Michelle’s interest in health and wellness began at a young age. As a former competitive gymnast and dancer, she endured many injuries and with the help of a physiotherapist she was able to return to sport. Thus, at the age of 9 she decided she wanted to become a physiotherapist. Michelle studied Life Sciences in her undergraduate years and in 2009 she graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy.
During her education, the significance of core stability in the rehabilitation of injuries was reinforced. “When I started my practice what surprised me most was that core stability not only rehabilitated the obvious low back or pelvic injury, but also injuries to the periphery of the body such as an ankle, knee or shoulder.” While Michelle was familiar with the basic concepts of Pilates, she had never examined it in detail and thus her practice as a physiotherapist led to her interest in the study of Pilates.
She began taking Pilates classes in her home country of Canada where she fell madly in love with it. “The results were amazing! My mind and body felt connected in a way I had never experienced. Physically, my body felt stronger and elongated, my muscles felt supple and any injuries I had in the past never resurfaced as they usually did. After completing my Pilates Teacher Certification, and integrating Pilates into my practice, I have found it absolutely remarkable in helping my clients reach their goals.”
Now Michelle rarely goes a day without practicing Pilates. “Whether I have 15 minutes or an hour, it has become a part of my morning ritual. It’s pretty much my coffee; I crave it and need it to function!” While her own practice provides her with mental clarity and physical strength, she is also deeply passionate about teaching Pilates and passing on her knowledge. “When I see the effect Pilates can have on a person’s life, it brings me so much happiness and the fact that I am able to integrate my two professions is exceptionally gratifying.”