Kathryn founded Zen-Strength in 2016, with the intention of creating a “destination” space that helps people explore and develop their innate "zen-strength" potential - through mindful client-centric training and therapeutic massage. Through the brand she marries her passion for and experience in holistic health and fitness, design, hospitality, business and leadership.
Kathryn gained a BA Sports Science Degree (with a Business Management major and specializing in “Health and Fitness Industry”) from Stellenbosch University in 2003. Realizing that there was a gap in her education, she immediately supplemented her degree studying Pilates and qualifying through Renee Watson. Thirsty for continued education, she ventured abroad - gaining further specialised training, education and experience in rehabilitation and functional conditioning through World Health in Calgary, Canada.
Over the last 20 years, Kathryn has gained extensive, varied experience working in the rehabilitation, health and fitness industry - both locally and abroad. She challenges the norm, and enjoys imparting her knowledge and experience - supporting and upskilling her instructors with regular, in-house training.
Kathryn also gained a BD Interior Design Degree from Inscape Design College in 2012, and is the founder-owner of Zen-Create Interiors and Zen-Create Collective.
Jamie joined Zen-Strength in its early inception. He is Kathryn’s husband (and invaluable right hand), and offers specialised training and therapeutic massage.
Jamie has a competitive sports background in numerous individual and team sports most notably cycling, squash, waterpolo and hockey. He pursued his passion for sport and fitness - qualifying as a Personal Trainer with ETA in 2001. He began his career working at the world renowned Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, where he gained valuable insight into fitness, nutrition and rehabilitation. In 2003 he undertook contractual work aboard the Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines where he furthered his training and experience in a multitude of fitness and wellness disciplines - most notably massage and Stott Pilates. On returning to South Africa, he cultivated his new-found interest in The Pilates Method by training and becoming certified through Renee Watson, and has been working in Cape Town as a freelance Pilates and Personal Training Instructor ever since. Since joining the Zen-Strength team in early 2017, he continues to advance his expertise and experience in functional conditioning and therapeutic massage.
Jamie enjoys witnessing the happiness his clients exude when they achieve new levels of competence.
Braeden joined the Zen-Strength team last year, covering Kathryn while she was on maternity leave. He offers specialized training and therapeutic massage.
Braeden is a qualified Biokineticist holding a BA Honours degree from the University of the Western Cape. As a Biokineticist, Braeden’s goal is to improve a person’s physical well-being and quality of life through individualized scientific assessment and prescription of exercise for rehabilitative treatment. Braeden has a deep passion for health, fitness and helping people and therefore decided to pursue this career path. He is a sports enthusiast and runner.
After obtaining his degree in 2016, Braeden completed his internship at UWC where he was exposed to a wide variety of clients, ranging from athletes to elderly people. He has since worked in corporate and private gym settings with clients requiring rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. Through ETA, Braeden is also a qualified pilates instructor and sports massage therapist, with experience in assisting mountain bikers and runners with their pre and post competition recovery at events such as Wines2Whales and the Cape Town marathon.