Pilates is a method of exercise, which aims to encourage the use of the mind to develop core postural muscle strength, stability and flexibility resulting in more efficient and graceful movement. This merging of the mind and body was originally developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. It is an exercise system that keeps the body balanced and is essential to provide support for the spine. “The Pilates Principles” assist in conditioning the entire body by focusing on: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement. In essence, Pilates teaches awareness of spinal alignment with deep core muscle recruitment which is essential for care and prevention of back pain, the rehabilitation of many musculoskeletal problems, and improvement of athletic and physical performance. The deep core muscles which are the foundation of the Pilates exercises are the deep internal muscles of the abdomen, back and pelvic floor. Pilates trains the core muscles to become strong and work correctly with the more superficial muscles of the body resulting in efficient, painless movement. With increased core strength, stability in the entire body is achieved, which assists with a reduction of pain with movement and an improvement of physical performance.
Pilates appeals to a wide range of people from all walks of life and fitness levels including athletes, dancers, seniors, pregnant women, new moms, and people at various stages of rehabilitation from injury. People that practice Pilates regularly report that the main benefits of Pilates are becoming stronger, leaner and more graceful and efficient with their movement.
About My Practice
I create custom exercise and fitness plans based on each client's individual needs. My clients range from couch surfers to elite athletes and include all ages and body types. My approach to creating workouts is diverse and personalized. Functional movement and neuromuscular efficiency is the foundation. Functional movement practice gives you results in the studio, but translates to improved function outside the studio; whether it's preventing injuries, improving your golf game, or correcting poor posture from sitting at a desk all day. I have a specialty focus in working with people with neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson's, stroke and post traumatic brain injury.
I am certified in Pilates through Pilates Method Alliance. PMA® is the only third party certification in the Pilates field. I have a certification in Pilates for Neurological Conditions and am currently participating in a mentorship program with Meghann Koppele and Mariska Breland of The Neuro Studio. I have also completed fitness certificate programs with ACE, NASM and FMS.
When I am not teaching I am experiencing the joys (and a few challenges) of being a mom to my 13 year old daughter. I enjoy running, biking, hiking and have a devoted yoga practice. Travel is my second love and I travel any chance I get!