Certified Classically Trained Pilates Instructor
Levels 1-4 in Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Ladder Barrel & Spine Corrector
Licensed Buff Bone Instructor
Post Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (Pink Ribbon Program)
There is something to be said about coincidences and how the road we follow leads us back to what we are familiar with. Before becoming a wife & mother of 4, I was a Respiratory Therapist where breath literally was my livelihood and now with Pilates I have come full circle when again breath is one of Joseph Pilates primary principles. It is the breath that intrigues me the most in our Pilates movements as it deepens our movements, brings more focus into our bodies, leads us to precision, creates flow, structures our coordination, centres us for balance and gives us our focal point for concentration.
I am a mom who after many years of not looking after herself took a leap of faith and found myself again through Contrology. With the unwavering support of my husband and 4 kids, I embarked on an incredible journey to become a Classically Trained Pilates Instructor. Pilates is embedded into our lives now, and an intrinsic part of our kids conditioning for their sports in martial arts, football, and basketball. I believe that Pilates gives my children a strong foundation and the knowledge of how to move through life in the body they have.
As a teacher, my goal is to give our clients the tools to make them a more mindful mover, to feel more organized in their body, as well as, teach them ways to protect themselves from injury.
My hope is that although they are here for a workout, they also walk away from class with some education on how to carry themselves beyond our studio walls and integrate it into their daily living.
What I love about Pilates is that we teach Principles on how to use one’s “powerhouse”, and that we move from our core – it’s what grounds us and gives us our strength. I believe the Method empowers one to find that little something that has been missing…maybe they stand a little taller, walk with more confidence, bend with ease, reach without pain or simply they just feel amazing after class. With our classical training and Eve Gentry's Fundamentals, we bring forth awareness to the client where they move freely and where they have lack of movement. Our small class sizes mean that you get more hands-on instruction with an emphasis on technique, which leads to amazing results. It is incredibly rewarding to help someone rediscover their own strength and ability.
Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (All levels of mat, reformer, trapeze table, chair, and barrels)
We’d like to introduce Susan, our full-time instructor. For the past five years, Susan has been teaching Pilates to students at OpenSpace. As well as classical Pilates equipment classes, Susan also teaches mat classes in-studio and off site. In 2014, she was comprehensively certified through the Pilates Core Integration program at Moving Breath Pilates studio in Tempe, AZ. This training follows the Eve Gentry lineage, and does an excellent job of preparing the students with ‘pre’-Pilates exercises. In April of 2016, Susan began her training with Benjamin Degenhardt of 360 Pilates LLC. Benjamin’s focus in the original work of Joseph Pilates, from a modern perspective of physical fitness and movement science. This training encourages Pilates professionals to explore the original work physically and intellectually. Susan’s other movement practices include Tai Chi and walking her dog Frank.