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Meet Alison

Hey, There!
I’m Alison.

I love movement education and believe that everyone can benefit from an understanding of how and why the body moves.  My teaching is detailed and nuanced (with a dash of humour and a bit of sass) because I want to share that understanding with all my clients while they have fun!

Everybody has their own movement history and that narrative informs what I teach and how I teach it whether that means using different movement modalities or a different instructional narrative that respects injury or previous life experiences. As a trauma-informed practitioner it is my honour to create a safe space for clients to move and learn.

I started out teaching Pilates and continued to evolve my teaching as a Nutritious Movement Centre-certified Restorative Exercise Specialist-CPT and Movement for Trauma practitioner. I learn from and communicate with leading professionals in the movement world regularly so that my practice never stops growing!

In recent years I have mentored young teachers and have now created the Move SMART program. Sustainable Movement & Authentic Teaching is for all modalities of teachers and for therapeutic body-work professionals who prescribe exercise, because good teaching skills surpass all the boundaries of style and content.

 

“Alison has a well developed and all too rare “teacher’s eye”. She could see the misalignments and compensations I was engaging in to get around the pain and we worked out adjustments I could make to begin to change my patterns. Alison has a deep knowledge of anatomy (she would say geeky) and is able to get me to see and feel the connections between the physical limits I may be experiencing just from day to day living and how I can address these.”

– Nancy

Pick your path

Alison’s Programs

Online courses, resources including free content for students of all life stages and abilities. Work with Alison online or in person at her studio Boomerang Pilates in Toronto.

Dedicated content for movement teachers! Yoga, Pilates, Restorative Exercise or Personal Training, you’ll find resources catered to life on and off the mat.

YouTube Channel

Alison loves sharing videos for FREE on YouTube! There’s something for everyone.

Kind Words

“Experienced, nuanced and generous with her knowledge for all things movement. Alison is truly a gifted teacher and communicator and allows you to look at the complex human body in a totally different light. I’m grateful for any opportunity I get to learn from her!”

Diana M

Yoga & Pilates Teacher

Kind Words

“You are a great translator and communicator Alison, so warm and relate-able but also clearly very very knowledgeable too. A rare mix.”

Mel P.

Pilates and Restorative Movement Teacher

Kind Words

“Alison is a wonderful teacher and teaching mentor. Her deep knowledge of movement and bodies is only matched by her empathy, warmth and enthusiasm. Alison has helped shape my teaching in many ways, ranging from helping me understand technical issues to supporting my confidence when I was struggling. She’s creative, resourceful, thorough and always focused on exploring for ways to help me help my own body and my students, and she’s the person I call to this day when there’s something I can’t figure out.”

Petra F.

Movement Coach and Business Owner

Kind Words

“I appreciate the gift of Alison’s teaching on both a personal and professional level.”

Janet W.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Musings about movement

the Blog

How to do upper back extension in 6 easy steps

Do you wish you knew how to do upper back extensions without hurting your neck or lower back? How to extend smoothly from start to finish? Read on, I've got your back!  (I love puns. I know they're the lowest kind of humour, but really, life can't be serious all the...

How to do ab curls without neck pain

I don't just want you to know how to do ab curls, I want you to master them! First off, what's an ab curl? It's a small, controlled roll up into flexion that works your abs and the muscles in the front of your neck. It articulates the movement of your head relative to...

My awesome client doesn’t feel anything!

I'm a really somatic teacher. That means I'm interested in how my students experience the movments I share with them. It means I have to be creative when my client doesn't feel anything. Why does it matter if my client doesn't feel anything? Because it's one of the...

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