Meet our visiting instructor…Kiki Vance

This is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series where you get to read about some of the visiting teachers and educators to our studio.

Meet Kiki Vance, lecturer with art-of-motion.

Kiki is teaching the first of our 2018 Anatomy Trains in Motion courses in our studio here in Dublin.

What have you been up to recently?

Diving deeply into teaching the Myofascial Slings approach to movement, raising my daughter who is 5, keeping busy with a full practice of classes and clients in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

How long have you been a movement teacher / educator and what inspired you to become one?

I’ve been studying movement via dance since I was very young, came to movement systems via Pilates in the early 90’s. Some of the most notable experiences that piqued my curiosity when I was in my teens were movement re-patterning sessions with a practitioner who was trained in a dance related release technique. It was long ago, and she may not have even told me the source of what she did with me but it helped me realize how magical the body is. I have been exploring movement and hands-on therapies my whole adult life, including Pilates, Gyrotonic, KMI (now called ATSI), among many others! The inspiration is in the miracle we walk around in every day, the body is complex but offers such grounding in that we HAVE one….it can simplify the complexities we face in our lives. Even injury/physical challenge can bring inspiration ofer an opportunity for us to realize how or perceptions can change, most of my deepest learning has come from injuries along the way.
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Meet our visiting instructor…Julia Pietersma

This is part of our Meet Our Visiting Instructor Series where you get to read about some of the visiting teachers and educators to our studio.

Meet Julia Pietersma, BASI Pilates Faculty and Lisa Lambertiteacher in The Pilates Clinic in Wimbledon, London.

Julia teaches on our BASI Comprehensive and Mat Teacher Training Courses, as well as providing regular workshops, mentoring and events hosted in our studio here in Dublin.

What have you been up to recently?

I have been travelling with my family in New Zealand, enjoying seeing the sights of North Island, hiking and exploring and enjoying the wonderful scenery and outdoor lifestyle.

How long have you been a Pilates teacher and what inspired you to become one?

I have been a Pilates teacher for 9 years. I first tried Pilates with my mum and dad and went on to study Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria. As part of the course I was offered the chance to do my Mat course with BASI and I have been in love with all things Pilates ever since.

What’s your favourite Pilates exercise? Why?

The Pelvic Curl. This exercise can be cued to feel every single part of the body with such intensity.
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“I started doing Pilates as a recommendation of my osteopath clinician. I have childhood scoliosis which requires constant maintenance and exercise. Usual routine exercise and gym classes do not suit me as a always end up having pain because of my back. I started attending classes with Live & Breathe in 2016 and since then, my life changed for the best. I reclaimed my exercise independence, I did not have to attend physio and osteopath sessions so often anymore and I gained control of my back and body back. I am such a happier person, my scoliosis condition is now more of a feature of my body than a burden, I feel with Pilates I can be healthy again. I have no words of gratitude for Steph and her team. After over 100 classes fear of back pain has vanished from my life. And what a posture I gained. Thank you!” Ana C, April 2018