I came to Pilates as a performer (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Hawks, and Georgia Force Dance Teams). As a student and performer in Atlanta, I tried Pilates hoping to become a stronger dancer and to correct movement patterns that were causing problems in my dancing. I connected to it immediately, found a primary teacher and trained consistently 3-4 days a week for a few years before training to become an instructor. I loved the way my body looked and felt more than I ever had, and after 18 years since my first session, I am still practicing and teaching because I am still getting the benefits - I can't imagine ever stopping.
I've worked with a wonderfully diverse clientele over the past 13 years -- from people who've never exercised to professional athletes, musicians and dancers -- and I enjoy working with anyone respectful who is motivated to work and learn.
MY COACHING STYLE
I help you achieve proper form by coaching you through all of your movements, by giving you feedback and corrections, and by educating you on why we're doing what we're doing.
As a comprehensive program trainee with Power Pilates, I put in thousands of hours and dollars towards my education: private sessions with a master trainer; weekend courses; group workouts; self-practice; master teacher observation; practice-teaching; studying; apprentice teaching. I was required to test out at each of the four progressive stages of the program with both written and practical exams before proceeding. Finally, I progressed to my final written and practical test-out to receive my certification, which is current.
To keep my certification current, I attend continuing education courses regularly. I take sessions with other teachers, read peer-reviewed research, have a mentorship with a senior trainer, practice and study constantly, and I attend workshops in new techniques and disciplines as often as I can.