A graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, I am a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist, a pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist, and a Mayo Clinic Trained Wellness Coach.
Daily exercise had always been a priority for me. But, as I approached my mid-thirties, after having two babies, I started to get debilitating injuries including low back pain (from poor breathing mechanics, a weak core and reaching over the crib incorrectly) and neck and shoulder pain & tightness, to the point that I could not turn my head for almost a year (caused by weakness, stress/tension and compensation). I had no idea these injuries were
largely due to improper alignment/posture and not having rehabbed my core
after two pregnancies and births.
Over and over, my injuries landed me with prescriptions for physical therapy. As someone who always loved to move and considered myself physically fit, it did not make sense to me that I kept ending up in physical therapy. What I did learn in physical therapy, was that my “homework” exercises were based on Pilates. So, I made it my mission to learn Pilates. Through my research, I discovered Stott Pilates, an internationally
respected method based on rehabilitation. I expanded my knowledge and became a PCES Pre and Postpartum Exercise Specialist so I can help prevent others from suffering with injuries, pain, or weakness whether postpartum or post-surgical.
I was the kind of person who thought that if I am not sweating, I am not exercising -
I have since learned how wrong I was! I became aware of how vital
proper breathing mechanics, posture, and mind-body and core connections are.
I am so lucky to have been able to turn my passion into a career and to be able to help others. I love learning, and am always looking to enhance my knowledge, spending time attending workshops and continuing education classes for the fun of it. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for fitness with my clients, hearing about their "wins", watching them surpass their goals, and
improving their body awareness and quality of life.
Additional Workshops Attended:
PCES Outside the Box
Pilates for Neurological Conditions
PCES Biomechanics for Optimal Movement
Myofascial Continuities: Mapping the Human Design
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Integration for Pilates
PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Professionals
Anatomy Trains, Tom Meyers
What's the Fuzz? Gil Hadley