Hello and welcome to Awaken Body Center! My name is Juliana, and this is my boutique Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® studio.
Awaken Body Center is an established rehabilitation and movement therapy center, located in Rose Bay close to the neighboring communities of Bondi, Bellevue Hill, Vaucluse, Point Piper and Double Bay. Our studio is modern, friendly and peaceful and has a supportive environment where clients can look forward to specialised classes and treatment designed to suit their individual needs. Using a synthesis of Physiotherapy, Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® methods, we create your personal exercise program.
Awaken Body Center works closely with osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapist, obstetricians, remedial and sports massage therapist, podiatrists as well as working alongside ballet school, athletes and clients who come from everywhere in the world and from all walks of life.
All the teachers at Awaken Body Center are globally experienced trainers, very high qualified and passionate about movement, health and caring for others. They all pride themselves on seeking to ensure a personalised service that satisfies every clients individual need and objectives.
I am Juliana Bianchi the founder of Awaken Body Center. Originally from the lively city of São Paulo in Brazil, I migrated to Australia 6 years ago. I first lived in Melbourne for an incredible 3 years and then moved to Sydney where I have been living since 2017.
I am physiotherapist who graduated from São Camilo University in São Paulo - Brazil in 2003, and I have been working in private and public practices for over 17 years in São Paulo, London, Melbourne and Sydney.
I completed two Post Graduate Certifications in Cardio Respiratory Physiotherapy and Hospital Physiotherapy at the School of Medicine in the University of São Paulo in Brazil.
I am an experienced and fully qualified Pilates, Garuda, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® trainer and also specialized in the Jumping Stretching Board equipment, with experience in working in a variety of physiotherapy settings including orthopaedics, cardio respiratory, sports, neurological conditions, rehabilitation, women's health and pre and post natal.
I worked as a Clinical Pilates, Garuda, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Instructor at Anna Tetlow in Melbourne for 3 years and at Limitless Physiotherapy Clinic in Sydney for another 3 years before opening my own business, what is a dream come true.
I am specialist in providing Pilates and GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® for dancers. I have had the pleasure of working with the rehabilitation of both aspiring ballet dancers and principal ballet dancers of the Australian Ballet and Melbourne City Ballet in Melbourne. I also worked in partnership with the famous dance schools Glen Iris School of Dance, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and Melbourne School of Classical Dance, coaching and rehabilitating young students for their exams and overseas auditions. Tango and Latin dancers were also regular clients of mine during my time in Melbourne.
I also have a special interest in providing Pilates and GYROTONIC® for blind clients. During my time at Anna Tetlow Pilates in Melbourne, I gained experience working with blind and partially blind clients and developed the necessary modification techniques to ensure their lack of sight is not a barrier for them to practice any movement therapy.
I love treating a variety of conditions using my Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® skills and I can help you with dance injury and performance improvements for dancers; movement therapy for patients with visual impairment; rehabilitation of any injury or post-surgery; muscular imbalance; postural assessment and reeducation; scoliosis; pre and post natal; pelvic floor conditions; improvement of muscular efficiency and patterning and enhancing sporting performance for athletics.
When I am not changing people’s bodies and movement habits, I am spending my free time surfing, travelling, dancing or practicing Yoga, Qigong and meditation.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young." Joseph Pilates
Pilates was developed during the first half of the twentieth century by Joseph Pilates who studied a range of exercise forms from Eastern and Western cultures including Yoga, body-building and various forms of martial arts.
In about 1925 Pilates emigrated to USA from Germany. He found a studio in New York where he taught dance students, who later started coming regularly and from there, the world of ballet started actively embrace the Pilates method.
The Pilates method was developed with a variety of equipment designed to advance stretching, strengthening and body alignment that came from the non-equipment based mat work.
Over time a full complement of equipment was developed including the reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, ladder barrel and spine corrector.
The original Pilates has six principles: concentration, control, centering, flow, precision and breathing.
Our Pilates studio equipment and reformer classes focus on core stability, strengthening, postural alignment, endurance, pelvic control, coordination, balance, flexibility and body awareness. This form of exercise benefits you by teaching you how to move effectively, helping to tone and strengthen your body through the use of resistance from springs, elastic bands, small weights, ball, as well as your own body weight.
Pilates is suitable for anyone in a very wide range of physical condition, and it can be modified according to the client's individual need and ability. It is strongly endorsed by a wide range of health professional as one of the safest forms of remedial exercise.
For what condition is Pilates most successful?
General health and fitness, pre and post natal, orthopaedic conditions as arthritis, osteoporosis, disc injury and scoliosis, postoperative and rehabilitation, neurological conditions as multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal injury and Parkinson, aging clients needing back and posture rehabilitation and prevention of low bone density, children with particular physical and skeletal weaknesses, professional athletes and professional dancers.
GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®:
"The ultimate aim is to be at home in one's body and to experience as a creative and delightful experience." Juliu Horvath
GYROTONIC® training was designed by ex-Hungarian dancer Juliu Horvath and it challenges your body to move in new ways. Rather than the linear movement of Pilates, the GYROTONIC® method creates circular motions which incorporate an entire body movement. The continuous circular and rhythmical movements gently undulate the spine, lengthen muscles and creates space in the joints improving spinal flexibility, circulation and joint restriction.
The GYROTONIC® method combines elements from dance, yoga, swimming, tai chi so that it not only promotes flexibility and coordination but also works in an organic way to strengthen the mind and body from inside out. When Juliu was creating the method he listened to what his body was feeling internally and built the movements around this. He believes if we listen to our bodies and participate intelligently we all have an energy within our own bodies. The circular motions revitalize the body, release blockages and stimulate the nervous system. The training therefore not only makes your body look better, it actually creates an overall feeling of well being.
GYROTONIC® training is particularly helpful for dancers and athletes as the extensions are good for the spine and improve overall movement. It also helps to create the optimal lean body for dancers. Golfers in particular have found the training improves flexibility and their swing, while their overall game is enhanced through better timing, rhythm and flow.
GYROKINESIS® method is the essence of the GYROTONIC® method and provides the foundation for the equipment work without the use of the equipment. It is a complete workout performed on stools and floor work on mats. It begins by working through the natural elements of spinal movement sitting on a stool, then progresses to floor work, connecting the upper and lower body, hip mobilisation, back extension series, and finishes on the floor with an abdominal series. The class comes to a conclusion with an unwinding series of exercises designed to reconnect back to your "seed center" and re-balance your energy.
Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 12pm
We offer Pilates Equipment, Reformer Group Classes, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® method to all level of clients and remedial massage.
Individual classes available as Private, Duo and Trio or small Group Classes (Quad or Quintet).
Before joining any classes an initial assessment is compulsory.
We are specialised in rehabilitation, postoperative, sports, dancers, pre and post natal, athletes, neurological conditions, women's health, movement therapy for clients with visual impairment, general fitness and well being.
GROUP CLASSES TIMETABLE:
Monday: 8am, 9am and 10am Reformer Pilates
Tuesday: 8am Reformer Pilates / 10am GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®
Wednesday: 6pm Reformer Pilates
Friday: 7am, 8am and 10am GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® / 7am, 8am Reformer Pilates
* Reformer Pilates class maximum 5 people per class and maximum 4 people per class.
* Further classes available upon request.
Initial Assessment by Physio (overseas registration)
1 hour $130 - clients who have not done Pilates or GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®
30 min $75 - clients who have have done Pilates or GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS®
Casual Session $130
10 package $1200, 3 month expiry
Casual Session $150
10 package $1400, 3 month expiry
Casual Session $180
10 package $1700, 3 month expiry
Group Classes (Quad or Quintet)
Casual Session $50
10 package $450, 3 month expiry
* All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable.
ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS:
For bookings and enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, telephone number and class preference or call 0415728011.
All classes by appointment only.
All bookings must be cancelled or reschedule at least 24 hours prior or full payment will be incurred. This way we allow other clients an opportunity to book into the group classes or take your individual appointment.
On a lovely street with easy parking, at Awaken Body Center we offer a beautiful and modern studio, filled with a natural light, and a calm and relaxed environment for you to teach your clients or host your course and workshop. The studio consists of a reception room with lockers, a small room, a large room with and an additional treatment area (for massage and Physio).
Casual studio hire is available and commitment free, simply reserve the equipment you need.
Please enquire for availability and rates.
5 x Balance Body Allegro 2 Reformers
1 x Full Trapeze table combo with reformer
2 x Wunda Chairs
5 x Pilates Arc
5 x Pilates Balance Poles
4 x GYROTONIC® Pulley Towers
Small equipment such as Pilates balls, Bosu, step, balance disc, Magic circles, foam rollers, spikey balls, thera-bands, yoga straps etc.
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS:
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"I could not only feel but visibly see the difference in my body after only a few session with Juliana. Using a combination of Pilates, Gyrotonic and Garuda methods, I really enjoyed seeing the results through the benefits of the combined methods tailor-made for what I wanted to achieve. Juliana knew exactly how to get the most out of me, and I always came away from the sessions revitalized and with pointers that I could continue working on at home. I highly recommend working with Juliana with her sunny and kind nature, to get great results for your mind, body and spirit." - Rina Sawaya, Professional Tango Dancer, Melbourne
"Melbourne's loss is Sydney's gain! I used to be a real Pilates-sceptic, but after only a few classes with Juliana I saw the light and after 2 years I'm still going. There was some really hard work in the studio, but Ju is friendly and encouraging approach made every class something to look forward to. As someone who works in I.T. sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day, my posture and complete lack of core muscles made me very susceptible to back injuries, strains and pains. Juliana's careful and patient instruction has dramatically improved my fitness, flexibility, posture and co-ordination and I recommend her classes to everyone. Thanks Ju!" - Gavin Palmer, Melbourne
"As an IT professional who spends her week glued to a screen with mouse in hand, I view my weekly sessions with Juliana over the last two years as essential. Our weekly sessions have ensured my core strength has improved and that my historic back injuries do not reoccur. Juliana's comprehensive knowledge of both Pilates and physiotherapy have been invaluable dealing with my physical limitations due to old injuries." - Judy Thompson, Melbourne
"Juliana provides skilled and professional instruction in the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods. Her service is provided with warmth and care, and as a client you feel safe and supported at all times. Highly recommended!" - Lucy Barton, Melbourne
"Juliana skilfully builds on her physiotherapist background and her thorough knowledge of movement to deliver classes that are very dynamic, effective and fun! Her positivity and warmth are other attributes that make her stand apart!" - Nicholas Roost, Osteopath, Melbourne
"Juliana is fantastic. Not only she is a gyro teacher, but she is also physio - and a fantastic one at that! I have a neck problem and she has really helped with that as well as stretching and looking after my entire body. My husband also is a client of Juliana and he can’t believe how she has helped his back problem and his balance - he always tries to take my appointments for extra attention! I have never looked forward to exercising, but having been under Juliana’s care I now look forward to it and feel so good when I finish - and an extra bonus is that she has a great personality and is a great person" - Vivian Green, Sydney
"I can thoroughly recommend both Pilates and Gryrotonic classes at Awaken Body Centre. Juliana is an extremely professional and caring teacher, with a great sense of humour, always making the classes fun and diverse, as well as inspiring! With her technical expertise, she has a really good sense of what exercises work for the individual and how to adapt exercises for those that are restricted through injury or other reasons. Her caring nature always comes through and she clearly loves what she is doing. Juliana is extremely loyal to her clients and has continued to offer Pilates sessions during Covid-19, online through Zoom sessions. It has been very successful and enjoyable and has kept us all encouraged and motivated to keep active through these hard times" - Rachel Ooi, Sydney
"I cannot speak highly enough of Juliana. We are very fortunate to have her at the studio. Juliana has a huge knowledge of our anatomy and makes the workouts fun and varied. I am 73 years old and have been doing Pilates for more than 20 years. Juliana is ever mindful of everyone’s “current” sore spots but at the same time always gives a good and varied class. And I love not being treated as a geriatric!!! I always walk out of the class feeling straighter and energised. On a personal level she is warm interesting and a lot fun and I have the highest regard for her" - Chrisanthy Atgemis, Sydney
Awaken Body Center
105/91 O’Sullivan Road
Rose Bay, Sydney - NSW, 2029