Introducing our 2023 Conference Workshop Presenters
The PAA is thrilled to begin announcing the lineup of workshop presenters for the PAA Conference 2023!
We are curating an amazing and diverse schedule to inspire teachers in all aspects of Pilates. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather again as a community and celebrate our love of Pilates.
Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for the event – more Presenter announcements coming soon!
“So, Fran—what do you do?” I’ve taken to answering that I’m a “movement specialist.” Mostly, this is to save everyone involved a bit of time!
In addition to twenty-five years of private and group Pilates experience, I bring with me my past as an aerobics, spin, boot camp, and yoga instructor, personal trainer, and Massage therapist.
The course of this varied work and a lifelong interest in human anatomy has led me to studying fascia, the connective tissue that holds our bodies together. While the community I’ve found in this research is global, I see the biggest impacts right at home: with the new depths it lends my work with my clients.
In search of healing, I found Pilates while living in the USA. It was an immediate, passionate love affair that changed my life & I knew I needed to share it with the World.
Initially BASI trained in 2006, I am forever a student and am not affiliated with any one school. I have sought learning from many leaders in the field of movement & body work. I love working with complex conditions, helping people regain their life through movement & lifestyle changes.
My career expands from fitness, body work including massage & reiki, meditation & breathwork, movement education and integrative health coaching and my teaching embodies all of these skills.
I was athletic, yet prone to injuries as a teen, so my physio introduced me to Pilates at 15. Through this, I grew to appreciate the beauty of the mind-body connections that Pilates encourages.
My personal Pilates experience led me to pursue physiotherapy and undertake a concurrent apprenticeship in the Pilates method. I’ve been combining these skills since 2003, which has given me a unique perspective on movement as therapy, and I love sharing my passion for anatomy and biomechanics in the context of Pilates for rehabilitation. I’m passionate about information synthesis and knowledge translation, and run introductory and comprehensive Pilates training for healthcare professionals, rehab upskilling for Pilates instructors, and numerous workshops on clinical Pilates for rehabilitation through Calibrate Pilates.
In my spare time, I enjoy travelling through the great outdoors, good novels, and good food.
As soon as I started my Physiotherapy career in 2011 I knew I needed to study the Pilates method to better assist my clients in their ongoing journey from injury recovery to health and wellbeing. This led me to undertake a number of Pilates courses through various training groups and bodies. In 2015 I built on this further by undertaking a diploma in Rehabilitation Pilates through Polestar Pilates, and I just loved this approach and how it really helped develop my skills in movement observation and teaching. From this, and the calibre of Pilates teachers and Health professionals I was surrounded by, my passion for educating grew and in 2021 I started teaching and educating in partnership with Carla Mullins from Body Organics and Susan Cottrell from The Body Refinery.
Throughout my Physio & Pilates career I have always been drawn to working with athletes and have been lucky enough to work with a number of elite sporting professionals and teams. I have created and delivered Pilates programs for the Men’s and Women’s Brisbane Roar A-League soccer teams, the Queensland Reds Rugby Team and a number of elite iron men/women, ultra runners, marathon runners and triathletes. Through The Body Refinery I have also been involved in the programming for members of the Australian Matildas soccer team and the Brisbane Lions AFL team.
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