I am a lifelong dancer and lover of movement. I believe that movement is fundamental to our health and well-being. I have been teaching classical Pilates for almost 20 years and the Gyrotonic® Method for the last 12. My work is to guide people to greater strength and freedom in their body. It is a joy to see how that spills over into their life in ways that make it uniquely more fulfilling.
I spent most of a decade living and teaching outside of the United States in London, Paris, Buenos Aires and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Teaching in another language taught me to be very intentional and clear with my words and to rely more on my hands to give guidance. My time abroad also gave me an understanding of how profoundly culture shapes our beliefs and attitudes about our body and exercise and it gave me a deeper appreciation for each of our unique journeys to health and well-being.
I moved to Portland in 2019. I am happy to be settled here and putting down roots with my husband and daughter and excited to bring the Gyrotonic Method to the people around me.
My first introduction to the Gyrotonic Method was love at first sight. I love the flowing movement: the arches and curls, the spirals and waves. I love the way it feels in my body.
The exercises and quality of movement offered by the Gyrotonic Method expanded my way of moving. I was able to unwind some of the painful patterns caused by my scoliosis. I found more movement in my spine that allowed me to excel as a dancer. And now, more than ever, my Gyrotonic practice affords me the opportunity to do things I might have only been able to do in my younger years. (I started snowboarding just this past winter.) My Gyrotonic practice keeps me young.
I see powerful change happening for my clients as well. I believe this work is transformational and capable of creating vibrant health.
Katie deepened her knowledge with the Gyrokinesis Teacher Training Program. She studied with master trainer Juergen Bamberger and was also able to study directly with Juliu Horvath, the creator of the method.
Katie furthered her study at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado with Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segel, completing their yearlong Advanced Teacher Training Program. The Pilates Center has one of the most respected, rigorous teacher training programs in the world.
Katie completed the yearlong Gyrotonic Foundation Teacher Training Program. Since then she has completed both the Gyrotonic Level II Training and the Archway Training. She has studied with numerous master trainers, most notably Juergen Bamberger, Debra Rose and Emma Kingston.
Katie completed a comprehensive classical Pilates teacher training program with Michele Larsson in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program included Eve Gentry’s Pilates fundamentals and rehabilitation work.
I believe almost any kind of movement is better than none, and even a little healthy movement goes a long way towards our health and well-being. We should find a movement practice that works for us as individuals: one that we can make part of our daily life and one that feels good and brings us joy. Movement creates freedom within our body, freedom to move in the world and freedom to seek a more fulfilling life.
I was taught by Katie for a year while she was living in London. I found her teaching to be unlike any other in its clarity, direction and focus. In my weekly sessions with her, she dealt with a long recurring shoulder issue and also recurrent sacroiliac pain. I found myself becoming stronger and was able to ski moguls and black runs again that I had been fearful of jarring myself on. Most of all, I found my experience of Pilates to be re-energised and enlivened by the quality of her teaching, her keen eye and the laughs we had together in the sessions.
- Andy M., London, United Kingdom