teachers

Marcia Svaleson
Owner, Pilates Instructor, PMA-CPT, RES-CPT, NKT-L3, AiM

Marcia is a PMA certified Pilates instructor and holds teaching certificates from The Pilates Studio of Los Angeles and The Pilates Center of Boulder. She began her Pilates education at age 12 while attending a professional Ballet program.  Her Pilates practice continued after her dance career ended, and she went on to earn a BA in theatre performance from St Ambrose University.

Marcia finished her first Pilates certification from the Pilates Studio of LA in 2003, and stayed on to teach and be a mentor for the training program. When she relocated to Minnesota in 2005 she found a home at Centerspace Pilates, where she earned a second certification through the Pilates Center. She taught, mentored, and trained teachers there for 10 years, before opening her studio, Kensho Body and Mind, in 2015. In addition to teaching, Marcia offers continuing education training to Pilates and body workers, with study groups, lessons, mentoring and workshops regionally. She has advanced training in Pilates for MS and neurological conditions, is level 3 certified in Neurokinetic Therapy, and is a Restorative Exercise Specialist trained by Katy Bowman, biomechanist and author of books such as Move Your DNA.  

Jill Foreman
Pilates Instructor

Jill Foreman has been involved in the health and fitness world for over 25 years teaching group fitness classes.  She found Pilates 15yrs ago after the birth of her first child and new then that she needed to be involved in sharing the work with others.  She has taught Pilates for over 9 yrs since completing the Centerspace Certification program.  What she loves most about the work is inspiring others to explore and discover how truly connecting to movement can open a pathway for physical and mental health and wellness.  

 

She has been married for 22 yrs and has three wonderful children that keep her very busy!  When she is not tending to their needs she loves to cook and dabble in various Arts & Crafts projects.

 

Louise Love
Pilates Instructor, B.S., ACSM CEP, STOTT, RYT 200, NKT


Louise is originally from St. Louis, MO and moved to Springfield to attend Missouri State University. An avid mover when she was young, she began Irish Dancing later adding ballet, modern, and tap continued into college where she began as a Dance Major. In addition to dance, Louise played volleyball, soccer, and swam in high school, and later in college playing lacrosse. With this experience in movement, Louise shifted her focus from dance to the science of movement. She graduated Missouri State with a B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science, her ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist certification, as well as a passion for health and wellness as a whole. Louise went on to receive her Full STOTT Pilates Certification (trained on all Pilates equipment, all levels) in order to use multiple modalities with clients to add variety into a clients program. She is also certified in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and completed her RYT 200 Yoga Certification. Louise loves to teach many kinds of yoga ranging from restorative & yin to vinyasa & power yoga, has taught a variety of group fitness, group reformer and yoga classes, and has been an active personal trainer since 2012.

Louise believes in a well rounded approach to fitness and lifestyle- there truly is a balance to be found when reaching goals or maintaining wellness. By receiving multiple certifications in various modalities Louise aims to be as informed and prepared as possible to help each client find what works best for them to help them achieve their goals. Louise loves working with people who truly want to achieve a higher quality of life and believes that by finding movement that clients enjoy, she
can help aid in reaching clients goals. She is excited to share her love of wellness with all! Outside of teaching, Louise enjoys backpacking, paddle sports, swimming and anything that involves the outdoors and her dog.
 

Christine Suihkonen
Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist

Christine started practicing Pilates in 2000, when she discovered the movement practice through a client. She loved the way she felt muscles that had never really been fully used before. At the time, she had been practicing massage therapy since 1994. Her Pilates practice was starting to help her understand soft tissue injuries from a different perspective. In addition, she found she was working with better posture, preventing the repetitive stress injuries that plague so many massage therapists. Christine loved Pilates so much that she decided to make a career of it and incorporated it into her massage therapy practice. She has completed over 675 hours of comprehensive Pilates education in the classical method of Pilates through the Align Teacher Training Program. She continued her training at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado completing over 100 additional hours of continuing education training and completed The Masters Program at The Pilates Center of Boulder. Christine has over 800 hours of Comprehensive Massage Therapy training, with experience in Myofascial Release, Orthopedic Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy. Christine’s approach to pilates is very individualized, taking into account your personal goals and needs. It is her desire that the skills you learn in your Pilates practice are taken into your daily life to help you find more ease in everyday movement.

Kristin Wallner
Pilates Instructor, PMA-CPT, NKT-L3

Kristin began her Pilates practice in 2004 after her first daughter was born. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota in 1997 as a sculpter and painter. She completed The Pilates Center of Boulder, Advanced Teacher Training at Centerspace Pilates in Minneapolis in 2013. She is PMA certified and Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1; a modality that helps to identify the relationship of muscles in the body and provides a protocol for improving the brain/body connection. 

 

Kristin has used Pilates as a means to recover from injury and surgery as well as maintaining general fitness. She believes everyone can benefit from a Pilates practice, but her personal passion is using Pilates to help people recover from traumatic injuries. Having experienced a severe hand injury at age 10, she brings a personal understanding and empathy to her work. 

 

"Pilates has improved my life: I love it! It has helped me to balance my body and diminish daily pain. It's helped me recover from childbirth, after C-section, VBAC, and bi-lateral hernia surgeries. It's the main tool I use on my journey to live pain free and move from the center with strength and alignment."

 

In addition, she loves to dance and participates in African dance classes from Ghana, Cuban Salsa and Rumba classes, Brazilian Zouk, Samba, Capoiera, Jazz, Fitness Burlesque and Reggaeton. 

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