Mair Culbreth - Pilates Practitioner
Mair Culbreth is a certified Pilates Instructor with an M.S. in Kinesiology. Her kinesiology studies, the scientific study of human movement, focused on biomechanics, exercise physiology, and socio-cultural perspectives on movement. She completed her Pilates Certification in San Francisco, CA with Pilates Education Lab at Sanchez Street Studios in 2007. She is currently completing her doctoral research in Dance Studies through The Ohio State University. With almost 20 years as a movement educator, Mair employs a multi-disciplinary and integrative approach to Pilates, drawing from her background in Modern dance, Iyengar yoga, developmental movement studies, BodyMind awareness, Rock climbing, and Cycling to facilitate embodied awareness. Most recently, she taught Pilates within a physical therapy practice working to transition people with injuries from PT to address the underlying structural imbalances that led to injury and resume an active, engaged living. She worked at Stanford University on an NIH funded study researching physical activity and health outcomes for older adults that contributed to health insurance legislation. As the department chair of Body-Mind Education for Lick-Wilmerding High School, Mair designed and implemented a curriculum for students that incorporated movement practice and mindfulness as a core philosophy of the school in order to reduce stress and precursors to chronic disease.
Teaching Pilates and Modern Dance while pregnant and post-pregnancy, Mair enjoys working with pre- and post-natal mothers to support the new ways in which their bodies function. Her current Pilates research and teaching practice focuses on movement, brain function, and active aging with attention to specific populations such as people with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative diagnoses. “I believe fully in the importance of movement for optimal health,” says Mair, “and my goal as a movement educator is to facilitate your path in order to do what you love to do. Whether it’s reducing or eliminating chronic pain, being strong and flexible enough to play with your kids and grandkids, recovering from illness or injury to resume activities of daily living, or to balance and train the body for a performance or athletic event, we create a plan and work together to achieve your goals and desires. I know that a lifelong physical activity practice and embodied engagement cultivates a healthy and meaningful life and I love working with people in this process!” As Joseph Pilates says, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”