Our Clients Speak
Client since 2016
In December 2015 I began to experience lower back pain. The pain continued to grow over the months and became rather debilitating. I got to a point where I had a hard time with simple acts like putting on pants. [...]
Client since 2006
I became stronger and more flexible through my years of Pilates, and was able to accommodate the hip problem. Once I planned the hip replacement surgery, I was very confident that my strength and conditioning [...]
Client since 2005
I decided to try Pilates and within a year I was almost pain free. My back was doing so well that I even continued the exercises throughout my two pregnancies. I know I will always need to keep my core strong, [...]
Client since 2012
I have built a strong core (six packs!) and now enjoy dance workouts, skiing, and yoga. Before Pilates, I had to brace myself for the pain that will come afterwards. Junko's knowledge of the body coupled with exceptional [...]
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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!