Gina holds a BA in Dance Education, performed professionally, taught ballet, modern dance, and rehabilitative exercise, before embarking on her career as a New York State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist. As an NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing Education she teaches Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists and CranioSacral Therapy. She holds an Upledger Institute Certification as a CranioSacral Therapist, as well as being Certified as both Therapist and CranioSacral Therapy Instructor from the CranioSacral Therapy Alliance. Before opening her private practice in 1997, Gina was one of the massage therapists for New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. In the years that followed, she has been honored to work with a multitude of companies as therapist to their dancers, musicians, singers and stage hands, from companies both nationally and internationally known, on site at her practice, as well as offsite on location. Her private practice includes, and invites, people from all walks of life, all ages including children, and is not exclusive to performers.
Most recently Gina became certified in Traditional Tibetan Healing Bowl Sound and Vibrational Therapy. Sound and vibration can be used to "re-tune" us to health and one of the most powerful modalities for this is the use of Tibetan singing bowls. When there is deep relaxation through soothing, resonant sound, the body is affected on a cellular level, opening up the flow of energy to move us back toward vibrational alignment with health. Healing through sound and vibration has been known to reduce stress, improve concentration, reduce blood pressure, improve immunity, and harmonize the chakras among others things.
Since receiving her certification as a Clinical Aromatherapist both in the USA and Canada, Gina is nationally recognized by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, and internationally recognized by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. Gina has created the beautiful line of AUM * AROMAS roll-on's which are available through her website, and she creates bespoke aromatherapy products by personal consultation. www.essentialbodywisdom.com.
Specialized Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Master Trainer
Erika met Juliu Horvath in 1993 in New York City, where she had moved to study dance. She had only been dancing for a couple of years and whereas her technique consisted mainly of equal parts force and desire, she was extremely grateful to find a teacher who could guide her into the inner-workings of her own dance. She trained intensively with Juliu for the next 5 years in the Gyrotonic Expansion System. She went on to perform with Maureen Fleming, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Zen Companhia de Danca, Min Tanaka and Meftas Dance Theater. She is currently Associate Artistic Director of Soulskin Dance (director Adrianna Thompson). Erika is a Specialized Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Master Trainer. She travels the world teaching workshops and trainings.
Aubrey has been movement professional in New York City for the past 7 years, but her experience working with the body has been lifelong. Aubrey grew up a dancer and as her passion for dancing grew, so did her curiosity toward the intricacies of how the body moves. After graduating with a dual degree in dance and theater, she found herself in New York City dedicating herself to teaching movement by enrolling in a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga teaching training. Since her initial yoga certification, she has become certified in GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, specialized Gyrotonic equipment, and Life Coaching. Currently she teaches private clients, as well as group classes for prominent corporations, and she brings the talents she gathered from each of these certifications to every class and individual session. Her use of critical thinking allows her to work outside-the-box to determine each individual’s needs. This, paired with her excellent communication skills make her a natural teacher and an intuitive choice for clients of all abilities and motivations.
Certified Gyrotonic Instructor
Las Vegas native Tiana Fridley is a movement instructor specializing in Gyrotonic. Tiana's movement experience began at a young age when she started dancing. Dance brought her to New York City where she earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. With a directed studies in choreography, Tiana found her truest passion, directing and guiding bodies in movement. Her experience with Gyrotonic came shortly after, when it helped her recover from a spine injury. Through her own Gyrotonic practice, she developed organization, strength and freedom in movement. Hungry for more knowledge, Tiana did her Gyrotonic training with Master Trainer Emily Smith and is now thrilled to share the method with others. Tiana is committed to the life long exploration of movement education, anatomy studies, injury prevention and self care.
Caitlin is a nine-time marathoner who has worked as a fitness director and has experience in medical research, health coaching, personal training, and nutritional counseling. She is the author of "The Rheumatoid Arthritis Cookbook: Anti-inflammatory Recipes to Fight Flares and Fatigue." Her own healing health journey is what started her interest in nutrition. She no longer suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), fatigue or anxiety. She is the owner and founder of True Food and Wellness in Smyrna, GA providing nutritional services to all ages. Some of her top areas of interest include digestive wellness, autoimmune conditions, autism and women's health--specifically hormonal balance and preconception care. She has a Master's degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College, as well as a Master's degree in Exercise Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her undergraduate degree is in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Caitlin also has a passion for fitness and holds certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine: Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, and Certified Personal Trainer.
Specialized Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Master Trainer
Emily has been teaching movement in different forms for over 20 years. Through Gyrotonic methodology, Emily has experienced freedom from limitations brought on by injury and spinal imbalance and has achieved a new awareness on a physical and energetic level, which she looks forward to cultivating. Emily began her Gyrotonic training in 2006 and has completed course work with Juliu Horvath, Paul Horvath, Erika Hassan, Sebastian Plettenberg, Juergen Bamberger, Bradley Kraemer, Kathy VanPatten and Abel Horvath.
In 2018, Emily completed her training as a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
A native of Los Angeles, Christina began her love of movement at age two. A professionally trained ballet dancer of 22 years, Christina embraced Pilates, Gyrotonic methodology and yoga principles to improve her body’s capabilities. Thanks to the inspiration and mentoring of Kathy VanPatten, Christina found her passion for teaching at the very young age of 18. She has undergone years of extensive training, dedication and hard work to become one of the best movement educators in her field. She continues to further her professional development through workshops, seminars and continuing education. Christina’s two decades as a dancer and 15 years teaching clients give her a practical and scientific understanding of energetic, muscular and skeletal relationships to movement. This experience fortifies her intuitive grasp of the body that allows her to guide clients to a deeper understanding of themselves. Inspired by her young children, she is a dedicated and passionate doula and natural childbirth educator with The Bradley Method®. Christina helps mothers prepare mentally, physically and spiritually for childbirth and their recovery after birth. Studio clients benefit from her expertise as well as her compassionate and supportive approach. “I believe we cannot achieve our potential, nor live a life of fulfillment without wonderful, inspiring friends around us,” she says. “It brings me great joy to share my talents in movement with family, friends, clients and colleagues.” Her goal is to educate and inspire through a loving and positive environment.