STOTT Pilates Systems Comprehensive Certified Instructor
I am a STOTT certified Pilates Instructor, BCRPA Certified Supervisor of Fitness Leaders, Certified Trigger Point Bodyworker BASI Pilates Injury and Pathologies Certification, Certified Yoga Instructor.
I have been actively studying health and fitness for more than 25 years and teaching Pilates for 16 years.
I have drawn from my knowledge of anatomy, movement and fitness skills to provide Pilates programs to suit any age or level of ability. I also teach a diverse clientele ranging from athletes (runners, tennis players, golfers, equestrians, soccer players etc) to clients who have post rehab injuries, physical limitations or movement dysfunctions.
My passion for Pilates is demonstrated though an encouraging teaching style, a keen eye for movement and attention to detail. These qualities help my clients improve their body awareness and alignment and get better and stronger! I am dedicated to personalizing Pilates programs to help each client reach their full potential in the studio and carry those skills over to everyday activities and sports.
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in." - Jim Rohn
I have a framed picture on my wall of a little red headed girl wearing a tutu doing an impressive arabesque. I drew it when I was five and recently rediscovered it while going through old photos and memorabilia. While I didn’t come close to finding a career as a ballet dancer, I spent many years in the dance world (contemporary) achieving a Minor in dance and a Degree in PE and Recreation. I am still involved in the dance community and sit on the board for a local dance company.
Despite some enlightening starts in other areas I believe my life plan was somehow connected to creativity and movement. Like many of my peers, I started teaching “aerobics” when I was 16 with minimal training but lots of enthusiasm! After extensive training I continued on my journey in the fitness industry teaching, presenting, opening fitness clubs and teaching courses to certify fitness, aqua and personal trainers. During that time I competed in body building and competitive aerobics and triathlons. Pursuits that were, in hindsight, poor choices for the longevity of my joints. I am currently waiting for a new knee but am working hard to hang on to the one I have – I am kind of attached to it and will hate to see it go!
I found a calling for Pilates in the 80’s after giving up my legwarmers and pursued training and teaching in a variety of schools of Pilates. Having been exposed to the classical approach to Pilates and respectful of the principles, I chose to add education and training that I found to be more user friendly and functionally useful to my participants. I believe our evolving lifestyles of sitting too much, computers and lack of exercise requires a more broadened approach to Pilates training. Incorporating my expertise in Yoga Therapy and a variety of other disciplines ensures my clients are offered a well-rounded and unique movement and flexibility experience.