Qualified Gyrotonic® Instructors
Instructors must complete extensive training. There is only one Gyrotonic training available as the inventor of Gyrotonic is alive just as the Gyrotonic Expansion system is alive. Find out more at www.gyrotonic.com
Teresa Lee was first introduced to Pilates through ballet while attending the University of Oregon. She was immediately impressed with the work as it improved her sense of balance and control. Teresa continued her Pilates practice when she moved to Colorado to dance with the Boulder Ballet. It was there that she found The Pilates Center, where she embarked upon 800 hours of study with highly skilled and revered mentors, to finally become certified in March of 2003. She and her husband moved to Portland in September of 2004, which is when Teresa began working at reForm Pilates and Movement. Her passion for movement has led her to also train in the Gyrotonic Expansion system. She finds that the combination of Pilates and Gyrotonic compliment one another and give her clients a heightened sense of healthful movement in their bodies. Teresa is thrilled to work with the wonderful instructors and clients at reForm. Creating change in bodies and eliminating pain is a very rewarding process that she finds, not only ongoing, but very fulfilling.
Matt Lueders began Pilates at the PhysicalMind Institute's certifying studio in Needham, MA, where an emphasis on rehabilitative and sports training allowed him to maximize his own potential as a runner. A fitness enthusiast since adolescence, Matt found in Pilates the combination of conditioning, rehabilitation, and body sculpting that he always wanted. He studied for two years before becoming certified as a teacher in 2006-2007. After apprenticing at a studio that catered to an elderly population, Matt has used his certification to create Pilates training programs for all ages. He particularly enjoys developing Pilates cross-training and rehabilitative programs for athletes.
Matt began studying the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® in 2008, and in 2009 trained under Sebastian Plettenberg in New York to become a teacher. Along the way he began practicing GYROKINESIS® and fell in love with the discipline, and in 2011 he expanded his teaching to include the GYROTONIC® Ladder and GYROKINESIS®. GYROTONIC® exercise has given Matt a grace and ease of movement he never thought possible for himself.
Matt has studied several languages, traveled extensively, and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Art History. He moved to Portland in February 2008, and shares his love of art as a docent at the Portland Art Museum. He practices rebirthing breathwork and meditation, tries to live by spiritual principles, and to keep "mens sana in corpore sano."
Heather Noelle Sielaff has over a decade of experience as a licensed bodyworker. She began to study various forms of body work while searching for a natural solution to the chronic pain resulting from a childhood accident. As she began to see results from tai chi, massage and acupuncture, she knew she had to help others become more active in finding their way to being well. Since graduating from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in 1998, Heather has studied various forms of massage and energy work. By taking very clinical techniques she learned in school and combining them with more subtle modalities like Cranio-sacral therapy and Reiki, she addresses both the physical and energetic needs of her clients.
Introduced to the Gyrotonic® Expansion System after moving to Portland in 2001, Heather loved the changes it made in her body awareness and ability to heal herself through movement. She also believes it is the natural progression her clients must make in order to take control of their health and become more connected with their bodies. She has studied with Master Trainer Emma Kingston as well as San Francisco Master Trainers Tamara Yoneda and Debra Rose. Heather obtained her Gyrotonic® certification from Juliu Horvath in 2004. She is currently certified to teach Gyrotonic® and the Jumping-Stretching Board specialized equipment. She has also completed her Gyrokinesis® training.
Heather currently offers nutrition advice to both massage and Gyrotonic® clients and feels it is an important component in evaluating her client's physical challenges. She completed the Certified Nutritional Therapy program in 2005.
Kelli Kessler began her Pilates training in 2000 after graduating from Colorado College. Steering herself towards a career in the medical field with her Biology degree, it took two Pilates classes, to begin to realize what her true passion was: To help people connect more deeply to themselves through their body as she was discovering within herself. She began a two-year apprenticeship with Master Pilates trainer Lara Kolesar in Boulder, Colorado. Learning a very tactile approach to teaching from Lara, Kelli discovered the gifts that Lara was giving her were beyond just Pilates. She was teaching her a method of becoming an intuitive, body-wise movement teacher with a keen eye for seeing movement patterns in the body.
Kelli’s kinesthetic abilities began at a young age as a natural athlete. She played competitive tennis and lacrosse throughout her youth and became an All-American lacrosse player at Colorado College. Through her athletic successes, Kelli discovered that there is a fine line between using her body and abusing it. Suffering from low back pain often through her athletic years, she was determined to figure out how to move more efficiently and without pain. During her 5 years in Boulder she became a certified Pilates instructor in 2002 and a certified massage therapist in 2003. She also immersed herself deeply in the study of Hatha yoga with Sofia Diaz and the study of Gabriel Roth’s 5Rhythms™ dance with Melissa Michaels. Through exploration and dedication, these modalities helped relieve her back pain, discover herself, as well as deepen her understanding of the entire mind/body/spirit connection.
In 2005, she moved to Portland, Oregon with her husband and shortly thereafter joined the reForm team. Kelli has been teaching Classical Pilates at reFORM since 2005. In 2007 she dove into the exciting world of Gyrotonic and is currently teaching both Gyrotonic and Pilates. Kelli is currently pursuing her Gyrokinesis certification. With almost a decade on this journey through movement as both a teacher and student, Kelli finds her work very rewarding. She is committed to contributing her gift in this world by helping people cultivate and strengthen their connection to their bodies thus helping them walk a stronger, more centered path in their lives. Kelli is passionate about sharing her wealth of knowledge through Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Massage. Her flexibility as both an instructor and Massage Therapist allows her to help clients realize the deep connections within the body. Kelli is currently offering massage by appointment at the new reFORM Annex.