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Paola Raffinetti

Paola Raffinetti

The motivation to understand what moves us has shaped Paola's life both personally and professionally. Paola is a Pilates Instructor, Slings Myofascial Trainer®, Yoga Teacher and Educator for art of motion Academy. She teaches Studio Pilates, workshops, courses, retreats and hosts teacher training.


Paola began her love of movement through dance from an early age and completed her dance degree with high distinction in South Africa at Tswhane University of Technology. During this time Paola did her first Pilates Studio qualification in 2001, working closely with dancers at the university and the South African Ballet. In addition, she taught Anatomy and Physiology at The National School of the Arts, fuelling her love of anatomy and passing on that passion.


In 2006, she moved to London and continued her education with The Pilates Foundation UK. Anne-Marie Zulkahari, her Master Trainer, was a major influence as she encouraged Paola to keep questioning, learning and, above all, keeping an open mind.


In 2012, Paola settled in Sydney, Australia where she encountered Slings Myofascial Training®, created by art of motion academy. This has lead Paola into the world of integral anatomy which has evolved her teaching in new ways. She has since become the Sydney host for the training as well as an Educator.


Paola enjoys working with any client, no matter their level or age. The broad spectrum of the techniques she uses ensure she will have something specific to your body and needs. Her work with all these disciplines (and who knows, maybe something extra by the time you join one of the classes) keeps her teachings fresh, interesting and challenging.


Look out for Paola’s workshops, trainings and retreats.


When Paola isn’t teaching, she’s out walking her dog, swimming at the beach, reading a book or baking something delicious.



  • Slings Myofascial Training® Practitioner (art of motion Academy)

  • Certified Yoga Teacher (InYoga)

  • Certified Pilates Teacher – Matwork and Comprehensive Studio (Pilates Foundation UK)

  • B-tech in Dance Teaching (Tswhane University of Technology)

  • Sydney host for Slings Myofascial Training® in partnership with Anatomy Trains Australia

  • Presenter at workshops and retreats

  • Various certificates in fitness and wellness

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”

- Martha Graham

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