Matt Lueders began his Pilates practice 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 began teaching it in 2011. Matt is also certified on the GYROTONIC® Ladder and the Jumping/Stretching Board. 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."
-The Passionate Teacher by Robert L. Fried
"...passionate teaching, like all teaching, is necessarily a social process, not just an individual performance. It is grounded in the relationship between teacher and student. It aims at a goal outside itself-engaged, intense learning that changes the course of lives and helps them realize their potential"