Director, Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor
“Coming to work is a pleasure, not a drag! I feel blessed to be able to work in my own business with such a wonderful bunch of like-minded people. Over the years, we have felt immense satisfaction at the difference we have been able to make to our clients’ lives through altering their mindset to movement.”
With a background in dance it was no surprise that Rachel embraced Pilates upon graduating as a physiotherapist in 1997. Through early career stints in Broken Hill and the UK, Pilates kept rearing its head and drawing her in. Upon returning home to Adelaide in 2002, Rachel taught Pilates Mat classes in church halls and school gyms all over town until realising that a home base would mean the Mitsubishi Mirage would not permanently be filled with Pilates mats and accessories. Voila, in 2003 Physio Pilates Proactive Stirling was born. Fast forward to 12 years later and Rachel is regarded as one of Adelaide’s most qualified and respected Pilates instructors. Passionate about Pilates and its effectiveness in rehabilitation, she also promotes Pilates as a lifestyle choice that can enhance a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
As a health practitioner, Rachel believes that her role in the community is best served by educating, motivating and empowering people to achieve their physical potential. She regularly speaks to groups about how Pilates and physiotherapy can help us all lead more active and fuller lives. She is a cup half-full kind of gal, whose enthusiasm, humour and positive outlook affects all around her. When she is not coming up with exciting new initiatives for the practice, you’ll find Rachel either planning a travelling adventure or singing up a storm – although these days, the main recipients of her vocal talents are two small children (and a tall husband).
In addition to being a member of the APA, she is also a Vice President of the APA SA Branch Council; member of the New Graduate Professional Development Committee as well as member of Physiotherapy Business Australia Committee, and is on the University of South Australia’s Physiotherapy Education and Training Advisory Panel.
Areas of Practice
- Pilates Rehabilitation
- Pilates Mat work
- Pink Pilates
- General Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Pre/Postnatal care
- Women’s Health
- Dance and Musician-related injuries
- McKenzie Therapy
- Pinc Program Certification – (formally Pink Pilates) – 2013
- Professional Management Program – University of Adelaide – 2010
- Diploma in Professional Pilates Practice – Pilates International Training Centre – 2008
- Certificate IV Pilates Instruction – Pilates International Training Centre – 2007
- Certified Polestar Pilates Practitioner (Rehab) – Polestar International – 2004
- McKenzie Therapy – McKenzie Institute International– 2003/2005
- DMA Accredited Pilates Practitioner (Levels 1, 2 & 3) – 2001
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) – University of South Australia – 1997