A few words about us

Our state of the art equipment allows us to provide functional training that will improve your core strength, enhance your flexibility and relieve pain while providing a fun and challenging workout.

Let us help you move

Owner and Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher

I'm Allison Kares and I'm passionate about posture!

Vision Statement

To inspire clients to have healthy, balanced bodies and minds by understanding how heightened awareness of movement improves our bodies.

Mission Statement

At Movement Unlimited Inc, our mission is to provide the most up to date, highest quality, client centred training for the pursuit of achieving quality movement, body awareness, strength, flexibility, balance and function.

Our goal is to help you move to your highest potential.

 

Allison Kares, NCPT:

I opened Movement Unlimited Inc. in November 2012. After 23 years of working in the Health, Rehab and Fitness Industries, I created a facility with a team of teachers that will provide you a wellness experience that meets all your needs.
As a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher and having worked as an exercise therapist in the rehab industry for 12 years, I have always been curious about efficient and effective movement. This passion has lead me to develop unique, comprehensive, evidence based program that will provide you with maximal results.
- In 2002, I completed my full certification through Stott Pilates and am proud to be one of only a few teachers in Niagara to hold this comprehesive training in all Pilates modalities. As well, I've taken many physiotherapy and therapeutic training programs to enhance your therapeutic and corrective exercise results.
- In 2012, I brought the PFilates, Pelvic Floor Pilates, method to Niagara. I continue to expand my knowledge of pelvic floor disorders and have created a program that is a rare combination of all the best approaches to urinary incontience and pelvic floor disorders.
- In 2016 I completed the Polestar Transition Program, and am a graduate of the Polestar Pilates Program.
- I am a Polestar Pilates Studio Practitioner and Polestar Pilates Mentor.
- In 2018, I became a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA ® Certified Pilates Teacher).

I'm excited to meet with you and help you design a program that will work to help you achieve your ultimate movement potential. 

Young or mature, fit or injured, we have a program that will improve how you move!

Polestar Pilates Official Parnter.  Allison Kares is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher with the PMA. Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance)

Meet Our Team

Sally McDonnel Pilates Movement Unlimited
Sally MacDonell

Teaching is my passion and my love of fitness transformed into the vehicle to help people improve their health and wellness. Having taught for over 20 years, I have become fascinated and truly inspired by the small increments in progress that I see clients making, one cell of their body at a time. Breaking down each movement to meet each client’s needs allows me to see the look of accomplishment in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as we progress to each new level. Fun and fitness go hand in hand. I strive to include activation of the laughing muscles as a key to success. Sally MacDonell…at your service!

Cheryl Kowalik Pilates Movement Unlimited
Cheryl Kowalik

I found my way to Pilates over 10 years ago. Having a physical job as a full time Paramedic I have witnessed first hand the positive impact Pilates can have on ones everyday life. I am a Stott certified, TRX trainer and a Pelvic floor instructor for the past 8 years. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with those around me and continue to integrate my teaching and lifestyle for optimal functional health and movement. I enjoy working with her clients on strength, control, and conditioning. My optimism will aid you to take charge of your body and mind in the Pilates studio and beyond. I teaches both group and private sessions to a variety of clients looking to improve their physical and mental well being. I am dedicated to meeting your needs so I commit to attending workshops and conferences to make sure my knowledge is always up to date.

Emily Robertson Pilates Movement Unlimited Inc.
Emily Robertson

As a young girl I was always drawn to ways the body can move to express art. I grew up dancing at a competitive level, studying tap, jazz, ballet, modern and lyrical. My passion evolved and in 2010 I began teaching both recreational and completive dancers. Looking for ways to strengthen my dancer's and improve their technique, I attended the Niagara College Fitness and Health Promotions program and graduated in 2017. Following my graduation, I went on to obtain my Can-fit Pro Personal Training Specialist certification. With my passion for movement, I decided to continue my education through obtaining my STOTT Pilates certification. I look forward to completing my full certification and applying my knowledge to provide my clients with a personalized program.

Sydney Dick
Sydney Dick

I began practicing Pilates in 2005, and quickly found it to be an excellent compliment to my already active lifestyle. Pilates soon made me stronger, more flexible, and less prone to injury. It also improved my running and weightlifting, and was helpful while completing a diploma in Outdoor Adventure from Algonquin College. Pilates creates an awareness of how your body moves that allows you to take on all of life’s activities with confidence, whether it’s a week-long backpacking trip, carrying luggage through an airport, or playing with your children at the park. After more than 10 years of practicing Pilates, in 2016, I decided it was finally time to begin teaching others. I hope to pass on my love for Pilates and fitness, as well as help others find confidence through movement. My certifications include: Body Harmonics Pilates Level I Mat (160 hours), Body Harmonics Pilates Level 2 Reformer (275 hours), Yoga By Sarah Teacher Training Program (200 hours), and Booty Barre Plus. I continue to take courses to improve my knowledge and stay up to date.

 

Anne Cooke Pilates Movement Unlimited
Anne Cooke

I am an older adult personal trainer and instructor and Senior Fitness Instructor Course(SFIC) Trainer for the Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging. I has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years, and have recently relocated to Niagara from Toronto where I ran my own small fitness company for many years. I have extenstive training in the field of human movement including physiotherapy training and I hold many certifications as well as a BFA from York University. Join my Functional Flexibility class Tuesday mornings and I'll show you how to move with ease!

Karen Gemmel, Yoga Instructor
Karen Gemmel

I began practicing yoga in January of 1996. In the fall of 2003, I completed, with Honor of Distinction, an intensive 500-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Centre of Burlington, a recognized Yoga Alliance training facility. I continue to deepen my knowledge of the practice by attending workshops and classes led by senior teachers. I practice and teach a traditional style of yoga which utilizes props for modification to make poses accessible to students of all ages and abilities. Yoga props are used to support the body in restorative poses, and assist you to move into a posture you may not yet be flexible enough to manage on your own. Props can also educate your body to create the alignment and action required for a pose. Classes focus on developing strength, stability, flexibility, postural awareness, as well as an awareness of your best alignment in any given pose. All classes include breathwork (pranayama), physical postures (asana), and a guided relaxation (savasana). Students of all levels, abilities and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents.

Kristina Tzvetkova

Personal Trainer (PT), Essentrics Trainer, NKT practitioner and Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST)

Originally from Bulgaria, Kristina came to Canada in 2005 with her husband and two year old son. After less then two years of learning English, she was accepted to Brock University majoring in Psychology. In 2010 she graduated with the highest average and was on the Dean’s Honours List for three consecutive years. Ten days after graduation she had her second child, a girl. For Kristina the most important thing was/is taking care of her family, so she was a stay at home mom for almost four years. In 2014, she became a member of the Canadian Fitness Professionals Organization known as CanFitPro. After passing her written and practical exams, she received the certificate of a Personal Trainer and Nutrition and Weight Loss specialist. She is also one of the few fully certified Essentrics instructors in the Niagara Region, a Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist and Level 2 NKT practitioner.

In her free time, Kristina loves spending time with friends and family.

Marie-Eve Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Movement Unlimited Inc.
Marie-Eve Nackers, MPT, PFPT

In 2010, Marie-Eve graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. She was accepted into the Masters of Physiotherapy program the same year and graduated in 2012. In recent years, Marie-Eve has been specialising in pelvic health physiotherapy. This specialty is focussed on assessing male and female pelvic conditions in order to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. She includes manual therapy, breathing techniques, cognitive behavioral approach, body mapping and Qi-Gong exercises to finally get you ready to move with confidence and resilience. Common conditions treated in pelvic health rehabilitation are, but is not limited to, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, SI joint dysfunction, persistent pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, interstitial cystisis, bladder pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, post-hysterectomy rehab and post-prostatectomy rehab. Marie-Eve moved in Niagara Region in December 2016 and she’s excited to start her new life and career in the region. She is looking forward to using all of her experiences to provide the best care to help you achieve your goals.

Sally McDonnel Pilates Movement Unlimited
Brett Forsey, MEd, BPhEd, CSEP-CPT

Brett is an enthusiastic and inspiring fitness professional with 15 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Educator and Entrepreneur, throughout the Niagara Region.

He is excited to meet each of you at Movement Unlimited Inc., and looks forward to leading you through a variety of challenging and enjoyable TRX Suspension Training classes in 2019!
You can connect with Brett online via Instagram @brett_forsey_fitness, or chat with him right here at Movement Unlimited Inc

Sydney Dick
Rebecca Swick

My journey with yoga began at a young age. Originally it was the physical poses that brought me to my mat, but I soon felt the gentle shifts yoga could create in my life off my mat. My practice has challenged me to focus on the present moment, grow stronger, calmer and more self-aware and become in tune with the connection between the body, the brain and the mind. I am passionate about living holistically. I use my background as an Occupational Therapist with the soulful, spiritual and mindful aspects of yoga to encourage others to feel happy and healthy in their lives. Yoga encourages me to maintain balance in life while working as an Occupational Therapist and respiratory educator. I have experienced the remarkable way yoga builds supportive communities that generate self-acceptance and health where individuals seek to empower others rather than seeing them as competition. After years of developing my own yoga practice, I started to dig deeper, interested in reading and learning about how mindfulness, stilling the brain, and moving the body can positively influence our health. I have recently taken an interest in pelvic floor health and the connection it has with the rest of our body and the changes which occur in the pelvic during pregnancy. My love for learning lead me to additional professional development courses through Pelvic Health Solutions as well as completing my pre-natal yoga teacher training. In my classes students can expect that while guiding them through their yoga practice I will hold space for them as they move through their own journey in the present moment. Students can expect to be challenged physically and mentally while still leaving feeling peaceful and nourished. In addition to bringing awareness to the physical movements, I spend time drawing student’s awareness inward by focus on deepening and working with our breath.