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Sonya Ginty - Sports Physio, Cycling Specialist

Sonyasmaller-895NZ registered 70-15135, APC for April 2018-March2019, UK HCPC registered 080911
BSc Physiotherapy / University of Wales, Cardiff, UK;  BSc Physiology and Psychology, Joint Hons / University of Wales

  • Passion and specialisation in Cycling
  • Skilled Manual Therapist - Maitland, Mulligan Sports Massage
  • Post Operative and Injury Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Qualified Acupuncturist
  • Trained Hydrotherapist
  • Trained Hand Therapist
  • Trained Clinical Educator

Sonya specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with expertise in the treatment of muscle and joint conditions. Originating from the UK, Sonya graduated from Cardiff University in 2008. She has worked within the NHS, at two prestigious private sports injury clinics and for an AFL team the Tamworth Phoenix – league winners in 2017.

Sonya provides excellent clinical reasoning and diagnostic skills plus a variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, sports massage and exercise prescription. She is also an AACP qualified acupuncturist. With experience across trauma and orthopaedics, neuro rehabilitation, respiratory medicine, rheumatology and hydrotherapy – Sonya brings a holistic approach to any sporting injury, complaint or more complex pathology.

Outside of clinic time, Sonya competes in triathlon, open water swimming and road cycling events and is currently making the most of the New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle, mountain biking and trying her hand at all water sports on offer. 

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

Cert. Personal Trainer, Cert. Fitness Instructor, Piloxing SSP Instructor, Strong (H.I.I.T) Instructor, Zumba Instructor, REPS registered, Master of Arts (History)

I come from an academic background and worked as a University tutor and heritage Ellie Harris  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.

Ulrika Hedquist Ballinger - Group Fitness Coach

Certified Group Exercise Instructor, Master of Arts (Comparative Literature)ulrika headshot (1)-49-65

I’ve been a Group Exercise Instructor for over 20 years and I still love it! I’m passionate about motivating people to live as healthily and happily as possible, and be the best they can be. I believe that getting the balance right with exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress and social connection has a huge impact on our wellbeing.

I’m a mum of two. I also work as a Content Production Manager for an online training company, and I’m currently training to become a Health Coach.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling, boxing, practicing yoga, skiing (in winter), reading good books and socialising with friends.

Britany Wright - Reception/Admin

Administration, Aged Care, Bachelor of Global Studies - Human Rights, Global Politics (ongoing)

Britanypiclarge-331I have a history in Administration, Academia, and Aged Care, however I was looking for something a little different when I found Bodyneed. I wanted to incorporate an element of health and wellness into my everyday working life, and Bodyneed was the perfect fit!

The Team at Bodyneed have inspired me to begin my own health and wellness journey, so you will likely see me in some of the Group Fitness Classes. I find taking the classes break up my working day and give me that balance I need while improving my physical health and stimulating my brain. 

I have always had a deep interest in Health and Wellness especially its benefits on mental health and the important role physical exercise plays as we age. Having worked in Aged Care in the past, I have seen first hand the benefits of maintaining good long term nutrition and exercise.  

In my spare time I love to read and learn new things, spend time with friends and of course dote upon my two fur babies! 
I am originally from Tauranga and still call that region home, my family are still down there and I enjoy taking road trips to visit as often as I can. 

I’m honoured to be a part of the Bodyneed Team and I look forward to helping the Team continue to change the lives of our members.

Caro McCourtie - General Manager

Marketing & Business Consultant, Business Coach, Digital Marketer, Brand Marketer, Business Owner, Writer, Author.   
Bachelor of Business Studies.

I caCaro01-low-res-for-web-use-only-694me to Bodyneed as a Six Week Challenger, having recognised that I'd allowed my life stresses of a corporate career, caregiving for elderly parents, and some health issues & injuries to lead me away from my life time focus on my health and wellness. Resulting in the addition of unwanted kilos with no firm, real commitment by me to address that.

Bodyneed and the Team changed all of that! I saw that they were the real deal, with their very doable balanced meal plan, group fitness, and accountability coaching that came with their introductory program. 

I thoroughly embraced their ethos of fitness, strength, and mobility through Natural Movement. 

Caring for my parents, and seeing the realities of ageing on their bodies, has made me conscious and proactive to take action now, to move gracefully and strongly through my life and its stages.

It was an exciting and natural evolution for me to become part of this wonderful team of people whom I believe in as individuals, and also as a collective representation of The Bodyneed Way.

I am inspired by the positive and real impact we can and do have for our Members, and am committed to seeing more people benefit from what Bodyneed offers.

In my spare time... I do love my wine and dark chocolate (in moderation of course!); animals and their welfare; I am passionate about aged care; and enjoy gardening: colourful and perfumed flowers, and growing my favourite fruit and vegetables. 

Karen Finlayson - Bodyneed Owner, Group Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer

Certified Coach (Movnat, Pilates, Barre) - Cert. Nutrition and Health - Dip.Therapeutic Massage - B.A Art History

Interests: Hiking, Natural Movement, Reading, Travel, ParkourKaren 2020-525

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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Ponsonby, Auckland

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