Melissa Wong is the co-founder of Pilatique Pilates Studios and has always been a fitness enthusiast. She started her career in the fitness arena in 2000 as a part-time fitness instructor teaching in various gyms. She transitioned into a full-time fitness career after graduating from university with a Bachelor of Business Studies.
Mel, as she is better known, is very passionate in dance and this very passion has led her to many endeavours. In 2003, having discovered that Pilates complemented her dance performances, Mel’s passion for Pilates started to grow as she sees how it can help to strengthen her and other individuals as well. She then attended a basic training program held by one of Kuala Lumpur’s pioneer Pilates studio and started teaching Mat Pilates soon thereafter.
An opportunity arose in 2004 and Mel underwent STOTT PILATES™ Mat and Reformer training, and continued her journey as a certified STOTT PILATES™ Trainer until today, and will be forever, as she foresees.
Mel co-founded Pilatique Pilates Studios in 2005 with her husband, Steven. She continued and progressively attended the full series of STOTT PILATES™ courses both in Malaysia and Canada. She achieved STOTT PILATES™ Full Certification Instructor in 2008 and moved on to be a STOTT PILATES™ Instructor Trainer in that same year.
Besides Pilates, Mel is also the first Head Teacher for Les Mill’s dance program, BodyJam, for Fitness First Malaysia. Fitness first is the world’s largest privately owned health club group. Mel was appointed a presenter for the Les Mills Quarterly Workshops.
Since 2006, Mel has had the honour to work with Nike as a chosen Master Trainer for Nike Rockstar Workout, which has given her the opportunity to represent Team Malaysia in Singapore and Japan. In 2007, Mel again trained instructors for the Nike Rockstar Workout program in Thailand. In 2009 and 2010, Mel has been selected to present in STOTT PILATES workshops for Asia Fitness Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pilatique Pilates Studios proudly became a STOTT PILATES™ Licensed Training Center in 2008. Mel will continuously be upgrading her personal knowledge and development to train and groom more Certified STOTT PILATES™ Trainers that are seriously lacking in the local industry and also worldwide. She has, and will always be dedicated and committed to Pilates by giving the best of her to Pilatique’s students, clients and beyond.
Throughout her formative years, Michelle was never one whom you would associate with any fitness or athletic activities. All this changed when she began to gain exposure to dance and Pilates. Pilates not only helped her manage imbalances and injuries within her body- it also changed her confidence and view of her world, with new found awareness, control and hope.
Michelle’s first Pilates certification is from Pilates International in year 2005. She taught mat classes in community centres and gyms. She went on to gain Polestar Pilates Studio certification in 2007 and started teaching in Pilates studios. With unquenchable thirst for more, she studied and received Stott Pilates Level 1 certification in 2010, Level 2 in 2012 and Pilates Method Alliance certification in 2013. She was sole Pilates instructor at a physiotherapy clinic where she testify to the powerful rehabilitative system. A dynamic and versatile teacher, Michelle has taught individuals from all walks of life in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Michelle’s other influences are from contemporary dance and ballet(graduate 2003 Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore), Myokinematic Restoration(Postural Restoration Integration Institute), Foundation Training in Gyrotonic and Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers.
Besides Pilates, Michelle is an avid Argentinian Tango dancer. She teaches Tango part-time with her husband.
In 2014, Michelle became Faculty Member for Mat & Reformer of Balanced Body.
Raj is in the healthcare and fitness industry for over 10 years now. He specializes in Exercise , Sports Science, Rehabilitation and Pilates. He has had stints with the Australian Institute Of Sports, Singapore Sports Council and the Sports Medicine Clinic at Changi General Hospital.
Due to overuse injuries, Raj has a prolapsed spinal disc, worn out meniscus on the left knee, a popliteal cyst on the right knee and a rotator cuff injury on his left shoulder. He is now an ardent fan of pilates as it has helped him tremendously in recovering and coping with his injuries. Pilates has made it possible for him to exercise in a pain free zone and most importantly, he does not have the need to go under the surgeon’s knife.
Raj has the following qualifications:-
Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science
American College of Sports Medicine Level 1
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 1
Certified Sports Massage Therapist
Certified in Myofascial Release Technique
Certified Redcord Nuerac Instructor
Ashley (Wang Junyu) is a certified Matwork and Reformer Instructor and a ACE accredited Surfset Trainer.
She was first introduced to Pilates 8 years ago and is constantly amazed by how Pilates helps bring about balance and improve her overall wellbeing. She loves how STOTT Pilates is highly functional and friendly enough to suit everyone. She decided to deepen her knowledge with STOTT Pilates so that she is able to share her passion and bring about benefits to regular people just like herself.