Our Clients Speak
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 [...]
Client since 2004
I first came to Junko about 10 years ago after knee surgery for a torn meniscus and for general body strengthening. After working with Junko on and off for a few years, my knee is much much stronger [...]
Client since 2005
When I began my journey to Pilates, I was slouched over due to years of being on the computer and I also have had severe bone issues. I have fallen a couple of times, had rib, back, knee and feet problems [...]
Client since 2009
After long suffering from back pain, a friend of mine recommended Junko for Pilates. Junko is an amazing Pilates instructor who is always attentive to my concerns about my body and health. I've been practicing [...]
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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!