Our Clients Speak
Client Since 2008
I walked into my first Pilates class at SF Pilates in the Flood building on Market St, almost 7 years ago, not knowing what to expect and not believing anything could be done for the constant pain I had in my hips. [...]
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 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 2007
Core strength, flexibility increased and my posture became more upright. Even the dreaded balancing exercises are easier. My knees are strong and the tingling of the leg from the piriformis is gone. [...]
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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!