Maureen’s passion is in moving and empowering others to move. She grew up in Ottawa and Montréal and has been living in Western Massachusetts since 2006. She trained as a contemporary dance artist, which is where she first encountered the Pilates method, as a complement to her dancing. She earned her Pilates mat teaching certificate from Jacqueline Ethier (The Pilates Space, Ottawa) in 2003 and has been teaching Pilates ever since. She has gone on to accumulate many of the Fletcher Pilates training certificates, including: Fletcher Towelwork®, Fletcher Floorwork®, Fletcher Barrework™, Spine Corrector and Ped-i-pul work. In 2013 she passed her Polestar Pilates Comprehensive exam, and in 2016 she became a Polestar mentor in Hadley, as well as in Montréal, QC. Maureen continues to learn and refine her understanding of the Pilates method and functional movement through Polestar’s advanced courses, including the work on the revolutionary OOV. Maureen is thrilled to be part of the teaching team at The Pilates Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts as well as on her own at her own Pilates Room in Cummington, Massachusetts (Grasshoppa Dance & Pilates). Besides seeing clients privately, she has led a Pilates mat class for Elders for ten years; makes regular home visits for clients with neurological conditions that prevent them from entering the studio; teaches Pilates for children; leads Fletcher Fusion classes; and is a mentor for Polestar’s Comprehensive Pilates teacher training program. As a dancer, she continues to choreograph, to teach dance for people of all ages, and to perform.
Maureen’s Philosophy: Get off, or get off (thank-you, Peter Bingham)
Maureen teaches Private, Semi-Private, and Small Group Sessions by appointment.