How & Why Pilates

I first heard of Pilates in 1997 and immediately recognized the potential of this method, and its ability to assist me in overcoming my issues with poor posture and back pain.  Soon afterwards, I started teacher training at Body Control Pilates Studio in London, England where I was living.  This training was interrupted by my move to Ottawa in 1998.  I was very disappointed to find that there was not much Pilates activity in Ottawa at that time.  Eventually, I connected with Pam Forth, when she opened her studio, and was able to resume my training.  This was followed by further training with Dianne Miller of Vancouver.

Pilates has completely changed my body – and my life! – in a very positive way.  The Franklin Method® is now helping me continue that journey, leading to even better posture, balance, alignment, breathing and energy.



Mat Certification, Pam Forth Pilates Studio; 2003

Equipment Certification, Pam Forth Pilates Studio; 2004

Pilates Method Alliance Certification; 2007 (PMA®-CPT)

Franklin Method® Educator, Level 1; 2011

Franklin Method® Educator, Level 2; 2013


Professional Development

Dianne Miller workshops; Toronto 2003, Ottawa 2004

Modules 1-7 Dianne Miller Teacher Training, Toronto and Vancouver; 2005 – 2009

Mary Bowen workshop, Toronto; 2006

PMA Conference, Phoenix; 2008

Mairin Wilde workshop, Ottawa; 2008

Brain Gym workshop, Ottawa; 2008

Psoas workshops, Core Awareness; Ottawa and Halifax 2010

Pilates on Tour, Toronto; 2010

Franklin Method® Workshops; Toronto 2010, Ottawa 2011, Toronto/Montreal 2012

Franklin Method® Teacher Training; Boulder 2011 – ongoing



Teaching Philosophy/Approach 

I like to share my enthusiasm for whole body health and to make learning enjoyable.  Teaching sound movement skills, with awareness of the integration of the body and mind is my aim.  I would like clients to gain a new understanding of at least one thing at each class, and to discover a joy in movement, hopefully leaving with the noticeable feeling of release and increased energy that comes from efficient movement.


Other Interests

Other interests include health and nutrition, walking, cycling, snow shoeing, music, meditation and Buddhism.


Something unique about me

I don’t ever want to stop learning!

Favorite quote:  Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.  It will not lead you astray. – Rumi