Pilates has had such a positive impact on my life, I look forward to my sessions with Mara, her professionalism and calm teaching methods make learning enjoyable.
My original degree was in Animal Medical Technology. I went back to school for Medical Technology, finding the scientific piece of what makes our bodies work, (or not work!) fascinating. I became interested in bodywork when my horse started to have unexplained bouts of colic and lameness that conventional Veterinary Medicine was unable to diagnose.
My fascination for whole body health went to a new level with every modality I learned. I received my license in massage therapy in 2005, went on to additionally certify in Myofascial Mobilization & Soft Tissue Release and Neuromuscular Therapy, and am currently in the certification process in Craniosacral Therapy. Corrective exercise is out the scope of practice for massage therapists, so I decided to get my personal trainer certificate as an added piece to my massage practice. I first did IMAP certification, which is personal training designed specifically for massage therapists. That lead to certifications in personal training, corrective exercise, and women’s fitness with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
The way I found Concord Pilates was a total synchronicity. My daughter asked me if I wanted to take a Pilates class with her, and we came to Concord Pilates. Earlier in the year, I had trashed my hamstring (doing something stupid that I advise everyone else not to), and it really was taking a lot of time to resolve itself. After the first Pilates class with Mara, my hamstring started to improve. I became a Pilates junkie and went to every class that I could get to.
I began using some of the exercises both on and off my massage table with my patients, and they loved it. When I found out that Mara taught a teacher training program at Concord Pilates (and it was even conveniently located two blocks from my massage office!) I approached her about taking her class. She showed me the curriculum, and it was the missing link to all the other pieces of my practice. Mara’s knowledge of structure, anatomy and functional movement is very extensive and has been an invaluable resource to me. I started the mat certification in October of 2015, finished in February 2016, and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a studio of this caliber.