During high-school I had two particularly wonderful teachers who took me under their wings. This inspired me to become a classroom teacher. I went to Penn State, studied and partied, and did my student teaching at an elementary school in North Philadelphia while going to Temple to get a master’s degree in elementary education. I had 42 fifth graders, and one was 16 years old! What a challenging adventure. This work led to an appointment to help develop and implement a Philadelphia School District program for mentally gifted children. From this experience, I developed a deep interest in group process. So I enrolled in a Master’s Program in group process and group psychotherapy at Hahnemann University. Upon graduation, I taught a few courses to the undergrates. During my career in the mental health field, I worked with community mental health centers, group homes and finally with families and special needs children. I was a mobile therapist, behavior specialist and found myself running wrap-around service programs in five counties. I have a special passion and rich experience in working with gifted children and special needs gifted children. A strong desire is to brain-storm with other educators to develop programming for the problems of bullying, using the skills and talents of gifted children.
Tricia has been with Reality since the opening of the studio and instructing here since 2010.
Tricia teaches our advanced and cardio reformer pilates classes as well as the aerial yogalates and speciality classes like puppy-Pilates (bring your dog or just come and love on ours) and mommy-n-me (perfect way to spend time with your little one).
Group classes with Tricia can be found on the schedule or book your own private class with her!
Reach out to reserve a spot in class or book your own private session:
Susan has been with Reality since 2014, she teaches small, targeted classes specializing in helping those with specific physical issues or limitations AND offers massage therapy at our studio. She uses her extensive knowledge from being a massage therapist to assess and design plans to assist our members in achieving their optimal mobility and strength using the reformer to strengthen what is weak, and stretch what is tight. Anyone can join her scheduled classes, and enjoy movements meant to increase both strength and flexibility.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Susan worked with children first as a preschool teacher, then as a nanny for six years. When the child she cared for began school full time she went to massage school and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998. In 1999 she began working with a chiropractor, who helped her to look at the body in a comprehensive way…and encouraged her to take specific classes to support alignment and balance in our bodies. She has studied and am able to incorporate the following modalities in her bodywork practice:
- Medical Massage/Deep Tissue Massage Techniques:
- Orthopedic Massage/Nerve Decompression (James Waslaski)
- Neuromuscular Therapy (St. John Method)
- Massage Cupping (Certified Massage Cupping Practitioner)
- Myofascial Release (Howard Rontal~Rolfing based method)
- Active Isolated Stretching (Mattes Method)
- Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute)
- Oncology Massage
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Chikly)
- Indian Head Massage
- Scientific Swedish Massage (for when you want to REALLY relax)
Susan’s healing sessions are nurturing and unique, combining advanced massage therapy techniques, intuitive guidance, and energy work. It is this combination that sets her work apart, allowing the client the opportunity for complete healing.
Drum circles have been a source of joy since attending her first one in 2001. Having trouble finding local circles, she was guided to find a way to create her own. In 2012 she took a drum circle facilitator workshop with Jim Donovan (former drummer of Rusted Root). Now she offers monthly Drum Circles. It’s her favorite energy release/high, they are SO MUCH FUN…playtime for grown-ups!
In 2015 Susan began offering massage therapy to members of Reality Pilates. The owner Dianna gave her private teacher training to become a Pilates instructor. Summer of 2016 Susan began leading classes targeting specific issues and working with individuals with chronic pain issues, with much success. Her own healing journey using the reformer to stabilize her sacrum (low back) has been profound, and she is excited to share this amazing healing tool with others.
If you have any questions, or would like to reserve a spot in class, please call/text Susan at 610-733-8233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SerenityAchieved.com for more information about Susan and the services she offers.