Owner and Operator of Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness Studio
“Fitness should be fun and enjoyable, not something you despise!”
Marie’s journey through fitness started with her love for athletics as a youth. After her sports activities began to slow down the weight gain began… assisted by a few too many scoops of ice cream and orders of fries with gravy.
After always being fit, Marie took a keen interest in weight training to help shed those unwanted pounds. Marie continued to be passionate about fitness and utilized her skills to assist others along the way. She took an interest in naturopathic healing in part to help with her continued digestion issues such as bloating, pain, exhaustion, irritability and gas, which helped to reach a final diagnosis of multiple food intolerances/allergies. After years of misdiagnosis, Marie’s digestions issues were on the mend and now her path to wellness really progressed.
Eliminating her food intolerances helped to significantly boost her energy levels and get her back on track. Two pregnancies less than 16 months apart put a bump in the road, and unlike most fitness enthusiasts Marie was unable to exercise due to extreme low back pain and other complications. Frustrated by the common myths that she would lose weight “after delivering,” “while breastfeeding,” “after the first year,” Marie took control of the situation with multiple conferences and workshops that allowed her to reshape her body and then eagerly began to help others around her facing similar challenges.
Marie has also experienced Hormonal Imbalance and Hypothyroidism which has also led her to create the ReNEWU Plan. Message her for details and take control of your body!!
Marie looks forward to assisting others find a healthier lifestyle. Let Marie open your eyes to a healthy approach to wellness.
After many years as a competitive swimmer and coach, Jo-Ann focused her attention on becoming an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer. She is a registered member of The Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals, The Pilates Method Alliance, a seminar presenter and a BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders. She was also a founding member of The Canadian Pilates Association and held a position on their Board Of Directors till 2006. During this time she also pursued certificates in Thai Massage, Reiki and became a Registered Natural Health Practitioner.
Her Pilates education includes an intensive apprenticeship-training program following The Polestar Education Pilates curriculum in Reformer, Wall Unit, High-Low Chair and Mat as well as completion of the widely recognized Stott Pilates Conditioning Program. She has also graduated from the Master’s Program offered by the world renowned Pilates Center in Boulder Colorado – considered by many to offer the most rigorous, comprehensive and respected training programs in the world. She continues to expand her knowledge of anatomy and movement by incorporating other modalities of body work such as Therapeutic Ball Release, Anatomy Trains and Yoga.
She has been involved in the Pilates community in BC since 1998 after a car accident left her with injuries that were not healing from traditional methods of rehabilitation. It was at that time she realized the powerful connection between mind and body to heal itself. Her first experience with teaching this method was at Delta Orthopedic and Physiotherapy under the guidance of Diane Lee and Karen Angelucci . She then went on to teach at The Canadian Pilates Institute. This experience along with modern scientific gains and insight into how the body moves helped her realize that Pilates is an ever growing and evolving system with a deep respect for its traditional roots. It is from this perspective that Jo-Ann’s goal is to inspire others to work towards the same profound changes she herself experienced through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning.
As a former dancer Ashley has always had a passion for fitness. Earning a degree in kinesiology was just the start of her journey. Ashley started teaching barre, and through the training was introduced to Pilates. Recently completing her courses in mat, reformer and cadillac, Ashley is excited for a lifetime of learning. Check out Ashley’s classes for great flow and lots of variety.
I am compassionate and sensitive to the personal needs of my clients and want nothing more for them then success! With my upbeat attitude and persistent drive to achieve success, I focus on designing personalized workouts pertaining to my client’s needs. I am so very excited to train at Hayden Fitness Studio teaching Fitlicious & Mommylicious. As a recent post natal Mamma I am very familiar with getting back that pre baby body. If small group isn’t where you are at I can also train you privately 1:1 if you prefer.
My first love is dance, and I’m fortunate to have had a career as a dancer. This is my 16th year of teaching Pilates and I’m still learning. Something that keeps me excited about teaching are the people. Everyone is different, has different goals, had a different day than the person next to them and yet in class they are all centering in on their body, it’s sensations and how it moves though space. They are empowering themselves and it’s a great thing to see.
In 2017 I began my exploration into Pilates on the the Stott Tower Reformers. I was amazed at how just a few classes a week was transforming my life. I have lived with chronic shoulder pain for years. I visited various therapists and finally found healing in Pilates. I also had high blood pressure and decided that 2018 was a year of change. I started the Pilates Teacher Training with Pilates Process and I am hooked on seeing others heal and benefit. I look forward to getting you started in your Journey with Pilates.
Looking to join a dynamic team of professionals? Do you teach Pilates, TRX, Strength Training, or Yoga? Or are you a Physiotherapist looking for a dynamic team to work alongside? Bliss Pilates at Hayden Fitness Studio, located in Vernon BC, welcomes you to submit your resume and credentials firstname.lastname@example.org