Our Clients Speak
Client since 2001
Junko goes beyond just training. She takes time to really understand your injury and research the best exercises to help you not only recover but also become better than before! Where physical therapy only helped [...]
Client since 2006
I started taking Pilates with Junko in 2006 as a way to get some exercise and work through the stress of my desk job. She did a great job helping me prevent back and posture issues and increase flexibility, [...]
Client since 2012
Before starting Pilates exercise, I'd had severe pains in my lower back, both knee joints, and hips which made me reluctant to even walk. Long suffered ingrown nails in my right big toe had prevented me from walking [...]
Client since 2014
I knew Junko was the right match. When we met to discuss my goals, she had already done some research on my condition and had ideas on how to train me without exacerbating my condition. [...]
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STOTT PILATES® Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist
Born in Japan, Junko started her career as a movement educator at Nagano Ballet School as a jazz dance & children’s ballet teacher, upon graduating from Shinshu University (B.A. in Japanese education). After moving to San Francisco and performing with local modern dance companies, her back injury led her to discover the effectiveness of Pilates technique in the rehabilitation process, as well as daily tune-ups to keep her body strong and flexible.
Junko received full certification from STOTT PILATES® in 2002 under the tutelage of a master trainer Carla Hales. In 2003, she received a certification as an instructor trainer in Mat & Reformer from STOTT PILATES® and taught certification courses in various Pilates studios and fitness clubs in Japan through 2008.
She continued on deepening her knowledge and skills by attending numerous Pilates workshops with special emphases on rehabilitation/post-rehabilitation, taught by leading master teachers in the field. She holds STOTT PILATES® Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist (includes post-breast cancer rehabilitation) status. She also attended Acupressure Institute in Berkley to understand the human body from a different angle.
Junko is deeply grateful for having opportunities to be able to share her love of movement with her wonderful clients in San Francisco CA for the last 19 years - the pleasure of assisting clients to rediscover ease and confidence in their movement, especially through the stages of recovery from various conditions and injuries has been unspeakably rewarding. Junko is very excited to find her home on the Big Island and is looking forward to continuing this journey with people of beautiful Hawaii!