Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the mind/body field. She began her formal Pilates training in Los Angeles at Performing Arts Physical Therapy under the direction of Melinda Bryan (certified and ordained by 1st generation Pilates Master Romana Kryzanowska).  Jennifer’s training during these years included workshops, testing and continuing education seminars with Romana Kryzanowska as well as other Classical Pilates greats like Siri Darma, Jillian Hessel and Jay Grimes. Jennifer taught with Jay Grimes at PAPT for 2 years and took over his clientele when he left which was a very high honor for such a young teacher.

Jennifer is immensely grateful for her early training and foundation in Classical Pilates, but knew there was more to discover. She completed two more Comprehensive Professional Pilates Certifications. The first was with PhysicalMind Institute where she had the honor of studying with renowned movement therapist Marika Molnar.

Next Jennifer studied with Marie Jose Blom of Long Beach Dance Conditioning. This phase of Jennifer’s study would prove to be a life changing experience, and Marie Jose continues to mentor and inspire Jennifer’s work to this day.

Jennifer was chosen to be one of the first Master Teacher Trainers in the United States by Balanced Body in 2007.  Jennifer brings her own style and passion to the Balanced Body program and many students chose Balanced Body in order to work with her.

Jennifer discovered her passion for Pilates for pre & post natal women when she was pregnant with her first child which sparked the creation of her own method in 2001 and has been honing it ever since.  She has presented her Fusion Fusion Pilates Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training program around the world since 2003 – from the United States to Japan to Russia and more…

Jennifer is the owner and director of Fusion Pilates DVD’s, which specialize in DVD programs for women’s fitness. Jennifer released her original Pre & Post Pregnancy series in 2001,  two  DVD’s  for the Pilates Professional in 2009, and a Pilates Birth Ball series in 2011.

Jennifer is based in Asheville, NC at her Fusion studio, but travels to present her courses across the country and around the world.

 

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Casey Marie Herdt

“If knowledge is power, then self knowledge is empowerment.”

Casey Herdt grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she excelled in many different sports and athletic activities. At a young age she became keenly aware of the negative effects of the “no pain, no gain” mentality. An injury caused Casey to end up on Tracie Anderson Munn’s doorstep where she was introduced to the intelligent, inventive approach Pilates takes to reforming and healing the human body. Inspired by this new modality, Casey began her apprenticeship in Tracie’s movement studio in 2002.

During this time Casey also attended Long Beach Dance Conditioning where she received her comprehensive certification from Marie Jose Blom in 2003. Marie Jose’s exploration of how cutting edge science can join with the Pilates repertoire in order truly change bodies continues to be a constant inspiration.

Casey went on to work in classical studios where she delved into the roots of the Pilates work while mastering the classical repertoire. She also explored many other movement and bodywork modalities that inspired her to start her own form of movement release work called The Core Alignment Method. With the knowledge gained from so many different perspectives, her practice began to take shape, and her understanding of the capabilities of the human body continued to expand.

After working with Jennifer Gianni in 2007 it became clear to Casey that is was time to move to Asheville and make Fusion Pilates her home base. She immediately became involved in the creative aspects of Fusion’s DVD’s and teacher training programs and also became a certified level I Gyrotonic Instructor, a teacher trainer for Jennifer Gianni’s Pre and Post Natal training, and a faculty member of Balanced Body University.

The collaborative energy between Jennifer and Casey gave birth to FusionFitnessnline.com with the goal of providing a rich resource for Pilates Professionals.

After many years, thousands of sessions, and hundreds clients, Casey’s daily objective remains simple. To make people feel at home in their body. Casey strives to push the envelope of creativity within the repertoire to help more people benefit from this work on all levels.