More than a professional team…
Our team of certified teachers have a long history of teaching together and of friendship. Indeed, Karine, Birgit and Melania met more than 15 years ago when starting their first Teacher Training program to become certified teachers. After going their separate ways for a few years, they are back teaching as a team.
All our teachers are highly qualified, with certifications from renowned teacher training schools. They regularly take a high level of continuing education and never stop learning about health, biomechanics and wellness.
We invite you to attend a class and experience the PlayPilates community for yourself.
OWNER AND SENIOR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Karine is a long time sportswoman. She played tennis and basketball at a national level and competed in numerous mini-triathlons. She discovered the Pilates method in 2004 while working in the health and fitness industry and it immediately sparked her passion for flowing, controlled and creative movement. So, when Karine founded her studio in 2008, it made sense to call it PLAY Pilates, reflecting the playfulness, sporty and positive spirit found in sports and the one she wanted to convey to the community of Pilates enthusiasts.
She has practiced and taught the Pilates method for over 16 years. She first obtained her certification through the Swissbody Pilates Academy in Geneva. Then went on to focus her training in Classical Pilates and this led her to complete another certification with Power Pilates in the UK (PI Studio). In 2015, she completed an Intensive (Master’s) program with world renowned Pilates instructor Shari Berkowitz/The Vetical Workshop. In 2019, she trained to become a Teacher Trainer also with TVW (The Vertical Workshop). Her studio is to become the TVW’s training center in Europe. The Pandemic stopped us from doing Continuing Education and Teacher Training and Bridge Participation for now, but we are planning some whenever it is safe to do so.
SENIOR CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR
Melania also practices and teaches yoga. She has obtained certifications from the Yoga Teachers College (200h) and the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga (300h).
A competitive swimmer in her youth, Melania still trains and competes avidly in masters swimming.
A great believer that movement heals, she looks forward to contributing to the achievement of your well-being goals.
SENIOR CERTIFIED TEACHER
Birgit is passionate about wellness and fitness and considers them essential to a balanced life. A corporate career woman in the health sector, she gave a large part of her work philosophy to ensuring that she practiced and imparted “wellness”, which she continues to this day.
Birgit discovered Pilates in 2004 and was completely convinced by its transformative power when she felt and saw the complete and positive change that resulted in her body and mind. She realized she wanted to share this passion by teaching others and received her Senior Pilates Instructor certification from the Swissbody Pilates Academy in Geneva at the end of 2009. Birgit taught Pilates for many years and continued his training through workshops and classes with master instructors in the Pilates industry.
After taking a break from teaching to focus on her marketing career, Birgit rekindled her passion for Pilates. She teaches with the aim of inspiring people to find their inner strength and well-being and personalizes her instructions to each individual so that they can best benefit from it.