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Our Awesome Team!

Natalie Gallant - Sports Physio, Running Specialist

Senior Physiotherapist, Born to Run Coach, Pilates TrainerNat Profile 3-101
BSc.(Hons) Physiotherapy, Born to Run Coaching & Energetics Certs., APPI Pilates Mat Level 1, Acupuncture & Dry Needling, NZMPA Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy
Medic at the 2012 Olympic Games
Falkland Islands team Physiotherapist, 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Specialist Areas: Running/Runners, Lower back pain
Interests: Trail running, surfing, yoga & meditation, food!
Originally hailing from the UK ​I had the honor to train with the world-renowned running expert Lee Saxby, I hold Born to Run Coaching & Energetics certificates. I'm absolutely passionate about trail running myself, and can often be found muddy and grinning on trails around New Zealand. I really enjoy helping other runners develop into educated and mindful masters of the skill. I also love working with 'non-sporty' injuries, taking great satisfaction in the successful treatment of low back pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Be prepared to leave with a little homework after seeing me, I'm all about self help and mindful movement to iron out those niggly issues!

Merlin Parkel - Sports & Rehab Therapist, Group Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer

Merlin Parkel
Bachelor Phsyiotherapy, BSc Sports Science

Specialist Areas: Endurance Athletes, Runners
Interests: Climbing, Trail running, hiking, NZ outdoors!

Originally from Estonia I am a trained physiotherapist (not yet registered in NZ) with a strong background in many sporting modalities. I have extensive experience as a massage therapist for professional sports teams and in private practice. I enjoy working with a wide range of people from office workers to weekend warriors, recent mums to the elderly.
In my free time I enjoy many outdoor activities; everything from rock climbing to trail running! My athletic background helps me to understand an athlete's mind and be able to see the person behind the complaints. Every person is different hence every treatment is different and personalized.

Ellie Harris - Head Coach, Group Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer

Ellie Harris  Cert.PT, Cert. Fitness Instructor, Zumba, REPS registered, MA (History)

I come from an academic background and worked as a University tutor and heritage consultant for many years. I have always had an interest in the human body, health and wellness; studying anthropology and specializing in medical history for my MA. However, I have also been the person for whom fitness and health was the first casualty of a very sedentary full-time work (and study) schedule. I have been overweight and understand how hard it can be to form healthy habits and embrace a healthy lifestyle. I also understand how rewarding, both physically and mentally, making these changes can be. As I started out on my own fitness journey, I became more and more interested in learning about movement and training, trying all the classes and workouts I could, eventually studying to become a Personal Trainer, moving from an academic understanding of health and wellness to a practical, physical one. Since 2013 I have been a group fitness instructor and love teaching classes, its one of the most rewarding and fun things I have ever done! In my spare time I love reading (especially non-fiction) and learning, listening to a very eclectic range of music, and dancing. I want to help people find the form of fitness that will inspire them to get fit; stay fit; and live a healthier, happier, longer life.

Karen Finlayson - Bodyneed Owner, Group Fitness Coach

Karen FinlaysonMovnat Level 1 Certified Coach, Movnat Level 2 Trained, Stott Pilates Trained, Total Barre Qualified Instructor, Dip. Therapeutic Massage, BA

Interests: Hiking, Natural Movement, Reading, Travel

17 years ago when I started on my journey of wellbeing via massage - I never realised that I would still be as fascinated and intrigued today as I was when I started.  The human body never ceases to amaze me - how incredibly adaptable it is, the amazing feats of athleticism and endurance we can put ourselves through and I am constantly in awe of what our clients get up to.  The building of both my own practice and this company as a whole has been a hugely rewarding journey and one I hope to continue for many years to come.
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Ewa Bigio - Yoga Instructor

Ewa Bigio Yoga RYT 200 HRS Yoga Alliance Instructor, Bachelors of Law (LLB) Auckland University
Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals Course

I originally trained through the Sukha Yoga School after being a student of the Iyengar method for over a decade. Since then, I have embraced Ashtanga as my ongoing personal practice. I teach a unique style of Hatha informed by my Iyengar roots but inspired by my love of the Ashtanga vinyasa style. My classes thus reflect my deep respect  for  anatomical alignment principles to ensure safety of students as well as dynamic movement in order to help build strength and “tapas” (at its most basic level this Sanskrit concept from the Yoga Sutras refers to the heat of purification built up from a yoga practice). I teach Yin Yoga as well as a Yoga Fundamentals Course and both these are open to students of all levels. I believe that yoga is adaptable to the individual needs and state of each practitioner and am deeply responsive to helping my students attain both physical and mental well-being through their connection with a yoga practice rooted in strong fundamentals. Since gaining my qualification I have continued my quest to improve my craft by travelling overseas to conferences and intensives to study with renowned yoga teachers including David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Sri Dharma Mittra, Rodney and Colleen Saidman Yee, Jason Crandell and Santina Giardana-Chard and Kino MacGregor.

Niki Loe - Group Fitness Coach

Niki Pilates Trainer headshotCert IV Master Personal Trainer and Pilates/Group Exercise Instructor - Australian Institute of Fitness | Nutrition Coach | Currently completing Bachelor of Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine

My mission is to inspire others to smile, love, nourish and move in a way that allows us to devour life with great joy. 16 years in the health industry and there is no where else I’d rather be. My experience has taught me that no two people are ever the same, that success is not measured by numbers but by feelings and that the power of the human spirit should never be underestimated.

With an approach to holistic strength, I love challenging the body to explore the depths of its own potential by incorporating body weight, pilates, flexibility and interval training with natural movement and always laughter. We must enjoy moving our body in order to make exercise a long term, sustainable compliment to our lives.


Natalia Kosinska - Sports Massage Therapist, Group Fitness Coach - Maternity Leave 

Senior Sports Therapist - Massage, Group Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer, PilatesNatalia Kosinska Sports Therapist
Dip RM and Spa Therapies, MPhyEd, Dip Sail Coaching, Pilates Trained (Stability Plus)

Specialist Areas: Endurance Athletes
Interests: Sailing, windsurfing, travel, psychology

I first became interested in massage and recovery strategies as an athlete. I have a first hand understanding of how massage prevents injuries, allows for bigger volume and intensity in training and helps to maintain good well-being.
Since I’ve completed my diploma I’ve worked with a range of clients, from athletes who are looking to maximise their training to highly stressed individuals who are trying to balance life's difficulties.
It gives me a lot of satisfaction when I can make a change to someone’s well-being.
In my downtime I windsurf (a lot!) and since narrowly missing out on Rio Olympics I have retired from professional sport and now windsurf just for fun - my last trip was out to the Poor Knights and back!
Read more about Natalia in Faces of Bodyneed


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