Hello, I'm Colleen Cummins. I have been teaching the Pilates method since 1996. Trained by Colleen Glen and Michele Larsson, my teaching method is strongly influenced by Eve Gentry's rehabilitative work. I have a diverse clientele of varying ages and skill levels. I specialize in and am deeply passionate about individualized therapeutic care through pilates-based movement. Through my work I have brought integrated and intelligent movement to bodies plagued by back issues such as herniated discs, scoliosis, stenosis and sciatica, as well as pervasive and insidious lower back pain. My approach to personalized care has aided in the rehabilitation process post hip and knee replacements, breast surgeries and post physical therapy recoveries. I have also successfully introduced the Pilates method to clients struggling with various chronic conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, Down’s Syndrome, incomplete spinal cord injuries (SCI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and Lyme Disease.
Prior to my Pilates career, I used my Exercise Science degree to teach in a hospital-based fitness facility from 1986-1992. I gained experience in cardiac and pulmonary rehab, water therapy, and nutrition counseling. Through the same facility I performed fitness testing and wrote exercise prescriptions for the general population as well as competitive athletes, taught aerobic (land and water) classes and the first “women in the weight room” series. Shortly after beginning my own personal training business in 1992, I discovered the Pilates Method. I had sustained my own overuse injuries as a competitive triathlete, cyclist, and runner. Pilates gave me a more functional, stronger and more resilient body. After years as a student in the Pilates method, I began integrating these beneficial movement patterns into my clients’ personal training sessions. Upon moving to New Mexico in 2001, I established CoreWorks Pilates.
My practice continues to evolve as the current studio name implies: Coreworks Alchemy in Motion. I have studied many types of yoga (Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara) and other movement disciplines (Feldenkrais, Gyrotonics/Gyrokenesis, dance, rock climbing, circus arts) as well as meditation and contemplative practices. My philosophy is rooted in integrated full body movement and mindfulness: When we notice and befriend our emotional inner body, our physical body has a lot more room to play. To me, movement is art. As I see it, we are painting lines, arcs, and shapes with our kinetic motions and these basic principles are built into my teaching. We begin with modules that address not only our physical movements, but also the impact of our emotions on our motions. We may begin by observing our breathing and then learn sequential breathing, feeling the physical and psychological effects. We then apply this breath pattern to a fundamental movement pattern in the studio or in the natural world. Lastly, these foundations of breath and movement are applied to the motions in our daily lives. Mindful, playful and artful motion nourishes not only each and every joint in our bodies, but also our souls. The relationship we cultivate with our moving bodies is our conduit to the world.
I love the opportunity to teach seminars, workshops and concentrated experiential learning for students and teachers of not only the Pilates method, but also those from other fields. My previous workshops include:
1) Pelvic floor health: Anatomy of and its role in healthy movement;
2) Integration of the psoas, quadratus lumborum, and the diaphragm for stability and range of motion;
3) Flow within the Pilates system;
4) Three diaphragms: Their alignment and implications for pelvic floor/hip health;
5) Advanced series of Pilates equipment workshops employing guided exploration techniques focused on the five spinal movements;
6) Pilates off the mat and outside the studio;
7) For Pilates teachers-Picking the Brain: Creating Awareness and Mindfulness in clients;
8) Mindfulness in Motion: Mindfulness practices based in recent neuroscience and meditation techniques that root us in resilient physicality.
I'd love to meet and connect with you.