Preserve & Evolve.

Joakim Valsinger

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2nd Generation Pilates Instructor Joakim set up Bälans in 2005. He is and Award winning Fitness Instructor, has Advanced Pilates Qualifications and is also a Sports Therapist. Alongside running Bälans he has worked for British Military Fitness in Perth since 2007.

In 2014 Joakim was awarded the Spirit of Flame at the UK Active Awards ceremony where the best and the brightest in the Fitness Industry are recognized for their efforts. Joakim beat some very worthy candidates from some of the biggest gyms all over the UK in the category which applauds individuals for going ‘above and beyond’ with the aim of getting more people more active more often.


Joakim trained as a Pilates Instructor with the Pilates Foundation, before qualifying as an Instructor with Body Control Pilates in 2004. He has a Level 4 Lower Back Pain Specialist Pilates accreditation with REPs, the Register of Exercise Professionals. Joakim is one of only a handful of Pilates Instructors in the UK who can claim direct lineage from Joseph Pilates, having completed a two year course with Lolita San Miguel- the Pilates Master Mentor Program. Lolita is one of the 1st Generation Pilates Elders, having trained and been certified by Joseph Pilates himself in New York City in the 1960’s.

Joakim’s skills have been tested and honed under Lolita’s Mentorship and in 2015 Lolita invited Joakim to attend further training to become an Educator for her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course – Lolita’s Legacy. Joakim is now running regular Courses teaching the next generation of Pilates Instructors. Joakim was the first man in the World to qualify as a BarreConcept Instructor. He’s no ballet dancer, so his classes are not pretty, but they are brutal.

A Swedish born Australian, Joakim came to the UK in 1998. He is a former Australian Army Reserve SF Commando, Bondi Beach Surf Life Saver and Territorial Army Physical Training Instructor. Joakim first became interested in Pilates back in Sydney because of vanity (ask him why). He has always understood the massive benefits Pilates and Sports Therapy can have for improving wellbeing. He gained first-hand experience of debilitating injury when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in 2010. Pilates and Massage saved his sanity through the long rehabilitation back to full health and he has since taken part in a half marathon and triathlon races.

Joakim makes regular trips overseas as a Fitness Instructor and guest Pilates Instructor. He has lead the Exercise Active Archipelago series on a remote island in Sweden, and taught at SunFit for British Military Fitness, and the beautiful Pilates & Yoga Retreat AzulFit, both on Fuerte Ventura. Joakim offers Matwork Classes, Fitdankbaby Classes, BarreConcept Classes, 1:1 sessions, Studio Apparatus sessions, Sports Therapy, Massage, and outdoor Military Fitness. As a graduate of Lolita’s Legacy Educator course, Joakim became the first person in the UK to train students to become 3rd Generation Pilates Instructors on Lolita’s Legacy Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course.

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Bälans Pilates Studio & Treatment Rooms

Bälans Pilates Studio & Treatment Rooms, a peaceful and private Therapy Centre, within the thriving Perth Airport Business Park in Perth, Scotland. All our services are popular with both men and women and we can cater for those with mobility problems with our fully adjustable treatment couch, wheelchair access and accessible toilet facilities. Started in 2005 Bälans offers a diverse but complimentary range of services from effective Massage Treatments, to Group Pilates Matwork classes as well as quality ‘one to one’ services. Joakim, a Swedish born Australian came to the UK in 1998. A former Australian Army Reserve Commando, Bondi Beach Surf Life Saver and TA Physical Training Instructor, Joakim is a Level 3 Pilates Teacher and Sports Therapist. His clients include professional and elite sports people ranging from Polo, Dressage, Motor Racing, Hockey and the dance industry.

Joakim’s international background can be seen in the detail of the decor and techniques incorporated into treatments and Pilates sessions, and he continues to teach and travel internationally to maintain his ‘world citizenship’. With attention to detail paramount, the Treatment Rooms offer a unique fusion of varied cultures and are adorned with little treasures brought back from overseas. The warmth of rich wood, soothing aromas and custom built furniture create a relaxing atmosphere. The natural interior colors were specially designed to support earthiness and help one find inner balance. At Bälans you will find an exciting range of quality treatments performed by qualified, experienced staff and at a sensible price.


Balans Pilates & Treatment Rooms

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Mat System 

Session 2 

  • November 26 - November 27, 2016 
  • January 28 - January 29, 2017 

Session 1:

  • October 8 - October 9, 2016 
  • November 12- November 13, 2016 

System I 

Session 2:

  • April 15 - April 16, 2017 

Session 1:

  • February 25 - February 26, 2017
  • March 25 - March 26, 2017 

System II 

Session 2:

  • September 2 - September 3, 2017

Session 1:

  • June 17 - June 18, 2017 
  • July 29 - July 30, 2017 

  • October 21 - October 22, 2017 

System III 

  • December 2 - December 3,  2017

Educator: Joakim Valsinger