I started dancing when I was 4 years old in Regina, Saskatchewan and attended York University for a degree in Dance. It was at York where I was first introduced to the Pilates method. I still remember how foreign it felt the first time I did feet in strap work on the Reformer. Controlling my legs took a level of control I hadn’t experienced in 18 years of dance training. I was hooked.
In 1993, a driver ran a red light and t-boned my car. I was off work for 7-months. I was told I’d never be active or be able to run. Although I still live with the consequences of that car accident, I believe that the foundation of strength I had from my movement training helped me regain a life of movement I was told I couldn’t have. Decades of understanding how debilitating back pain can be, allows me to easily empathize and help clients living with back pain themselves. I understand the fear of movement, the exhaustion of constant pain, and how frustrating it is that progress is often not linear.
My areas of specialty are in improving posture and alignment, pelvic floor training, rehabilitation, pre-natal training, and finding lost abs. I really enjoy teaching the Essential Pilates beginner group classes and being able to transition clients from complete newbies to strong, integrated, and balanced Pilates students able to handle my toughest classes. I strongly believe that Pilates should be approached with a solid foundation of mat work to reset good bio-mechanics and movement patterns before transitioning onto the equipment. The equipment is definitely more fun, but if you don’t have the foundation you won’t get the profound results that Pilates can deliver. Pilates is active meditation – you need to be fully engaged in each movement to execute it well and get the fastest results. If your living with a body riddled with nagging aches and pains, Pilates will challenge you in new ways and help you to feel good (and strong) in your body again.
I believe every day is an opportunity for progress. My passion for movement and my belief in the body’s ability to transform itself encompasses my holistic approach to help clients attain their goals. With over 40-years of dance and movement training, teaching continues to excited me as the science of movement evolves to further our understanding of the body. My goal is to help people relearn how to function without pain, making both work and play easier and more enjoyable for them.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:
- Body Harmonics Pilates Comprehensive Teacher (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels)
- Cranial Sacral Advanced Level Certification, Robert Harris
- Diane Miller Pilates Certification, Module 1 & 2
- Yamuna Body Rolling Certification, Level 2
- Full Certification (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Standing), PhysicalMind Institute
- Bachelor of Arts, Dance & Psychology minor, York University
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE SHE'S EVER RECEIVED:
Laugh every day.
FAVOURITE WORKOUT SONG:
I like to mix up genres and don’t really have a favourite song. However, I do have a favourite muscle: The Iliopsoas. It is the keystone of a balanced, well-organized body, a unifying factor in posture and movement, and integral in unravelling patterns of tension in the body.
FAVOURITE CHEAT MEAL:
I believe in following my cravings, as long as the food is ‘real’. But, if I’m feeling like I deserve a treat, I’ll make a large bowl of popcorn for supper complete with lots of butter and Himalayan sea salt. If I want to be more decadent, I’ll add truffle oil to the butter. It’s my ultimate comfort food and harkens back to my childhood and Friday evenings with my mom.