Our goal is to share the benefits of Pilates and manual therapy for fitness and rehabilitation, and to offer the services in one holistic programme.
There are many benefits of having stronger core muscles, and everyone needs some rehabilitation at one point in time or another. Having a place to train, stretch and rehabilitate — whether it is to recover from a major illness or injury, or from a minor sprain so that it doesn’t worsen — is the reason we started. We hope to share the benefits of Movement and Therapy.
We started in 2016 in a shop on Owen Road near Farrer Park Hospital. We moved to our present location on Siang Kuang Ave in late 2020. In our studio, you will be able to take a Pilates session or find relief for a musculoskeletal pain in a Pilates with Rehabilitation session.
To take a trial, simply sign up below, or call (65) 6996 4396 to learn more.
Move Therapy was started in March 2016 by May Tham. She is a certified Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapist, COMT with the Art & Science of Kinesiology.
May is also a nationally certified Pilates Teacher, NCPT under the National Pilates Certification Program. She received her Pilates training from Polestar® Pilates. She is also trained in Pre- and Postnatal Pilates by the Centre for Women’s Fitness.
Additionally, May is a Certified Personal Trainer, CPT with the American College of Sports Medicine, and is an accredited Allied Fitness Professional with Exercise is Medicine®. If you have an exercise prescription from your doctor, you can contact May, or Move Therapy about the exercises to meet the prescription.
Challenging, But Rewarding
The workouts can sometimes be challenging; yet rewarding. After each session, I feel relieve for my stiff back and my body feels more balanced.
Prenatal Pilates Helped Me So Much
I was about 5 to 6 months pregnant when I joined Prenatal Pilates. It has helped me so much. I had no leg swelling for this pregnancy unlike my first and my posture improved tremendously. And I’ve to say, my blood circulation was good as well. May was very accommodating and helped with each exercise. I intent to continue once I deliver for the Postnatal Pilates.
Very Happy To Find This Studio
I highly recommend this Pilates studio! I have tried many Pilates studios but none as professional and patient as May. After taking her lessons for a few months, my terrible stiff neck is gone! Very happy I found this studio.
Looking Forward to More Sessions
Had my first trial session with May for Prenatal Pilates and I want to thank her for being patient, encouraging and also to help work on target areas. Appreciate the customised exercises for my own condition and looking forward to more sessions going ahead as I prepare for labour.
My Parents Really Enjoy Pilates
Hidden Pilates gem in the area! May is an amazing and passionate Pilates instructor! She is extremely attentive to my parents who have been attending the senior Pilates Gold class for more than half a year - and has helped them train full body muscles to improve balance, weight distribution when walking and assuage their knee pain.
My parents really enjoy her classes and feedback that she’s extremely patient on guiding them to make the right Pilates postures! Adding on, they also highlight her facilities are very clean! Thumbs up~
Seeing Results In Five Classes
I highly recommend Pilates. It has helped me recover from my sunken hips. And it was only after five classes. Teacher May is also very careful and professional. Thank you.
Postnatal Pilates, Would Recommend
I'd private sessions with May for Postnatal Pilates. I have enjoyed & benefited from them. May is both knowledgeable & professional. Would recommend!
Better Posture, Feels Great After Class
May is great at correcting my posture so that the correct muscles will be activated. It's a marked difference from reformer classes at the gym versus here. Feels great to walk away feeling taller and more upright after class 🙂
Perceptive & Good
May is very perceptive and good at picking out which muscles that are not working as they should!
Backache From Pregnancy Went Away
I had a really bad backache during pregnancy and after my first session, the pain went away and I felt so much better. Really patient and caring instructor! Highly recommended!
Totally Happy, Find Relief From Back Pain
May is an amazing instructor and her Pilates sessions are very relaxing! She helped me relieved my back pain due to my first pregnancy since 4 years ago with only a few sessions. Totally happy with the result and looking forward to attending more sessions!
Surprise to Sweat
I have been positively surprised by the sweat after the Pilates sessions with May. As someone who has spent many hours in the gym, (I didn't expect the intensity of Pilates exercise.) The moves targeted at “small muscles” have brought new inspiration and fun to exercise.
Able to Sit on Hard Chairs, Feel Refresh
I’d been having back pain when I sit. I couldn’t sit for long because of the pain. Sitting for a meeting became a problem. Since yesterday after the session (of manual therapy and Pilates,) I experienced a vast improvement. I'm able to sit even on hard chairs. When I got home yesterday, I was completely exhausted and slept very well. I am refreshed today. Thank you.
Started Pilates During Pregnancy
First try at Pilates when I found out about my pregnancy! Instructor May is patient and encouraging, she takes extra care as I approach my due date. Also, studio is clean and hygiene!
A Wonderful Experience, Prenatal Pilates
I started doing Prenatal Pilates with May in my second trimester. Although it’s my first time, May has made Pilates very easy and comfortable to pick up and she is always very attentive to my postures during class. Thank you for the wonderful experience and I highly recommend for any mummies to-be looking for prenatal exercise (:
Looking Out For What I Need
WOW! It has been a different experience for me at the Pilates sessions with May as from the others I went to! Love how May looks out for what I need to strengthen, and customises the sessions to suit me. Totally awesome!
Feeling Like A Million Dollars
May is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable. Every time I walk out (of the Pilates session) feeling like a million dollars!
Awaken Many Tiny Muscles
Thank you a thousand times. You gave me the beginnings of a 6 pack, made me so much more aware of my body and breathing. So many tiny / lazy muscles have been awakened!
Finding Symmetry Despite Scoliosis
I have had scoliosis for 30 years. My left and right upper back and buttocks become asymmetric. With customised Pilates exercise, I saw my upper back and butts more equal for the first time. Thank you!
Reversing The Effects of Sitting
I spend lots of hours sitting on a chair, in front of my laptop and that's harmful for my body and specially my back. I see May every week for Pilates and she helps me restore balance, finding healthier postures for my body and releasing from the weekly erosion.
Countering the Effects of Medication, Feeling Stronger
Post surgery, I was looking for a physical trainer to partner with in counteracting the effects of long term medication, and in building a stronger body for health reasons. After a year of training with May, my walking gait has improved, knees feel stronger and better supported by muscular mass built through exercises planned by May. I feel confident that I can depend on her expertise to address pain in the body and more importantly learn new habits to slowly build a stronger, pain-free body. Thank you May for being a very important part of my healing process!
Ease the Effects of Chemotherapy
Cancer and chemotherapy have greatly affected and changed my body and mind. During chemotherapy, I have developed chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. A year into post chemotherapy, the side effects, pain and discomforts lingered on. My hands and legs were frequently stiff, swollen and tingling with pins and needles. I was struggling with fatigue, balance and mobility.
I met May at Move Therapy in January 2018. Her studio is no frills but well equipped and personable. May did not paint me any rosy promises or rainbow illusions. She did some evaluations and suggested we can start with some rehabilitation and strengthening workouts. I never looked elsewhere after our initial workout and I have been going to her since.
Thanks to her guidance and motivation, I have physically improved and no longer suffering in pain and discomfort. The tingling pins and needles in my hands and feet have much subdued and most important, I am no longer struggling with my balance and mobility.
Relieves Knee Pain, Improves Fitness
I'm glad to have May as my Pilates instructor. May has helped me with my bad knee through exercises and orthopedic manipulation. She is also very patient, and committed to my body's improvement beside my knee.
Really like the Pilates class, better flexibility
I really like the Pilates class because May explains it very well. As such, I can actually do the exercise quite easily. At the same time, I can feel improvement in my flexibility. I hope she continues teaching the class at NUS.
A surprisingly pleasant intro to Pilates
Thank you for a very surprisingly pleasant introduction to Pilates. I am an experienced athlete and a professional diver with chronic stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Today, I found new skills to augment what I already knew, and a focus on proper technique for great results. I felt very effectively engaged.
Weekly Pilates, important in my schedule
I often wear high heels which affect my posture. I walked with a hunch. I have the pleasure of improving my posture in the Pilates classes at Move Therapy. When I see myself in the mirror, I see the change. I stand straight. I put Pilates down as important in my schedule. I make it a point to come for exercise every week.
The Best Part, My Lower Back Pain Has Gone Away
I attended Pilates classes because of my lower back pain that came about after National Service. I had fears prior to joining May’s Pilates session as the only guy in class, but her non-judgemental attitude very quickly eased my worries and concerns. I started to enjoy the sessions more and more each week with her patient guidance. The best part is that now my lower back pain has gone away!
Any stiffness always get relieved
I always leave every Pilates session feeling mobile and supple. Any stiffness and other related conditions, that came with a desk-bound job, always get relieved. It is because May’s approach to exercise is holistic. Clients are more aware of their everyday movement when they get to practice the movement in the sessions; the emphasis on connecting the breath and mind is also important. I wish there were more like her in the industry! I miss my sessions when I’m away.
Each week I walk away with a smile
Just completed my 6th Pilates session and I feel great. I have really noticed the difference already. I am feeling stronger and fitter from my sessions. The care, precision and attention, that May provides, has allowed me to make quick progress and to concentrate on my posture, core strength and flexibility. I love attending my reformer session and each week I walk away with a smile!
Less tired after a long day at work
I am in my 40s. I can feel that my lower back and kneecap are starting to weaken. After I attended May's Pilates lessons, I can feel that I have improved in terms of strength, fitness and balance. I have learned to strengthen and stretch certain parts of our body muscles that we rarely work on in our daily life. My body posture has also improved tremendously, and I feel less tired after a long day of work in front of a computer.
I'm running more, have less injury
I am an avid runner. I run 10km a few times a week. I had hurt my ankles, calves just to name a few of the body parts I’d injured from running. Many of times I didn’t wait until I have completely recovered before I resumed running. It had resulted in the injury being prolonged. After attending May’s Pilates classes for about a year, I have gained better awareness of my body and movement. May taught me a lot about core strengthening, maintaining good posture and about movement. I’m more aware of my running posture. I find myself correcting my posture on the go like altering my foot alignment when I encounter discomfort, as well as how to stretch after. I can run more often because I have less injury now. Thank you May.
My 2017 Highlight is your Pilates Classes
"One good thing that happened to me in 2017 is attending your Pilates classes. I have chronic lower back pain since early 20s. I am in my 30s now. From a MRI scan a year ago, I found I have ‘lesser fluid’ on two of my lower back discs which might be the cause of my back pain.
Sometimes, sitting was just annoying and I’d to take leave from my desk or from what I was doing to lie down. I’d been visiting TCM for quick reliefs when the pain was unbearable. I did some yoga and exercises through the years. They helped but they seemed to bring me other issues like knee discomfort, and a feeling of imbalance on my lower back. It could be I was doing these yoga poses and exercises wrongly. However, in your Pilates classes, the instructions are very detailed and clear on which part of the body I should be working on. Hence, I am able to do the pose with confidence without having to worry I might injure my back further. The lower back feels so soft after each lesson.
After so many years of searching for an answer, the solution to my lower back problem is Pilates, where ‘The pelvis is the centre of the body where everything begins’ 🙂 Thank you!"
"The result is amazing! My posture has improved. I now stand taller and walk with greater balance. I enjoy every Pilates class with its varied exercises using muscles that I did not know I have."
LOVE THE CLASS
"I love the Pilates class! The clear, well-structured and creative exercises sometimes left me feeling sore, but glad I went. The instructor tailored the exercises to suit class members, provided individual attention to everyone on alignment and posture improvement. I found her “hands on” approach very helpful. It helped me understand what I need to work on. Going to the classes have improved my posture, flexibility and strength. Definitely for people who are interested in increasing their flexibility, balance and strength!"
MY BACK FEELS BETTER
"I'm in my early 20s. Having a lower back strain for close to 3 years, I can really feel the difference after attending May's Pilates group lessons. I’ve been attending for 10 weeks. I can feel that my posture has improved significantly and my back doesn't hurt as often as before. Thank you!"
NO MORE FEAR
"I’d persistent lower back pain after giving birth to my daughter. I saw many healthcare professionals, but my back didn’t get better. But since starting my private sessions, my pain has gone. Before I didn’t want to move out of fear my back would act up, but not anymore. I’ve started running, and recently completed a 5-km run. Thank you!"