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JODIE M. GORDON, LCSW-C

JODIE M. GORDON, LCSW-C

Physical, mental and spiritual strength is a core value of Jodie Gordon’s.

The mind and body connection is at the root of Jodie’s workout philosophy. She has been instilling this ideology in her clients - athletes, dancers, prenatal/postnatal women, mature adults, men and anyone who wants to feel strong and confident – and she’s been doing it since 2001.  

Jodie credits her deep appreciation and understanding of the mind/body connection to her work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she helped children with significant medical, development and emotional challenges. “It helped me truly understand the importance of movement—and learn to view individuals based on their strengths instead of their limitations,” she explains. “My years of clinical experience influenced my philosophy and mission to help others achieve their physical, mental and spiritual goals.”

Jodie offers private workout classes, as well as counseling, making her a unique hybrid in the world of fitness. If you’re looking to improve posture, mobility, strengthen your core, improve your aerobic workout and desire a regime that is designed specifically to your particular needs, Jodie and her team embody the best of mental and physical wellness to help you become the best “you,” you can be.

Credentials:
+ Peak Pilates, Boulder, Colorado — Mat, Reformer, Tower & Cadillac Levels I, II & III, Chair and Barrel Levels I & II
+ Stott Pilates, Toronto, Canada — Mat and Reformer
+ Physical Mind Institute, New York — Mat Pilates
+ Personal Trainer — AFAA
+ University of Maryland — Masters in Clinical Social Work
+ Continued study in other areas of body/mind work such as muscle activation technique, the behavioral aspects of weight loss and weight training, and psychological treatment of trauma

 

NANCY CARLEN

Nancy brings 10 years of experience to Embody specializing in Mat and Equipment Pilates through Stott and Balanced Body.   Her unique style allows students to accomplish their fitness goals by building confidence through movement as they develop a balanced outlook of their physical/mind fitness.  Nancy has a vast background in personal training, spin instruction, nutrition guidance, as well as a 200 hour certificate in Power Yoga, which combined, creates a fitness experience that is both enjoyable and extremely energetic for all her clients.

 
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Andrea N. Lasner

Andrea N. Lasner, MSPT, CFCS, PMA-CPT graduated from the University of Hartford with her Masters in Physical Therapy (MSPT). She trained and danced with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New Jersey Ballet and continues to do so locally as a guest artist.

As a dancer, the use of Pilates as cross training has been an integral part of her life personally. Andrea has completed extensive education and training which led to her certification with an emphasis in rehabilitation as certified through the Pilates Method Alliance.

In addition, she has recently been certified as a FLX conditioning specialist (CFCS) instructing methods with the use of the Flexistretcher.  She is currently a full-time Physical Therapist and director of the Performing Arts Physical Therapy program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She treats a broad cross-section of general orthopedic diagnoses with a special interest in performing arts medicine with a Pilates-based approach.

 

KRISTY SOLTESZ

Fifteen years ago, Kristy began a study of Pilates and yoga to correct her posture, alignment and inflexibility. This life-changing experience led to a daily practice and, eventually, her transition from student to instructor. After discovering the positive results of SB Barre classes, Kristy wanted to help others find strength and flexibility, physically and mentally, through SB Barre. “Barre can          be a challenging exercise for everyone,” says Kristy. “It’s hard on the muscles, kind on the joints, creates a greater range of motion and provides endurance for all other daily activities—while also inducing confidence and well being.” Kristy also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she majored in figurative sculpture and studied anatomy for medical illustration.