About

(B. Physiotherapy, MAPA; Cert. Yoga Instructor)

Juliana portolesi

Director, physiotherapist & yoga teacher

A physiotherapist, yoga teacher, perpetual learner, ever curious, and chronic perfectionist. I am passionate about health, life, the human body and every experience that relates to these.

I have been working with people and movement for over 15 years and it’s my aim to educate, empower and inspire people with the knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle with more peace and ease.

A healthy body has always been a precious commodity in my mind and as a graduating young physiotherapist, I understood the importance of exercise and eating well to maintain health. What I didn’t realise, was that the health of our minds was just as, if not, more important. I learnt this the hard way…the result of my high desire to achieve, with part time studies on top of full-time work, the challenges of maintaining a long-distance relationship and interrupted sleep patterns was mental illness in the form of anxiety.

I am lucky in my life that I have a great support network of family and friends and an open-minded GP who thinks laterally. My journey back to wellness was by slowing down and finding ‘Centred Ground’ through a regular yoga and mindfulness practice, good nutrition, sleep and connection within the community.

Graduating Physiotherapy in 2005, I have experience in managing general and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, sporting and acute orthopaedic injury, upper limb injuries and chronic pain conditions. But my greatest learning and understanding of the connectedness of the human body and mind has come from my own experience, my studies and practice in Iyengar yoga over the past 12 years.

Prior to my yoga journey, I trained in the Clinical Pilates method and have since completed advanced training in dry needling, occupational health, muscle energy techniques and, most recently, Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and Connect Therapy with Dr LJ Lee.

The human body amazes me, and people amaze me. I love that I get to educate and inspire good health, great movement and positive changes in people. We're a never-ending puzzle - there's always something more to learn or understand. And I love that moment when the penny drops for someone & they're able to move pain-free and return to the things they love.

Professional Achievements:
  • International Ergonomics Association Congress- Presenter August 2015 Melbourne, Australia: “Achieving consistency in the inconsistent world of health: a single system wide approach to job analysis.”
  • Development of a Job Analysis Management System and methodology for SA Health
Extra Studies:
  • DMA Clinical Pilates
  • Jones Institute of Strain-Counterstrain  – cranial
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Dry Needling
  • Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training
  • Ergonomics and Occupational Health
  • Structural Integration
Qualification:
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia 2005
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health Management 2015
  • Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher 2017, Yoga Australia (Iyengar Method)
  • Connect Therapy Series Graduate
Professional Memberships:
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Joint member Human Factors and Ergonomics Society & Australian Association for Manual Handling Practices
  • Yoga Australia Certified Member
  • Trainee Member of Iyengar Yoga Association

Natalie Feil

Yoga & SI by Natalie, Structural Integration Practitioner & Yoga Teacher

Natalie is a Structural Integration Practitioner and Yoga Teacher passionate about helping people feel better in their body.

Structural Integration is a combination of hands-on therapy, movement and awareness to manipulate the soft tissue to align the body and allow for better movement and posture.

Through Yoga and SI, Natalie aims to assist you to relieve pain and discomfort in the body, improve range of motion and promote a greater sense of wellbeing.

Nicolas Mouat

Zephyr Life, Remedial Massage Therapist & Yoga Teacher

Hi, my name is Nico. I have been a Remedial Massage Therapist since 2007 and yoga teacher for the past 4 years.

I became interested in Yoga 16 years ago as I found a need to become healthier and more connected. Though I practiced many styles, I felt a deep connection with Iyengar yoga and certified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2018.

As I learnt about the numerous benefits of Yoga, I was drawn to study Massage therapy to help people in a hands-on manner.

My massage techniques include Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral, Hot Stone Therapy and Cupping which all help the body in different ways.

In my spare time, I love gardening, woodwork, meditation…I eat healthy, keep fit and maintain (alive) a handful of Bonsai trees. I also dedicate time daily to connect and play with my daughter, Intika and my life partner. I love connecting with like-minded and like-hearted people to help each other through life’s journey better.

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