Cathleen is currently the Director of the Pilates and GYROTONIC®
program at the world renowned Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa
, located in Texate, Baja California, Mexico.
This unique position offers her the opportunity to create, live and work at the resort in Baja as well as live and work near the beach in San Diego. The best of both worlds!
Cathleen Murakami has been instructing Pilates instructor certification courses since 1993 and she was one of the original certifying instructors for The Physicalmind Institute. After resigning from Physicalmind, Cathleen’s studio became the only studio authorized to offer the Advances in the Pilates Technique certification course pioneered by the renowned Marie Jose Blom, which she facilitated for seven years. Now offering the SynergySystems® Pilates Instructor Certification unique and easily accessed weekend workshops, Cathleen continues to offer one of the most comprehensive and thorough trainings available in the Pilates field today.
Cathleen majored in dance at the University of Washington and practiced the Wu style of Tai-Chi at the Seattle Kung-Fu Club for nearly a decade. She then went on to instruct aerobics, funk, and strength training in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has specialized in the Pilates technique since 1991. After an apprenticeship at the prestigious Alan Herdman Pilates Studio of London, Cathleen returned to the United States to develop and create the Pilates programs at both the Rancho la Puerta and The Golden Door Spas. She pioneered the Pilates Mat and equipment program for both the Santa Barbara Athletic Club and the Honolulu Athletic Club. Cathleen introduced Pilates to the fitness audience in 1994 at the World IDEA 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada and she served on the IDEA Mind Body Fitness Committee from 1995-2002 and holds certifications from ACE, ACSM, Alan Herdman, Physicalmind, and Long Beach Dance Conditioning. Her company, SynergySystems®, has produced five DVD’s in Pilates Mat work and her workshops have been filmed for distribution by the Healthy Learning Corporation. Her book Morning Pilates Workouts was published in late 2006 by Human Kinetics.
She has completed training with the Tim Miller Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas and Erich Schiffman of Sacred Movement in Los Angeles (Hatha). She is certified in GYROKINESIS®, GYROTONIC® and has completed the GYROTONIC® Level 2 training exclusively taught by Juliu Horvath, founder of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Additionally, Cathleen has completed the GYROTONIC® for Golf as well as the shoulder, pelvis, and spine rehabilitation courses taught by physical therapist, Paul Horvath utilizing the GYROTONIC® methodology.