I began ballet classes at the age of 15 to correct a slumping habit. I was very inspired by this one 14 yr. old dancer who was in the class and professional level. During that year she found out she would not be able to dance again due to a hip injury. This didn't make any sense to me. Why would that create a situation where she could never dance again? Why couldn't this be remedied? She was so young.
This incident began my journey to find the answers to how people who do extreme exercising can stay in their field even after a major injury. It has taken me to train as a dancer in NYC training in the Martha Graham Technique, Eric Hawkins, Jose Limone' and classes with the Joffrey Ballet Dance School. Then I moved to California to certify as a Yoga Postures Teacher. While in Northern California I created The Joyful Arts Yoga/Dance School and The Joyful Arts Dance Ensemble ~ Touring Company.
From 1999-2002 I had intense, debilitating tailbone pain from an old dance injury due to me having a straight, not softly bent, tailbone. Since I had been born with this, I thought everyone's tailbone was straight. From doing Modern Dance floor exercises in the late 70's, which always rubbed my tailbone nerves into the wood floor; those nerves had become very hurt and stressed. In 2003 I began experiencing debilitating pain in my lower back and tailbone and randomly losing power at in my legs.
By this point I had moved to Durango, CO and was introduced to The Bowen Technique. The treatments healed my tailbone nerves as well as other ailments that had plagued me since childhood. (Strepp Throat, Asthma, Migraines and softly curved my tailbone). Needless to say...I was sold and I trained in the Bowen Technique and began treating clients.
The final step was Classical Pilates training which helped me understand the correct muscle groups to use in body movement.
Being a Nerve Practitioner training in Pilates, I quickly realized that Pilates, if done correctly, is a nerve therapy in action. I found that most people understand how their Nervous System works through activity and movement. Integrating the Pilates knowledge of correct muscle use into everyday movements, dance, yoga and Pilates has enabled me to give more information and tools to my clients for healing their maladies on a day to day basis.
In practicing Pilates and muscle group exploration in my own body I began creating new ways to exercise in order to calm my body on a daily basis called Gishler Integrated Movement for the Nerves (IMN) and it has worked. I have a more fluid and agile body now, than I did in my 20's. For the past few years I have been sharing this technique with anyone who is Interested. Thus far, my clients have had tangibly, fast results.