Time-pressed. Need more energy. Want to feel refreshed, not drained.
Does this sound like you? That was me.
We’ve all been there – we schedule our days so full that we forget to schedule in “me” down-time. I have always been a person with many things on her plate – during the same time period that I completed my Management degree, I completed my Pilates certification, taught dance and fitness part-time, and worked at a yoga clothing store.
Once I started working full-time in the investment world, I still kept my plate full – working at my corporate job during the day, and teaching Pilates a few evenings a week. I worked this way for several years, and I understand how easy it is to get so involved with work or other commitments that setting aside personal time gets forgotten. I know what it is like to get up at 5 am in order to get to work before the stock markets open, attend meetings all day, and not leave the office again until dark. There were probably more days than not when all I wanted to do at the end of the day was to get take-out and laze around on the couch all night.
However, even when I was working those long days, I knew how important it was to keep physically active, and to move. So when I felt exhausted at the end of the day and the last thing I wanted to do was workout, I did. I found that doing an hour of Pilates, where I focused on breathing and listening to my body, left me in a better mood and feeling rejuvenated. That scheduled in “me” time probably saved me from an early career burnout.
Eventually, I came to a crossroads in my career, and decided to leave the corporate world to pursue what I am most passionate about, teaching Pilates and movement. I love how using breath and movement leaves you feeling open, re-energized, and strong.
I am inspired daily working one-on-one with women like you because I can relate to how hectic your life can be. What I love most about teaching is watching clients transform their bodies from the inside out and seeing how happy it makes them feel!
When I’m not in the studio, I can be found spending time with my family, taking barre classes and drinking coconut milk lattés.
Lorissa is a Pilates, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® teacher based in Calgary, AB. She was first introduced to Pilates while in the Modern Dance program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, AB. Following university, she balanced working for investment firms and teaching Pilates part-time for a number of years before deciding to leave the investment world to devote her full-time efforts to her studio, Flow Pilates & Movement.
Lorissa received her Classical Pilates certifications from the Dianne Miller Pilates Center of Vancouver and from Embody Pilates in Canmore, and has been teaching since 2001. Her passion for movement led her to travel to New York City and Miami, where she certified as a GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® trainer. Lorissa is a Pre-Trainer for those wishing to become GYROTONIC® trainers, and loves sharing this innovative movement system with all of her clients.
Lorissa maintains a busy practice teaching clients in the downtown area and South Calgary.
- Bachelor of Management (University of Lethbridge)
- Bachelor of Arts, French Literature (University of Calgary)
- GYROKINESIS® Certified Trainer
- GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certified Trainer
- GYROTONIC® Level 2 course completion
- GYROTONIC® Jumping Stretching Board, Applications for the Shoulder Girdle, Application for Dancers, Applications for Scoliosis
- GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer (Qualified to teach the Pre-Training course, the first step in becoming a certified Gyrotonic trainer)
- Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist
- Comprehensive Classical Teacher Training Diploma, Embody Pilates, Canmore, AB
- Mat and Reformer Certification, Dianne Miller Pilates Centre of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
- Completed Stott Pilates Mat Intensive Teacher Training Course, Toronto, ON
- Yoga Teacher Certificate (250 hours), Yoga Passage, Calgary, AB
- Essentrics® Level 1 Apprentice Instructor
- HIGH Fitness Certified Instructor