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Myriam Pelletier, Founder
Certified Pilates Instructor
My passion for Pilates started in 1998, when I lived with chronic back pain due to a severe
. The year prior, during my last doctor's visit, I was offered spinal fusion surgery as an option to deal with the constant pain and deviation of my spine. Due to my numerous physical limitations, many of the Pilates exercises had to be modified... and that's how I entered the world of restorative movements, proper
, the amazing
, neuromuscular repatterning, structural integration techniques, and the mind.
I was a "gym rat" once, and a track and field runner. To my disbelieve, I came to realized that while some aspects of my gym routines and training were important, they needed to be carefully applied. In my case, they were contributing to my spinal deviation and ever-increasing aches.
Ironically, what was once my worse enemy (my spine), has brought me to where I am now: teach Pilates and
. These are modalities or tools intended to improve and restore one's spine to its optimal health. I also own and direct The Loft.
ABOUT MY CLIENTS
I work with wide range of people, however my clients are typically dealing with conditions such as scoliosis, disc herniation, knee fusion, hip replacement, postural issues, chronic back pains. My specialty is rehabilitative movements and I tend to bring people to a place of comfort so that they can enjoy the things that really makes them happy.
EDUCATION and INFLUENCES
I'm bilingual in French and English. My original education was in France where I received a College Diplomat in Administration and Bookkeeping. In Canada, I first worked as Bilingual Customer Service Representative and worked my way up to Executive Assistant for various VPs and Directors for major companies like
Lyonnaise des Eaux
The Toronto Star,
where, during my last year of employment, I discovered Pilates. My new profession has been influenced and inspired by the following:
Vivian Nickels, Pilates Downtown
Part 1 of The Body Matrix Pilates Certification (2000 Training)
Mat and Equipment Pilates Certification (2001Training), Gait Analysis (2002 Workshop), Pre and Post Natal Pilates (2002 Course)
Susan Greskevitch Pilates
Mat and Equipment Pilates Certification (2001 Training), Moving Towards Balance: A Pilates Approach to Scoliosis (2005 Workshop), Rehab Pilates for the spine and Pelvis (2009 Workshop)
Structural Integration sessions (since 2003 to present), General Anatomy (2000 Course)
The Cadillac (2000 Workshop), The Classical Mat (2000), The Reformer (Workshop 2001), The Chairs (2001 Workshop), Small Apparatus: Application for Scoliosis (workshop 2002)
The Anatomy Trains
The Anatomy Trains (2006 Workshop), Issues in the tissues (2007 Workshop), Body Reading 101 and Postural Assessment (2007 Workshop)
Energy Health and Strength
Mat for Motor Control, Stability and Balance (2010 Course), Anatomy of Breathing: Movement Sequences on the Pilates barrels (2010 Course), Turn with Ease: Spine Rotation on the Reformer for Daily Life, Sports and Athletics (2010 Course)
Body Conditioning Inc.
Pilates for Men: Building Strength, Flexibility and Power (2010 Course)
PhysicalMind Institute Canada
Concentration 201: Standing Pilates Apparatus (2011 Training)
Long Beach Dance Conditioning Studio
Embracing the curves: unravel the mystery of scoliosis (2011Workshop), Taking the Weight off the shoulders: demystifying the shoulder girdle (2011workshop), Body Logic (2012 Workshop), From the Soul of the Foot to the Core of the Body (2012 Workshop).
Pre-Training Course (2011), Apprentice Course
Body Evolution (New York)
Foundation Course (2011)
The Loft Pilates Studio
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