Founder of Begin Pilates, Maria Mankin was born and raised in Catania, Sicily. From coaching soccer teams to walking the slack-rope in the circus ring, Maria comes to Begin Pilates with over thirty years of experience in bodywork and movement. Today, she draws from her diverse background in circus arts, acrobatics, early childhood education, the Feldenkrais technique, the Franklin method, and a Stott Pilates certification to create a thoughtful and engaging practice for her students.
As a Pilates instructor for the last sixteen years, Maria has trained a wide variety of clients, from the fittest athletes to those who are injured, disabled or elderly. Her expertise allows her to challenge each student with an appropriate program and to adapt the exercises during group sessions to accommodate individual needs. In addition to her technical knowledge, Maria brings to every session her passion for helping people become stronger and healthier.
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