Beginning in my early years I have always been drawn to activities that develop strength and balance through movement. It’s how I first found ballet; but after years of dance I found myself dealing with chronic pain and back problems. They kept me from doing activities I loved and I was dedicated to finding a way to get back to them. That’s when I discovered Pilates! It quickly became a way for me to build strength, balance, and a supple body, which were all key to resolving the pain I was experiencing on a daily basis.
My dive into Pilates began in 2008. I was guided by a teacher who took the time to help me understand the exercises and how they would help me work towards accomplishing my goals and doing the things I love. Through the years I have been lucky enough to work with a range of masterful teachers. They all helped me realize the journey I wanted to take and the instructor I wanted to become. With their guidance I joined their ranks in 2017 and became a third generation Pilates instructor through the world renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, CO. I have completed over 1,400 hours of training under Rachel Taylor-Segal and Amy Taylor-Alpers and obtained the Advanced Teacher Training certificate. I am a Nationally Certified Pilates instructor through the National Pilates Certification Program, formally, known as the Pilates Method Alliance.
I love Pilates not only because it has helped me but because I have seen the positive effects it has had on friends and other practitioners throughout the years. It is good at reminding us that if our bodies aren’t aligned, if our muscles aren’t balanced and working together, we can work hard and yet do nothing but cause more pain, more stress, and more imbalance. It makes us step back and focus on the key elements of movement and strength. I’ve seen over and over again how even after just a few short months of practicing Pilates my clients are able to go to the gym again or run again. They feel good picking up their child or simply bending down to tie their shoes. Their day-to-day lives are enhanced through the power of Pilates.
As we work together to find the best approach for you, the term Compassionate Body Pilates will likely come up. I believe that we can develop strength more effectively through a compassionate approach, especially when we’re dealing with injury or chronic pain. I know from personal experience how frustrating it can be and I endeavor to help you learn how to work with your body, not against it! Nothing means more to me than seeing my clients make remarkable changes and hearing how Pilates has improved their lives.
All of the exercises I use can be adapted for each individual’s body and ability. We will find a pace and routine that works for you! I offer fun and challenging sessions while helping you reach your maximum potential. My small class or private lessons will allow me to tailor sessions specific to you!
My journey with Pilates began over twenty years ago as an individual looking for a new way to develop and improve on my tone and core strength. Through the years I have tried almost every form of exercise and as I’ve matured I’ve continued to return to Pilates as a way to keep me fit and enhance the aging process.
I believe Pilates is for everyone, regardless of experience, age, or size. I have seen it energize people and make them feel stronger, even after a single session. As a daily or even weekly routine this can provide mental and emotional benefits beyond the obvious physical ones.
As my own relationship with Pilates has progressed I have found joy in sharing it with others. In order to continue to grow and provide the best possible instruction I am currently working towards my certification as a Certified Pilates Instructor (CPI) with the world-renowned The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, which I look forward to completing in the Spring of 2022.
In addition to that I have completed a “Senior Fitness” certification program and also have my Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. Utilizing those credentials I have worked with individuals for over 20 years on creating positive, lasting changes involving nutrition and exercise.
Pilates is for everyone, for every body, and I look forward to working with you on your own journey with grace, purpose, and intent.