At bodycentric our ethos is to provide high quality services with a focus on safely improving the way your body moves and feels through Physiotherapy and Pilates. We help to facilitate your own specific goals. We want you to leave feeling freer, stronger, with more body awareness and the tools to look after your own health in the long term.
About Melinda Privopoulos
At the age of 13, Melinda was selected to perform in the Junior Corps de Ballet of the English National Ballet Company, inspiring her passion to pursue a career as a Professional Ballet Dancer. Whilst striving for this, she developed an injury, requiring extensive Physiotherapy treatment and also discovered the world of Pilates. She learned how to rehabilitate herself, which enabled her to realise her true passion for rehabilitating injuries and actively assisting others to heal, as well as addressing the factors that may have contributed to the injury.
After graduating from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Human Movement & Health Studies (2011) she also obtained a Master of Physiotherapy - Graduate Entry (2013) and a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction through Polestar Pilates International (2011). Through her enjoyment for educating others, she is now a mentor with Polestar Pilates International assisting other therapists learning to instruct.
Melinda has a diverse Physiotherapy background in private practice, including providing pre and post-surgical rehabilitation at the Western Community Hospital for Orthopaedic patients. She has also worked with many athletes and artists including Professional Dancers, Sturt Football Club, North Melbourne AFL Club and touring theatre companies via Performance Medicine (Southbank, Victoria), including The Play That Goes Wrong, The Rocky Horror Show (2017-2018), The Wizard of Oz (2018) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2018), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2018) and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. She takes a special interest in the neck, vocal physiotherapy, headaches, assisting and conditioning dancers and singers for injury prevention and performance/voice enhancement and helping the general population to sit, stand and move more efficiently.
Melinda enjoys the combination of hands on Physiotherapy and movement in the Pilates studio. She finds the Pilates studio environment allows her to further assess a person's movement patterns and impairments and retrain these accordingly. She aims to keep true to the Pilates concept and incorporates the latest scientific developments regarding exercise and sound biomechanics so that bodies can function how they should from a muscular, joint, vascular and nervous system perspective.
Dedicated to provide the highest quality in health care, Melinda continuously takes part in postgraduate study to keep current with the best practice. She is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with La Trobe University, Victoria. Some of her additional training includes:
Vocal Physiotherapy Level 1 & 2 with Performance Medicine, Victoria
Neuromuscular Dry Needling
Dean Watson Headache Training Level 1
TMJ The Latimer Technique
3D Assessment of the Cervical, Thoracic Spine and Ribs with Trish Wisbey-Roth
Connect Therapy Series with Dr LJ Lee
Level 1 & 2 Dance Physiotherapy with Lisa Howell, New South Wales
Conditioning for Dancers with Paula Baird-Colt, The Australian Ballet Company
Dance Foot and Ankle course with Sue Mayes of the Australian Ballet Company
Dance Specialisation with BASI Pilates- Karen Clippinger
The Everyday Dancer and Athlete with Rachel Quested (former Physiotherapist with the Queensland Ballet)
Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 APA
Dynamic Stabilisation of the Hip and Pelvis , Understanding Tendinopathies of the Hips and Pelvis with Alison Grimaldi
Myofascial Release of the Hip and Pelvis, Level 1 Lumbar Spine & Pelvis with Dr B Hungerford
Functional Fascia Taping with Ron Alexander, as well as Rocktape and Sports Taping with the Adelaide Crows
Pilates for Youth and children with attentional needs with Celeste Corey-Zopich
Pilates for Scoliosis, Runners, Pathokinesiology of the Lumbar Spine, Women’s Health, Dancer/Gymnast, OOV training
Aleenta Barre Instructor Training
Current Memberships & Affiliations:
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
Sports Physiotherapy Aust
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Aust
Women's & Men's Health & Sports Physiotherapy Groups
Australian Voice Association (AVA)
Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH)
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
South Australian Sports Medicine Association (sasma)
Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA)
International Association of Dance Medicine (IADMS) http://www.iadms.org/member/bodycentric
Australian Ballet Corps de Ballet Patron
Sydney Dance Company Partner Program
Young patrons Circle Member of the New York City Ballet.
Friends of the Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet