ERICA BREEN PILATES
I have extensive experience with a plethora of therapies and practitioners/therapists, Erica is something special. I was born with cerebral palsy and doctors doubted that I would ever walk. Thankfully, they missed the mark. I was a captain of my high school football team and have completed multiple 5k races. In 2018, I had an unexpected exploratory laparotomy during which my pancreas was cut and I went from a healthy 180 lbs down to 135 lbs while being bedridden in ICU for over a month. I am currently reteaching myself how to walk without crutches as I had grown accustomed to before the surgery. This round of rehab has been daunting and at times has caused me to feel sorry for myself in a way that I had never felt before, but it also has taught me a lot about my body that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Erica’s life long experience with Scoliosis in addition to her additional back injuries seems to have given her the ability to empathize on a level that no one else has in my experience. Working with someone who seems to know what you are up against has always led to better results in all aspects of my life, and rehabilitation is usually lacking on this front. Erica employs knowledge, drive, and creativity almost effortlessly and she is truly an asset to my recovery and a joy to work with.
Erica is an international pilates and yoga instructor and a functional nutritionist on a lifelong quest to learn as much as possible about the human body and restore it to optimal health.
In her early twenties, not only was she struggling with Scoliosis and its limitations, but she dislocated her left shoulder and fractured her lumbar spine. She experienced first-hand how movement and utilizing different exercise modalities can help the body overcome injury and pain. Erica's success with this rehabilitation changed how she moved her body, her outlook on life, and, subsequently, her career path.
As a qualified instructor, Erica is deeply invested in learning about her client's physical needs and the emotional challenges they face with their bodies. Erica has continued to undertake professional development courses to increase her understanding of the human body and how to achieve the best results for her clients. She has over 2000 hours of training in the fields of Pilates, yoga, wellness coaching, functional nutrition, holistic health, psychology, and numerous rehabilitation and injury-specialized certifications.
Erica has an amazing breadth of knowledge when it comes to the human body and its inner workings. Her training and own experience has fine-tuned her eye for understanding, detail, and application. Erica is body-positive, and her eye for proper body alignment is unparalleled. She employs knowledge, drive, and creativity in all of her classes. She encourages clients to have fun with movement and what the body can achieve in a safe environment. Erica loves teaching sessions that leave clients feeling strong and optimistic about life. She has been teaching since 2012 and is thrilled to be able to offer online one-on-one sessions, have the ability to travel and work with clients, and partner with studios.
Erica Breen is a highly knowledgeable and professional Pilates instructor, with a friendly and focused teaching style that will help you achieve better results. For the last seven years, I’ve experienced chronic pain that has limited my participation in Pilates and other activities, resulting in decreased fitness and ability. I’ve tried to attend classes in many places around the world and have never before found an instructor who not only understands the mechanics of how my muscles work, but has an endless supply of exercises and ideas to get me working and moving, pain free. I travel a lot for my work, so am lucky Erica’s also a fantastic online instructor, with her Zoom-based sessions allowing me to maintain my routine wherever I am. Since starting to work with Erica, my range of movement has increased dramatically and she’s shared with me knowledge about how and why the exercises work, so I can understand my own movements. Her genuine empathy and accepting approach is refreshing and motivating; I have no hesitation in highly recommending Erica’s work.