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


Emily Adams 

Emily currently works as a Pilates instructor, Contemporary Dance artist and Dance teacher. She fell in love with Pilates at the age of 17 where it was introduced to her during full time dance training at The New Zealand school of Dance. Since then Pilates has been a constant in her life, a regular practice, as it not only enhanced her dance career but her overall wellbeing. In 2007 Emily discovered her passion for the teaching of Pilates via her initial instructor training with Suna Pilates where she qualified with certificates for Mat and Reformer teaching.

Aside from full-time employment of four years with Wellington-based Footnote Dance Company, Emily has had a freelance dance career since 2006. She has had the pleasure of working with various overseas artists and Choreographers and she has been employed by many of the most high profile Choreographers and Companies in the New Zealand dance industry. This work has led her to perform and tour around the country and the world (Europe, UK, USA, Korea, Australia).

She has managed a successful parallel career in both Pilates and Dance and in 2014 she was eager to extend her Pilates training, so began this with the Polestar Pilates method…and has never looked back! Emily has since graduated from both the Polestar Mat and Studio courses, is a Polestar Mentor and is currently training towards an Educator role.

Emily has worked at IQ Pilates, Configure express Women’s Gym, Auckland Physiotherapy, Bodyneed sports clinic, and is presently managing the Pilates Body Studio and is working with ‘Muscle Mouth Dance Company’. Emily considers it to be a privilege to share her passion for Pilates with others and is deeply invested in guiding each individual towards their goals.

Click here to read more about her passion, and here about Emily's show at the Auckland Arts Festival. 

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Sophie Lax

Sophie is an experienced women’s health specialist from London with over a decade of industry experience.

Since qualifying from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, she has spent her career developing her skills through experience in both the public and private sectors.

As a specialist in both MSK (muscles and bones) and women’s health, her skill set is ideally suited to the treatment of all pregnancy-related problems as well as sports injuries, spinal pain, chronic pain and arthritis.

Utilising this combination of clinical skills Sophie has helped hundreds of patients through their rehabilitation journey and is focused on minimising the stress and pain that can accompany pregnancy.

Sophie is highly qualified and has continued professional development throughout her career. In 2009 she commenced her post-university training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute focusing on deploying Pilates as a tool for rehabilitation.

Last year she became a certified Practitioner for Rehabilitation through Polestar UK, one of the highest standards in Pilates education.

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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. 


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.





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