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What moves you?

Movement is an essential and joyous part of the human experience. At Movement U, we are dedicated to helping you identify what moves you and then optimizing your journey--what we call achieving the Nth degree--whether your goal is a marathon or simply maneuvering the stairs more comfortably.

Nth degree Pilates, Performance, Function

We achieve these performance and function milestones through a variety of programs and methods. While our award-winning work in Pilates continues to be a mainstay, our faculty is educated in many new complementary methods and modalities. Some of these techniques include Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Z-Health as well as other research-based work. Drop in one class and you might see runners who want to improve gait or a golfer working on better rotation for his swing. Observe another class and see a father learning how to lift his child pain-free or someone who wants to get out of their car with ease.

The “U” is both in reference to our ability to personalize programs for each individual (you), and to our faculty of movement specialists. If Pilates is already an important part of your program, you’ll find our teachers offer extensive knowledge and diverse educational backgrounds to both challenge and support your movement goals. Or if someone (maybe that voice in the back of your head) has told you you couldn’t do something, or you’re beginning to believe discomfort and pain “is part of the deal”, we would like to encourage you to safely (re)explore the joy of movement.

We are nestled within Body Kinetics, a welcoming, family-owned health and fitness facility, whose mission is to assist and educate those seeking high caliber movement practices. Our company offers an integrated model in which our Movement U faculty work collaboratively with each of our departments to help ensure your care is comprehensive and continues to help you find your Nth degree.


Our expert faculty offers a diverse educational background, all with rigorous training in a variety of disciplines, including Pilates,Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)  and Z-Health as well as other research-based work. But beyond the extensive education, we are proud that our faculty has the expertise, skill set and commitment to innovate and adapt the Pilates exercise system to best benefit your specific situation and needs.

Pilates Masters 

Yes, we are proud of our faculty’s mastery in Pilates, and of all the times we’ve been named “Best of Marin”. But really, the way we prefer to grade ourselves  is based on the number of Nth degrees our students achieve in a year. That’s what comes when we work together to meet--and perhaps exceed--your movement goals.

Pilates Primer

The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967) in efforts to provide vitality and wellness through mind-body movement and neuromuscular re-education. It is an exercise system that is based on quality of movement in which awareness, precision and control are stressed over quantity. The principles have evolved to prioritize postural patterning in which motor control, muscle performance and activation are emphasized--all similar concepts to those in most orthopedic rehabilitative and therapeutic settings as well as advanced performance enhancement systems.

Pilates 101

Pilates training develops a high degree of abdominal and back strength, activates the deep, core skeletal muscles, enhances suppleness of the spine and limbs and strengthens overall by increasing neuro-muscular coordination.

By studying the Pilates Method you will gain a cognitive understanding of how the body and mind work together to generate movement of specific muscles, as well as reverse the detrimental effects of timeworn patterning. It is excellent for muscle conditioning, improving overall quality of life, rehabilitating and preventing injuries. Through Pilates you will expand your understanding of  proper alignment, full body integration and what your mind and body can achieve when aligned.


Function

Because movement is such an important and ever-changing aspect in our lives, function is always a work in progress; one we are committed to helping you maximize, regardless of your movement goals.

For athletes, it’s when your club, racket or bat strikes the sweet spot so perfectly your stroke or swing feel effortless. For others, it might be the realization that you are able to lift your baby or that you can get up and down off of the floor while you play with your kids pain-free and without the “normal aches and pains.”

What are you interested in?

Movement U Faculty

Rebecca Bonnel

Rebecca Bonnel, Professional Pilates Teacher, BASI

What Moves Me

Rebecca decided to leave the corporate world and focus on what she really enjoys – working with people. Rebecca began taking Pilates classes and discovered that this was a path she could pursue to achieve her goal of helping others with physical development that will better their lives.  She has done gymnastics, has ridden horses, has bicycled and loves hiking.  She knows the importance of developing a strong body and building endurance in order to live an active lifestyle.  She has also endured injuries that required some rehabilitation and is aware that a strong body heals faster and also helps prevent unnecessary injuries.

Rebecca earned a Masters in Human Development and before transitioning into the corporate world she was a tutor for autistic children and volunteered in special education classrooms.  These experiences have given her the skills and confidence to work with a variety of people.  Consequently, she has an extremely heartfelt approach to helping her clients with their goals and is a very compassionate individual who wants each client to feel successful in their progression of movement.  

Moving U to Results

At your introductory meeting, Rebecca will discuss with you what your fitness goals are and what you would like to accomplish.  She is a detail-oriented practitioner who gears towards combining her bio-mechanical inclinations with her eagerness to understand each of her client’s journey.  Most importantly, she will encourage you to achieve the goals you have set forth and will be equally committed to working with you throughout your journey.  She will evaluate/discuss with you your limitations, if any, and will work with you to overcome those challenges so you can be successful in meeting your goals.  Your individualized program will be routinely re evaluated and adjusted as you continue to meet your goals while building your strength and endurance.  She hopes to make your workout challenging enough to reach your goals, but also to build a desire to continue to pursue physical activity to live better.

Movement U Student Testimonial

I began taking Pilates reformer and mat classes with Rebecca several months ago. I am recovering from a serious medical condition and practicing Pilates has been very instrumental in regaining my health. I want to recognize Rebecca for the patience and kindness she has shown me during this process. She has played an important role in my life the past few months with my recovery. Her classes are excellent. She skillfully creates an environment that allows each student to develop and learn. She is always well prepared and provides a variety of new exercises for the class to learn. She makes us really enjoy the time we spend with her and the others in class. And she is always, always smiling! I really could go on and on….I am extremely grateful to have her as my instructor and in my life. It’s a pleasure to practice and learn from Rebecca.
Marisa Myer

Marisa Myer, Pain and Movement Specialist

What Moves Me:

“I enjoy helping people dramatically improve their body mechanics to reduce and resolve pain, to move past plateaus, towards recovery and optimizing function. I’ve had my own fair share of injuries before turning 30. I was lucky to come across great physiotherapist teachers from the Prague School of Rehabilitation who have helped me to completely retrain how I use my spine, hips and nearly every other joint in my body.”

Marisa’s biomechanical knowledge paired with her patience, kindness and compassion creates an atmosphere of learning and healing that her students describe as profoundly effective, educational, safe, rewarding and memorable.

An avid athlete through her youth, Marisa’s sensitivity to her body led her to quickly appreciate the power of Pilates to help her with flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. Marisa loves to train people how to integrate ideal body mechanics and exercise into everyday life and activities.

Marisa is a certified massage therapist, Pilates instructor (CPT), DNS Exercise Trainer, Z-Health Trainer, NASM Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). She is constantly continuing her education with functional exercise systems, neuroscience and bodywork.

Moving U to Results

“It is primarily about teaching our bodies to be maximally connected. When we are completely kinetically connected, loads and pressure placed on us are smoothly distributed throughout the body. This dramatically strengthens us instead of breaking parts down and leading to injury.”

In private sessions Marisa incorporates bodywork that helps to release tightness and blend Pilates with other dynamic strengthening exercises. She has studied extensively with the Prague School of Rehabilitation, in which Neurophysiologists teach exercises (DNS) based on developmental kinesiology. With adult exercises inspired from ideal development, your low abs, back, glutes, neck and shoulders will want to do these every day.

“To be able to help empower people to get out of their own physical pain when nothing else seemed to work, and in turn achieve their fitness goals, has been incredibly rewarding. I combine DNS and neuroscience (based on Z-health) with Pilates to help clients integrate proper body mechanics and intelligent movement with their everyday life.”

Movement U Student Testimonial

“I began seeing Marisa for Pilates sessions once a week to help manage the pain, imbalance and fatigue I've been suffering from Fibromialgia. Our exercise routine includes bodywork for the painful distortions of my feet and compromised posture. Through our work my posture has improved and I have more mobility in my feet my general level of pain has lessened. She has been extremely responsive to my special needs and has developed ways of working with me which are both safe and beneficial.  I am so grateful to the gods of good fortune who introduced us!”
Debbie Abell

Debbie Abell, Creator Vitality U

What Moves Me:

Simply... Helping people. I love seeing the changes that occur in all areas of one’s life when Health and function is restored or enhanced. Pain free living is a beautiful thing. Vitality is a beautiful thing. I love being a catalyst to change.” -Debbie Abell

Moving U to Results

Integrative Wellness Coach, Movement Specialist, CPT, NASM-CES, Pilates Comprehensive Trainer, MELT 

Debbie is a Master Trainer, Educator, Coach and leader in developing Holistic Wellness Programming. Debbie specializes in corrective exercise, movement impairment, pain and performance. She blends the disciplines of sport medicine, mind body practices, Pilates, functional movement, nutrition and health and wellness coaching. Debbie has worked in the health, wellness and fitness space for over 20 years and is dedicated to the concept of longevity and thriving. 

• As a Movement Specialist… she has worked with various demographics, body types and personalities, helping her clients achieve balance and strength inside and out. 

• On Pain… she helps her clients quickly unlock the source of their pain and move into making achievable improvements that removes fear and risks of mental and physical health issues. 

• On Motivation… she creates a safe space for her clients to take small first steps that enable a source of motivation and lead to big results.

Movement U Student Testimonial

You are a miracle worker! I woke up almost pain free One session with you and my back and leg are 60% better! My leg pain is gone 100%! My back mid waist still a bit sore but 50% reduced, my arm/shoulder a tiny bit better but still pretty sore. I’m not kidding I woke up singing to myself and didn’t know why and then I realized I wasn’t in chronic pain!
Nicole Calmels

Nicole Calmels, Integrative Movement Educator, Outreach Coordinator

What Moves Me:

Nicole discovered Pilates in 2006 after sustaining a debilitating back injury while working as a firefighter/paramedic. 

Through Pilates, Nicole was able to reduce chronic pain, develop better muscle balance and learn functional movement patterns. She is dedicated to sharing what she has learned from personal experience and what has grown into a professional passion, so that her clients can thrive in their lives.

Moving U to Results

Nicole uses precise cueing, honed through 10 years of experience as a public educator, and effective program design, developed through her M.A. in Education Administration, to support clients in enhancing their postural alignment and functional movement patterns. Nicole also draws on her varied experiences as an athlete, dancer, and avid world traveler to help integrate the studio work into her client's daily lives and fitness goals. Nicole completed comprehensive Pilates apparatus instructor training and Core Align instructor training through Balanced Body, 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yandara Yoga Institute and Gokhale Method Foundations Training. Nicole is dedicated to continued growth through trainings in a variety of movement modalities and through her personal practice.

Movement U Student Testimonial

"The information you provide is extremely helpful. After so many years on this planet, it’s wonderful to have someone well versed in body mechanics, who can pass along alignment techniques to those of us who have ‘lost our way’ regarding body awareness and posture." - Marie Townsend