About us

Helen Leahy

Founder and Director

A childhood spent studying ballet technique prepared Helen for the graceful stretching and body movement of Pilates. Her interest in Authentic Pilates began on a personal level while living in America. Helen became a fully certified Authentic Pilates Method instructor in 2006, after being inspired to complete the Pilates Instructor Apprenticeship in New York, under Master Teachers Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santo. Since Helen established True Pilates in 2007, she’s become a sought after teacher, carving a strong reputation for her personalised sessions and her flawless technical skills.

Helen’s clients find it easy to relate to her charismatic personality. Helen will guide you through the classes with an enjoyable approach, while challenging you to get the most from the session.


Amanda Sutherland

Certified Instructor

Amanda returned to New Zealand in 2010 after a nine year overseas odyssey, which saw her working at a Rocky Mountain resort, cleaning for the English Royal family, teaching English in China, managing a Cook Island guest house and working in tourism in Colombia. She returned to New Zealand with many souvenirs, fluency in Spanish and her husband Carlos.

When Amanda took Pilates to recover from a past injury, she noticed a dramatic improvement and became a Pilates’ advocate. This led her to complete the intensive Authentic Pilates programme, becoming a certified instructor in 2012. Amanda’s journey with Pilates has been a strong force in her life, including during her pregnancy and post-natal recovery after the birth of her daughter in 2014.

Amanda Sutherland

Rosemarie Williams

Certified Instructor

Rose has the best of many worlds, with a Filipino mum, Welsh dad, two boisterous brothers and now a wonderful husband. Her childhood was spent relishing family sailing holidays, while also yearning to be a glamorous grown up. Rose is still as inquisitive and active as ever, and when she’s not at work, you can find her at an art gallery, the beach, hitting her stride on the dance floor or burrowed in research. 

While living in Dubai as a first class flight attendant, Rose found that Pilates cured her back pain.  Regular practice helped her maintain her fitness level and achieve sleep balance. Back in NZ, Rose was inspired to teach Pilates to help her clients reap the benefits of classical Pilates - helping you find strength, subtle power and flow.


Lisa Taylor

Instructor

From the moment Lisa discovered Classical Pilates in 2013 while on a world trip in New Zealand, she was hooked. A previous aficionado of high intensity workouts, Lisa was looking for a low impact way to enhance her strength and endurance. She found this and more in Pilates and also discovered additional benefits, including increased flexibility, balance and body awareness.

Upon returning to London Lisa followed her heart and gave up the world of Accountancy to complete a 600 hour comprehensive Pilates teacher training programme. She has continued her education and gains her inspiration by taking workshops from Master Teachers of Classical Pilates such as Bob Leikens, Kathi Ross-Nash, Blossom Leilani Crawford, Sean Gallagher, Andrea Maida and Junghee Won.

Lisa Taylor

Rebecca Greenough

Rebecca’s journey into the health and wellness industry began when she was a child. Suffering from extreme migraines, Rebecca’s mother took her to see Osteopaths, Acupuncturists and Naturopaths to bring her back to full health.

In the 20 years that Rebecca has worked in the industry, she has followed both Eastern and Western medicine and philosophy, and is passionate about the human body and mind. Highly qualified, Rebecca has diplomas in remedial massage, aromatherapy, cranial sacral and myofascial release, Thai massage, basic Shiatsu, integrated body works, plus she’s a qualified Pilates' instructor.

Much of Rebecca’s work has been alongside Osteopaths, working as a massage therapist and exercise therapist in their practice.

Rebecca Greenough

Tamar Lazarus

Attracted to massage in order to understand preventive medicine and maintain wellbeing, Tamar holds a Diploma in Therapeutic and Remedial Massage from the Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.

Tamar believes in the far-reaching and ongoing positive effects of massage to help with injury prevention, mind and body relaxation and restoration. Focused on integrating the many methods of body work, Tamara uses neuromuscular techniques, acupressure, sports, mayo-fascial, reflexology and lymphatic drainage, amongst others, to assist the body in its natural self-repairing and restoring ability.

A keen sports enthusiast, Tamara has provided massages to competitors in the Auckland marathon, World Masters Games, the NZ Breakers and the Tall Ferns.

Tamar Lazarus

Daisy

At Helen’s side, you’ll often find the unofficial studio receptionist and gentle welcoming committee rolled into one – Daisy, a friendly Boxer, with her big smile and a wiggly body that demonstrates her enthusiasm. On other days though, she might just gaze at you from her comfy bed as she relaxes while you’re working your body and mind.

Daisy

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