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About Joan Baker


Biography

Joan knows pain is real, and emphasizes that movement does heal! 

"At age 11, I contracted Rheumatic Fever which led to years of monitoring by Heart Specialists from childhood through adulthood. 

As an adult, this developed into congestive heart failure with an eventual valve replacement along with left atrium reconstruction to diminish A-Fib.

My determination to never look back to keep active and enjoy a full life with my family and friends has sparked a passion in helping others achieve their fitness goals, no matter what issues one may be dealing with."

Joan’s passion for teaching Pilates began in 1996.  Life before Pilates was employment in the Corporate world, as well, teaching Part Time Fitness classes to like-minded people.

Isaac loves Pole Walking with his Nanabanana.

After experimenting & experiencing Pilates in her own body,  Joan realized there was no other way for her stay strong & flexible after being injured.

Joan fell in love with Joseph Pilates’ original exercise regime trademarked “The Method”, and hence, Pilates became a lifestyle. A lifestyle that includes playing road, living room and basement hockey games with her 4 grandsons on weekends!

"My miracle of life gives me a second chance to work with and inspire others, young and maturing".


Certifications

  • Body Harmonics Pilates / Rehab Instructor
  • ELDOA LEVEL 3 Instructor
  • Certified Nordixx Canada - Nordic Pole Walking Instructor
  • Smovey Canada “VibroSwing Instructor/Coach”
  • C.O.R.E. M.A.T Jumpstart (Muscle Activation Therapy Exercises)


Accreditations

  • Certified Second Wind Pilates & Integrated Movement Instructor
  • Equipment Rehabilitative Protocols: Spine / Hip / Shoulder
  • Mat Work & Equipment Intensive:  Complete Reformer / Cadillac & Wunda Chair
  • Seniors on The Move
  • Neurophysiology of Pilates
  • Breathing Mechanics
  • Pre/Post Natal Pilates
  • Pilates for Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis
  • Pilates for Handedness & Scoliosis
  • Pilates for Foot & Ankle: The Body’s Spring System
  • Myofascial Lines Of Movement
  • Pilates on the Foam Roller / Stability Ball / Small Apparatus
  • Vertical Pilates
  • Pilates for Golfers
  • Pilates for Runners
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy / Posture & Gait Analysis
  • Client Assessment Protocols
  • Core Integrity / Breathing Mechanics / Ethical Touch / Mighty & Mysterious Psoas
  • Brain Gym
  • CPR / FIRST AID.

JOAN BAKER | Restorative Pilates Specialist
joanspilates@gmail.com | joanspilates.ca | 647 444 3347 | Toronto Canada