As Creator & President of SmartSpine™ Wellness System, Marie-José has more than twenty years of master teacher training to help get your back on track.
Marie-José specializes in deep core strengthening, pelvic work, and work for the spine and is widely known for her work in Conditioning Techniques for dance and dance injuries. In 1991, she created the Advances in Pilates Technique, an internationally acclaimed professional teacher’s training program, which she conducts and directs in Japan. As a former faculty member at California’s Loyola Marymount University, where she taught anatomy/kinesiology and physiology for the Department of Dance, she received the 2006 Spotlight Award for excellence in teaching. Marie-Jose is also the founder and director of Long Beach Dance Conditioning in Long Beach, CA.
Marie-José created and directs the Advances in Pilates Technique, currently known as Pilates Leadership Concepts (PLC). This acclaimed program was the very first program available in an official format and is currently directed by Studio Natural Flow in Tokyo, Japan. Several of her workshops are available on line at FusionPilates.edu and is tutored by Alicia Head at UP Studio in Long Beach, CA
Marie-José has established programs at various facilities internationally and is in great demand for lectures and presentations, both locally and internationally for institutes, physical therapists, and movement educators. Since 2007, Marie-Jose’s PLC program and specialty workshops have gained popularity in Tokyo, Japan. The desire and ambition in Japan for higher education led to a comprehensive program that brings Marie-José to Tokyo several times a year, which makes Japan her second home.
Marie-José specializes and dedicates her 30 years of experience to mentor Pilates Professionals to a unique level of expertise, which reaches beyond instruction to movement education. She is a regular presenter for Balanced Body University, Pilates On Tour, and Pilates Method Alliance. In 2007, she founded the SmartSpine™ Wellness System and Company. Marie-José pioneered the introduction and interest of the Pilates community to the scientific world of Fascia. In 2014, she was published in the Fascia research book titled “Fascia — The Tensional Network of the Human Body” by Robert Schleip, Thomas W. Findley, Leon Chaitow and Peter A. Huijing. Her expertise has made many teachers excel into a recession-proof career.