Julian and Virginia Cooke are the team behind Movement Mentors. With a passion for mindful movement, they are trained in realistic exercise systems and healing modalities that help people find comfort and ease within their bodies.

Virginia Cooke discovered CALLANETICS® in the 1980s and learned the exercises from the Ten Years Younger in Ten Hours book by Callan Pinckney, and the video. She went on to do other forms of exercise and didn’t realise how damaging they had been until she rediscovered CALLANETICS® in the mid 2000s, in an exercise forum.

Virginia was intrigued and decided to train in the method. She certified in December 2012 and did advanced training in 2014 with Lead Global Trainer Sandra Hanna of Gold Coast CALLANETICS®.

Now known in Canberra as Stretchtone, Virginia is passionate about the difference that the exercises makes to her own wellbeing and that of her students, particularly with functional everyday tasks such as getting out of a chair or car seat, putting on one’s socks, standing for long periods of time, or gardening. All of these movements become easier and more enjoyable to do. And if you want a ‘peachy behind’ or flatter abs, that happens as well!

Virginia also holds a Diploma of Yoga from the International Yoga Teacher Association (2019), incorporating chair and gentle yoga. She also teaches Ageless Grace®, a seated brain and body fitness program. Virginia has many plans for Movement Mentors in 2019 and beyond.

Julian Cooke is an army officer by day, but enjoys tapping into his intuitive side with his work in Horstmann Technique and tai chi. Julian is a natural healer, with a practical and realistic approach that comes from his extensive studies in anatomy and physiology and his training in Defence medical areas. He trained in the Horstmann Technique one-on-one with founder Trish Trowbridge in 2017. He has since had remarkable success treating Movement Mentors clients who have back, shoulder, and hip issues. This has helped them to benefit more from their Stretchtone classes, and given them better range of movement and quality of life.

At the moment, Julian sees a maximum of four clients per week. Trained in all three levels of Yang Tai Chi, Julian is also a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor.

Where are we located?
We teach and practice from our home in Harrison in the ACT, just 20 minutes from Canberra centre. Address is supplied at time of booking.