Meet Our Visiting Teacher Tania Huddart

Tania Huddart

Tania Huddart is a Master Pilates Instructor, a Nationally certified Pilates teacher (NCPT), and the owner of Hearts and Bones Pilates® Centre. She came to Pilates training through a career in teaching dance.

​Tania started her Pilates training in the mid-1990s in London with the acclaimed Pilates instructor Lesley Ackland and then continued her training through The PhysicalMind Institute in the USA, qualifying as a Pilates instructor in The Method® Pilates in 2000. The Institute, founded in 1991, is deeply rooted in the pioneering body conditioning work done by Joseph Pilates, his wife Clara, and their original studio team in New York. The training is based on the work of Eve Gentry, an original Master Instructor who had worked with Joseph Pilates for 22 years.

Tania returned to New Zealand and established Hearts and Bones Pilates Centre in 2002. The following year, she undertook further training with the PhysicalMind Institute in New York and became a Master Pilates Instructor (qualified to teach Pilates instructors).

Who is it for?

All bodyworkers, physiotherapists, yoga and Pilates teachers, massage therapists, and anyone interested in how to look after their body in between classes

What you need?

Comfortable clothing you can move in. Pen, printed copy of your manual for making notes, willingness to be curious and explore.


Fascia (or myofascia) surrounds and covers all your muscles and bones. This outer fascial covering is very strong and very flexible. Under a microscope, fascia resembles a fluid-filled fishnet. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is soft. It can stretch and move without restriction. When you’re injured or have any tissue inflammation, the fascia loses its flexibility. It can become tight, and restricted, and can cause tension throughout the rest of your body.

Releasing tight areas can:

increase your power

improve your joint range of motion

improve your lifestyle-induced muscle pains

keep your body strong, well-aligned and flexible have a calming effect on your nervous system.

Myofascial release works well with the Pilates mat and equipment work. You will gain more from your workout if you add fascial release work.

What you’ll learn. On this course?

You’ll learn: what fascia is and its role in your body how to use a pair of large spiky balls and a smaller one to get your body moving different ways to use spiky balls in many ways to prepare your body for a Pilates class. How to stretch your fascia using the fascia stretch formula.