Teaching is my passion and my love of fitness transformed into the vehicle to help people improve their health and wellness. Having taught for over 20 years, I have become fascinated and truly inspired by the small increments in progress that I see clients making, one cell of their body at a time. Breaking down each movement to meet each client’s needs allows me to see the look of accomplishment in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as we progress to each new level. Fun and fitness go hand in hand. I strive to include activation of the laughing muscles as a key to success. Sally MacDonell…at your service!
I found my way to Pilates over 10 years ago. Having a physical job as a full time Paramedic I have witnessed first hand the positive impact Pilates can have on ones everyday life. I am a Stott certified, TRX trainer and a Pelvic floor instructor for the past 8 years. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with those around me and continue to integrate my teaching and lifestyle for optimal functional health and movement. I enjoy working with her clients on strength, control, and conditioning. My optimism will aid you to take charge of your body and mind in the Pilates studio and beyond. I teaches both group and private sessions to a variety of clients looking to improve their physical and mental well being. I am dedicated to meeting your needs so I commit to attending workshops and conferences to make sure my knowledge is always up to date.
I am an older adult personal trainer and instructor and Senior Fitness Instructor Course(SFIC) Trainer for the Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging. I has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years, and have recently relocated to Niagara from Toronto where I ran my own small fitness company for many years. I have extenstive training in the field of human movement including physiotherapy training and I hold many certifications as well as a BFA from York University. Join my Functional Flexibility class Tuesday mornings and I'll show you how to move with ease!
As a young girl I was always drawn to ways the body can move to express art. I grew up dancing at a competitive level, studying tap, jazz, ballet, modern and lyrical. My passion evolved and in 2010 I began teaching both recreational and completive dancers. Looking for ways to strengthen my dancer's and improve their technique, I attended the Niagara College Fitness and Health Promotions program and graduated in 2017. Following my graduation, I went on to obtain my Can-fit Pro Personal Training Specialist certification. With my passion for movement, I decided to continue my education through obtaining my STOTT Pilates certification. I look forward to completing my full certification and applying my knowledge to provide my clients with a personalized program.
I began practicing yoga in January of 1996. In the fall of 2003, I completed, with Honor of Distinction, an intensive 500-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Centre of Burlington, a recognized Yoga Alliance training facility. I continue to deepen my knowledge of the practice by attending workshops and classes led by senior teachers. I practice and teach Iyengar inspired yoga, a tradition which utilizes props for modification to make poses accessible to students of all ages and abilities. Yoga props are used to support the body in restorative poses, and assist you to move into a posture you may not yet be flexible enough to manage on your own. Props can also educate your body to create the alignment and action required for a pose. Classes focus on developing strength, stability, flexibility, postural awareness, as well as an awareness of your best alignment in any given pose. All classes include breathwork (pranayama), physical postures (asana), and a guided relaxation (savasana). Students of all levels, abilities and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents.
After working several years in the corporate world, I re-trained to become a Registered Massage Therapist at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario. I graduated with honors from the 3 year advanced Diploma program in Massage Therapy and went on to become registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Member in good standing with the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario RMTAO and also an alumni of Confederation College, Thunder Bay. The primary reason I chose to retrain and work as a massage therapist was because of the many benefits I felt I had received from massage therapy that I wanted to share with others. My areas of interest are: Relaxation Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Repetitive Work Strain Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel & Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Prenatal massage, as well as the use of Hydrotherapy.
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In 2010, Marie-Eve graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. She was accepted into the Masters of Physiotherapy program the same year and graduated in 2012. In recent years, Marie-Eve has been specialising in pelvic health physiotherapy. This specialty is focussed on assessing male and female pelvic conditions in order to treat pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. She includes manual therapy, breathing techniques, cognitive behavioral approach, body mapping and Qi-Gong exercises to finally get you ready to move with confidence and resilience. Common conditions treated in pelvic health rehabilitation are, but is not limited to, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, SI joint dysfunction, persistent pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, interstitial cystisis, bladder pain syndrome, chronic prostatitis, post-hysterectomy rehab and post-prostatectomy rehab. Marie-Eve moved in Niagara Region in December 2016 and she’s excited to start her new life and career in the region. She is looking forward to using all of her experiences to provide the best care to help you achieve your goals.