Back to Basics

Our Team

MICHELLE MARAIS

Studio Owner: Personal Training, Pilates, ETM, Aqua & Children’s health and fitness Instructor

I am a committed, passionate fitness instructor; born and raised in South Africa. A proud resident of Cape Town, I nevertheless bring a real international flair to my work. Relocating to Spain in 2001, where I had two of my three children, I gained qualifications in a huge range of physical activities, disciplines and practices, predominantly from US and UK educators before moving on to the UAE. Here I developed a practice as a fitness instructor at firstly the Intercontinental and then Hilton chain of hotels. Within this role I introduced Pilates to an initially sceptical client base.

Purchasing Back To Basics in December of 2015 and a mother of two University aged children, spare time is not a huge commodity for me but given the chance I love nothing better than spending time outdoors on the beaches and amongst the landscapes of the beautiful Western Cape. Travelling is my leisure passion!

MEGAN BOND

Pilates, Pilates Rehabilitation, Preggy Pilates, Mommy+Baby & Personal Trainer

I started my pilates journey in 2007. Whilst looking for something to add to my portfolio. I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2004 ETA (Exercise Teachers Academy). I started pilates training with James Raaff and progressing with advanced work under the guidance of Renee Watson. I found my passion for Pilates quickly grew and began to incorporate it in all my teaching practises.

I then developed knowledge of the use of equipment in my practice; completing my training with PilatesHere in 2012.

Relocating back to Cape Town leaving behind my own studio and client base was a tough but wise decision. I am in a career that I am passionated about; helping others develop “as I have”, in their pilates journey.

TAMSIN SPRINGER

Pilates and yoga instructor Classes is Thursdays at 18H15

I am a qualified Pilates and yoga instructor based in Cape Town, South Africa. I have a passion for helping others lead healthier and happier lives through exercise and mindfulness. I firmly believe in the power of movement to improve overall well-being. My classes are designed to be challenging and effective, but also fun and accessible to people of all fitness levels. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete looking to improve your performance or just starting out on your fitness journey, my classes are a great way to reach your goals and feel great doing it.

I believe that looking after our body and mind is incredibly important at every stage of our lives. Exercise is not only great for helping us to lose unwanted weight, tone our bodies and improve our strength, it is also valuable for a whole host of other reasons such as warding off disease, reducing stress, improving mental wellness and so much more! I believe that it is incredibly important to take time out of our busy schedule to dedicate towards looking after our body and mind.

I want to use my passion for health, fitness and overall wellness to help you achieve your health, fitness and wellness goals. My aim is to motivate you to achieve what you never thought would be possible and encourage you to make exercising part of your lifestyle so that you can discover the amazing benefits of regular physical activity.

Hannah

Pilates Bio

My Pilates story began when I was a participant in Pilates classes offered by Virgin Active South Africa. A passion for fitness grew, and in 2018 I completed my Pilates course through the Health And Fitness Professionals Academy, and became a qualified Pilates Mat Instructor.

Since 2018, I have worked as a Pilates Mat instructor giving group Pilates classes in Cape Town. I have worked at commercial gyms and for a Pilates Studio. My classes focus on muscle activation through controlled movements, centred around core strengthening. I work with mobility, alignment, breathwork, and mind to body connection structured around the Pilates flow.

The more experience I gain, the more passionate I become about teaching. I want everyone to feel comfortable in my class, and enjoy the process. I will correct participants’ posture when needed, as well as offer adjustments and alternative movements as per participants’ needs. I also make use of exercise equipment in my classes.

I want to help and inspire participants in my class with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing through Pilates.