Our Staff

Gina Barrera

Gina brings over 20 years of dance and fitness to each Pilates private lesson and class. She teaches and performs throughout St. Louis, including performing with the tap dance quartet "Diva La Tap". Certified in Pilates Mat in 2008, Gina completed her full Pilates equipment certification in 2009. She first became interested in Pilates because her many years of tap dancing and teaching caused foot and leg problems. Pilates helped Gina realign her body and become stronger than she has ever been in her life. Gina loves sharing Pilates, which has taught her to be patient, indulge in the moment, and enjoy the process of things.

Mary J Brown

Mary J. Brown was introduced to the Pilates Method in Los Angeles in 1994 during an attempt to rehabilitate a back injury. A move to Boulder, Colorado to attend massage therapy school momentarily interrupted her Pilates studies. Upon completion of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Mary rediscovered Pilates and was subsequently certified at the renowned Pilates Center of Boulder. After receiving her certification in December 1997, Mary had the opportunity to apprentice and teach with Lindsay Ross, a pioneer in Pilates-based rehabilitation, physioball stability and functional strength training. Mary has worked for over 16 years to encourage her clients along their paths to increased fitness and joyful, free movement. She has taught in Boulder, Austin, New York City, Paris, France, Iowa City, Iowa and St Louis. Her gifted teaching abilities have helped people from all walks of life increase their capacity for awareness, breath, core strength and efficient movement!

Mary is the owner and facilitator of the core center comprehensive Pilates Instructor Education System. She is trained in massage therapy; PMA certified in Pilates, teaches the innovative Core Align System and is a current student of the Gyrotonic Expansion System. In 2013 Mary decided to expand her knowledge yet again, and is now a full time student of the Chiropractic healing arts at Logan College of Chiropractic. Mary is dedicated and committed to upholding excellence in the Pilates community through her instructor training, continuing education seminars and energetic client teaching. She is the creator of many innovative Pilates class and seminar concepts. She has presented her ideas at both national and international locations.

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