Katherine Murray, owner of Pilates Fusion, is certified in STOTT PILATES® in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and is a qualified Total Barre and Zenga teacher. Katherine has over 10 years of experience teaching Pilates at the studio.
Coming from a Personal Training background (F.I.T. certified), and seeing many people with chronic pain, she knew that people needed more. The body needs different types of movements and textures and the day-to-day repetition or lack of movement can lead to dysfunction or pain. When one part of the body doesn’t work well, it affects the rest of the body and can have long-term issues.
The control in Pilates, versatility of Barre and the breath guidance and fluidity in Zenga is the perfect combination for toning, while stimulating and rehydrating fascia (important connective tissue). That is Katherine’s passion.
Katherine’s full-body workouts are functional with a strong emphasis on proper technique and balancing out stability and mobility depending on individual needs. Her workouts will leave you feeling good with an improved mind-body connection in the short-run, and better posture and strength in the long-run.
Christine Clark, the founder of PILATES FUSION, has over 15 years of experience teaching Pilates and is trained and certified in the STOTT PILATES® method, training her students on the Cadillac, Reformer, Matwork, ladder barrel, stability chair, Edge, stability cushions, arc barrel, and all other small apparatus and equipment. She is also a qualified teacher of Zenga, Total Barre and Merrithew Fascial Movement. Her experience with the body, energy and releasing tension also includes RMT Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Reflexology 600 hrs, QHHT (hypnosis therapy) LEVEL 3 PRACTIONER LIGHT LANGUAGE. In helping to improve the proprioceptive response of the body Christine is able to provide many resources to meet the needs and demands of her clients, including providing rehabilitative exercises for weight training injuries of the shoulder and spine and active isolated muscle stretching.
As a neuromuscular specialist Christine uses sensory motor learning exercises to relax the emotional stress that causes shoulder tension. Changing movement cycles for repetitive motion syndromes. Assessing static posture in all planes. Perform a dynamic assessment of the entire body as able. Assessing dynamic stability of the injured area.
Christine’s primary focus is strengthening the communication and awareness of her work with Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and back specialists, etc. This provides a source to refer her clients to help deepen the effectiveness of her work.
Clients who arrive while still in therapy or have just finished, benefit from the close communication between Christine and those members of the medical field as it increases greatly the capabilities of an accurate initial approach of her Pilates work.
Christine was a Yoga teacher first (John Friends Anasura, and later the Ayurvedic approach). Starting to see the increased capabilities of Pilates and how it could better prepare people for Yoga Christine became a visionary in the field of Pilates. For many years Christine has been very interested in studying the many different ways we can breathe and has become a passionate facilitator of breath work, encouraging and bringing awareness to the exploration of breath. Understanding that it bridges the gap between mind and body.
Christine is aware of how commonly employed breathing techniques actually hinder the biomechanics and physiology of the body and can assess breath patterns to identify common problems that can lead to chronic postural and orthopedic problems. Christine reminds her students of a timed breath for the resistance aspect of Pilates training for enhanced performance. The ability to change it up depending on what is needed results in higher quality levels of training. This also means we experience the task with a calm nervous system, less pressure on the heart and the body performs with a more effortless perfection.
Christine’s work shows great clarity in using precise techniques per individual. She is well known and respected for her caring approach, attention to detail, well- trained eye, keen sense of touch, and a developing intuitive sense of the physical and of the energetic body. Her teaching style is fine tuned and concise for safety, effectiveness and fun. She is able to lead a classroom of 5 or private individual through a never-ending series of new exercises leading to a constant mental and physical re-adaptation which leads to greater evolved understandings of themselves. Students become empowered more over time as there awareness increases. The repertoire of new exercise’s that Christine is able to provide keeps her students inspired in their own selves as they look forward to what is next.
Christine has a wide range of experience in working with athletes, dancers, shoulder, knee and hip conditions, menopausal, spinal conditions, wrist, foot and ankle conditions, sedentary, older adult, pre and post natal and auto immune deficiencies.
The top 2 messages from Christine to her clients are
As we work together we will honor and listen to your body’s story and then give it what it is asking through breath, positioning, movement and sending the intention
The first tier of learning is observation. The second is doing and letting yourself be guided. The third tier is experience while embracing the first two.
Kyle Murray is STOTT PILATES trained in essential and intermediate Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair and Barrels. He is currently offering sessions to sport teams, post rehabilitation, and to students looking to improve their posture and strengthen their functional needs.
An ongoing interest in rehabilitation comes from Kyle’s background in massage therapy (RMT), several years in soccer & hockey coaching and his own personal history with injuries as an athlete himself. While working in construction Kyle developed sciatica and various other problems in his body and decided it was time for a career change. Becoming a massage therapist and making some. Through massage therapy and exercise, he discovered his MISSING LINK!!
Pilates training became Kyle’s bridge in his journey. His Mother Christine Clark opened the very first Pilates studio on the west Island of Montreal over 12 years ago and his sister Katherine has been helping to run the family business and provide teaching over the last several years.
It was time for Kyle to join the family business and to share in the discoveries of what Pilates can offer the body to others. The passion in his teaching is transferred through finding the piece of the puzzle as in his own journey and enjoys watching others take charge of their own life as he is able to help facilitate in their journey.
Jim Roberts is trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. Jim Roberts noticed one of his strengths was being able to communicate effectively which showed in different parts of his life. He had the good fortune to learn the printing business from his father and quickly gravitated to the sales side of the business. Within his salesmanship he was able to build long lasting relationships with clients, as a Sales Manager he was able to convey valued principles and as a hockey coach he enjoyed teaching a team how to be a good loser, a gracious winner, and to be respectful to oneself, teammates and the opposition. These experiences were challenging, yet rewarding.
One winter day while tobogganing with his two son’s he aggravated an existing herniated disk problem in his low back and continued a tough year as the pain had affected all aspects of his life. After exhausting all avenues he finally underwent surgery and was introduced to a personal trainer to strengthen his core, and soon after he discovered Pilates. Not only did he find Pilates, he found Pilates Fusion and Christine Clark (Founder) and her commitment in helping others through mind, body and soul which truly inspired him and has changed his path, “I’ll forever be grateful.”
After completing the full intensive course at Stott’s Corporate Training Center in Toronto and through his personal challenge with his own body Jim has gained a deeper insight to his student’s needs and looks forward to achieving their goals together.
Michele Young, with STOTT PILATES training, brings a unique combination to the team, having moved from a corporate job to full time teaching and training. Her interest in Pilates peaked several years ago as she sought a way to strengthen and injure-proof her back and shoulders as they dealt with the high physical demand of moving from a industry to full time personal training and massage therapy.
With over 20 years learning and practicing various disciplines, Michele has developed a thorough personal practice in strength training, yoga and mindfulness meditation It was through her training in therapeutic massage which began her formal education in bodywork, anatomy, physiology and helping relationships which led her realign her life’s work with her passion for health and working with people. The majority of her career has been spent in the pharmaceutical industry (Glaxo, Lilly, AstraZeneca), studying the human body and its response to pain and disease from both a genetic and human biology perspective.
Michele’s passion is therapeutic work, helping people of all ages attain their goals and overcome health and fitness challenges using the principles of body mechanics and the mind-body connection. Michele comes to the team with a Master of Science degree (Msc) from the University of British Columbia, registered with the Association of Naturopath and Naturotherapists of Quebec; Canfit Pro Certified Personal Trainer, Stott Pilates Trainer and Thai Massage Therapist.