Meet the Team
Owner of Bälans
2nd Generation Pilates Instructor Joakim set up Bälans in 2005. He is and Award winning Fitness Instructor, has Advanced Pilates Qualifications and is also a Sports Therapist. Alongside running Bälans he has worked for British Military Fitness in Perth since 2007.
In 2014 Joakim was awarded the Spirit of Flame at the UK Active Awards ceremony where the best and the brightest in the Fitness Industry are recognised for their efforts. Joakim beat some very worthy candidates from some of the biggest gyms all over the UK in the category which applauds individuals for going ‘above and beyond’ with the aim of getting more people more active more often.
Joakim trained as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Foundation, before qualifying as an Instructor with Body Control Pilates in 2004. He has a Level 4 Lower Back Pain Specialist Pilates accreditation with REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals. Joakim is one of only a handful of Pilates Instructors in the UK who can claim direct lineage from Joseph Pilates, having completed a two year course with Lolita San Miguel- the Pilates Master Mentor Program. Lolita is one of the 1st Generation Pilates Elders, having trained and been certified by Joseph Pilates himself in New York City in the 1960’s.
Joakim’s skills have been tested and honed under Lolita’s Mentorship and in 2015 Lolita invited Joakim to attend further training to become an Educator for her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course – Lolita’s Legacy. Joakim is now running regular Courses teaching the next generation of Pilates Instructors.
Joakim was the first man in the World to qualify as a BarreConcept Instructor. He’s no ballet dancer, so his classes are not pretty, but they are brutal.
A Swedish born Australian, Joakim came to the UK in 1998. He is a former Australian Army Reserve SF Commando, Bondi Beach Surf Life Saver and Territorial Army Physical Training Instructor. Joakim first became interested in Pilates back in Sydney because of vanity (ask him why). He has always understood the massive benefits Pilates and Sports Therapy can have for improving wellbeing. He gained first-hand experience of debilitating injury when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in 2010. Pilates and Massage saved his sanity through the long rehabilitation back to full health and he has since taken part in a half marathon and triathlon races.
Joakim makes regular trips overseas as a Fitness Instructor and guest Pilates Instructor. He has lead the Exercise Active Archipelago series on a remote island in Sweden, and taught at SunFit for British Military Fitness, and the beautiful Pilates & Yoga Retreat AzulFit, both on Fuerte Ventura.
Joakim offers Matwork Classes, Fitdankbaby Classes, BarreConcept Classes, 1:1 sessions, Studio Apparatus sessions, Sports Therapy, Massage, and outdoor Military Fitness.
As a graduate of Lolita’s Legacy Educator course, Joakim became the first person in the UK to train students to become 3rd Generation Pilates Instructors on Lolita’s Legacy Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course.
Pilates, BarreConcept & Fitdankbaby Instructor
Alison qualified as a Pilates Instructor with Body Control Pilates. She has a Level 3 accreditation with REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals, and has trained to teach on the Reformer and Chair. Alison is also a Fitdankbaby and BarreConcept Instructor and is currently enrolled on Lolita’s Legacy to become a Comprehensively Qualified Pilates Instructor in 2017.
Alison graduated from the University of Aberdeen with Honours in Sports and Exercise Studies in 2009. Since coming back to Perth she joined Bälans as a client, later to discover she enjoyed Pilates so much she wanted to make a career out of it.
Exercise and teaching have always been a part of Alison’s life and with a background of physiology and anatomy Pilates fitted in perfectly with her lifestyle. “Bälans is a great working environment; the clients are very friendly and make the classes enjoyable. Pilates is a fantastic career as you are constantly learning new exercises and moderations that you can bring to the clients.”
Alison offers Matwork Classes, Fitdankbaby Classes, BarreConcept Classes and 1:1 Pilates sessions.
Melanie has always been interested in health and fitness, her earlier career having been in Nurse
Education. In 2007 Melanie became a client of ours and quickly fell in love with Pilates and its
Holistic approach to the body.
Inspired by the Method and Joakim’s teaching Melanie decided to train to become an instructor and
qualified with Body Control Pilates in September 2014. Melanie has since specialised in Pilates for theOlder Person and Pilates for Pregnancy.
Melanie has years of experience travelling the world and seeing different forms of exercises and is currently enrolled on Lolita’s Legacy to become a Comprehensively Qualified Pilates Instructor in 2017.
Melanie offers Matwork Classes, and 1:1 Pilates sessions.
Pilates & BarreConcept Instructor
Petra qualified as a Pilates Instructor with Hanson Pilates. She has a Level 3 accreditation with REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals, and is also a BarreConcept Instructor. Petra is a retired professional Ballet dancer and brings grace and dignity to the Bälans team and is currently enrolled on Lolita’s Legacy to become a Comprehensively Qualified Pilates Instructor in 2017.
Petra offers BarreConcept, Matwork Pilates Classes, and 1:1 Pilates sessions.
Admin Assistant & Pilates Instructor Trainee
Vivienne has travelled extensively and honed her Pilates and Yoga Skills in some of the most beautiful places on earth. She is the person you are most likely to catch when you phone us up and she has the skills to solve all issues around the Pilates Studio. This year Vivienne has taken the plunge and she is currently enrolled on Lolita’s Legacy to become a Comprehensively Qualified Pilates Instructor in 2017.