As Creator of SmartSpine Wellness System and President of SomaSom, Inc., Marie-José has more than twenty five years of master teacher training to help your back on track.
Marie-José specializes in deep core strengthening, pelvic work, and work for the spine and is widely known for her work in Conditioning Techniques for dance and dance injuries. In 1991, she created the Advances in Pilates Technique, an internationally acclaimed professional teacher’s training program, which she conducts and directs in Japan. As a former faculty member at Southern CA’s Loyola Marymount University, where she taught anatomy/kinesiology and physiology for the Department of Dance, she received the 2006 Spotlight Award for excellence in teaching. Marie-José is also the founder and director of Long Beach Dance Conditioning in Long Beach, CA.
Marie-José created and directs the Advances in Pilates Technique, currently known as Pilates Leadership Concepts (PLC). This acclaimed program was the very first program in an official format established in 1991 till current and continues its curriculum under new owner /directorship for California.
Marie-José has established programs at various facilities internationally and is in great demand for lectures and presentations, both locally and internationally for institutes, physical therapists, and movement educators. Since 2007, Marie-José’s PLC program and specialty workshops have gained popularity in Tokyo, Japan. The desire and ambition in Japan for higher education led to a comprehensive program which brings Marie-José to Tokyo four to five times a year, which makes Japan her second home.
Marie-José specializes and dedicates her 25 years of experience to mentor Pilates Professionals to a unique level of expertise, which reaches beyond instruction to movement education. She is a regular presenter for Balanced Body University, Pilates On Tour, and Pilates Method Alliance. In 2007, she founded the SmartSpine Wellness System under SomaSom inc. Marie-José is PMA gold certified and honorary member of The Pilates Foundation in England.
The last eight years has led her to closely follow the new movement in Fascial research thereby integrating and applying the new models to the Pilates technique to update as well as validate the current teaching technique.
Marie-José contributed a chapter to: Fascia The Tensional Network Of The Human Body. Published by Churchill Livingstone. www.tensionalnetwork.com.