping her body in tune helping her to perform at her best and minimize the risk of injury.  

Kelly's active lifestyle led her to an early career in the armed forces. Joining HMS Eaglet Royal Naval Reserves as an able seaman in 2005 and followed by a commission as a junior officer passing through Brittania Royal Naval school in 2007 as a lieutenant.

Kelly has been to exercises in Gibraltar, Norway and off the coast of the UK, taken HMS Grimsby (a minehunter) out to Bahrain and learning astronavigation on the way to ascension island in the South Atlantic. 

Always a keen swimmer Kelly was part of a team representing the Royal Navy which broke a UK Masters record for the 200mt freestyle in 2008.

If you frequent Wellington you may have seen her amongst the orca gracing the waters of Oriental Parade in open water season! 

Kelly has a clear vision to help others find that wonderful balance between mind and body to become the strongest version of themselves that they can be.

We are so lucky to have her here at the Pilates Body Studio bringing her positivity and zest for life. 

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Shanelle Lenehan

Shanelle started practising Pilates as a client while still completing her dance studies in 2004. After graduating she danced full time professionally alongside practising and exploring the Pilates method and pursuing her interest in studying anatomy and biomechanics.

Shanelle completed her Pilates training with Stability Plus Pilates in 2008 in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Mat, Reformer, TrapTable, Wunda Chair, and Ladder Barrel.

After completing her Pilates training she worked at Peak Pilates as an instructor and manager. She instructed group mat, reformer classes, and private clients as well as private groups, pregnancy classes and special advanced classes for staff and clients alike. 

Other training included:
- Osteoporosis Management
- Pilates Matwork for Breast Cancer Rehab 
- Pilates for Men
- Reformer for the Older Adult
- The Knee Stability and Function 
- The Lumbo-Pelvic Region 
- Women's Health
- Knee Pathologies
- Authentic Pilates - Mat and Equipment

Shanelle loves teaching and respects her clients' hard work and commitment. She is inspired every day to make herself and her clients more spontaneous and alive through cultivating ease and freedom of movement.

Shanelle is also mother to her daughter Portia, born in April 2015 and is now back teaching Pilates after an exciting season performing in the sell-out show PleasureDome the Musical.

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Tel: 09 303 2211
Polestar Pilates Studio
2 / 141 Victoria Square
Wellesley Street West
AUCKLAND
 
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