About me I teach Pilates and I own Functional Strength Pilates in Lone Tree. I've been teaching Pilates for 21 years. I worked at Functional Strength for 12 years and bought it in 2016. I have …
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I teach Pilates and I own Functional Strength Pilates in Lone Tree. I've been teaching Pilates for 21 years. I worked at Functional Strength for 12 years and bought it in 2016. I have degrees in psychology and dance. In 1998, I did my comprehensive Pilates training and followed that up with master's level training a few years later.
I graduated from Naropa University (Boulder) in 1994. I moved here to go to college in 1989. I grew up in New England. I also have a background in high and low trapeze and aerial arts.
How I got into Pilates
I was in a car accident in 1994 and I had a lot of injuries and was unable to dance. When I was injured, I really struggled to come up with ways I could get back to movement, and Pilates was the magic that fixed everything. I tried a lot of things, like a chiropractor and all this various body work, but Pilates is the thing that fixed me. At some point I decided I wanted to study more deeply and become a teacher.
Finding new passions
I saw a performance one day and decided I wanted to do that. It started with the low trapeze which is a form of dance … I saw a performance of that and felt I absolutely had to do it. I signed up for some classes and joined a high-flying trapeze group in Westminster.
I continue to study Pilates all the time now. More than 20 years later, I find there's still so much nuance and work (in Pilates) that I continue to study it. This past summer I was in Munich (Germany) studying with a teacher there. I also have been studying another movement system with Ido Portal (in Boulder), which has been interesting.
I am pretty obsessed with movement. I love to move. I hike. I do all these different kinds of movement work. I like to be really physically active. That's how I have fun and how I handle stress. Also I really love food, so moving a lot works out.
I always aspire to grow as a teacher and now that I own a studio I'm learning quite a lot about what it's like to be a business manager and owner. I have a lot of room to grow in that area. I have a vision to bring health and wellness to the community and bring benefit to the community through the things I love so much. Being a boss is a way to make those visions more often.
Growing pains of owning a business
It's been an incredible, challenging journey. On a personal level, finding work-life balance, even with the background I had, shifting gears to an ownership role really was huge. It was a very challenging transition for me, much more so than I could've anticipated. The work-life balance has been much harder to achieve these last few years, but it's getting better. We have a wonderful, amazing staff now. I never pictured myself as a business owner.
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