Come sit with us, in our beautiful Paddington Studio.

In this special evening you will be gently guided in meditation and the breath to step away from the stresses of daily life and connect to a deep level of restoration and calm. Also incorporating massage and aromatherapy, this is a beautiful opportunity to let go of stress, tension and fatigue, to swap the busyness for a sense of peace, the chaos for calm and to cultivate love and kindness for ourselves which then extends to those around us. We cannot wait to hold space for you to feel uplifted, nurtured and nourished as you effortlessly slip into a deep state of relaxation to realign mind, body and spirit.

Our evening will be a combination of information, discussion and practical experience, and we are sure you will feel rejuvenated and reconnected by the experience. Allow up to 90mins for the session, which will conclude with herbal tea and treats and an opportunity for an informal chat and questions.

This event is open to all, but particularly suited to those who are feeling the need for some calm and self-care. We encourage you to bring a friend and enjoy the evening together as a great end to the working week.

Date: Friday 24th May 2019
Time: 6.45pm for approximately 90mins
Bring: Yourself, in comfortable clothes for sitting or lying for the meditation
Cost: $35 per person
Book: Via MINDBODY, the MINDBODY app or by emailing

Places are limited so please book soon to avoid missing out. We look forward to sharing the experience with you.

Anita, Catherine & Natalie

We all agree that mothers should be celebrated and cherished everyday, just because they are wonderful beings and deserve the best of this world. Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for us all to remind them how much we love them, and give back to them with a gift that can bring better health, confidence in movement, or just simply put a smile on their face from experiencing something new!

To celebrate Mothers Day, we’ve created a special discounted package available from now to the end of May. All you need to do is to buy our $199 Treat Your Mum Pack, and gift it to your loved one.

You can buy it for your Mum, or your auntie, dad, best friend, or someone you’d like to give back to. Our private and trio sessions are completely personalised, so your loved one is well looked after every time. Help them feel better by experiencing the joy of pilates in a professional studio with highly qualified instructors. We can even liaise with their health professionals if they have injuries or medical concerns, to ensure a safe and effective program is delivered that focuses on building strength, better posture, improved breathing and better movement for day to day tasks.

Treat Your Mum Pack – $199
1 x Initial Consultation (60 min)
3 x Trio classes (60 min)

Oh, and because we like the idea of receiving as much as giving back, you’ll get a free Group Class for yourself when purchasing a Treat Your Mum Pack.

Need another idea? Check out our Meditation and Mindfulness evening on Friday 24th May. Take time to sit and explore the health benefits of meditation and breathing techniques. A perfect gift for Mum or an experience you can enjoy together. Read more here

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mums of our Pilates community!
From Catherine, Anita and the Movement Principle team

Both studios are closed for Easter Friday 19th – Monday 22nd April.

We are also closed for the public holidays Anzac Day Thursday 25th April and Labour Day Monday 6th May.

Need some help fitting in your classes?

Email us and we’ll sort you out! We are happy to help you by giving you a few extra days to use up your package or membership if it falls over Easter. And if you are going away, we can give you an extension on your package expiry date* or put your membership on hold. Just be sure to let us know in advance!

*not available on CBD introductory pass or 15/30 day group pass.

I’m sure you are looking forward to the end of the year and some much needed R&R, but before we all start to wind down (preferably with a drink in hand and some great company) we have some admin and housekeeping to take care of. Head off on your break with a clear mind that your pilates plan for the New Year is already sorted!

We take great pride in supporting you in your health and wellness journey, and checking in with you at this time of the year is a chance for us to make sure you’re on track with your goals and that we are doing the best we can to help you. 

Here’s all the information you need to secure your bookings for the end of this year and into the next, and generally prepare for a fabulous 2019 in our wonderful studio spaces.

Over the next week expect your instructor to be asking you a few questions!
We’ll be asking:
- when you are away for Christmas
- your requests for regular class times for next year and
- anything else you need sorted for the end of the year.

Maybe you need to purchase a Gift Voucher, organise a pilates equipment or wellness gift for a loved one or book in a Private lesson to organise a holiday program for your travels. 

We also have a new pricelist for 2019 with some changes to regular packs/passes that reflect CPI increases (we’ve been putting this off for two years) and we’ve done away with some of our outdated packages to keep things simple.

We’ve also developed some new features to make things easier for you!

Firstly, we’re introducing Auto-Renew. No matter which pack or pass you buy, you can set up an auto-renew on your chosen credit or debit card (securely encrypted on our MINBDODY site), so the next payment will automatically go through on the last of your pack . Hooray!! No more having to remember and keep on top of your 10 pack. You can choose this option online, or email us and we’ll call you to set it up over the phone.

Secondly, we’ve added some Monthly Memberships. This is a new system for us, and one we’ve had many request for over the years. For anyone coming twice or more per week, you can now sign up for a monthly payment which gives you the best possible rates while distributing the cost each month. You only have the month to use a set number of classes, so it really is best suited to those who already have or are keen to implement a regular twice a week (or more) routine.

The benefits of this system is that it’ll keep you on track so you get the most out of your sessions, and you’ll get rewarded with priority bookings, discounts on events and special workshops and retail items. Read more about the details here.

There are a limited number of each type available so don’t wait! You can purchase these online and start these now if you wish, or email us and we’ll set you up over the phone.

So as we head towards 2019 we look forward to making it easier for you to keep track of your account as well as your body!

And don’t forget you can still purchase all of the current 2018 rates up until December 31st. 

Purchase a 2018 pack now

Purchase a Membership now

In the remainder of this newsletter, we’ve put together all the info you need on opening hours, closed dates and how the studio operates the booking system going into 2019. Please read all the info below and don’t hesitate to email if you have any questions. 

Studio closed dates
How do I put my 5 or 10 pack on hold?
What happens to my 30 day/15 class pass?
Can I start a membership now and pause it for Christmas?
How do I secure a regular booking for 2019?
When can I book online for 2019?
Getting a friend or family member started
Staff news

Studio Closures & Schedules

This year both studios will trade with their full schedules up until close of business on December 22nd.  We’ll be back on Wednesday January 2nd, with as much of a full schedule as possible, though we may consolidate some timeslots were we have large numbers of people away. We’ll be in touch if that’s you. 

Information for pre-paid Package holders

All 5,10 and 20 packs purchased between November 23rd & December 23rd will automatically have an extra months validity (eg. 5 packs will be valid for 3 months instead of 2, 10 & 20 packs for 4 months instead of 3) to account for the holiday period and the days that we will be closed. If you have a current pack that was purchased prior to this, and need an extension due to a planned holiday, please request an extension by sending us an email. As per our Policy and Procedures document, we don’t extend just because you got too busy so please keep this in mind, but we are more than happy to extend for your Christmas break as long as you let us know in advance. 

Information for 15 Class/30-day Pass holders

Any 30 day/15 class passes will be extended to a 45 day expiry when purchased on or after November 23rd. We are only closed for 9 days but we understand many of you have family commitments and additional time away from the studio, so an extra 15 days should help you get the most out of your pass. 
Please be aware that these passes are unable to be paused for holiday periods. Remember this pass brings you the best price per class to reward you for your commitment to coming frequently. If you are going away for an extended break, you have two options: squeeze more classes in before you go or when you return, or buy a 5 or 10 pack during December which can be extended by request. 

Information for New Membership Holders

Keen to grab a membership before Christmas? Great work! Please check our rules regarding pausing and cancelling memberships here, but we’ll put an automatic 10 pause on the membership for you to account for the time we are closed. You can additionally request a longer pause if you need, but be aware you can only do this a maximum of 2 times during the year. Read all the Ts & Cs here. 

2019 Regular Bookings

As mentioned, now and through next week our teachers will be securing all regularly booked clients into the diary for 2019. If you wish to keep your regular booking your teacher will be confirming these in classes this week, or you can click here to fill out an online form. 
Again please let your instructor know asap that you would love to keep your regular routine and the return date you have scheduled for 2019 and they will lock that in before the diary becomes available to online bookings. Regular bookings are available for private, trio and group classes provided you have a Membership or an Auto-Renew set up on your account. From 2019 individual pack purchases will allow you to forward-book the number of classes on the pack only. So if you want your timeslot for the whole of the year then Auto-Renew or Membership is for you.

2019 Online Bookings

If you prefer to book online and manage your own schedule, the online system for 2019 will be open from December 10th. 

Friend or family member wanting to start?

We love welcoming new family members and friends to the studio! A friendly face can make a huge difference for someone who is new to exercise, or trying something out of their comfort zone. Despite this being a busy time of the year, we find a lot of new clients like to join before Christmas and it’s a great way to get a head start on next year’s goals. So tell your friends not to wait – we’ll make room for them! Pilates also makes a great gift for someone special, and allows them to experience the benefits that you already enjoy and love. Talk to your instructor or email Catherine and Anita – we’ll work out the best way to get them started and can even do up a Gift Voucher pack or create a personalised PDF for you.

A Staff Goodbye
We are sad to say goodbye to one of our very loved teachers at Christmas, Michele Dorn. Michele began her time with us as a Pilates student many years ago, and has since developed into a very skilled and much loved instructor. Her attention to detail and kind and caring manner will also make her a wonderful physiotherapist, and as she moves into her final years of study in this new career, it is time for her to take a break from Pilates teaching to make sure she has the flexibility to complete her practical requirements and give her super brain some space for study and development. We wish to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for all of her years of dedicated service and passion in our studio and all of the clients she has guided in that time. She will be missed but don’t worry, we’ve reminded her the door is always open for her to come back once the study is done! 

As of June 30 2018 we will no longer be running our 40min group classes (springboard, TRX, combo, yoga, mat) at Paddington

We are sad to see the end to what has been a lovely social and supportive atmosphere in our Paddington group classes over the years but we are confident this tough decision is the right one. All good things must come to an end! But we want to extend our apologies to you specifically as a regular attendee of these classes.

Over the last few years the pilates industry has evolved, and the variety of classes and pilates options in Brisbane has grown immensely. We love this! The more pilates out there, the better! However, it’s time for our business to evolve too and to focus on what we specialise in – personalised and specialised pilates tuition using the full range of equipment, and taught by highly qualified teachers who make pilates their career and their life.

When we first introduced Springboards in our Milton studio in 2012, they were the only ones in Brisbane. We were the only studio offering an affordable, group pilates equipment class that made the traditional springwork and exercises accessible to a general fitness clientele. We were super excited to be able to accommodate them when we moved into our Paddington space in 2013 and some new group classes such as the TRX classes, and again we were the only ones in the area offering a group classes of these kinds.

Since then, the growth of the fitness-based pilates studios and the popularity of group pilates classes has meant we cannot compete while also maintaining our commitment to small group class numbers. We’ve always believed that in order to facilitate a consistent pilates practice for you though the group classes we would need to offer more availability across a wider timetable. We just don’t have the resources to develop this to its full potential. We’ve tried various combinations, timetables, and formats to make it work over the years, but at this juncture it’s no longer sustainable.

We still love and fully support the idea of affordable, small group Pilates-based classes taught by Pilates professionals. And that’s why we are thrilled with how well they work in our CBD space, a space made to accommodate this style of class and which was opened with the vision for a broader group timetable. (Plus the air-conditioning and the fact that you’re not out on the deck at 6am in Winter we’re sure has something to do with it.)

We know our explanations may not offer much to soften the blow, but we wanted you to understand our reasonings. Believe us, as small business owners who are personally involved and in contact with almost every client in our studio and part of a small, specialised and dedicated teaching team, we take decisions like this very seriously and have thought long and hard about this difficult choice.

So, what’s next?

From 30th June these will be your options for continuing your pilates journey with us, and what is going to happen to any class packs you’ve pre-paid that are valid past this date.

1. Transfer to Trio classes or Private lessons. You can convert your existing 5/10/20 packs to trio classes at a 2:1 ratio, and you’ll also receive a 20% discount on your next purchase. We will help you find a regular booking that suits your schedule with extra times becoming available from July.

2. Continue attending our group classes in our city studio. Your current packs are valid there and we’ll add an extra month onto the expiry to give you more time to try a few different styles and times.

3. Take a refund. We understand. These changes aren’t going to suit everyone. We are happy to offer a refund of any remaining classes unused (and not expired) at June 30th.

4. Hold onto your credit and use towards any of our upcoming Workshops and Events. We are busy behind the scenes organising some new experiences for you at Paddington, so keep an eye on our social media and newsletters. Credit will be valid until December 31st 2018.

Whatever you choose, we do hope you’ll stay part of our community and we hope you’ll continue attending the existing group classes as they are up until June 30th.

We are so thankful for your support of our special studios, that have been nurtured into beautiful spaces and a wonderful community by you. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support into this next development.

A few notes on how things will work during June:

– all packs are valid at Paddington until June 30 – all purchases made that extend into July will be sold on the assumption that they are to be used at the City studio ONLY from July 1st onwards – any casual attendance at Paddington will be discounted to $18 for the duration of the month – in the last week of June, all existing pack holders will be contacted to see how they would like to use any remaining credit.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are very happy to talk through the options with you.

We look forward to seeing you all in classes over June as we send our Springy’s and T-Rex’s off with a bang!

Catherine & Anita & the Movement Principle Team

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