Darlene and Heather have created a beautiful space, stuffed with great equipment, their considerable expertise and a strong complement of instructors. I have worked with Darlene for many years and have also worked with other trainers, both at Joy and in previous studios. The Joy group offers unique skills and challenges me to grow in strength, coordination, balance and body knowledge using Pilates and Gyrotonic. These are not just routine, repetitive exercises. Darlene is always taking new training and then introducing new modalities and challenges tailored to my needs - most recently, the Galileo vibrating platform which provides a wonderful warmup and workout. Now over 70, I am stronger and more fit than at anytime in my life. Good health and fitness are the cheapest insurance, and these professionals know how to help me achieve these goals.
Heather is continually amazed by the transformative power of movement in her own body and the bodies of others. This potential for transformation has been the driving force behind her work since she began teaching in 2004, and it is the primary inspiration for this studio.
Her training has taken her around the world, studying with top instructors including Gyrotonic Method creator Juliu Horvath. She believes that true health is multi-dimensional, and she works with each client to discover how their movement training can best serve their overall wellness.
Her extensive training and detailed knowledge of anatomy, combined with years of experience, allow her to work with a wide variety of clients. Her experience includes work with athletes and dancers as well as those with shoulder and neck pain, scoliosis, spine issues of many varieties, hip replacement, foot and ankle issues, knee pain, and stroke recovery.
Each client has unique needs, and Heather creatively combines her full range of skills in every session. Heather's sessions use the Gyrotonic methodology as their framework but may also incorporate elements of massage, Pilates, or life coaching as indicated.
Heather is also a licensed Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis pre-trainer under master trainer Lisa Lansing. She is honored to have this opportunity to share the joy of the Gyrotonic method with new instructors.
- Licensed GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Pre-trainer, 2012-present
- Integrative Life Coach Certification 2011
- Massage Therapy Certification (including Myofascial Therapy & Neuromuscular Technique) from Ann Arbor Institute for Massage Therapy (800 hours) 2010
- GYROKINESIS® Certification 2007
- GYROTONIC® Certification 2007
- STOTT Pilates Certification 2006
- BA in Dance, Grinnell College, IA 2003