santa barbara, CA 93101
Raised in a fitness center and martial arts studio, it was always about movement. Three of my father’s students represented Canada in the Olympics in judo, one of which was my brother. Being a female, it wasn't an option for me at the time so I was sent off to dance class. Training sometimes 8 hours 6 days a week, I was never going to be a great dancer, but the intensity and discipline gave me profound balance, proprioception, alignment and awareness along with the connectivity of these aspects. This knowledge became a part of my nature and decades later, continues to give me an advantage as an instructor when mixed with my passion, empathy and care for helping my clients.
The philosophy of Pilates immediately made sense to me, especially during the high impact days of aerobic classes and the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. As we know, the originators of the aerobic class went on to hip replacements in their 40s. Pilates on the other hand, while extremely intense, is not only safe (with proper instruction) but so good for you because Joseph Pilates originally started developing his method out of the need to help WWI veterans then boxers gymnasts and dancers regain their potential. Also, for me, “pain” is a language. A form of communication and we should not only respect it, but translate it.
I went on to study BASI Pilates basipilates.com and was hired at Cypress Center, Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles before graduating. I continued working there for 9 years learning hands on with PTs. These years gave me priceless knowledge in pre and post op patients, along with basic protocols for injuries and pathologies. During my time working at Cypress Center, I discovered that my clients, having ALL levels of athleticism and age sometimes needed some hands on manipulation so I went back for education in massage therapy and graduated from California Healing Arts College. This added knowledge gave me the advantage to blend Thai, deep tissue or sport massage into a Pilates session when necessary.
I will continue giving my clients everything I can. If the day comes when I am no longer passionate about what I do, I will move on.
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