Franklin Method® Educator, Level 3
Certified Pilates Teacher PMA®-CPT
In 2011 I was very excited to become the first Franklin Method Educator in Ottawa. In March 2015 I graduated from Level 3, the final level of the training. Franklin Method has changed my life, and completely changed the way I exercise, teach and move.
I have always been active and curious about the body, wanting to understand how things worked, searching for things I could do to help myself eliminate the back pain that started when I was a teenager. I knew that movement was key to a healthy body and mind. I was excited when I first read about Pilates in 1997. I quickly found a teacher (not easy at that time!) and started a teacher training program at Body Control Pilates in London, England. A move from the UK to Ottawa interrupted that training, but eventually I was able to resume my training at the Pam Forth Pilates Studio in Ottawa. I received certifications in 2003 and 2004. This was followed by further extensive training with Master Teachers Dianne Miller and Mairin Wilde of Vancouver, and many workshops with other well known Pilates teachers. I made rapid progress with my own body – my back pain became a thing of the past, my posture, flexibility and strength improved. But still I sensed there was more…
I had known about Eric Franklin and his method for many years, and had read many of his books. In 2010, after experiencing the Franklin Method first hand, I knew I needed to learn even more. I loved the way it pulled together so many of the topics that had been fascinating me: embryology, evolution, the power of the mind, neuroplasticity, and the incredible wisdom inherent in our tissue. Eric Franklin’s inspiring teacher training process has been a life changing event for me. What a privilege to learn from someone who has spent his life helping people to understand movement and the steps needed for happier, healthier bodies and minds.
Franklin Method has deepened my understanding of the body and provided tools to help me create better functional movement for myself and for others, whether it’s Pilates, walking, swimming or any other activity. It is wonderful to watch my students discover how using simple imagery and gaining more understanding of what is happening inside the body can instantly create more efficient movement and power. My own body is constantly discovering freer, more efficient ways to move, making me stronger, more coordinated, and more flexible. I love sharing Franklin Method with my students.
Rumi: Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
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