Holistic movement instruction using the principles of Pilates and the Franklin Method

Movement is not just exercise, it is influenced by science, the arts, history, societal norms and expectations, health and diet, socio-economic status, emotional and mental health and finally circumstance (pregnancy, age, career, parenthood). Knowing this, I take into account the individual needs of every person and consider the person, as a whole of many parts. 

Christina

YOUR TEACHER

I had a calling to learn and teach Pilates in 2007 and I haven’t looked back. Having just completed a six-year journey at the University of Toronto, finishing with a Masters in Exercise Physiology, I was drawn to Pilates for its intricate workings of the body to promote healthy and functional movement. I have since gone on to become a Franklin Method educator, which is an amazing body of work that teaches about the use of imagery and the natural bone rhythms that are the fundamentals of movement. It is the perfect accompaniment to Pilates. 

Ten years and three children later, I felt a strong desire to build my own practice so that I could fit my teaching into life with three small children. I lovingly named my new project, Matters of Movement.

Movement is not just exercise, it is influenced by the arts, history, societal norms and expectations, health and diet, socio-economic status, emotional and mental health and finally circumstance (pregnancy, age, career). 

Knowing this, I wanted to teach in a way that takes into account the individual needs of every person and the person, as a whole of many parts. Although a teacher to all bodies, male or female, and all ages, I am also drawn to helping women during their pregnancy and postpartum journeys. Ultimately, my goal is to promote healthy living, body awareness and help people achieve the flexibility that a fit and healthy body and mind will give them.

Let’s move!

TEACHING

Having been educated in Classical Pilates and the Franklin Method, with a background in physical education, I use a combination of all these influences to teach. 

Pilates, originally called Contrology, by Joseph Pilates, is a system of low impact exercises that promote flexibility, strength building, and balance. Other benefits include balanced bodies, immune support, and a more robust emotional and mental health. 

The Franklin Method teaches about freedom of movement without unnecessary tension, the use of imagery to improve movement, the art of change (being able to make and notice change in the body), and finally the anatomy and biomechanics of movement. 

I have fittingly named my pelvic skeletal model Elvis. You know, like Elvis the pelvis. I LOVE to teach with bones and as many visuals and props as possible. There is no one size fits all, every person learns in a different way and any way I can help people achieve their goals and gain a deeper understanding of their bodies and movement is my ultimate goal.