Heather Thomas Shalabi

Heather Thomas Shalabi became a Pilates devotee 15 years ago, after moving to Hong Kong. Her recognition of the benefits of Pilates, and passion for the discipline led her to embark on intensive training, completing her full Studio certification through Polestar in 2003. After working in Hong Kong clubs and studios for two years, Heather opened Flex Studio in January of 2005. Pre and Post Natal conditioning through Pilates and the Gyrotonic Expansion System is an area Heather has studied extensively, having practiced both systems of movement regularly during her first and second pregnancies. Heather's interest in movement and the body stems from her decade-long training in classical ballet whilst a young girl, and subsequent daily yoga practice whilst living in New York City in the 1990’s. Recently Heather has embarked on the study of Traditional Pilates, studying under Benjamin Degenhardt and his 360°Pilates Continuing Education program, which she hosts every year in Hong Kong. She also leads workshops annually around Asia.
Heather Thomas Shalabi
Heather Thomas Shalabi became a Pilates devotee 15 years ago, after moving to Hong Kong. Her recognition of the benefits of Pilates, and passion for the discipline led her to embark on intensive training, completing her full Studio certification through Polestar in 2003. After working in Hong Kong clubs and studios for two years, Heather opened Flex Studio in January of 2005. Pre and Post Natal conditioning through Pilates and the Gyrotonic Expansion System is an area Heather has studied extensively, having practiced both systems of movement regularly during her first and second pregnancies. Heather's interest in movement and the body stems from her decade-long training in classical ballet whilst a young girl, and subsequent daily yoga practice whilst living in New York City in the 1990’s. Recently Heather has embarked on the study of Traditional Pilates, studying under Benjamin Degenhardt and his 360°Pilates Continuing Education program, which she hosts every year in Hong Kong. She also leads workshops annually around Asia.

Latest from Heather Thomas Shalabi

Why Hongkongers get sciatica, and three yoga moves to deal with the lower back pain

Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a bulging disc or tight buttock muscles. Yoga teacher and therapist Dilip Pillai shows how to stretch properly to alleviate symptoms of this painful, debilitating condition

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a bulging disc or tight buttock muscles. Yoga teacher and therapist Dilip Pillai shows how to stretch properly to alleviate symptoms of this painful, debilitating condition

Why Hongkongers get sciatica, and three yoga moves to deal with the lower back pain
Five easy exercises to avoid knee pain and strengthen ageing joints – a video guide

It’s never too early to look after your knees, so we’ve found a fitness trainer to guide you through some quick and simple motions to make sure you keep that spring in your step

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

It’s never too early to look after your knees, so we’ve found a fitness trainer to guide you through some quick and simple motions to make sure you keep that spring in your step

Five easy exercises to avoid knee pain and strengthen ageing joints – a video guide
Seven in-flight exercises to survive and thrive on long-haul trips

Exercises to boost circulation, reduce swelling, activate core muscles and stretch your body, plus more tips to ensure you arrive at your next destination in top form

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Exercises to boost circulation, reduce swelling, activate core muscles and stretch your body, plus more tips to ensure you arrive at your next destination in top form

Seven in-flight exercises to survive and thrive on long-haul trips
How a holistic approach can improve post-op recovery

When chronic pain stubbornly lingers after surgery, sufferers may find that relief lies in neuromuscular treatments

When chronic pain stubbornly lingers after surgery, sufferers may find that relief lies in neuromuscular treatments

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

When chronic pain stubbornly lingers after surgery, sufferers may find that relief lies in neuromuscular treatments

When chronic pain stubbornly lingers after surgery, sufferers may find that relief lies in neuromuscular treatments

How a holistic approach can improve post-op recovery
Do you have ‘chicken neck’? Nine ways to avoid neck and lower back pain

A bad neck position when sitting can affect the alignment of the spine, shorten muscles and tendons and cause problems with the neck and lower back. Here’s what to do to avoid pain and injury

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A bad neck position when sitting can affect the alignment of the spine, shorten muscles and tendons and cause problems with the neck and lower back. Here’s what to do to avoid pain and injury

Do you have ‘chicken neck’? Nine ways to avoid neck and lower back pain
Five exercises to strengthen immunity and flush your lymph system during flu season

How simple home exercises, including neck rolls and yoga poses – collectively known as ‘intelligent movement’ – can boost the immune system

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

How simple home exercises, including neck rolls and yoga poses – collectively known as ‘intelligent movement’ – can boost the immune system

Five exercises to strengthen immunity and flush your lymph system during flu season
How to have a sexy butt and stay young – work the gluteus medius

The gluteus medius muscles keep your hips straight, give you balance, improve performance and prevent injuries in runners, and help you age gracefully

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM

The gluteus medius muscles keep your hips straight, give you balance, improve performance and prevent injuries in runners, and help you age gracefully

How to have a sexy butt and stay young – work the gluteus medius
How eccentric muscle training can make you stronger and leaner quickly

Eccentric exercise focuses on working muscles as they lengthen, and is essential for balance, mobility and physical functions such as walking down stairs or lowering objects to the ground

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Eccentric exercise focuses on working muscles as they lengthen, and is essential for balance, mobility and physical functions such as walking down stairs or lowering objects to the ground

How eccentric muscle training  can make you stronger and leaner quickly
Two exercises to improve health of our feet - most overlooked part of human body

Ill-fitting shoes and lack of care often lead to foot problems, which can have knock-on effects on the spinal cord and lower body muscles

23 May 2016 - 10:33AM

Ill-fitting shoes and lack of care often lead to foot problems, which can have knock-on effects on the spinal cord and lower body muscles

Two exercises to improve health of our feet - most overlooked part of human body
How to unlock the power of mental imagery to lift performance and aid recovery